Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Revolutionary War Veteran Thomas King

Thomas King
Born 17 Mar 1754 in Pennsylvania
Married Susan Ann Sharp
Veteran of the Revolutionary War
Died 18 June 1847
Buried in New Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery
in Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN
 - - -

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Advent Calendar - December 8 - Old World Kipfels

Our Christmas Kipfel cookies:  http://tr.im/GzAr
Link posted for the Dec. 8th Advent Calender topic: 
Christmas Cookies!

Tombstone Tuesday - A Reminder to Us All

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.

The Memorial structure spans the mid-portion of this sunken battleship. The United States flag flies from a flagpole which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Surname Saturday - Kolbusz of Galicia, Poland

On this snowy, Surname Saturday morning I will highlight our Kolbusz / Kolbush ancestry.  Kolbush is not a very common surname and  has proven a difficult line to research. Our ancestors immigrated from Szufnarowa, Galicia, originally part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, then after WW1 it became part of Poland. 

I.  Jacob1 Kolbus married Hedvige Jajek (or Sajek) in Austria (Poland). 
A.  George Ignatz2 Kolbush was also known as Wojcieck Kolbusz and Adalbert  Kolbus (spelled with 2 dots over the 's').  He was born circa 1854 or 1860 in Austria / Poland and resided in Galicia.  He immigrated in 1888 and resided in 1893 at Jamesburg, New Jersey. He married Pauline Gobur, daughter of Peter Gobura and Ann F(a)rdda, on 6 Feb 1893 at St. Stephen's church, Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  He and Pauline Gobur resided in Jun 1900 at Helmetta, Middlesex, New Jersey.  He worked at the Snuff Mill in Jun 1900.  He and Pauline Gobur resided in May 1910 in Monroe Township, Middlesex, New Jersey.  He died on 7 Mar 1936 and was buried on 10 Mar 1936 at St. James Cemetery, Jamesburg, Middlesex, New Jersey.

George Ignatz Kolbush c.1930

1.  Andrew3 Kolbush was born on 24 Nov 1893 at Jamesburg, Middlesex, New Jersey.  He married Rosa M. and had four children.  Andrew died on 19 Nov 1974 at Jamesburg, Middlesex, New Jersey, at age 80.

2.  Katherine3 Kolbush  was born on 19 Oct 1897 at New Jersey. She married Stanley Krukowski circa 1918 at New Jersey.  She and Stanley Krukowski resided in Feb 1920 at With George & Pauline Kolbush, Jamesburg, Middlesex, New Jersey. They had 3 children.  She died on 29 Jan 1985 at South River, New Jersey, at age 87.

3.  Joseph3 Kolbush was also known as Joe Colbush  was born on 11 Feb 1901 at New Jersey.  He died without issue on 16 Nov 1963 at New Jersey at age 62.  He was buried on 21 Nov 1963 at Beverly National Cemetery, 916 Bridgeboro Rd, Beverly, New Jersey.

4.  Alexander3 Kolbush was born on 14 Jul 1905 at Helmetta, Middlesex, New Jersey, and was baptized on 15 Jul 1905 at St. James Church, Jamesburg, Middlesex, New Jersey.  He married Katherine Kollain, daughter of Ignatz John Kollain and Maria Bergner, on 24 Jun 1928 at St.James Parish Church, Jamesburg, Middlesex, New Jersey. They had 5 children.  Alexander died on 6 Jun 1972  at age 66.  He was buried on 8 Jun 1972 at St. James Cemetery, Jamesburg, Middlesex, New Jersey.

B.  Gregory2 Kolbusz was also known as Grsegore Kolbusz.  He was born in 1864 at Austria/Poland.  He married Gertrude Victoria Gobur, daughter of Peter Gobura and Ann F(a)rdda.  He first immigrated on 28 Apr 1897 on the ship: Southwark -  Antwerp to Port of New York.  He and Gertrude Victoria Gobur are from  Szufnarowa, Galicia, Poland.  They immigrated together on 26 Jun 1900 to Elllis Island, New York.  He and Gertrude Victoria Gobur resided in 1912 at Main St.; Ward 1, South Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey.  Gregory died on 12 Mar 1938 at New Jersey.  He was buried on 14 Mar 1938 at St. James Cemetery, Jamesburg, Middlesex, New Jersey.

1.  Maryanna3 Kolbusz was born in 1889.  She immigrated from Szufnarowa, Galicia, Poland, with her parents on 26 Jun 1900 to Elllis Island, New York.  She resided in Apr 1910 at Manhattan, New York, New York.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Kipfels

This family recipe comes from my maternal G-Grandmother Maria Rauner Stosz and her daughters Theresa Stosz Hack (left) & Anna Stosz Bauman (right) of Segenthau, Austria-Hungary (now Romania). G-Grandmom Kollain from my paternal side of the family also made these and called them Horns.  These are made every year at Christmas - no exceptions!

Mix 8 oz of cream cheese, 1/2 lb of softened butter, 1 Tblesp sugar, and 1 egg yolk until combined. Add 2 cups of flour 1 cup at a time and mix and kneed well. Divide dough into two pancake-like patties, wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/8-1/4 inch on a surface that has been dusted lightly with flour. Cut into 2-inch squares. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of strawberry or apricot preserves on center of each square. Overlap 2 opposite corners of dough to the center over filling and pinch ends together then give it a tweek to shape the cookie into a slight crescent. 

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire cooling rack and dust with powdered sugar.
I never have to worry about storing them as they are always eaten within the hour!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Confederate White House

The White House of the Confederacy

Located in Richmond, Virginia, the gray-stuccoed mansion built in1818 was home to a succession of wealthy families throughout the antebellum period.  This building has earned a unique stature in American history for its role as the Executive Mansion of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. The official residence of President Jefferson Davis, his wife Varina and their children, the house was the social, political and military center of the Confederacy. The home has been meticulously restored and is open for guided tours daily.     The Museum of the Confederacy