A Choice Of My Ancestors Impacted My Life

Our ancestors are the roots that hold us up and had an impact on where we would be born into this world. It is strange to think about their decision played a part in our life. Just as decisions I made had an impact on where my children were born. How our ancestors chose to live their lives played a part in who we became. The way they lived their personal life, religious beliefs, and how they interacted within society would all play a part in the foundations they would leave behind for their children and future generations. Life's challenges such as war, weather, and other circumstances also played a part in the way they responded to circumstances and choices. I do know that due to slavery, arranged marriages, and other circumstances that there were some people who were not given choices. Those choices made for them would still have an impact on their future generations.


I was born an American and this is due to my ancestors immigrating to this county. All of my ancestors immigrated to America prior to 1900. Their choice to leave the mother county played a part in not only their lives but those of future generations. Their reasons for changing the nationality of future generations is because they had similar goals. They felt that in order to find a better life for themselves and future generations they needed to make a choice and come to America and make this county my homeland.


I wanted to share eight of my ancestor who played a part in me being an American and where I am today. It is strange to think that if one of these ancestors chose not to immigrate to America that I would not be here today. I have several other ancestors further down my family roots who also immigrated to America, but these are the most recent ones.


2nd Great Grandparents


William STINSON was born on September 21, 1878, in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, England. At the age of 16 after his mother's death, William decided to immigrate to America and arrived in New York on May 18, 1895. After he would get settled in Rochester, New York he would send for his brother and three of his sisters. I have not yet been able to determine what happened to his father, but I do know that William and his brother had been living with their aunt in the 1891 census.


Hugh and Anna (MCFARLAND) KERR were married on October 25, 1894, in Ireland. Hugh was born on February 20, 1866, in Clonavaddy, Tyrone, Ireland. Anna was born on August 29, 1868, in Aughnacloy, Ireland. They traveled aboard the ship State of Nebraska and arrived at Ellis Island on May 21, 1895.


George "Geo" STEINBRECHER was born on November 2, 1860, in Felsberg, Hessen, Germany. He immigrated to American around 1883. There were already other STEINBRECHER family members in Grand Rapids, Michigan prior to him coming. I believe they are either brothers or cousins.


Dorothea "Dora" ADRAIN was born on October 13, 1856 in Peterzell, Freudenstadt, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. She immigrated alone as far as I can tell in 1883. The following year she would meet George "Geo" STEINBRECHER and they would get married.




3rd Great Grandparents


Michael KRAUS was born on Febuary 14, 1842 in Krickenbach, Germany. I still have much to learn about Michael, but per census records, he immigrated in 1873.


Anna BRAYER was born in June 1842 in Germany. Anna would marry Michael KRAUS in 1873, but I have not been able to determine if they were married in America after they arrived or Germany. She immigrated in 1873.


Charles "Carl" August GREINER was born on February 22, 1832 in Cappel, Hohenlohekreis, Baden-Wurttemberg, German. I do not know for sure when he immigrated and still need to work on researching more about him.



This blog post was written from a prompt “Foundations” which is part of a year-long challenge to write about 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. For more information on this series please visit https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/