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The Rebecca L. Girdauckas Family Geneology

Updated April 10, 2001

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My Biological Family:
I have been researching my families geneology for only a few months now.
Johnson Family:
I have learned that my Grandfather Josiah Johnson is actually Joe Si Johnson we had always assumed his name was Josiah or Joseph he had never told us what his full name was we just knew him as grandpa Joe, (I found this out through the ss death index). His wife was Lela Hughes they had 3 children... Ruth (my mother), Ethal and Marvin. Grandpa was married and divorced before marrying grandma. He was disowned by his parents because of it. Grandpa was born in Pike County, Ill. in 1886 on August 7. He died in Oregon in 1967. Lela died in Oregon in 1988. Ruth died In Spokane, WA on June 5, 1992.
Kaetterhenry Family:
My father is Kenneth Dwight Kaetterhenry he married Ruth Johnson on May 7, 1953-54. They had 8 children. His father was Henry Ernest Kaetterhenry his mother was Harriet Mae Lamson. They had 7 children. Henry was born on Feb. 18,1886. Harriets birth is unknown.
My Married Family:
I have very little information on this side of my family because they weren't as family oriented and didn't pass anything down that was of much help to me.
The Girdauckas Family:
I'll start here with my husband Dennis Anthony Girdauckas who was born to Dennis Lane Girdauckas and Betty Lou Duprey on July 16, 1961 in Detroit, MI. He is the oldest of 2 children. His grandfather was Anthony Girdauckas who was born in Leuthuania. I am unsure of when he came to america and settled in Michigan. His grandmother was Rose Maruszewski she was born here in the U.S. but is of Polish and German descent. I have no information as yet on Anthony's parents. Rose's mother we know, was known only as grandma Schinski, (the spelling is not clearly known as correct). I do know that grandma Schinski's mother came from Poland at 16 to marry a farmer in Alpena MI. That is all we know except she did come through Ellis Island. Dennis and Betty still have a china cabinet that she brought with her and they have a picture of her but we do not know her name.
The Duprey Family:
I'll begin with James Frank Duprey who married Eliza Jane Merdey they had 2 children that we're sure of, (it's possible that there is a 3rd). Their names are... Betty Lou, William James and Larry ( middle name unknown). James and Eliza divorced when Betty was only 8 yrs old. She and her brother, William were left on a street corner by Eliza. James came an got them. Not long afterwards they were both put in foster homes and James disappeared last we heard he had gone to Seattle never to be heard from again. Larry and Sue were thought to have been siblings of Betty and William (who is also known as Bill), through their mother Eliza. (half brother and sister). But now it looks like Eliza may have been pregnant with Larry by James. so actually a full brother. These 2 found Betty only a couple yrs ago. they had been adopted as young children. left by Eliza just as Betty and William had been. I have no birthdays on these people other than Betty who was born on Nov. 5, 1941.

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