Monthly Archives: January 2011

Will of Dominic Samels 1799-1873

Dominic (Dominique) Samels was the Father of Franz Samels and my GGGrandfather.  He was born in Luxembourg 20 February, 1799 and died in Aurora Illinois 19 June, 1873. Dominic Samels married (1) Catharina Schott (1796-1837) and their children were Wilhelm, … Continue reading

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A Letter from June

June Taylor Murphy* and I have had several visits about the Samels family over the years.  When my sister and I visited Minnesota a few years ago we spent an afternoon with June and enjoyed her company very much.  June … Continue reading

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Marriage of Anna L. King and William H. Samels

Here’s a copy of the marriage register for William H. Samels and Anna L. King.  It’s a little hard to read but includes lots of information… The groom is Wm. H. Samels age 31, it’s the first marriage for William. … Continue reading

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Delaware County Marriage Records

Waaay back in 1998 Mr. Ed and I were doing some ancestor searching in Delaware County, Iowa where the Samels and Shane families lived.  So I made notes on several of the marriages and will share those here.  All are … Continue reading

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Photograph of Maggie Samels

Margaret (Maggie) Samels, daughter of Franz and Susanna was born in May of  1870 in Aurora, Illinois.  Her death date is not known. This picture was probably taken mid-1890’s. Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, January 16, 2011 All Rights … Continue reading

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Kate Samels and Frank White Wedding Picture

This appears to be a wedding picture of Katherine (Kate) Samels and Frank White who were married January 8, 1884 in Sand Springs, Iowa.  Katie was 18 years old at the time and Frank 27.  Kate and Frank went on … Continue reading

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Photograph of Franz and Susanna Samels

This lovely, formal photograph of Franz and Susanna Samels was probably taken in the mid-1860’s.  Her dress with buttons from neckline to waist or a little below was popular at that time and her hair parted in the center and … Continue reading

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