Sunday, September 30, 2012

Carl (Charles) Markwad and Fredreka Vevetser 1843-1920

Charles MarkwadCarl (Charles) Jechem Markwad
Born 22 Sep 1843 Germany
Christening: 22 Sep 1844  Meimsheim Württemberg, Germany
Parents: Jechem Markwad and unknown mother
Alternative:  Johann Marquet and Katherine F Schmid
Immigrated 1876 to Cook county, Illinois
Note:  Homesteaded land in Frontier County, north of Red Willow County, on 16 Dec 1886.  Sold this land on 24 Dec 1895 and moved to McCook where he worked for various farmers until the time of his death.  In order to homestead land, you had to be a naturalized citizen.  He applied at Benkelman, Nebraska for citizenship.  Unfortunately, none of the papers clarify where in Germany he came from.  No one in this family could read, write, or speak English when they first arrived, so it is doubtful the surname Markwad is spelled correctly.
Married Frederica Vevetser about 1866 Germany
Died 13 Feb 1909 Barbazette Farm, McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Buried Riverview Cemetery, McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Obit from McCook Tribune Friday 19 February 1909
Chas. Markwad Passes Away-
Charles Markwad died last Saturday evening at 7:30 in his 65th year, on the Barbazette farm a few miles southwest of the city. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church, Monday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Edker Burton, after which interment was made in Riverview cemetery, Miss Tillie Penner of Omaha, a granddaughter, was present at the funeral. Mr Charles Markwad, whose funeral was held at the Baptist Church Monday afternoon was born in Germany September 22, 1844. Came to the United States in 1876 and settled in Lake county, Illinois, From there, he with his family, consisting of wife and six children, removed to Red Willow County, Nebraska, twenty-three years ago, where he resided until his death, February 13th. His wife and five children, August, Ernest, Charles, Mrs. Emma Redhouse and Mrs. Etta Pope, with a large circle of friends, are left to mourn their loss.
Sources
Name of father:  Death Certificate
Obit: http://swngs.nesgs.org/newspaper/1909_tribune.htm
Headstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65133137
Note:  there are two headstone pictures on findagrave for Carl - one under the name of Charles, the other under his correct name.
Fredreka/FredricaVevetser
Born 4 Sep 1843 Germany
Religion:  Lutheran, but buried from the Baptist church.
Died 18 Jan 1920 McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Buried Riverview Cemetery, McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Sources
1910 US Census for McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska (widowed, age 67)
1920 US Census for Red Willow, Nebraska (widowed, age 78)
Note:  Name misspelled Eureka in the census
Picture of her:  letter written to my sister in law
Memorial:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65133617

CHILDREN

Louisa Markwad
Born 16 March 1869 Germany
Married Henry Penner 2 June 1887 McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Note:  her name is spelled Louisa Markwade in the record
Children:  Otto, Jane, Tillie, George
Died 5 December 1900 Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska
Note:  She was lighting a fire in the kitchen stove and poured coal oil on the kindling, the live coals flared up and her clothing caught fire, burning her and 3 year old son, George. (see  news article to the left)
Buried McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Sources
Marriage:  Nebraska marriages 1855-1995 Batch M00325-5 Film 1994204 Ref V2 It.2 Pg.170 CN170
News article about the tragedy as reported in the Lincoln Journal
Family Search
Ancestry.com
Letter written to my sister in law
Memorial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126880212
Mary Emma Markwad
Born 30 July 1868 Germany
Married: about 1893 James William Athill Redhouse
Note: Divorced after 1910
Children:  Etta, Frances, Gladys
Died 18 December 1931 Omaha, Nebraska
Buried Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska
Sources
1900 US Census for Seattle, King, Washington page 12A (age 31)
Note:  husband listed as J.W. Redhouse from England
1910 US Census for Oakland, Alameda, California (age 39)
Note:  name misspelled Erma, husband named as William J Redhouse
1920 US Census for Red Willow, Nebraska (Divorced, age 50)
Note:  living with her mother whose name is misspelled Eureka Markwod
Letter written to my sister in law
Headstone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=27795850
Henrietta (Etta) Markward
Born 20 Oct 1872 Germany
Note:  California Death Index claims she was born in Illinois
Occupation:  Nurse
Married 1) Arthur M Pope (he was shot during a gamblers quarrel in Alaska)
2) William Wendover
Died: 10 Nov 1946 San Diego, San Diego, California
Buried: San Diego, San Diego, California
Sources
1910 US Census South Hood River, Hood River, Oregon page 4 (married to Arthur, age 37)
1930 US Census for San Diego, San Diego, California (married to William, age 57)
1940 US Census for San Diego, San Diego, California (widowed, age 67 - yet, her husband William is still living in the same place as she is)
California Death Index for Henrietta Pope Wendover
Letter written to my sister in law
August J (Gus) Markwad
Born 18 Jul 1874 Germany
Occupation:  Blacksmith
Married Louise Dorothy "Lizzie" Meissner 11 Nov 1899 McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Children: Arthur, Chester, Lucy, Lila, Glenola, Archie
Died 17 Feb 1938 McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
August J A.J. Markwad
Buried: Riverside Cemetery, McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Sources
WW1 Draft registration: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neswngs/ww1_draft_register/ww1_draft_register_m.htm
Note:  described as having medium height, stout build, blue eyes, dark hair.  Blacksmith by trade.
1910 US Census for McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska (age 35)
Note:  His mother is living with them
1920 US Census for McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska (age 45)
1930 US Census for McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska (age 54)
Letter written to my sister in law
Headstone: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16099382
Earnest Fred Markwad
Born 18 Jul 1877 Lake County, Illinois
Occupation:  Farmer, ran a truck garden
Married Iva Irene Smith 8 Mar 1904 McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Children:  Cleo, Darwin, Jessie, unnamed child 
Died 6 Apr 1947 McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Buried Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Sources
WW1 Draft registration: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neswngs/ww1_draft_register/ww1_draft_register_m.htm
Note: birthdate given as 3 Jul 1875, described as 5'11", stout build, brown eyes, grey hair.  Farmer by trade.
1910 US Census for Willow Grove, Red Willow, Nebraska (age 32)
1920 US Census for Red Willow, Nebraska (age 44)
1930 US Census for Valley Grange, Red Willow, Nebraska (age 52)
1940 US Census for Valley Grange, Red Willow, Nebraska (age 62)
Letter written to my sister in law
Memorial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=102245788
Charles Lewis (Charley) Markwad
Born 3 Jan 1881 Lake County, Illinois
Occupation:  Farmer (WW1 draft registration)
(1911) Owner of the "Star Laundry"
Married 1) Bessie Ray Smith 20 Mar 1907 McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska
Children:  Verlynn (Vernon), Iris
Note: after his wife died, Charles left his children with his sister-in-law, Minnie.  I don't know if they ever saw him again.  
POSSIBLY 2)  Lulu Goetz Sep 1919 Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska
Note:  it claims he is 65 and she is 31, but he is 38.  This would make sense to marry the year after his wife Bessie died.
Sources
Marriage to Lulu:  http://omahamarriages.wordpress.com/m-1/
Laundry Occupation:  18 Dec 1911 issue of McCook Tribune Newspaper
Birth date:  WW1 draft registration:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neswngs/ww1_draft_register/ww1_draft_register_m.htm
Note: Went by "Charley" described as 5'11", medium build, blue eyes, dk brown hair.  Farmer by trade.
Letter written to my sister in law

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