I am the gg grandson of the sister of Elizabeth (Eha) Muckenthaler, wife of Martin Muckenthaler and mother of Albert. My gg grandmother, Pauline (Paulina) Eha and Elizabeth had a brother, German Eha, who was one of the early pioneer homesteaders of Northwestern Minnesota in the Fergus Falls area.
German and his young wife were chased halfway across Minnesota by hostile Indians, barely escaping with their lives, during the Minnesota Sioux Indian Uprising of 1862. German changed his name from Eha to Sha in 1869. I don't think his wife wanted her children to be teased about their name sounding like something coming from a donkey. I exchange e-mail now with quite a few Sha descendants who share common Eha ancestors with me and you.
Martin and Elizabeth Muckenthaler left Minnesota for Kansas just about the time their other Eha relatives started arriving in Minnesota including my great grandfather, John Baptiste Eha. I have the original copies of letters between John Baptiste Eha and Martin Muckenthaler which I can scan if you are interested.
I would be very interested in any information you might have on the descendants of Martin Muckenthaler and Elizabeth (Eha) Muckenthaler. I'd also like to get scans or digital color copies of any old family pictures. I have information on the Eha, Sha and Muckenthaler families that goes back to the 1500s in Germany. I am also in contact with Eha relatives who currently live near the Schoemberg (Schömberg), area on the eastern edge of the Black Forest where the Eha family lived for about 400 years.
Let me know if you are interested in my full Eha-Muckenthaler family document (WORD format). I can e-mail it and hopefully have you fill in some Muckenthaler blanks.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Arden Hills, Minnesota
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