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Friday, December 25, 2009


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Merry Christmas!

Family, friends, church, good company, food, Prime Rib, Presents!

What's In A Name (Isaiah 9:2-7)

"his name will be Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace"


What's in the name?

Christ part of Christmas is the Christ who came to save the world
The "M" is Man. He was Christ the man among us. He came as a man
The "A" is Among us. He lived among us
The "S" is Savior of the world
The "mas" is Mass or Mass of people coming together to worship.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Advent Calendar - Day 22

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Advent Calendar Day 22 Christmas and Deceased Relatives

Did your family visit the cemetery at Christmas?

Yes we visited the Cemetery in December. It usually started out  every September where we put a Fall grave blanket on Grandma and Grandpa Fermazin’s graves in Lincoln Memorial Park,  Aurora, Illinois.  Every Fall my parents and my dad’s sister Lola bought a grave cover to be placed over the graves. In December a wreath was ordered and placed on the headstones. Even after we moved to California, my parents always ordered the grave blankets and wreaths.
Nowadays, my cousin, Karen and I carry on the tradition. I send the money to her in Illinois and she buys the grave blankets for our grandparents and has them placed on the graves.  We still do a wreath in December to carry on the tradition.
Now we just have more to remember.  Our grandparents and our parents.  I carry on the tradition in California, by placing a wreath on the headstones of my parents who are buried in California.

What are grave blankets?

Grave blankets are headstone coverings that are placed on the graves during cold weather winter months. You order them at the cemetery and they will usually place them. We always got a Fall theme and at Christmas we put a wreath on the headstone.

How did your family honor deceased family members at Christmas?

We sit around the Christmas Dinner table talking about oma and opa and recalling family memories of mom and dad and Christmas’ past.

* This post is part of the Advent Calendar of Christmas memories carnival by Thomas MacEntee at
You can go to to read the suggestions for each days Advent Calendar

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Catherina POTT and Mathias LINDEN

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Catherina (Katie) POTT was born on 2 March 1853 in Lipperscheid, Luxembourg. She was the daughter of Jean POTT and Susanne BIEVER of Michelau, Luxembourg. Katie and her brother, Nicholas POTT immigrated to the United States. We have not found the ship or immigration records at Castle Gardens or in Filby’s Germans to America. We think they arrived about 1871. They settled in Aurora, Illinois a Luxembourger community. Nicholas POTT was born 30 AUG 1857 in Flebour, Michelau, Luxemburg. He was married to Annie (Klein) WILLIAMSON b: 1862 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois on 11 April 1883. Nicholas POTT and his family later moved to Iowa.

Mathias LINDEN was born 27 March 1854 in Waldbillig, Luxembourg, the youngest child of Maria Margaretha WAGENER and Theodor Dietrich LINDEN. He immigrated to the United States in 1871 at the age of 14 with his father, Theodor Dietrich LINDEN and his brother, Pierre Peter LINDEN on the ship R.M.S. Abyssinia which left Liverpool July 17th . The ship manifest shows their departure as Denmark. They left Luxembourg to Liverpool and then on to the US.
Immigration of Mathias, Theodor Dietrich, and Pierre Peter Linden.
Source Citation: Year: 1871; Arrival: New York , United States; Microfilm serial: M237; Microfilm roll: M237_345; Line: 12; List number: 682.
Source Information: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Original data:
Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

 This database is an index to the passenger lists of ships arriving from foreign ports at the port of New York from 1820-1957. In addition, the names found in the index are linked to actual images of the passenger lists. Information contained in the index includes given name, surname, age, gender, arrival date, port of arrival, port of departure and ship name.
New York Passenger Lists Record
Theodor LINDEN
Name: Theodor LINDEN
Arrival Date: 17 Jul 1871
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1812
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Destination: United States of America
Place of Origin: Denmark
Ship Name: Abyssinia
Port of Arrival: New York
Line: 12
Microfilm Serial: M237
Microfilm Roll: 345
List Number: 682
Port Arrival State: New York
Port Arrival Country: United States

Mathias LINDEN and Catherina POTT

Mathias LINDEN and Katie POTT were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Aurora Illinois on 4 January 1882. Witnesses were Henry LINDEN and Margarete BIEVER

Matt LINDEN became a naturalized citizen in 1880 in the Circuit Court of Kane County, Illinois.
Source: Name: Mathius (alternate spelling) LINDEN
Year: 1880
Place: Illinois
Source Publication Code: 3703.1
Primary Immigrant: LINDEN, Mathius (alternate spelling)
Annotation: Date and place of declaration of intent or final papers. Extracted from records of the Elgin and Aurora City Courts and the Kane County Court/Circuit Court housed at the Circuit Court office in Geneva, the county seat. Copies of the original documents can be obtained from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Kane County, Illinois, Box 112, Geneva, IL 60134.
Source Bibliography: KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS NATURALIZATION RECORDS,1857-1906. Geneva, IL: Kane County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 504, Geneva, IL 60134, 1988. 162p.
Page: 86

Mathias LINDEN died very suddenly at his home 114 Forrest Ave, Aurora, Kane, Illinois, Sunday afternoon at 3 PM on 3 January 1909. Mr. LINDEN who was 54 years old suffered a stroke of apoplexy and despite the fact that Dr. Pulfer was summoned soon after he was stricken he passed away after an illness of a few hours. He leaves his widow, six children, Nicholas, Peter, Bernard, John, Mary, and Lena LINDEN all of Aurora.
(Source: Aurora Beacon News, January 4, 1909.)

The funeral was held at St. Joseph's Church. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

“The POTTs (originally wroted in 1730 Poott) came from Roth. Must be important people because one is titled Synodalis.Normally the = Second citizan after the major. But Roth was very larger as today . To Roth in the 17 an 18 century = belong also the Downtown of Vianden. Vianden was a majestic Castle and =
forteress. With big walls around . People living intra muros are baptisized in = Vianden. People outside the walls baptisized in Roth.”

(Source: Rob Deltgen []=20
Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2004 1:52 AM)