Sunday, July 17, 2016
A Little Family History
This tiny lady, Philippina Jung, is the maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother of my youngest cousins in Ohio: Amanda, Haley, Olivia, Mitchell, Logan, and Jessica. She was born on August 5, 1831 in Dietschweiler, Kusel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and died in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 1906. This picture was taken around 1901.
Today would have been her 163rd wedding anniversary, She married Johan Frederick Sweinsberg (who had emigrated from Hesse, Prussia, in 1852) on July 17, 1853. Together they had nine children, and she outlived seven of them.
Their third child and oldest daughter was Karolina, who married Joseph McCaskey, the youngest brother of James McCaskey, our family's own Civil War casualty and the subject of my book, "A Scratch with the Rebels." Karolina's eight daughters included my mother, Margaret, and her next oldest sister, Florence Decker, from whom all the above-named cousins are descended.