Paternal Great Great-Grandparents

Elizabeth Brahl Mehm and her sons came over from Hesse-Darmstadt (Germany) some time in the 1860's. Her husband's name could have been Wendall, and he apparently did not come to the US with his family. He probably died in Germany before they came over.
The 1870 W-B Census lists a Mary Mehm, living with her children Lewis, Franklin, Charles and Caroline in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Next door was living a Joseph Mehm and his wife Matilda. I would guess Joseph was another son of Mary(Elizabeth). There is confusion as to why the mother's name was listed as Mary, she could have been Mary Elizabeth or Elizabeth Mary.
Elizabeth was born about 1818 probably in Hesse-Darmstadt. Her brother Christopher was born in Hunfeld, near the city of Fulda.
The 1889 Wilkes-Barre City Directory listed an Elizabeth Mehm, widow of Wendall, living with Frank Mehm. Wendall may have been the father's name. But her brother Christopher Brahl's obituary lists his sister as Elizabeth Brahl Helfert. It's possible she remarried a man named Helfert in Wilkes-Barre. Elizabeth is buried in Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, Trucksville, PA, with her son Frank's family.

Paternal Great-Grandparents

Charles MEHM Sr.MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER CHARLES MEHM Sr. was born in Hesse, Germany in 1853. He immigrated to the United States around 1865 or 1870, depending on which Census report you believe. I first located him living in the town of Salina, Kansas according to the 1880 Kansas census records. At that time he was a farmer living in Saline County with his wife Agatha GRIESHABER and their one year old daughter Mary, who was born in Kansas City. Their son William was born in Kansas City also, in 1880. The family moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, some time between 1880 and March 1882, when my grandfather Charles Andrew was born. Charles Sr. died February 22, 1931, in Wilkes-Barre.

CHARLES' WIFE AGATHA GRIESHABER WAS BORN IN 1857 in Baden, Germany. Her father was listed as Wilhelm GRIESHABER, and her mother Victoria HALL. Agatha's name appears in the publication, "Germans To America" Volume 27, as arriving in New York on May 20, 1872 on the ship "Vandalia". She came over with her sister Therese, (who was two years older than Agatha). The ship left Germany from the port of Hamburg. Two other familiar surnames traveling on that ship were Xaver SUPPLE, age 53, a farmer with his family, and Fr. KRACHENFELS, age 17, a laborer. Agatha died May 18, 1909, in Wilkes-Barre.
I don't have a photo of Agatha, but would love to find one.

I CONTACTED THE Smoky Valley Genealogical Society in Salina, Kansas, and they were kind enough to do some research for me. They discovered and sent me a copy of Charles and Agatha's marriage license, dated October 19, 1878. At that time Charles' age was listed as 25 and Agatha 22. They were married by the first Catholic priest in Salina. The Sacred Heart parish still exists where they were married, but some records are missing for that period of time. Therefore no baptismal records were found for their children Mary and William. Clck Here to view an image of Charles and Agatha's marriage license.
The genealogical society also found and sent me copies of the township plots and parcel of land they lived on and farmed. They were not identified as the owners of the property.

WHAT I DON'T KNOW but would love to find out:
Did Charles and Agatha know each other before they moved to Kansas?
Why did Charles move out to Kansas, was there an offer of free land, for farming it for a length of time?
How did they travel, wagon train? train? other means?
Why did they move to back East to Pennsylvania? To be close to the rest of the family? Got burned out on the farming situation?
According to John Mehm, son of George L. Mehm, the story was handed down that the move from Kansas followed an incident involving lightning striking a tree in Salina, Kansas. The story was handed down by Carl, son of William Mehm who heard it when he was a child. Anyone with more information on this, please let me know.
Questions, questions, questions.
So many questions, not enough answers.

Paternal Grandparents

Charles Andrew MEHM 1882-1949Charles Andrew MEHM 1882-1949 MY GRANDFATHER CHARLES ANDREW MEHM was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1882. In addition to siblings Mary and William, he had five younger brothers and sisters born in Wilkes-Barre: Frederick, Anna, Helen, Harry and Edward. Charles lived on Park Avenue all his life, and worked 45 years as a machinist at Vulcan Iron Works in Wilkes-Barre. He served in the Army, 109th Field Artillery about 1907/08/09. Charles married Jeanette D. KLINE in 1911. Charles played the Cornet in several German bands for many years, such as Pokorny's Band, Oppenheim's Orchestra and Johnny Ney's German Band (Click Here). He was also active in St. Conrad's bowling league at St. Nicholas. Charles died November 20, 1949, in Wilkes-Barre.

Jennie KLINE MEHM 1884-1946 Jennie KLINE MEHM 1884-1946 JEANNETTE KLINE WAS BORN May 24, 1884 in Wilkes-Barre. Her parents were John KLINE, a plasterer by occupation, and Elizabeth Mary BIGGINS. Jeannette lived on Blackman Street and worked in a silk mill prior to marrying Charles. Jeannette and Charles had six children including my father, Harold William. Harold was the oldest with three sisters, Regina (Jean), Jeannette and Mary; and two brothers Charles and John (Jackie). Jackie died at age 3. Jeannette died December 1, 1946, in Wilkes-Barre.


Harold William MEHM 1912-1971Harold William MEHM 1912-1971MY DAD, HAROLD WILLIAM MEHM was born February 29, 1912 on Park Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. He attended St. Nicholas grade school, and G.A.R. High School in Wilkes-Barre, until it was necessary for him to go to work at age 15 to help support the family. My dad worked as a machinist all his life, in several shops in the Wilkes-Barre area, as well as in Berwick, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey. My dad never talked about the past much, I guess that's the way he was raised. I wish it could have been different, there's so much more I could have learned from him. My dad died in 1971 in Wilkes-Barre, at the age of 59.

"Why Worry?"
"There are only two things to worry about-
Either you are well or you are sick.
If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about.
But if you are sick, there are two things to worry about.
Either you get well or you will die.
If you get well there is nothing to worry about.
If you die there are two things, either you will go to heaven or hell.
If you go to heaven there is nothing to worry about.
But if you go to hell you will be so damn busy shaking hands
with friends, you won't have time to worry."

Sarah Agnes MULHERIN MEHM 1912-1986 Sarah Agnes MULHERIN MEHM 1912-1986 MY MOM, SARAH AGNES MULHERIN, was born January 29, 1912 on Spruce Street in Wilkes-Barre, where she lived until she married my dad in 1939. Her parents were Andrew J. MULHERIN, born in Wilkes-Barre, who worked for the Lehigh Valley Railroad for 36 years as a trainman and conductor; and Theresa GALLAGHER, who was born in County Donegal, Ireland, and came to the U.S. as a young girl. Sarah attended St. Leo's grade school in Ashley, Pennsylvania, and G.A.R. High school until 12th grade, when she returned to St. Leo's to graduate. In her later years, after her child rearing days were over, my mom worked as a seamstress. Just one of the skills she'd acquired during those homemaker years. She could have just as well gone into the bakery field, food preparation business, counseling field, home repair business, gardening field, financial planning or any one of a thousand other trades I felt she was qualified for. My mom died in 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the age of 74.
I miss my mom.





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