In 1920, Edward and Hattie (Wendell) Young were farmers in Coshocton County, Pike Township, OH. A great record of the entire Young family is the 1920 U.S. Federal Census. They lived by Cooperdale near Frazeysburg, OH.
Some ancestors defy identification. Hattie Wendell falls into that group.Why? All but one of her children are deceased, though many grandchildren survive, few stories were passed down. Hattie suffered a stroke while young and was deprived of much vitality and mental awareness. Her illness required that she receive a great amount of personal care and medical attention from her family. Her husband Edward died young (from lack of medical attention by all accounts) and Hattie never remarried. Her youngest children came of age, married, and quickly moved on with their lives about the time Edward died in 1937. In 1940, Hattie was placed in the Mennonite Old People’s Homewith dementia while still in her 50’s.
Last but not least, the 1900 U.S. Census has her living with the Fisher family as an “adopted” child. Leaving us to ask, who was Hattie Wendell?
Sometimes to find about the life of someone, we need to start with the record of their passing. In this case, The Gospel Harold Obituaries – March 1943 reported the death of Young – Hattie Florence (Wendell).
[B]orn at Louisville, Ohio, Nov. 14, 1884; died March 8, 1943; aged 58 y. 3 m. 24 d. Oct. 23,. 1900 she was married to Edward Young at Woodsfield, Ohio. To this union were born seven children … April 30, 1940, she was admitted as an inmate to the Mennonite Old People’s Home, near Rittman, Ohio. About six weeks prior to this she accepted Christ as her savior, was baptized, and received into membership in the Mennonite Church at Midland, Mich. She appreciated her Savior and enjoyed her Christian life. Her cheerful disposition and ready helpfulness will be missed by all in the Home. Gospel Herald – Vol. XXXV, No . 52 – March 25, 1943 (Archives of the Mennonite Church)
Almost immediately we run into problems. The obituary was created from institutional records and conflicting data arises. The Ohio Death Certificate says Hattie was born in Frazeysburg, Ohio, not Louisville, Ohio. She certainly lived and married in Monroe County near Lewisville, OH but no record suggests she moved from Louisville of Stark County, OH.
Interestingly, Hattie and Edward Young moved to Frazeysburg, Ohio after they were married, the children, including Edna Carol Young, went to school there in the 1920’s. Was Hattie returning to her birthplace or was the Death Certificate inaccurate about her life’s events?
The Death Certificate states, her parents were “unknown,” her husband’s name was “unknown.” What was known, she died of cerebral hemorrhage (right) consistent with her stroke history. She was a housekeeper.
Her obituary reported marriage would have been at age 15. See attached wedding photo. Other records suggest she was married in 1902 at age 18. In June 1900, the U.S. Census had Edward Henry Young (17 yrs. old, student) living with his father Henry Young and step-mother Anna (Weber) Young in Summit Township near Lewisville, OH. In 1900, the U.S. Census had Hattie Wendell living with the Fisher family as an “adopted” child.
Seventy years later only one of her children remains with memories of Hattie. Unfortunately, her health does not allow her to share them. Who was Hattie Wendell? A mother with many happy healthy children and grandchildren. But we might ask, more for our lineage search, where did Hattie Wendell come from?
LINEAGE NOTE: Hattie Florence Wendell (1884-1943) married Edward Henry Young (1883-1937.) Edward was born in Summit, Monroe Co, OH. Edward’s mother Barbara Keylor/Koehlor (1862-1894) of Monroe Co. died when Edward was about 11 years old. He had no siblings. His father Henry Young later remarried, Anna Weber.
Their children as reported in 1943: Alice (Mrs. Lee Wright) of Croton, OH; Homer of Newark, OH; Lawrence of St. Louis, MI; Floyd Lemoin (deceased), Wilma Ruby (Mrs. Ward Chaney) Trimway, OH; Edna Carol (Mrs. Harold Nixon) Sterling, MI; and Winona Maxine (Mrs. Roy Cross) of Wheeler, MI.
Wendel(l) is a German/Dutch name. A variation on Vandel, name of an old Germanic tribe.
The German Roots of Edna “Eddie” Carol Young. A distant cousin Richard Harrington of Columbus, Ohio compiled much of the following information. An accomplished researcher, Dick has published much of his research on-line. I contacted Dick while researching direct ancestors Edward Henry Young and his father Heinrich “Henry” Young. Eddie’s father and grandfather, respectively. Dick is related to this family line through one of Heinrich’s sisters, Louisa Young (1863 – 1913.)
Johann Michael* Jung (May 13, 1802 – December 9, 1879) was born in Rumbach, Germany. Johann would be the great great grandfather of Edna Carol Young.
Johann was the second oldest child and the oldest son in a family of 5 children. His older sister, Philippina Jung was born December 23, 1800. Johann Michael* Jung and his family were the immigrants who transplanted our Jung/Young family from Germany to America. Like many immigrants, the Jung family name was Americanized to “Young” after getting settled in their new home.
The Jung family in Germany had been a family of weavers. Michael was born at a time when the Kingdom of Prussia (‘Germany’ was founded in 1871) was divided into over 300 small states and principalities. But Napoleon had also risen to power and was in the process of conquering most of Europe. Life was hard. By the time Michael was 4 years old, Prussia was overrun and allied with the Austrian Hapsburg Empire against the French in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1812, Napolean was defeated. The Kingdom of Prussia was consolidated into a few larger states and a police-state government was established that repressed the population. The Congress of Vienna convened in 1814 and founded the German Confederation (Deutscher Bund), a loose league of 39 sovereign states.
Before Germany became one nation in 1871.
According to the German Church records translated by Dr. Shirley Harmon, the date of birth for Michael Young was May 23, 1802. Also, the date of marriage in this reference is given as November 2, 1827 in Rumbach, Germany. Michael married Catharina Barbara* Brubach (March 10, 1801 – March 12, 1890)
In 1854 (his mother Maria Elisabeth* Rucklos (1779 – 1852) had recently died), Michael converted all of the family’s assets into cash and emigrated to America. Over the preceding 2 or 3 decades many Prussian families from his community had already emigrated. Michael immigrated to a new German colony of his peers in Ohio.
Mr. Harrington found a document titled “Passenger and Immigration Lists Index” in the Carnegie Library at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, the following entry: aboard the ship REGULATOR from Havre to New York on 04 August 1854: Michel Jung age 50, Barba age 50, Salome age 18, Caroline age 20.
From the 1860 Federal Census for Summit Twp., Monroe Co.; enumerated 10 July 1860 by Michael Shaeffer [all born in Bavaria, Germany]: Michael Joung (sic), age 54, farmer, Bavaria; Marget Joung, age 53, Bavaria; Sarah Joung, age 22, Bavaria. The Kingdom of Bavaria is one state in Kingdom of Prussia.
Enumerated after Michael Joung: Frederick Joung, age 30, Laborer, Bavaria AND Eva Pfeiffer Joung, age 22
Note: Frederick Joung (above) is the son of Michael Young and Catharina Barbara Brubach . Frederick married Ephraim (Eva) Pfeiffer, their the parents of Heinrich (Henry) Young and grandparents of Edward Henry Young.
The records of the Johann Michael* Jung lie on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The family records before 1854 being in Germany and after 1854 largely in Monroe County, Ohio.
Dick Harrington wrote, “Through leads provided by what became known to me as the “Brubach” book, I discovered the major key to our European Jung line. Ironically, at the time, I was searching for Carolina Brubach (May 4, 1830 – February 27, 1912), the wife of Oscar Frank, my grandfather William Young’s father. It was there that I found the Jung – Brubach link. Johann Michael* Jung (May 13, 1802 – December 9, 1879) had married Catharina Barbara* Brubach (March 10, 1801 – March 12, 1890). The author of the “Brubach” book which is actually titled, “Brubach Beginnings — William Edward Brubach, His Ancestors, and …. Me!” written by Susan (Brubach) (Mulherin) Ferguson put me in contact with Rev. Dennis A. Kastens, Pastor of the Peace Lutheran Church at 5101 Kings Park Dr., St. Louis, MO 63129. Rev. Kastens has researched most of the families from the Rumbach and surrounding areas as well as much of the Switzerland records from which our Swiss family derives.”
“On October 25, 1997 I received a telephone and telefax from Rev. Dennis A. Kastens in response to my letter to him of only about 3 days earlier. In his letter, that he faxed, he stated the following, “Michael Jung, June 13, 1802, who married Nov. 1, 1827 Catharina Barbara Brubach, Immigrated 1854 to America. His mother was a Rucklos whose maternal lines stem from Annweiler (surname Kammacher), however, the Kammachers originally were from Lenk, Switzerland.”
The 1870 U.S. Federal Census lists Michael Young, 68 years old, from Bavaria as a weaver. The death record of Michael Young lists his date of death as Dec 9, 1879. His age on this date was 77 years, 5 months and 26 days. Back calculating his date of birth from the death record data does not agree with the German record of his birth date by one month. It would appear that his age should have been given as 77 years, 6 months and 26 days. This might have been a simple mistake made at the time his age was calculated. I use the date of birth which came from information that was supplied on his family page by Rev. Kastens.
The purchase of the Michael Jung/Young 80 acre farm was found in the Index of the Deed Books #2, page 467 in the Monroe County Recorders Office the Courthouse in Woodsfield, Ohio. In this Index it is stated that Michael Jung/Young bought 80 acres of land (R6 T5 S28 — parts of E half of SW qtr. and SW qtr. of SE qtr.) from Herman Hahn on Oct 11, 1855. The full deed for this transaction can be found in Deed Book # 15, page 286.
As a side note, Dick wrote, “A 39 acre property bought and sold by Nicholas Young is in Wayne Township, Monroe County. And, here is an interesting coincidence which I doubt is really a coincidence. In 1854 Michael Young, his son, Frederick Young and 3 female members of that family, immigrated to Monroe County. In 1855, Michael Young bought 80 acres in the same area where Nicholas Young’s 40 acre farm was located. In fact, Michael’s and Nicholas’ farms touched at the corners. I find this too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence. I suspect that Nicholas and Michael may have even been related. This is wild speculation on my part but it was common for immigrants to move into areas where they already had kin. This probably needs to be further researched since it could add to our understanding of the movements of our Jung/Young ancestors.”