| || Our ancestors were ranchers and lawyers, indentured servants and educated ladies, shepherds and founders of
cities. They were ministers, craftsmen, midwives, housemaids, and peat diggers. Some were even people of intrigue: a
youthful hostage, a stowaway, and a “fallen” woman. The adventurous, courageous, or just plain desperate
ones came from all parts of Germany to start new lives in a young country. Their descendants persevered and became true
Americans, while continuing to carry their German language and heritage through several generations. |
following the links below you will find their stories, as well as information about our ancestral villages and towns in
Germany and related historical topics.
All of these stories have been edited by Jane Moore, whose clarity of
thought and syntax is an inspiration to her mother.
Wiederanders & Beyer Ancestry:
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Martin Wilhelm Reuter: lawyer and civil servant
Mimmi Richter Schweers and Minnie Beyer Wiederanders