Monday, April 11, 2011

Anything Slightly Unusual About this Petition?

This petition to adminstrate the estate of Mimke Fecht comes from 1937 and lists his heirs-at-law at the time of his death. Readers with an eye for detail may notice something slightly strange about one of the names on this document. A few first names are spelled incorrectly, but that's not what may appear odd.

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8 comments:

  1. the sister's last name. Did she marry another Fecht or was she single?

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  2. His deceased sister Annie Fetch kept her maiden name and had 6 sons and I presume 2 now married daughters who used the Fetch name as well. Wonder how that came about??
    -Bob Barnes.

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  3. Annie probably married a cousin, but I like saying her name out-loud. What is the one guys name Roll? Koll?

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  4. The one heir's name is "Roll" or sometimes "Rolf," but he's called Roll throughout the estate records here.

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  5. Wow they had to shorten Rolf to Roll??

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  6. Minka is feminine in nature his name is Mimke also wonder who the HULS are since I tracking them. They used Minka in both places..

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  7. They wrote Minka, but his name is actually Mimka or Mimke. It is a low-German male first name.

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  8. To keep this relatively short:

    The mother of these siblings was married twice. With her first husband, John Huls, she had children John Huls, Tena Knowles, and Annie Fecht. She then married John Fecht and had the Fecht boys with him, including George J., Lubbie, Mimke, Roll. Annie Fecht was married to George H. Fecht, from a different Fecht family (you'd have to go back to the 1700s to connect the families).

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