21 March 2009

Seaver's Saturday Night Fun - Who's Your Daddy's Mama's Daddy?

I am extremely pleased that I could say the title to this post 3 times in a row before screwing it up. I probably could have gone 4 or 5 times if I hadn't previously fortified myself with a wee bit of cold medication. It's an old family recipe that you can now purchase over the counter - Jose Cuervo with a couple slices of lemon (for the vitamin C needed to fight off colds).

It's a good thing I am medicated because it is Saturday night and we all know what that means - Everyone's over to Seaver's place for some
Saturday Night Fun at Genea-Musings. Randy's challenge to us this week:

Provide a list of your paternal grandmother's patrilineal line by answering the following questions.

I have checked and I can tell you with 100% certainty that my BORGSTADTER family are the only ones in the entire United States. Do not know why I felt the need to share that with you but Jose C. was telling me that I should mention it.

1. What is my father's mother's maiden name? - BORGSTADTER

2. What is your father's mother's father's name? - HENRY FRED BORGSTADTER

3. What is your father's mother's father's patrilineal line?

The father of HENRY FRED BORGSTADTER is JOHN FRED BORGSTADTER. John Borgstadter immigrated to the U.S. about 1872. I have never found his passenger arrival, never located any siblings or parents. When John was required to register as an "Enemy Alien" during WWI, he was asked the date of his arrival in the U.S., the name of the ship he came on, what port he arrived at, his place of birth, the names of his parents and whether he had any relatives in the U.S. or corresponded with any in Germany. I was shocked at his answers.

He was not sure of the date of his arrival to the U.S. probably September 1871 or 1872.
He did not remember the name of the ship.
He is pretty sure that he arrived at the Port of New York.
He stated that he was born in Hitzhausen, Germany.
When asked for the names of his parents his answer was "I do not know".
When asked if he had any relatives in the U.S. or still corresponded with any who were in Germany he answered, "It is possible, but I do not know".

Can you imagine giving those answers to Homeland Security in this day and age?

4. Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further

My father's mother had 1 brother - Fred Louis Borgstadter who had 2 daughters and 0 sons.

So if I go back a generation to my father's mother's father - Henry Borgstadter - Henry had 1 brother - Herman George Borgstadter. Herman had 3 sons -[a] Gerald who was killed in action in WWII (he had no children), [b] An infant who died at birth and never named and [c] a son who is still living. This still living son had 1 son who is alive.


  1. Pretty amazing about the alien registration form. It makes you wonder when a person doesn't even know his parents' names. Was he orphaned early or just not very attentive. (just a rhetorical question)

    I found it interesting that that his the only family with that last name. Glad you included it.

  2. Now who was Jose Cuervo's father's mother's father? Inquiring minds want to know.

  3. Mother Superior,

    What state? (For John Borgstadter, not Jose Cuervo). And when was Henry born? These facts might help me help you find him. I'm good at finding people (that's why no one loans me money anymore).

    Sr Donner

  4. I'm just glad you can buy the "cold remedy" over the counter (so to speak) now! Must try that sometime!
    All kidding aside - makes you wonder if the name he used was his "real" name or a variation. Maybe he didn't want anyone searching for him. Things that make you go hmmm!