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John R Blake married toBertha Fredericks/Friedrichs(?) (had sister Sophie)
Posted by: Nancy (ID *****9917) Date: August 24, 2007 at 19:22:34
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I'm hoping to make a connection with anyone who recognizes these names:: Bertha Fredericks/Friedrichs, married John R. Blake by 1883. All I knew about her before beginning to search was that she was born in Germany and had a sister named Sophie.

The earliest info I've found on her is in the 1900 census, married to John R. Blake 18 years (abt 1882), with 7 children, the eldest (Fred) was born in Nebraska abt Feb 1883 - and that she immigrated in 1870. By 1910 they were in Louisiana (he & sons worked for the railroad). One of their sons (Ed) moved back to Nebraska, one of his sons (Raymond Blake) lived in Fremont NE and another (Harvey Blake) in Coffeyville KS. Everyone else stayed in Louisiana.

Bertha is my great-grandmother - and I have always wanted to know more about her and her family - siblings, parents, where born, etc. Can anyone help me??

Unsure if the following is the exact family I need but it's where I've started. Found in "Germans to America" (1870):: Friedrich Friedrichs, age 47, farmer; Hanover, Germany to U.S., SHIP: Bremen - from Bremen to NY, Arrived: 4/1/1870 -with: Wilhelmine, age 46; Wilhelmine, age 18; Auguste, age 16; Wilhelm, age 15; Sophie, age 12; Bertha, age 7; Emil, age 7 mos.

Thanks for any connection that might be made...
Nancy Blake Thompson

p.s. I know this is a stretch, but I have also found in the Nebraska census for 1880 a John R. Blake who would be of an age to be the father of my John R. Blake (both born in Maine) - and there is listed at his residence a housekeeper (of the right age) named Bertha Klaman (married). I've wondered if this might be the same Bertha I'm looking for - possibly having been married before. I know - I'm reaching for straws here! :-)

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