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1: All Those Ainsworths | Compiled by Susan Eulau August 2010
2: Henry and Olive Ainsworth | Henry Ainsworth 1826 - 1909 Harriet Stroude 1825 - 1881 Henry Ainsworth was born in Bere Regis, Dorsetshire, England on March 27, 1826. He was the oldest son of Henry and Suzanne (Hoare) Ainsworth. He married Harriet Stroude in Bere Regis on December 22, 1847. Harriet was the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Stroude. According to Ainsworth family lore, Henry's family disapproved of his marriage to the illegitimate Harriet and so, in 1850, Henry set sail for America with Harriet, Harriet's mother Sarah, their two young sons, Thomas and John, and Henry's younger brother John. The voyage from England to New York took 40 days. Their younger child, John, died during the trip. He was just an infant. Another of Henry's brothers, Thomas, would sail to America in later years, but all of his six sisters would marry and remain in Dorset, England. They were Martha, Jane, Amelia Susanne, Mary Ann, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Sophia. The immigrants traveled from New York to Ohio, settling in Pierpont, Ashtabula County, where the Ainsworth brothers engaged in day labor on a farm. Henry and Harriet lived in Ohio until 1864, by which time they had seven children. They left Ohio for Wisconsin, following Henry's brother John who had moved there in 1855. They settled in Shawano County, where they would live the rest of their lives. Henry and Harriet's first home was near Lime Kiln Hill. Later, they moved to the town of Wescott, where their farm stood on the banks of the Wolf River. Two more sons were born to them on the farm. Harriet died at the age of 56 in 1881. The following year, Henry remarried Olive Robbins Pierce, a widow. Henry and Olive lived on their farm until 1903 when they moved into the town of Shawano. Henry died on October 4, 1909. He is buried next to his first wife Harriet and her mother Sarah in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano. | Ainsworth: "The Ainsworth name undoubtedly takes its name from the chapelry Ainsworth commonly called Cockey Moor, which is situated in the Parrish of Middleton, Salford Mundred, in the County Palatine of Lancaster, England. So long ago as 1369, John Ainsworth was of that ilk and owned lands there." Genealogy of the Ainsworth Families in America by Francis J. Parker, 1894.
3: This map shows England as it was in 1850, the year Henry and Harriet sailed for America. The county of Dorsetshire (now called Dorset) is located on the southern coast along the English Channel. | This is the oldest known photo of Bere Regis, Dorsetshire, England. It was taken in 1863; 13 years after Henry and Harriet left Bere Regis for America. You can clearly see the church tower on the left. | The church in Bere Regis was built by the Normans in about 1475. Henry and Harriet may have attended services here. Their births and marriage were registered here.
4: William Ainsworth 1856 - 1934 Minnie Luella Stanton 1863 - 1954 William Ainsworth was born on July 29, 1856 in Pierpont, Ashtabula County, Ohio to Henry and Harriet (Stroude) Ainsworth. In the spring before his 8th birthday, his family moved from Ohio to Wisconsin, settling in Shawano County. He was one of ten children born to Henry and Harriet. Thomas and John traveled with Henry and Harriet from England to America. Unfortunately, baby John died on the ship. Susan, Charles, John W., William Frances, and George were born in Ohio. Frederick and Alfred were born in Wisconsin. William married Elizabeth Magee on June 26, 1880. They had one child, Grace, in 1882 before Elizabeth died later that year. On May 11, 1884, William married Minnie Luella Stanton. Minnie Stanton was the daughter of Lyman and Elizabeth (Little) Stanton. She was born on September 9, 1863 in Westport, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada. She came to Shawano County with her parents and her brother and sister, William and Betsy, as a teenager in 1876. William and Minnie had six children: Guy Henry, Franklin Lyman, Mary Belle, Gertrude Blanche, Ruth Margaret, and Bess Luella. They lived on their farm in Angelica from 1884 until 1917, when they moved into town. William was a great outdoorsman and loved to be out in the woods. He tended and built dams on the Wolf River and was the first tender of the Port Lake Dam. He loved to take his family camping. They were members of the Methodist Church and at the time of her death Minnie was the congregation's oldest living member at 90 years of age. William was a member of the Oddfellows. William died at the age of 78 on December 23, 1934. Minnie died at the age of 90 on April 27, 1954. They are buried together in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.
5: William and Minnie Ainsworth | mn
6: The Ainsworth family, circa 1895: William (with Gertrude on his lap), Frank, Belle, Guy, and Minnie (with Ruth on her lap). | The Ainsworth family, circa 1899. clockwise from left: Minnie, Frank, Guy, William, Belle, Ruth, and Gertrude.
7: From left: Grace Tonne, Frank, Belle, Minnie, William, Guy, Gert, Bess, and Ruth celebrate Frank and Minnie's anniversary. | ?, ?, Wally Melchoir, Frank, Belle, Ruth (obscured), Mabel (holding Margaret), Will Stanton (obscured), Martha Stanton, Etta Stanton, Grace Stanton, William, and Minnie, circa 1915.
8: William at work. | William's farmhouse. | William with his horses | Highway 29 in Shawano, as it looked in 1915. | Life on the Farm
9: William and Minnie pose on the farm.
10: Grandchildren | William and Minnie with their grandchildren | William and Minnie with Frank and Mabel's children: Luella, Ione, Margaret, Grace, and George (in William's arms), circa 1923. | William with his granddaughter, Grace.
11: Minnie, with Beverly and Susan, 1952. | Minnie with her grandchildren: Margaret, Luella, Lyda (back), Grace, Ione (on Minnie's lap), Herman Tonne, Billy, and Ellen, circa 1921.
12: Friends and Family | Minnie, at Aunt Bess' house in Shawano, 1952 | Aunt Etta, Uncle Will, and Minnie | Etta (Sechrist) Stanton, William Battice Stanton, Minnie, and William | William and Minnie's house in town
13: Ruth, William, Bess, Guy, Grace, Frank, Belle, Minnie, and Gertrude
14: Grace | Grace was William's first child, with his first wife Elizabeth Magee. Elizabeth was the daughter of Charles Magee, Sr. and Margaret (Thompson) Magee. Grace was born on April 26, 1882 and Elizabeth died when Grace was only four months old. Grace was raised by her maternal grandparents. Grace went on to marry Louis Charles Tonne. The Tonne's had two children, Herman and Elizabeth. Grace died on November 4, 1960 and is buried in Woodlawn cemetery in Shawano, Wisconsin, near her father.
15: Guy | Guy Henry was the first child of William and Minnie Ainsworth. He was born on April 2, 1885. He married Emma Moyle and they had three children; Lyda, Billy, and Ellen. Ellen joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1941 at the age of 22 and was assigned to the 56th Evacuation Hospital, which took part in the Anzio Beachhead invasion during World War II. The hospital was hit by enemy fire on February 12, 1944 and Ellen was wounded. She died four days later. She was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry posthumously. She calmly directed her patients to safety when the hospital was bombed. She also received the Purple Heart. She and three other nurses at Anzio Beach were the first women ever to be awarded the Silver Star and they were the first American women killed in World War II.
16: Ruth | Ruth was born April 18, 1895 in Angelica, Wisconsin. She was the fifth child of William and Minnie Ainsworth. She was an avid knitter and had a great sense of humor. She never married. She owned a beauty parlor in Mound, Minnesota. She died on September 8, 1979 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.
17: Belle | Belle was born September 17, 1890 in Angelica, Wisconsin. She married Wally Melchoir on May 11, 1920 in Shawano. Belle and Wally loved kids. Wally would take his grandnieces fishing near their home in Shawano. He also liked to let them ride along as he delivered Miller beer to the taverns around the lake. Afterward he would take them to the ice cream factory. Aunt Belle like to knit and play canasta. They retired to Palmetto, Florida where Belle died on July 18, 1966 and Wally died on January 7, 1974. They are both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.
19: Gert is in the front row, far right, at her eighth grade graduation. | Gert is in the front row, center, probably at her graduation from teacher's college in 1916. | Gertrude Blanche was born on April 15, 1893 in Angelica, Wisconsin. She married George Van Dermoss. Gert and George were a fun-loving couple who lived in Milwaukee. They liked to take Sunday afternoon drives in the country with their grandnieces. Gert was an excellent cook and a very good dancer. They had a television set and Beverly and Sue would go to their apartment to watch Kukla, Fran, and Ollie and baseball games. Uncle George was a Milwaukee city bus driver and had diabetes. George died on February 20, 1953 and Gert died on September 6, 1976. They are both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano. | Gert
21: Bess | Bess Luella was the youngest child of William and Minnie. She was born on November 18, 1900 in Angelica. Bess is remembered as being very proper and genteel. She married Everett Thomas on June 11, 1928 and they lived in Shawano. Everett was the principal of Shawano High School, having also been a chemistry teacher there. They had a cocker spaniel named Boots that loved to play with kids. Bess and Everett were very frugal and Bess even made her own soap in the basement of their home. Everett loved to read and go berry-picking on the Indian Reservation. Both were avid golfers. After Everett's retirement, they spent their winters in Palmetto, Florida and summers in Shawano. Everett died on February 13, 1991 and Bess died on October 12, 1994. They are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.
22: Brothers and Sisters | Wally and Belle Melchoir, George and Gert Van Dermoss | Bess and Everett's wedding party: Everett, Bess, Ruth and friend.
23: Mabel, Belle, Wally, Bess, Gert, and Frank | Minnie (second from left) with her daughters: Gert, Ruth, Belle, Grace, and Bess. | Frank and Guy | Ruth, George, and Belle.
24: Franklin Lyman Ainsworth 1887 - 1971 Mabel Charlotte Johnson 1888 - 1963 Franklin Lyman Ainsworth was born on August 2, 1887 in Shawano County. He had one brother and four sisters; Guy Henry, Mary Belle (Belle), Gertrude Blanche, Ruth Margaret, and Bess Luella. On April 25, 1912, he married Mabel Charlotte Johnson in Angelica. Frank and Mabel were members of the Methodist Church of Angelica. Frank was also a member of the School Board of the Town of Angelica, director of Federal Land Bank of St. Paul, and a member of Modern Woodsmen of America. Mabel was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin and moved to Angelica in 1892 when she was four years old. She was the daughter of Louis Johnson and Annie (Peterson) Johnson. She had three brothers and four sisters: John, Edward, Annie, Amy, Edna, Elsie, and Fred. Frank and Mabel had five children: Margaret Harriet, Luella Anna, Grace Elizabeth, Ione Gertrude, and George Franklin. Frank died on September 10, 1971 at the age of 84 and Mabel died on February 20, 1963 at the age of 74. They are buried together at Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.
25: Mabel and Frank
26: Mabel | Louis and Annie (or Anna) Johnson with their children (left to right) John Louis, Edward, Mabel, Elsie, and Amy. | Mabel Johnson
27: Frank | Four generations: Frank with his mother Minnie, daughter Margaret, and granddaughter Beverly. | Frank and his son George.
28: Mabel with her children | Mabel and Frank with their children (left to right) George, Ione, Margaret, Grace, and Luella.
29: Frank and Mabel on their 50th anniversary
30: Beverly remembers..."Grandma was a hard-working farm wife. When we visited the farm she always let me help with feeding the chickens and gathering the eggs. When the Jewel Tea truck came by she would give me a little money from her "egg money" purse so that I could buy something. The truck stocked coffee, tea, shampoos, soaps, some candy, but mostly sundries. In the morning Grandma would let me help her start the wood-burning stove. Out on the porch was an old pump so when we had our hair washed we had to lay on the counter and she or my mother would pump (cold) water to rinse our hair. Grandpa was always in the field driving the tractor and tending the crops, or in the barn milking the cows. He always smelled of the barn and a little tobacco. His favorite expression that I can remember was 'by cracky.'" | Down on Grandpa's Farm
32: Luella and Margaret, circa 1918 | Grace, Margaret, and Luella | Margaret, Luella, and Grace in the yard | Luella Anna was born on May 2, 1916. she married Sylvester Peters, whom everyone called Pidge, and they had five children: Sarah Jane, Kathleen Ann, Dorothy Elizabeth, Cheryl Jean, and Gary Dennis. Luella and Pidge liked to dance at the VFW on Friday nights. Luella died on October 20, 1995. | Luella
33: George | George Franklin was born on December 26, 1922, the youngest of Frank and Mabel's children. He married Elray Barr and they had five children: Linda Lu, Phyllis Ann, Karen, Patricia, and William Allen. George lived on his parents' farm for a time after he was married. Elray was killed in a car accident on January 26, 1963. | Frank teaches George how to smoke | George with his dad and his dog
34: Ione | Ione Gertrude was born on September 29, 1920. She married William Schlosser, whom everyone called Willy, and they had seven children: Sandra Ione, Sally Ann, Cynthia Lou, Lisette, Gail, MaryLou and Thomas Allen. Ione became a Catholic when she married Willy and was very active in the Church. They ended up in Minneapolis, where Ione was a homemaker. She was an excellent baker and liked making cookies and candies. She was also an excellent knitter. She died on October 4, 2000.
35: Grace | Grace Elizabeth was born on October 14, 1918. She married Melvin Rudie, whose nickname was "Mugs." Before she married Mugs, she lived with her Aunt Bess and Uncle Everett in Shawano and attended Shawano High School. After she married Mugs, she and Mugs lived on the Rudie family farm with Mugs' mother. The had three daughters: Mary Anne, Jane Elizabeth, and JoAnn Elaine. Jane died in 1985. Grace liked to clean, do laundry, and straighten the house. She died on September 18, 2004. Mugs died on May 15, 2009. They are buried together in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.
36: Sisters... | And Brother | Grace, George, and Ione | Luella, Grace, Margaret, George, and Ione | The Ainsworth kids and their dog | Grace, Luella, and Margaret
38: Margaret Harriet was the first of Frank and Mabel's five children. she was born on January 13, 1915. She lived with her family on the farm until she was thirteen years old when she left the farm to move to Milwaukee to attend Bay View High School. She lived with her Aunt Gert and Uncle George while in Milwaukee. She completed high school in three years and then entered the working world. She met her future husband, Anthony Meinolf (Mike) Diedrich at a dance. They married and had three daughters: Beverly Ruth, Susan Gail, and Margaret Ann. Margaret was always a very hard worker. She worked in the offices at a car dealer in Milwaukee and at the Fox Head Brewery, where Gert also had a job. At home in the evening, she would continue working, cleaning or ironing while listening to the "Lux Radio Theater" on the radio. She was a member of the Trinity Methodist Church her entire adult life. She died on December 18, 1996 and is buried with her parents and many other relatives in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano, Wisconsin.
39: Mabel and Margaret | Margaret with Beverly
40: The History of Shawano County Excerpted from Rootsweb.com, by Dave Maas The history of Shawano County prior to 1843 would rightly be the history of the Menominee and Chippewa Indians. They hunted and fished the rivers and lakes of the region for hundreds, if not a thousand, years prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Few if any Europeans actually walked on the soil that would be Shawano County until Samuel Farnsworth came to the region in 1843. He came to this location having paddled up the Wolf River in a canoe from New London. He found this region to be a vast forest with fine stands of pine, hemlock, cedar, and maple. Samuel Farnsworth realized the potential that lumbering held for this land. He returned to Oshkosh and legally acquired the land to erect a sawmill at the junction of the Wolf River and the Shawano Lake outlet. A year after his first visit to the Shawano area (1844), he dispatched a crew lead by Charles D. Wescott to transport machinery and provisions up to the Wolf River site. The equipment was barged up the Wolf River by Indian crews who labored using long poles to propel the barges. On the 10th of November, 1845, the first steam-powered boat, The Manchester, arrived at what is now Shawano on the Wolf River. By the year 1851, logging had spread out from the Shawano area to other rivers that flowed into the Wolf. Besides the Charles Wescott logging enterprise, other companies saw the forests as rich supplies of lumber and logging camps sprung up north of Shawano. In the year 1853, the population of the region had grown to 254 inhabitants and "Shawanaw" County was established as a separate county from sections of Oconto and Outagamie Counties. The Shawanaw comes from the Indian Sha-wa-Nah-Pay-Sa which meant "lake to the south" in Menominee and Chippewa. The change in spelling Shawanaw to the present spelling of Shawano occurred in 1864. Shawano became the county seat. Once established, the Shawano area grew steadily. In 1855, the population had grown to 300 and by 1860 the region held 829 inhabitants.During the first ten years, the settlers that came to Shawano County were primarily people from the New England states and Canada. As the community grew and the land became logged off, Germans came in large numbers to clear the land of stumps, drain the swamps, and establish their farms which remain to this day as splendid picturesque landscapes. The large influx of Germans started to arrive in Shawano County in the late 1860's. A majority were Pomeranians from the northern reaches of then Prussia (Germany). Joining these European pioneers were also Bohemians, Norwegians, Irish and, to a lesser degree, English and French. In 1870, Shawano County had grown to 3,165 people. The village of Shawano became incorporated in 1871.
41: The Ainsworth School in 1910 | The Ainsworth School building today | Frank and Mabel's house at Shawano Lake | Gert and George's house in Shawano. Belle and Wally lived here originally. | Bess and Everett's house in Shawano | The Church in Angelica
42: Family Reunion 2010
43: Over 75 people came from all over the country to Milwaukee to celebrate an Ainsworth Family Reunion August 6-8. 2010. A great time was had by all!
44: The Diedrich Clan
45: The Peters Clan
46: The Rudie's
47: The Schlosser's
48: The Ainsworth's
49: The "Five" | In one 13-month span in 1952 and 1953, the 5 children of Frank and Mabel Ainsworth each had a baby. These 5 cousins are: Cheri Beyersdorf (Luella), Gail Olson (Ione), Linda Marquardt (George), Peg Diedrich (Margaret), and Mary Rudie (Grace).