I have been exploring Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. It encourages you to share information you’ve learned about your ancestors by bringing you a new topic each week. This week is all about Love.
My great great grandparents were Joseph Jotz and Marie Conrad. Joseph and Marie were born in 1877 in Schweighouse Sur Moder, Alsace, Germany. Joseph and Marie both came to America together on 09 Jun 1901 when they were 24 years old. They traveled to America on the ship La Lorraine that had departed from Havre, France. Marie’s older sister Louise had immigrated to America prior and returned to France to bring Marie, her other sister Magdeline and Joseph back with her. When Marie left her home she told her Mother she would never come back and that was the last time she ever saw her.
When Marie and Joseph arrived in America they settled in Newark, New Jersey. On 30 Jan 1904, three years after their arrival, Joseph and Marie married one another in St. Mary’s Church in Newark.
Joseph was a belt maker and Marie a housewife raising their six children Joseph, Charles, Francis (Frank), Ludwig, Ottilia, and Bernadette. They were a close family and spent time with their children and 14 grandchildren. Their marriage survived 50 years until my great great grandfather passed away in 1954.
Together they experienced immigrating to a new country and living through some of the United States most historical moments. They saw the United States enter World War I, Woman having the right to vote, The great depression and World War II. All while keeping their bond unbroken.