52 Ancestors Week 13: In the Paper and this is my 13th week participating!
I was so excited when I found this information while researching my mother's side of the family.
I started out researching my husband's side (Hess family) because they had such early roots in my hometown, so it was fun when I found my grandmother's grandfather's will in an old paper. My grandmother was Minnie Leinen, her father was William Junker, Sr., and his dad was Herman Junker Junker-134.
Herman was born in 31 Jul 1840 in Germany and he came to the United States in 1866. He married Sophie Ohlenkamp, they had 11 children, and in 1900 they were living in Momence, Illinois. Sophie died in 1907, and he married Mary Schultz in 1918.
He died 15 Jan 1926 in Yellowhead Township (Momence), Illinois.
18 Jan 1926 his will was printed in the Kankakee Republic.
After I read his will, I learned so much about my gg-grandfather. I didn't know he had been married twice, or that my grandmother was in his will.
I also learned from my mother that before any money was distributed, the banks failed, and all of his money was lost. The only thing left was his land.
I know that I am very lucky to have found this, and so much more information about my maternal gg-grandfather.