I recently purchased the subject undated studio portrait of an elderly man. It is identified on the back of the mount in period handwriting:
"My Grand Father
Born in Luxemburgh Germany
came to America 1852
his father Paul Faber was
born in Echternach Germany
his mother's name was Marie
My grand father Nicholas Faber
enrolled Apr 29-1861 in Co A.
Sappers and Miners. Minnesota Volunteers
Enrolled Aug 22-1862 in Co. B.
New York Main Artillery"
There is a portion of a newspaper obituary pasted below this inscription, the full text of which can be found on the Internet under "Whatcom County Obituaries," title "FABER, Nicholas (d. 1917)." This obituary, from The Blaine Journal, September 14, 1917, reads in part:
"... Born in Luxemburg [sic] May 24, 1840, he was left an orphan before he was ten years old, and in 1852 came to America with his older brothers and located in St. Paul, Minn. The Mississippi river then was the great artery of traffic through which poured the tide of immigration then flowing into the country, and he worked as cabin boy for some time on the steamboats running between St. Paul and St. Louis. ... During the period immediately preceding the Civil War he clerked in a store in St. Louis ... When war broke out he enlisted in Co. A, first regiment, Missouri Sappers and Miners, ... Later he re-enlisted in the New York Marines and was captured and emprisoned in Libby prison for some time. In 1862 he married Miss Catherine J. Kinser. To this union five children were born, Harry F., Minnie C. (now Mrs. James H. Milhollin), John, who died in infancy; Fred N. and A. J. ... In 1866 he moved to Champlin, Minnesota, and started a small general store. This business grew and he conducted it for more than twenty years. He held the office of postmaster of Chmplin, Minn., for many years. He visited Blaine in 1887 ... He moved to Blaine in 1905, where he has since resided. ..."
Nicholas Faber is listed in the 1857 Minnesota Territorial and State Census data for St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN; the 1870, 1880, and 1900 U.S. Census data for Champlin, Hennepin Co., MN; and the 1910 U.S. Census data for Blaine, Whatcom Co., WA. He also appears in various Civil War databases posted on ancestry.com.
His children, according to the Census data and/or the above obituary, were:
Harry F. Faber, son, born about 1863 in IL
Minnie C. Faber, daughter, born about 1865 in IA
Frederick N. Faber, son, born about 1869 in MN
Adonus J. Faber, son, born about 1877 in MN
John Faber, son, born ?
Zulu N. Faber, adopted daughter, born Jun 1884 in MN
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