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Debby (#47865850)
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My name is Debby. I became interested in my ancestry because of my aunt Lena Belle,and my aunt Alma.I am interested in the ancestry of Dutschmann,Cherry, Tolkmitt, Nowlin, Price, White, Brackeen, Burnett,Thiele,Agnew,Gunn,Oaks,Schwartzrock,Schneider,Kunze,Kollnick,Boschk,Ender,Boriack,Mueller(Miller).
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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
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