Friday, September 12, 2008

Those rascally Skibbe's

Part of the homework for the NGS course was to write letters of inquiry.  I sent mine in as homework and out to whom they were addressed.  I received a response from my mother's cousin.  She stated that her mother told her Wilhelm Skibbe and a brother bought a farm in LaPorte, Indiana.  The brothers had an argument and the brother moved away.  She has a copy of the farm purchase but it only listed Wilhelm.

She believes that he had a brother by the name of Theodore or possibly George Theodore.  

She believes she located a ship record for Johanna (Wilhelm's mother) and children  located in Germans to America Volume 58, July 1889-1890 page 329.  Ship was the Rhein from Bremen to Baltimore which arrived on 13 Feb 1890.
Skibbe, Johanna  57 F W PRZ Balt.
      Emma 20 F SERVANT PRZ Balt.
                      Otto          16    M    Lab. PRZ Balt.
      Theodor   13 M Lab PRZ Balt.

Now I know that that Wilhelm was in both Chicago and Indiana.  Time for a timeline and a check of Chicago Directories.


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