My grandson, Winslow, is the son of a native of Liberia. On both his mother’s and father’s side, this American has ancestors from all over the world.
Winslow at the age of one week (in tux), then one month (with Liberian great-grandpa), then 2 months (his maternal great-grandpa is a farmer of German descent):
His great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather left Dublin, Ireland, in 1800, for New York; he married an Algonquin named Ruby; he bought land from the Sac and Fox tribe in Cedar Rapids and operated a ferry with his brother Aaron, who married Ruby’s sister Sarah; Ushers Ferry Road is named after this family.
Joseph Usher, ~1820 Emil Henry (mom’s side), ~1920 Kean, ~1940
His mother’s mother’s mother was the daughter of Demro men (Alt Damerau, Prussia):
World War I – Left to right top: Doc Clayton Paul Demro Joe . Bottom : George Walsh **Charles Demro** maternal great-great-grandfather of Winslow
Ruth Usher “stole” her sister’s boyfriend, Paul. Cassie married Paul’s brother Charles. Two brothers married two sisters. Cassie’s only daughter was six months old when pneumonia put Cassie in the hospital (she died there), and JoAnn was raised by her Aunt Ruth and Uncle Paul, along with various other aunts and uncles, while her father was gone all week laying brick. The Demros, for generations, have been masons, and many Iowa buildings (banks, offices, homes) were built by Demro men.
Top row **Cassie** and Ruth Usher. Front row: Barbara and May Demro
The Demro Brothers at their mother’s funeral
LtoR: Carl, Ralph, Paul, Joe, Chris, Charles, Roy, Allen
Claire’s father’s parents, Vincent and Eleanor Kean (World War II)