Just some cousins. Kinda like Number 33 is just some cousin!
When I would ask my mom just who those cousins were, she would try to explain it – they were her grandmother’s nephews, Joe and Louie. But I always got a little confused because they were the sons of Mathilda’s sister, Ida Horn. I always got tripped up on how that made them Wissmanns.
It wasn’t until this past November that I finally connected the dots - or, in this case, connected the relatives.
Joe and Louie’s mother, Ida Horn, was married to Laurenz (sp?) Wissmann, the brother of Ludwig Wissmann who was married to Ida’s sister Mathilda, the mother of Alfred, Alphonse, and Anna Wissmann Schellhardt.
Did you follow that?
More importantly, do you know what that means?
They were DOUBLE COUSINS – related on both the maternal and paternal sides!!! So, they’re like, really, really related to us.
Both Joe and Louie came to America in 1923. For Joe, however, it was a return of sorts as he was actually born in the United States. Last week, we had a glimpse of the manifest on which Louie (Ludwig) appeared - he came to America in November 1923 on the S.S. Muenchen and was sponsored by Mathilda and Ida’s youngest brother, Alfred Horn.
Joe came (back) to the States a few months earlier in April 1923 aboard the S.S. Reliance (remember that ship name…we’ll be seeing it again). Who was he going to join? His double aunt Mathilda (Horn) Wissmann.
So – does everyone have it straight? We come from Wissmanns. They come from Wissmanns. We're all Wissmanns.
And, oh yeah, we're all Horns too.
Next up – what’s a Horn got to do with it?
Also I didn't post on Sunday but so I have to send a belated birthday shout-out! Bill Knuttel celebrated his birthday on Sunday. Happy Birthday Bill! We're so glad that you're a part of our family!