Category Archives: Family history

Henry Steinkamp’s Civil War

This Thanksgiving our stepmother Carolyn gave me copies of the letters of her great granduncle Henry Steinkamp. Carolyn’s father’s paternal grandmother, Angelina Magsig, was born Angelina Steinkamp in 1858. She was three years old when her older brother Henry enlisted … Continue reading

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Our Veterans

Our father, Robert Tully, served in the Air Force for four years after high school, from 1958-1962. Our parents had just married when Dad was sent to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington; I was born there. Shortly afterwards … Continue reading

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Uncle Jack

Our mother’s Uncle Jack was a cut-up. During holiday get-togethers he would bring all of us kids (and there were lots of us) down to the basement, turn out the lights and tell us scary stories, bellowing and making us … Continue reading

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Bill Von Rissen

William “Bill” Von Rissen, our paternal grandmother’s uncle, is the subject of much family lore.  He was born in Cincinnati on the 21st of February, 1888, and as a young man was a clerk and a teamster (that is, he … Continue reading

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Irene Von Rissen

Irene Von Rissen is our first cousin, twice removed—our paternal grandmother’s first cousin on her father’s side.  She was born in 1897, in Cincinnati, to John and Rose Von Rissen.  She worked as a bookkeeper, an inspector (of what we … Continue reading

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The Death of George Theetge

The first three stories in this series were about our mother’s ancestors.  But our father’s ancestors had more of a reputation for lawlessness. Family lore is that our paternal grandfather’s maternal grandfather, Percy Theetge, killed a man in the early … Continue reading

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Pauline Eng

Pauline Eng Jackman Mirrielees Eschenbrenner is the subject of this post.  She was our maternal grandmother’s maternal grandmother (so, for members of the family, she was Great-Grandma Ritter’s mother).  There are many mysteries in Pauline’s life, starting with the year … Continue reading

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