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Debby (#47865850)
 member for 2 years, 8 months, 5 days
Ryser's are part of my family tree and I would like to keep them. I would be happy to add information/links to the memorial.

Added by ambs on Feb 27, 2014 7:27 AM

Jan Wigley
RE: Memorials
Your welcome Debby and thank you!

Added by Jan Wigley on Feb 12, 2014 2:30 PM

Jan Wigley
Hi Debby...I hope you don't mind but I just transferred the memorial over to you. I am going through a hard time here at home. If you want any of IdaF's memorials and I am not connected I will transfer to you.

Added by Jan Wigley on Feb 12, 2014 1:10 AM

Jan Wukasch Pelosi
And another
Since you are Wendish, thought I'd share my Facebook post from tonight:

Happy Ptaškowa swajźba (The Birds' Wedding)

Several days ago, I posted about my joining the Daughters of the Republic of Texas through my ancestry on my mother's side. Today, you get a brief lesson on a custom from my ancestry on my father's side. As you probably know by now (since we are "friends," Wukasch is Wendish).

The Texas Wends are a group of people all descended from a Lutheran congregation of 588 Sorbian/Wendish people who emigrated from Lusatia (part of Germany) to Texas in 1854. This term (The Wends of Texas) also refers to other emigrations (and all their descendants) that occurred before and/or after the 1854 emigration.

So, back to The Birds' Wedding . . .

The Birds' Wedding (Ptaškowa swajźba) is a Wendish custom among the Sorbs (Wends) of Lusatia in Germany. It's called Vogelhochzeit in Germany and still celebrated by the children in Germany's Wendish communities. On the evening of January 24th, children put empty plates outside on window ledges, walls, or fence posts. On the morning of the 25th, they wake to find pastries, meringues, and candy in the shape of birds, usually magpies. The birds are believed to have left the treats as they celebrate their wedding.

The Birds' Wedding has its roots in the pre-Christian era when people sacrificed food to the spirits of their ancestors and, in turn, expected favors and kindness from the gods of nature. Over time, the sacrificial offerings to ancestors evolved into giving gifts to children.

The Birds' Wedding is said to come from the Upper Sorbian language region (Upper Lusatia) where the custom is common among families. In Lower Lusatia, the Birds' Wedding is celebrated in schools where the children feed the birds during winter and in return, they get to participate in The Birds' Wedding celebrations. A little girl is chosen to be the bride (representing a magpie) and a little boy as the groom (usually a raven). The bridal couple is dressed festively in Lower Sorbian costumes and the other children are masqueraded as birds. I even included a song about The Bird's Wedding that children learn in kindergarten and sing on this day.

Children celebrate the Birds' Wedding on January 25 because this is the time when changes between flora and fauna begin to be observed. It's about this time that several bird species begin to nest and lay eggs and people are looking forward to the coming of spring. (4 photos)

Added by Jan Wukasch Pelosi on Jan 24, 2014 9:51 PM

Jan Wukasch Pelosi
One More Question
Where do you live now?

Added by Jan Wukasch Pelosi on Jan 24, 2014 9:49 PM

Jan Wukasch Pelosi
RE: Maria Dutschmann
And I meant to include that Christiana's parents were Matthaus Schneider and Magdalena Schimann.

Added by Jan Wukasch Pelosi on Jan 24, 2014 9:48 PM

Jan Wukasch Pelosi
RE: Maria Dutschmann
My great, great grandmother was also a Schneider--Christiana (born 16 Oct 1831 in Spreewitz, Kamenz, Sachsen, Germany and died 21 Dec 1886 in Swiss Alp in Fayette County). She married Johann Knippa, and both of them are buried in Kaase Cemetery in Fayette County. I've never been there but it's on my list of cemeteries to visit when things warm up and the weather gets a bit more predictable (as if the weather in Texas is ever predictable).

Added by Jan Wukasch Pelosi on Jan 24, 2014 9:46 PM

Jan Wukasch Pelosi
Marie Dutschmann
I did look up her Texas Death Certificate and it seems to confirm that she never married. I don't know why her headstone says Jaehne on the back. Then there is also the mystery of the double headstone with Pauline Leubner. I couldn't even find a death certificate for her. I was thinking that maybe Pauline and Marie were sisters. There are a couple of people who have her in their family trees on Maybe you should contact them. But wait . . . there's more. I found both Pauline Leubner and "Mauria Duchman" listed right below her on the 1920 US Census living in Granger, Texas (Williamson County). This seems a little too coincidental, doesn't it? Pauline was listed as Head of household and a milliner with "Mauria" listed as her boarder and housekeeper. But why the Jaehne? And why did they move to Lee County?

Added by Jan Wukasch Pelosi on Jan 20, 2014 9:33 PM

Jan Wukasch Pelosi
Maria Dutschmann
Sorry, but I'm not related. I only entered a lot of data in to Find a Grave for that cemetery. I'm hoping Gene can help you.

Added by Jan Wukasch Pelosi on Jan 20, 2014 9:15 PM

RE: Ernest and Christiana Schneider

This is my mother's side of family. Are you looking for anything in particular?

Added by PStrickland on Jan 05, 2014 4:10 PM

Jan Wigley
Anna Miller
Hi Debby..I was going to let you know that the administrators had to delete Lillian Brown's memorial.
I transferred Anna Miller to you. The memorials made by IdaF ..most are not kin to me.

Added by Jan Wigley on Jan 05, 2014 2:52 PM

Ernest and Christiana Schneider
Hi Debbie,

I do have additional children listed for the Schneiders. Do you have a tree on


Added by PStrickland on Dec 31, 2013 5:13 PM

Edwin Kuehn
Paul Tolkmitt Memorial
Debby, Paul's memorial now belongs to you. Care for it with love. Paul's wife, Mary Oleta Highsmith, was a cousin of my mother so that is why I had an interest in creating his memorial. I hope you enjoy working with Find A Grave. It is a great website.

Added by Edwin Kuehn on Dec 11, 2013 6:36 PM

Gene Tolkmitt
Thank you very much. Now another request, If you can email me I can send you Hugo Tolkmitt's complete family tree. I may have some questions about the Dutschmann's later.

I was sharing info with a Dutschmann, but I don't know who, and I've lost the email address.

I very happy to share any info I have. I also have a little info on the Schwartzrock's, They changed to it to Schwart, I believe.

Added by Gene Tolkmitt on Dec 11, 2013 4:41 PM

Nancy Arnold Thompson
Swartzrocks in Missouri
Would you happen to know any info about the Schwartzrock's. My G-G-Grandmother's maiden name was Schwartzrock. She came from Germany .I can't find any in Texas.

I live in Jefferson City, Missouri and created the memorial for Ferdinand and Margaretha Shwarzrok/Schwartzrock in Riverview Cemetery's Central Evangelical Church section as part of a project to document all of this very old section of the Cemetery. I am not related to them nor do I have any additional information. I have transferred the Schwartzrock memorials to you.

The graves in the Evangelical Church Cemetery were relocated when a highway was routed through the original cemetery. Their church was located in an area of the city that was predominantly German immigrants; many were first generation. They once supported a school where classes were taught in German.

I created a web site for the Cole County Historical Society and included information on the Evangelical Church. You can access it here: .

Added by Nancy Arnold Thompson on Dec 11, 2013 6:10 AM

Gene Tolkmitt
Gene Tolkmitt
And your mother and father?

Added by Gene Tolkmitt on Dec 10, 2013 8:39 PM

Gene Tolkmitt
Thank you for your response. I have a lot of info on the Tolkmitt side. I could share it with you if you want.
Some questions - One of Hugo's brother's - Carl Friedrich Tolkmitt, born 1876. That's all I know about him. Also Aubrey Lee Dutschmann, he, I think was married 5 times. I have Beulah Faye White(? - ?), married Oct 29, 1949, Maxine Dutchmann(? - 1969), married Nov 6,1962, Violet O. Pillow(1921 - ?, married Sep 26, 1969, divorce May 21, 1970, Eudori B. Reinke(1917 - 1985), married Sep 25, 1971, Robbie Chambers(1919 - 2005), married Oct 26, 1986. Some family trees I've seen have different names, but I believe these are right. Were there any children? I believe at least 4 with Beulah Faye White, but I don't have the names.

If you have any info please let me know.

Thank you.

Added by Gene Tolkmitt on Dec 10, 2013 8:34 PM

Jan Wigley
RE: Lillian E. Brown
I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and Happy New year...also!

Added by Jan Wigley on Dec 10, 2013 4:58 PM

Jan Wigley
Lillian E. Brown
Hi Debby..I have to check with Millie before I transfer this memorial...she left a message that she was still alive. I need to make sure before I do anything..I may have to send to administrators to have it deleted. Millie is her daughter..I am waiting for her to let me know.

Added by Jan Wigley on Dec 10, 2013 3:58 PM

Gene Tolkmitt
Martha Tolkmitt
Thank you.

How are you connected to the Tolkmitt's? My grandfather was Willie Tolkmitt, brother of Hugo Tolkmitt. Their father was Gustav Tolkmitt, my great grandfather. I would like to hear from you. My email is

Added by Gene Tolkmitt on Dec 09, 2013 9:49 PM

Lena B.
Welcome to Find A Grave
Hey, Debby...So glad you joined me on this site. Have fun looking through the family links.

Added by Lena B. on Jun 30, 2012 10:10 PM


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