O.K., I haven't taken over the Caroline or Marshall Islands yet [by virtue of their names alone, they should already be mine]. I've been trying to finish this family story of mine, which is taking a lot longer than I thought it would. You thought so, too? Be patient...I promise there's an end worth waiting for [at least I hope you think it's worth waiting for]. You have to remember that all this stuff didn't happen overnight, and we certainly aren't going to solve it overnight, either. [Plus, I'd make your head hurt if I talked about everything in one post...]
1. John Marschall; Head of Household; born Jun 1857 in Germany; 43yo; married 21 yrs; immigrated 1879; in U.S. 21 yrs; occupation: farmer; and parents born in Germany.
2. Emma Marschall; wife; born Feb 1857 in Texas; 43yo; married 21 yrs; 7 of 9 children still living; and parents born in Germany.
3. John b. Oct 1881 in Tx; 18yo
4. Jane b. Jul 1884 in Tx; 15yo
5. Nettie b. Jan 1886 in Tx; 14yo
6. Saveria E. b.May 1890 in Tx; 10yo
7. Roman b. Oct 1891 in Tx; 8yo
8. Joseph b. Jun 1893 in Tx; 7yo
9. Mare[y?] b. Nov 1895 in Tx 5yo
[and a boarder, William E. Ritz, a schoolteacher - may or may not be related]
This is becoming like a soup that you just keep adding ingredients to...Here are a couple of things that I wanted to point out though - putting aside, for a moment the surname spelling difference...Some food for thought [hey, we're cooking, aren't we?]: 1. This Joseph's birthday is Jun 1893, the same month and one of the target years [1893/95/96] of my grandfather's birth month and year that I'm looking for; 2. My grandmother indicated on my grandfather's death certificate that his father was John Marshall. Could it be the same one? [No other John-Joseph relationship can be found in this time period with the surname spelled either way.] 3. This candidate for Mary is spelled Mare, but the birth year and age match the 1910 census, probably could be chalked up to a spelling error; 4. The father's birthplace here in 1900 is Germany - not Poland/Prussia/Texas, which have all been mentioned before for the father of Joseph...so which is it?
I already addressed the 1920 reporting of Texas as the birthplace of Joseph's father. The listing could be wrong due to clerical error, etc, or this might not be the same Joseph. As far as the Polish/Prussian/German issue? Well, I had a simple & quick look-see at Prussian/Polish/German history [Do you hear me laughing? I'm laughing because it was neither simple nor quick...Wow! What a history...]. I determined that with the course of history changing due to wars and such, oftentimes immigrants would obviously hear news of what was going on in their homeland and would refer to it in the context of whatever country it was under rule at the time. In other words, if say , for example, Prussia took over Poland then Poland was given back to the Polish, then immigrants from there would refer to their homeland first as Poland then Prussia then Poland depending on who ruled what, when [I hope that makes sense...] So, this gives a probable reason for the discrepancy, and if it's true then it might help to pinpoint where John Marschall came from someday [if indeed, he's Joseph's father and this Joseph is my grandfather, of course...]
So, I decided to visit my local genealogical department at Montgomery County Memorial Library in Conroe, Texas. Not huge, but it's packed with lots of local info. After looking through all [& I do mean all] the books for Galveston County [O.K., it took me several trips...], I found some "Marschall's" listed in the index of a book entitled, "St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Galveston, Texas, baptismal, confirmation, marriage, and death records : 1860-1952." Could these be mine, or, at least, the ones I was looking for? I quickly looked them up and...Bingo! All the children's births and baptisms were listed as well as witnesses and of course, their parents. [There weren't any confirmations, marriages, or deaths listed, but, hey I'm not going to be too picky...] This was indeed the same family. But was this my family? [...and why does "Catholic" ring a bell...?]
There were some discrepancies [...of course!]. A few names were cleared up: Saveria E. from the 1900 census was actually Laura Ellen [either transcription or language error] & Mare from the 1900 census was baptized as Mary. There was an additional child listed, Robert, but remember that Emma, their mother, listed in the 1900 census that only 7 of her 9 children were still living? This was probably 1 of the 2 that didn't make it. [The other one may not have been baptized before it's death.] Last, but certainly not least, Joseph's birth was listed as 17 Jun 1890 and his baptism as "Jun...1893". However, it's highly unlikely that he was born in 1890 because his sister Laura Ellen was born 12 May 1890. I could be wrong though...[What is it with his birth, anyway?]