6th cousin, 4th cousin, errors, web page, e-mail = new Manning History
Today, some people don't even know their 1st cousins or have never met them.
Many genealogists will have long lists of names in their family tree that go back several hundred years but they really don't know anything about those relatives who are just a list of names..
Some people have their DNA tested to see what "areas" of the world their ancestors came from.
What so many people don't consider is that they could find out some of this information by just talking to and working with relatives and friends of the family in their ancestral hometown and especially with people who had/have relatives who live/d in that hometown.
Actually researchers use to be able to find a lot more information in their hometown than any other source. I'm referring to all of the little seemingly meaningless historical items that would give them insight into their ancestors' past. BUT sadly most of these historical things have been and continue to be thrown away.
Some people fail to take advantage of the "shirt tail" relation in their community...many don't even think of them as relatives.

Another fact that I've known for a long time and most people won't understand because they don't work on the community's history like I do, is that a person can find a lot about their own family history by going through other non-family member's collections of pictures and history.

Generally I'll find some pictures and odds/ends of my relatives when I work on someone else's collection.
Over the last several days I've been scanning old pictures from the Ohrt collection and in there I found this picture I don't have of my dad's 2nd cousin, June (Jensen) Ruhde whose mother was Dessa Kusel.


Harold & June (Jensen) Ruhde

A few weeks ago I discovered an amazing part of my own family history that I had no clue about, but it wasn't sharing with a known relative or researcher I work with, it was, again, finding my family history in a non-family member's collection - which was sent to me by Joanne, who is a Popp descendant in Montana...Joanne had found my web page so she e-mailed me.
OR so I thought that Joanne was not a family member...here is the information that connects my family history with the Popps of the Manning area.

While going through Joanne's pictures I noticed what I was sure is an error. So I dug deeper and found some common connections between my Grau ancestors and Joanne's Popp ancestors. So I e-mailed a cousin of Joanne who is connected through the Jentzen part of that family. He had the big clue in his database that I needed - the last name of Sachleben.
Here is that information he sent: The research notes that I have for Detlef Carl Lawrence POPP (1861-1914) who married Frederika JENTZEN, indicate that he immigrated to USA from Germany in 1880, single, age 19, travelling with his mother, Anna Popp, age 57.
In the 1885 Iowa State Census for Carroll County, Washington Township, Iowa, he was living in the C. Detlef & Lena GRAU household, as a farmhand, single, age 23, born in Germany.
Detlef Popp's parents were born in Germany, according to his 1888 marriage Record in Carroll County: John L. Popp & Anna M. Sachleben.

Here is the information from my 6th cousin who is a Sachleben
According to my researcher in Germany, he states that Anna Popp was Sophia Grau's sister. Anna was born in 1823, married twice. First to Jochim (Joseph) Detlef Moeller, second marriage in 1861 to Johann Lorenz Popp.
There is no record of Anna having children with her first husband and her only child was born out of wedlock to her 2nd husband and this was his 1st marriage and only child.
Anna immigrated with her son in 1880 as a widow. States her second husband's occupation was a weaver.
So I did a little digging myself and guess what. I can confirm it. Anna Magdalena Sachtleben was born July 10th, 1823 to Claus Friederich Sachtleben and Magdalena nee' Pieper.

As a side note about spelling variations of Sachleben & Sachtleben The T became optional in some of the records dating as far back as the 4th great-grandfather generation. The simple answer is the T was dropped prior to coming to America.

Just below is the only picture Joanne had of Detlef & Frederika together. It is a scan from a copy...I hope we can find an original of this photo so I can get a better image.


Detlef & Frederika (Jentzen) Popp


Detlef Popp

Here is a generational breakdown to simplify how the Grau & Popp families are connected
Claus Friedrick and Magdelena (Pieper) Sachleben - parents of Anna & Sophia
Sisters: Anna Sachleben Popp (John) - Sophia Sachleben Grau (Detlef)
1st Cousins: Detlef Popp (Frederika Jentzen) - August Grau (Maria Hansen)
2nd Cousins: Otto Popp (Esther Jensen) - Ida (Grau) Kusel (August)
3rd Cousins: Marilyn Popp Nelson (Billie) - Amos Kusel (Dorothy Ehrichs)
4th Cousins: David Nelson - David Kusel

This is a picture of Dave Kusel's great-great-grandmother, Sophia (Sachleben) Grau

Sophia Grau


Detlef & Sophia Grau

Hopefully by showing some of these pictures and Popp/Sachleben information, it will encourage more local families and individuals who grew up in Manning (but moved away), OR had relatives who lived here to get their old family/Manning connected pictures to me to scan and preserve...