Week 11 of The WikiTree Challenge pushed WikiTreers to their limits, and they passed with flying colors!
Our amazing challenge participants added 237 profiles to Rob's branches. There were 47 new direct ancestors and 190 nuclear relatives of ancestors. Twenty-seven of the new ancestors were completely new to Rob thanks to brick walls plowed through.
Altogether, more than 36 members made 3,712 edits to his ancestor profiles. Many did research, while others worked on Space pages, looked up articles, added categories, and contributed in other ways.
Here are some highlights from our discoveries:
- Mary Magdalena (Eichelberger) Welty had a birth name change from Eichelbert to Eichelberger (so close!). This allowed her branches to open up and twelve other ancestors were added on her line. On this line was Johannes Welty, who was an American Revolutionary patriot. He died at the age of 98, his father age 94, his children all above 80 years old with his daughter Elisabeth dying at age 103. A newspaper article was written about them. Their aggregated ages was said to be 656 total years, averaging 94 years each.
- Peter Joseph Funk (abt.1844-1912) was a German immigrant who had twelve children in the area. He is buried in the cemetery there along with his wife, Sarah (Lawrence) Funk (1848-1893) and some of his children. His children were christened there and at least two were married there. A Space page was created for the beautiful Basilica chapel.
- Anthony Small was added as a new father for Anna (Small) Hockensmith. Anthony was born in Pennsylvania. He moved to Virginia where he served in the United States Civil War (Union). He and Margaret had ten children. This resulted in 53 new ancestors for Anna, the oldest being Johannes Eck born about 1500, most likely in Germany.
- Anastasia Dienst gained new parents: Sebastianus Dienst & Annastasia (Werneth) Dienst. Sebastianus & Annastasia had 13 children, only three of which lived long enough to marry. This was, unfortunately, a common occurence in that area. Ten new direct ancestors were added to Rob's branches beyond Anastasia.
- It was discovered that Albert Schuchart married twice. Once to Mary Catharine Hufnagle, and once to Mary Elizabeth Huffnagel. Albert had 7 children with Mary Catharine, including Rob's direct ancestor Margaret (Schuchart) Bisker. His first wife died in 1892, after the birth of the 7th child. Albert remarried the next year and had four more children with Mary Elizabeth.
Team Captains: Joan Whitaker & Janet Wild
MVP: Dieter Lewerenz
Top Bounty Hunter: Dieter Lewerenz
Special Mention: Thanks to Emma MacBeath for working on the DNA confirmation statements, and Elaine Weatherall for drawing the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
If you missed the wrap-up LiveCast and want to see Rob's reaction to our endeavors, you can view it at any time on YouTube.
Quotes from Rob:
- Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to diving deep into this! (22:15)
- Wow, that's uh...(25:56) And things like this really [make] things much more alive (26:16)
- That's awesome! Thank you. (29:18)
- I can't wait to look at that! (30:03) That's awesome, thank you all so much! (30:14) I...I... ya know (Rob was then speechless)
- (To the next guest, Dallan Quass) And the part that's even more amazing is the details, even in the ones that I had. ...I just threw things (sources) up... and there are so many details, I'm just sitting here looking at them all now. (40:30)