Friday, May 16, 2014

Yours, Mine and Ours

Aunt Minnie, Grandmother Anna
 and Father Joe
My father's family was a blended family in that each parent had children from a previous family. "A stepfamily or blended family is a family where one parent has children that are not genetically related to the other parent. Either one or both parents may have children from a previous relationship. Children from a stepfamily may live with one biological parent and visit their other biological parent, or they may live with each biological parent for a period of time.[1]" At times this was the case with my father's family. where two of the brothers took turns living with both their mother then their father according to the census records. Looking at 1910 census both William and John lived with both their mother and father part of the time.  The Hain or Hein family consisted of two children John who was born on October 26, 1906 and William who was born on August 22, 1902 born to Anna Maule and Diedrich Hein. The two brothers grew up knowing their father, Diedrich but one of the brothers along the way had a parting of the ways and grew apart from his father thus changing his name to Hain. Uncle Billy or William Hain changed the spelling of his name from Hein to Hain.

Uncle Billy
While at the same time living in the household was the Koferl clan consisting of Henry Frank born on September 1, 1896 and Minnie or Helen born in 1900. Minnie or Helen and Henry Frank were born to Pauline and Henry Koferl.Here is a photograph of Aunt Minnie or Minnie Ha Ha the name my father, Joseph gave her and his mother Anna Maule. Minnie and Joseph were haf sister and brother to one another. My Uncle Billy was the only Uncle on my paternal side that I really got to know. As the two families grew up they grew apart and only my father and Uncle Billy seem to stay close.

In 1920 Minnie lived in Lindenhurst with Anna and Henry Koferl my Grandparents and worked as a clerk. According to the 1925 New York Census Minnie lived with her Aunt and Uncle the Scipios. at that time she was working as a wrapper in Brooklyn. After the 1925 NY Census, I lost track of Minnie the paper trail seems to have ended probably due to her getting married and the change of names.

Henry Frank lived with his father according to the 1920 Census and he worked as a salesman. He married Rebecca Gardner on December 17, 1928. By the 1930 & 1940 Census they were living on Hallock Street in Riverhead and he was working as a plumber. According to the census records they had no children.

John Hein who was living with both his parents up until the 1925 NY Census worked as an auto mechanic.  In 1930 according to the census he was still living with his father, Diedrich and was working as an assistant auto service manager. By the 1940 U.S. Census he is married to Anna and they have two children Rose Marie who is 10 at the time and John Jr. who is 7. He is working as a plumber at that time.

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