Paulina Faas was my Great Great Grandmother. I haven't been looking much for a couple of years. I really appreciate stumbling across your messages. I have included little report that Aunt Carrie wrote when she was young. I also stumbled across some info in Charles Faas and Emma Cheevers lately. I would appreciate any more information you might have on charles or his father.
Have you heard this story? Charles Faas' father turned up in Germany around the end of the French Revolution. Faas was not his name. He never told anyone his name, not even his wife. He would only say that if he was found out he would be killed.
I am very curios about these folks.
Charles August FAAS
By Carrie Gregory
Charles A. Faas was born in Wurtemburg, South Germany, on April 6.1827. He came to this country in a sailing vessel, landing in New York after a voyage of forty days.
He found employment as an engraver in the jewelry business. After a short time, he moved to New Britain, Connecticut, and then to Newark, New Jersey, where he started in business for himself at die cutting for three years.
He then moved to Wickford, Rhode Island and soon after to Providence, Rhode Island. From there he went to Wrentham and settled in the village of Plainville (Massachusetts).
In 1861 he enlisted in the 7th Massachusetts Regiment as a private. He was soon promoted to rank of 4th Sergeant.
At the Battle of Fair Oaks (Virginia) he was wounded by a rifle ball and taken to the rear, where his right leg was amputated. He remained on the battlefield four days, and then taken to the hospital at Philadelphia-where he stayed 22 days, after which he was sent home to Wrentham. On account of his good nature and genial spirits, he was popular in his company. With exception of four years spent in New York, he has since lived in Plainville. In politics he is a staunch Republican. He was naturalized in 1858.
He was first married to Margreta Neff, a native of Germany. Children were Paulina, Charles August, who married Addie Meeks of Brooklyn, and Frances. He married-second time to Emma Cheever. Their children were: Edwin, married to Eva Anthony, George, and Florence-wife of Wm. Greenholge.
Carrie Gregory wrote the above when she had an interview with her Grandfather Faas in August of 1904-whom, she (a school teacher) had taken her mother on a trip back to her home in Massachusetts-where she could visit with her relatives.
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