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Re: Hester Ann, daughter of Thomas and Sarah
Posted by: Nancy Weintraub (ID *****8750) Date: July 18, 2005 at 20:58:13
In Reply to: Re: Hester Ann, daughter of Thomas and Sarah by Dana Chrisco of 144

Hi, Dana. My maiden name was Nancy Widger, and "my bunch of Widgers" lived in southern Colorado near Monte Vista. The 90-year-old woman from Mulberry Grove, IL, mentioned in your note, was my Great Aunt Mae Widger Wherle. Mae was the sister of my grandad, William James Widger (b. 1885 in Mulberry Grove, Bond County, IL, d. 1976). My grandma's name was Nina May White (b. 1887, also in Mulberry Grove; they married in 1906). Mae and William also had a brother named Roy Widger (b. 1882, married to Daisy White b. 1884--my grandma's sister???) There may have been other siblings, but I don't think so. Their parents were John Anson Widger and Amanda Smith Widger of Mulberry Grove. John and Amanda also raised a "cousin" named Gertrude Crutchfield--I'm not sure how she was related, but she taught school in Bond County for many years, and she was quite a lady. John's parents were James Widger and Sarah Seagraves Widger (I actually have old photos of all mentioned above except for Daisy.) I am pretty sure that James Widger's parents were Thomas Widger (b. 1791 in CT) and Sarah (b. 1796 in MD). They lived for some time in Ohio before settling in Bond County. There are still plenty of relatives around Mulberry Grove. I made a "roots" trip there in 1977 and spent lots of time with Great Aunt Mae and her daughter Nina Mae Buchmiller. It's beautiful farmland around there. My grandad, William James, moved his young family from IL to Dodge City, KS, for a short time to try farming there, then they went on to Colorado where Grandad cleared a lot of land and built a successful farm. Grandad's children were Paul White Widger, James Leo Widger (my father, b. 1910), Marie Widger Ziegler Suter (her first husband, Otto Ziegler, was murdered sometime in the 1950s in Kansas where he worked for the railroad; his murderers were hung), Willa June Widger, and Marybel Widger Asay. All of the James Widgers get confusing, as there are many--I also have a brother, a nephew, and a cousin named James. Would love to learn more about my GGGgrandfather Thomas. I think that all the Widgers in the country originated with some hearty immigrants from Great Britain who first settled in NY, CT, and PA sometime in the 1600s. I'm pretty sure that if we look back far enough, we're all cousins!


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