When I interviewed my grandpa Hugmeyer he remembered his ancestry back to William and his wife Elizabeth "Libby" Langs but didn't know of their parentage. Interestingly one of the ways I can prove William and David to be brothers is the double wedding they had, 12/5/1869 at Arlington, Van Buren Co MI. They were married by their stepfather Aaron Russell and their mother Elizabeth and sister Caroline served as witnesses.
My grandpa remembered a man coming to play checkers at his grandparents house and that the man "looked like he was 100 years old" and he thought that was his great grandfather. Once I started researching I found several online family trees that listed William passing away in 1945. I was amazed that my grandpa had been right again until I found that William died at Bear Lake 1/30/1919, 10 months before my grandpa was born. This was one of the first instances I had in genealogy that taught me to verify the work I find online. He's buried in an unmarked grave at Fairview Cemetery in Bear Lake, in a plot owned by his son Cassius's wife's parents (odd, yes). The old man ended up being his great grandfather Jacob Kraai, from his mother's side.
Other than the information from his obituary and census records indicating he was a farmer and an all around nice guy I know nothing about him. I did stumble on a couple photos of he and Libby when I called Barbara Hugmire Terry, the only granddaughter of their other son Frank. I drove up to Howard City and met with her at a restaurant and she supplied me with these photos of him. She passed away unexpectedly about 6 months after this visit so I thank my lucky stars that I called her when I did. I think I could have learned more from her than I did but I wasn't very good at asking the right questions back then. I'd have never found these pictures without that visit. I called one of her sons after I discovered she'd passed away and he reassured me the photos would not be tossed. There are a couple of other photos that I'll post to their related blogs when the time comes.
|William with his wife Libby on the right|
|William with Maude, wife of his grandson Harold Hugmeyer|