Claassen / Classen family SC > IL 1800's
Here I am, still grasping at straws! But we now have a new forum to try this message on, and I know that if anyone out there can help, they will, and I thank you in advance.
I have been searching for ANY information on my beloved father's family. I have sometimes seen the name spelled "Claassen", "Clausen", and even sometimes with a "K". Here is what I know:
My father was David Mills Classen, born in Chicago, Cook County, IL 15 April 1918. He died 25 January 1989 in Huntington, Suffolk County, NY. His father was
Paul Roderick Classen, born 31 July 1887; died 17 September 1926. He had married Pauline Atkinson Strider in March 1916, probably in Chicago, Cook County, IL. His father was
A. Peter Classen (Captain - of what, I have no idea!), born 27 March 1847, died 16 January 1890. He had married Mary Ann _____ sometime before 1875. At some point in time, A. Peter was in South Carolina, for I have a relatively poor copy of his father's citizenship papers. Either he or his father (same name) was a magistrate for Edisto Island in South Carolina. A. Peter and Mary Ann had seven children:
1). Lillian Amanda 20 February 1875 - 13 November 1928
2). Alfred Eugene 21 May 1876 - ?
3). Anita Clarissa 01 January 1878 - ?
4). Julian Simmons 14 February 1880 - 02 May 1880
5). Marie Estelle 20 April 1883 - 02 December 1883
6). Charles Taylor 22 August 1884 - 24 January 1927
7). Paul Roderick 31 July 1887 - 17 September 1926
And A. Peter's father was A. Peter Classen, dates unknown, apparently married Wilhemina _________. They had five known children:
1). A. Peter 27 March 1847 - 16 January 1890
2). Angela ? - 09 March 1917
3). Mathilda (Tillie) 1857 - 04 July 1920
4). Roderick W. 08 September 1857 - 08 November 1913
5). Wilhemina (Mamie) ? - ?
Does any of this sound remotely familiar to you? I would be so very grateful if you could shed some light on these ever so difficult to find family members!