If you know these people as your parents, you are my half-brother.
You were born in Orlando, Florida in 1950 or 1951. Your parents were Pat and Earl, but I don't think I ever knew their last name. I baby sat you but at that time did not know you were my half brother. It seems like you had a sister who is not much older than you. When we moved from Orlando to Ohio in 1952, we lost track of you.
At the time you were born you lived in a development off Robinson near Bumby. The homes reminded me of an army base, but I don't know whether Earl was in the military. I think not. Earl had curly dark hair and Pat was a beautiful dark-haired woman. My brother has a picture of Pat & Earl and Dorothy & Dick Pfluge at my dad's bar, called Billy's just off Bumby. The reason I am trying to find you after all these years, is that last year we discovered that the Pfluge's carry the Lynch Syndrome which predisposes us to cancer. I discovered through a routine physical that I had cancer and had surgery November, 2010. I have been trying to find you ever since that time; but without Pat & Earl's last name, I couldn't find out anything. My sister, Margaret, and I even went to the Orlando library searching through old phone books see whether we could find anyone named Pat or Earl on those streets off Robinson near Bumby. I do know you had a phone, and not everyone did in those days.
You may wonder what this has to do with you, but you see I am looking for my half-brother who may be you. We were told by doctors to advise our children, our grandchildren, our cousins and anyone else who is a descendant of the Pfluge's that they may have inherited Lynch Syndrome. I feel that it is imperative that you contact me if you even think you may be my half brother. I don't like to put my email address out there for all to see, but please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Aug. 1844 - 4 Feb 1912
Enlisted as a private in Co. C, 17th Michigan Infantry in August, 1862. He was wounded in the shoulder at the battle of the Wilderness, and twice in the head at Antietam. He came to Exeter Township, Michigan in 1855, locating on section 11.
Enlisted as a Private on 11 August 1862 at the age of 18
Enlisted in Company C, 17th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 18 August 1862.
Wounded on 17 September 1862 at Antietam, MD
Wounded on 20 January 1864 at Knoxville, TN
Mustered out Company C, 17th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 03 June 1865 in Delaney House, Washington, DC
After returning to Michigan, James married Martha Ellen Richards on 12 Feb. 1869 in Van Buren Township; Wayne County, Michigan.
From their photo collection, courtesy of descendants Art & Betty Goodhall. Uploaded by Janice Pfluge Cain
Sarah W. Jackson (1888 - 1960) married John Wesley Wadsworth (1887 - 1974) about 1908. They raised ten children: three sons and seven daughters. Sarah passed away on May 19, 1960 and is buried in Sunset Hills Burial Park, Canton, Ohio.
We know the photographer was located in Buckhannon, Upshur County, West Virginia. Photographer's name is very faint, but looks like it could be D. K. Peck or D. K. Beck. Two families of Earles lived in that area from the 1860's: John Baylis Earle (1813 - 1881) and Archibald Buckey Earle (1868 - 1949) We hope the facial hair, vest with lapel, glasses and hairstyle will help identify this photo.
We hope the uniform with arm stripes and unusual hat will help to identify this neatly-groomed gentleman.
Davis M. Richards
August 1838 – June 1, 1864
16th Michigan Infantry
Enlisted in First company Sharpshooters, attached to Sixteenth Infantry, Dec. 12, 1861, at Detroit for 3 years, age 23.
Mustered Jan. 23, 1862. Joined regiment at Hall's Hill, Va., Feb 14 1862.
Missing in action at Gaines' Mills, Va., June 27, 1862. He was captured by the Rebels then paroled and sent to “Camp Banks” near Alexandria, Virginia. Eventually rejoined the 16th Michigan.
In December 1863, 294 members of the Sixteenth re-enlisted and the Regiment returned to Michigan on veteran furlough. It reassembled at Saginaw and on the 17th of Feb., 1864, joined its Brigade in the Army of the Potomac.
It is believed that this photo was taken during that furlough some three months before his death.
Killed in action at Bethesda Church, Va., June 1, 1864."
My Grandmother, Cora LouVina Richards 1891 - 1967) and my Grandfather, Edward George Pfluge (1883 - 1939) on their wedding day. They were married at her family homestead, "Brookside" on September 1, 1909. This picture was taken in the parlor.
My g-grandmother (1865 - 1942) was always called "Viney." She was the daughter of George C. Smock and Mary Elizabeth McKinstry, pioneer settlers in the vicinity of Willow. Viney and Wesley C. Richards married and their children were born in the home named "Brookside" in Carleton, Michigan. She was a teacher in Michigan and LaBelle, Florida until the age of 72.
My g-grandfather, Wesley Collins Richards (1858 - 1942) was the son of Washington VanRennsler and Lucretia (Blount) Richards. He married Mary LouVina Smock and reared their seven children in Carleton, Michigan. He followed the teaching profession in Monroe County, Michigan and later in LaBelle, Florida until the age of 70. He, also, served his Florida county as a circuit judge. He was a Methodist and an ardent prohibitionist.
This is a pencil portrait of Theodore (Urs) Pfluge who immigrated from Switzerland in 1854. He settled in Monroe County, Michigan and married the former Margaretha Stadler. She had four children from a prior marriage and they had six more together.
The pencil portrait was created from an old photograph by third great-grandson, Frank Don Ullman of Minerva, Ohio as a gift to me, his grandmother.