Looking for any information on the ancestry of Charles F. Blank Sr. (b. 10 Sep 1854, Casacon, Germany- d. 29 Apr 1952, Snover, Michigan) & Caroline Heier (b. abt 1856 - d. 1913, Snover, Michigan) They married in 1876 in Germany and immigrated 17 Sep 1881 with their two oldest children. They resided in Capac, Saint Clair Co., Almont, Lapeer Co., Snover, Sanilac Co., Michigan. Charles may have had a sister named Emilia.
| Julius Blank - b. abt 1877, Casacon Germany - d. 22 Jan 1892, ec. 29, Moore Twp. Michigan
| cod. Diphtheria
| Charles F. Blank Jr.* - b. 1878, Casacon Germany
| occ. Farmer, Sec. 19, Moore Twp. - d. 1963
| & Minnie Shultz - d. 1934
| cod. Automobile accident
| & Veva Seifert
| m. 1938
| Frank Blank - b. Oct 1881, United States - d. 1888
| William Blank - b. abt 1884 - d. 27 Dec 1891
| cod. Diphtheria
| Elizabeth (Lizzie) Blank - b. 1885-1888 - d. 1973
| & Rob Raduchel
| Henry Blank - b. abt 1889 - d. abt 5 Jan 1892, Sec. 29, Moore Twp. Michigan
| cod. Diphtheria
| Herman Blank - b. abt 1891, Sec. 29, Moore Twp. Michigan - d. abt 5 Jan 1892, Sec. 29, Moore Twp. Michigan
| Mary Blank - b. 1892, Moore Township, Michigan - d. abt 1904, Moore Township, Michigan
| Grace Annie Blank - b. 12 Jun 1894, Sec. 29, Moore Twp. Michigan
| rel. Grace was a member of the Moore Evangelical Church.
| res. Moore Township, Sanilac Co., Michigan - d. 22 Aug 1985, McKenzie Memorial Hospital, Michigan
| bur. Moore Township Cemetery
| & Gordon Benjamin Smeckert - b. 1889, Elmer Township, Sanilac Co., Michigan
| . 1910, Moore Township, Sanilac Co., Michigan
| res. 1950, Snover, Sanilac Co., Michigan - d. 18 Feb 1959
| cod. Diabetes
| m. 20 Dec 1917, Snover, Sanilac, Michigan
| res. Smeckert Farm on Smeckert Road, Snover, Sanilac Co., Michigan
| Esther Blank - b. 1896, Sec. 29, Moore Twp. Michigan - d. 1959
| & Earl Wolfe
The family had already lost their six-year-old son, Frank, in 1888 (the year before moving to Sanilac County.) Within a three-week period in the winter of 1891 and 1892, diphtheria took the lives four more of their children. Seven-year-old William on December 27. a little over a week later, one-year-old Herman and three-year-old Henry died the same night. Julius, Charles and Lizzie had also contracted the disease, which claimed their oldest child, fifteen-year-old Julius on January 22. In less than a month, only two out of six children remained. The minister of the Evangelical Church at that time was single. He came over, and because the whole family was ill, he felt he should stay and care for them. Years later he wrote a letter telling how he had taken care of the bodies and ministered the family in need. The family was forced to store the bodies in the barn until graves could be dug in the spring. Henry and Herman, who had died the same night were stored and buried in the same coffin. Their daughter Mary who was born in the spring following this horrible winter, died in 1904 at the age of 12 of diabetes. After moving to Section 19, Grace and Esther were born. Of Charles and Caroline’s ten children, only four grew to adulthood: Charlie, Lizzie, Grace, and Esther.
When Caroline died in 1913, Grace, and Esther took care of the house for their father until they married. In 1915, the three of them took a trip visit relatives in Wisconsin. On the way they spent a week in Chicago visiting a cousin. They took the boat across lake Michigan on the way home. On Christmas day in 1922 Charles married Emelie Christiana (Emma) Gutekunst from Detroit. They moved into a very ornate house in by the grain elevator in Snover.
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