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Updated July 6, 2010

Family Surnames:





(Berne)... EGGERS
(Syke)... MEYER
(Varel)... THIEN
(Helminghausen)... THOLEN
(Herzlake) ... VOELKER
(Bremen) ... ORDEMAN

United Kingdom:
(West Riding Yorkshire)... ROGERSON ... ROSE
(Unk.loc.)... COMSTIVE

(Berne)... STUEBER

Rhineland Pfalz:
(Pirmasens)... LEINEWEBER

Ontario . Canada:
(Kitchener) ... TUCHLINSKY

United States:
(Connecticut).. EELLS ... WYLES ... HOLLIDAY
(Illinois) .. Cook Cty: . LEINEWEBER ... STUEBER ... BRANDEL
(New York).. Schoharie Cty: . HEMPSTED ... HOLLIDAY
(Ohio) .. Licking Cty: . EELLS ... HEMPSTED ... WELLS ---- Knox Cty:. SAPP
(Wisconsin) .. Dane Cty: . ROGERSON ... WELCH ---- Ozaukee Cty: . THIEN ... THOLEN


Meredith Wells Cowart

535 South 200 East apt.102
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
United States

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Family Photos

  • Christel Meyer and Marie Ordeman (68 KB)
    Brother and sister or mother of Marie D.A.R. Meyer Thien
  • Mary Alice Rogerson (30 KB)
    My great-grandmother, Alice Rogerson.
  • Thiensville Mill (109 KB)
    The Thiensville Mill, pictured in 1870, served the farmers of the Village of Thiensville, a part of the town of Mequon, as well as those of northern Milwaukee County and southeastern Washington County in the state of Wisconsin. This first mill which was burned out in a tragic fire in 1874, was built by my second great-grandfather, John Henry Thien in 1842.
  • Henrietta and Emily Thien, 1865 (63 KB)
    Henrietta and Emily, two of the daughters of John Henry Thien and Betty (Marie D.A.R. Meyer)Thien in 1865.
  • Helene Thien (93 KB)
    My great-grandmother, Helene Thien, as a young woman.
  • Grandma Betty Meyer Thien Goetz (56 KB)
    My second great-grandmother, Betty Meyer Thien Goetz in her later years.
  • Helen and Jeanne Tuchlinsky (119 KB)
    My aunt Helen and my mother Jeanne as young girls. They are the daughters of Mia Tholen Tuchlinsky and Will Tuchlinsky.
  • Henrietta Thien Scott, daughters and grandchildren (109 KB)
    Henrietta Thien Scott with her daughters Lenore and Irene and grandchildren.
  • William Clinton Wells and son (88 KB)
    My ggrandfather, William Clinton Wells and one of his six sons.
  • Marie (Mia) Tholen as a young woman (61 KB)
    My grandmother, Mia (Marie Dorothea) Tholen
  • Mia Tuchlinsky in later years (41 KB)
    My grandmother, Mia (Marie Dorothea) Tholen Tuchlinsky as I remember her.
  • Caricature of William Clinton Wells (83 KB)
    This caricature of W.C.Wells, drawn during his years of managing Buckeye Lake near Newark, Licking, Ohio was used on his business card and in at least one newspaper article. I have the original in my possession.
  • William A. Tholen Family (96 KB)
    back row: Emil, Will, Mia, Gerhard middle row: a Tholen spouse, a Tholen spouse, Paula, Hans front row: Lucile, W.A.Tholen, Helen, Helene Thien Tholen. This photograph was taken at the Tholen home in Port Washington, Wisconsin
  • Bonnie Louise Brandel (61 KB)
    Bonnie Louise Brandel Wells, my grandmother, was born Gertrude Alice Brandel but had her name legally changed to Bonnie Louise.
  • W. A. Tholen Home in Port Washington (102 KB)
    This was the childhood home of the eight children of William August and Helene Thien Tholen, in Port Washington, Wisconsin
  • Charles and Mary Elizabeth Eells Hempsted (56 KB)
    My second great-grandparents, Charles and Mary Hempsted, parents of Mary Eells Hempsted
  • Young Mary Eells Hempsted (67 KB)
    An early childhood portrait of my great-grandmother, Mary Eells Hempsted
  • Young Mary Eells Hempsted (90 KB)
    Another early childhood portrait of my great-grandmother, Mary Eells Hempsted
  • M.Voelker (40 KB)
    M.Voelker was the wife of Gerhard Heinrich Tholen.
  • Betty Meyer Thien and Her Daughters (112 KB)
    Picture of Betty(Marie Dorothea Adelheid Rebecca)Meyer Thien and her daughters Helene, Eleanor, Henrietta, Elizabeth, and Emily.
  • William Godfrey Tuchlinsky (89 KB)
    Will Tuchlinsky, my grandfather, husband of Mia Tholen Tuchlinsky
  • Will Tuchlinsky and Mia Tholen (128 KB)
    My grandparents, William Gerhard Tuchlinsky and Marie Dorothea Tuchlinsky courting.
  • Mary Eells Hempsted and Daughter Mary (129 KB)
    My second great-grandmother,Mary Elizabeth Eells Hempsted with her daughter Mary, my great-grandmother.
  • Tholen Children (89 KB)
    Paula, Gerhard, Hans, Will, and Emil Tholen
  • Bill and Jeanne Tuchlinsky (165 KB)
    Jeanne Tuchlinsky, my mother, with her brother Bill.
  • H. Eugene Wells Family (92 KB)
    back row: Doris Wells (daughter of Gene and Bonnie), Gene Wells (my grandfather), Jeanne Tuchlinsky Wells (my mother), Henry Wells (my father and son of Gene and Bonnie Wells), Jerome Wells (son of Gene and Bonnie Wells). front row: Grandma Aylward (Mary Alice Rogerson Brandel Aylward, my great grandmother) and Bonnie Wells (Bonnie Brandel Wells, my grandmother
  • Mary Eells Hempsted as a young woman (52 KB)
    My great-grandmother, Mary Eells Hempsted, as a young woman. She was the only child of Charles and Mary Elizabeth Eells Hempsted.
  • Wilhelm August Tholen (36 KB)
    W.A.Tholen, my great-grandfather, husband of Helene Thien and son of Gerhard Heinrich Tholen and M.Voelker
  • H. Eugene Wells and His Mother (75 KB)
    My grandfather, H. Eugene Wells with his mother, my great-grandmother Mary Eells Hempsted Wells.
  • Charles Hempsted (74 KB)
    My second great-grandfather, Charles Hempsted. Charles was a photographer by trade and took many of the pictures found on this website, particularly those of his immediate family and grandchildren.
  • Bonnie and Gene Wells (53 KB)
    My grandparents, Bonnie Brandel Wells and Henry Eugene Wells.
  • Mary Eells Hempsted Wells in Later Years (46 KB)
    My great-grandmother, Mary Eells Hempsted Wells in later years. She was married to William Clinton Wells.
  • H. Eugene Wells with His Son Henry (58 KB)
    My grandfather, H.Eugene Wells with my father, Henry Eugene Wells, Jr.
  • Thiensville Commemorative Button (75 KB)
    The picture on this button depicts the Thiensville Mill built to replace the original mill which tragically burned down in 1874.
  • John Henry and Betty Meyer Thien (71 KB)
    John Henry Thien and Betty Meyer Thien, my second great-grandparents, are the parents of Helene Thien Tholen, four other daughters and a son Franklin who died as a small child.
  • Marie Dorothea Adelheid Rebecca Meyer Thien (69 KB)
    This is Grandma Thien, wife of John Henry Thien and mother of Helene Thien Tholen. She is my second ggmother
  • A Boating Party (118 KB)
    My grandmother Bonnie Wells and sons Henry and Jerome enjoying an afternoon of boating, c.1922.
  • William Clinton Wells with Wife and Sons (34 KB)
    William Clinton Wells and wife, Mary Eells Hempsted Wells, in a family portrait with their sons. My grandfather, H. Eugene Wells, is the youngest, and held by his mother.
  • Mary Elizabeth Eells Hempsted (82 KB)
    My second great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Eells Hempsted, wife of Charles Hempsted
  • Alice Rogerson Brandel with daughters (145 KB)
    Alice Rogerson Brandel (my great-grandmother)is pictured here with her daughters Bonnie (left) and Frances. After her divorce from Franz Ludwig Brandel, she supported herself and her daughters by working as milliner and seamstress for a department store in Chicago.
  • Gerhard Heinrich Tholen (43 KB)
    Description of my second great-grandfather, Gerhard Heinrich Tholen by his great-granddaughter: "Our mother remembers quite well grandfather Gerhard. She was afraid of this erect tall and handsome man with whiskers. He lived in a splendid high house in the Warmorstrad quite near the Central Station."

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