Monday, May 19, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #19 Ernestine Wiedrich - More than a Cookie

Ernestine Wiedrich – More Than a Cookie

Ernestine Wiedrich was a women who would have been one of those pioneer women who settled the West if she had been born in the 1800s. But Aunt Ernie was a woman of the twentieth century. She was born June 30, 1910 in New York City to Emma (Krieger) and John Schramm who were German immigrants. At 4-yrs-old her family moved to Elba, Genesee County, NY and then to then to Batavia, Genesee County a few years later. Around 1927 she married Chester (Chuck) Wiedrich. Later they moved to Oakfield, NY. Life would not
Chuck and Ernestine
be easy. They had six children, three boys and three girls. My great grandmother, Sarah, loved to go to her daughter-in-law's house because she had such a good time. Aunt Ernie was fun to be around and was a good cook. On my family’s yearly vacation we would be sure to visit and spend the night. Their house was a humble dwelling and quite different than our house in the city. They had running water in the kitchen but the bathroom was an outhouse in the back yard. At night there was a Murphy pot under the bed. I was just 13 when she passed away in 1964 but she is still with us in the form of her cookies. Her sour cream cookies and soft molasses cookies were delicious. I still use her recipes. My children would never try the sour cream cookies. You know how kids are – just hearing the word sour cream turned them off. So I started to call them Aunt Ernie cookies. Now even though they are grown and have their own families they still ask when I’m making Aunt Ernie’s cookies again. I wish they could have known her as more than a cookie.
Ernestine and Sarah

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #18 Samuel Norton - Early Goshen, CT Resident

Samuel Norton


Samuel Norton was the oldest child of Samuel and Dinah Birdseye. He was born on March 6, 1718 (although some sources list the year as between 1712 and 1719) in Durham, Connecticut. Durham was first settled in 1699 and had one of the first (1733) public libraries in America. His father was one of the original proprietors of this town. In 1737 he was living in Litchfield, Connecticut.  On November 27, 1740 he married Mary (Molly) Lucas. The wedding took place in either Goshen or Middletown, Connecticut. After the marriage they lived on East Street in Goshen, Connecticut and had nine children. Goshen was a small town just beginning to be a real settlement. The Congregational Church was formed the year Samuel and Mary were married.  Different sources list him living at various times in his life in Goshen, Litchfield and Torrington, Connecticut. He died on September 19, 1801 at the age of 83 and was buried in the East Street Cemetery.