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The Henderson - Wiegand Family Tree

About This Family Tree

This tree has as it's base my parents, a Henderson and a Wiegand, who were married for 55 years before my mother died in 2000. My father outlived her by 16 years. This endeavor is my tribute to them and a legacy for their descendants. I got my start when one member on each side took an interest and undertook work on their part of the family tree. My grandfather Wiegand began in the 1960s writing to Greitz, Germany for the records that documented his part of the tree. My Aunt Florence "Duke" Henderson commuted a few times from her birth town in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey to Philadelphia in the days that preceded to try to find information about her grandparents. I'm grateful to them both for giving me a start. Aunt Duke didn't have access to the wealth of information I've discovered with the advent of technoloy that's spurred an interest by millions in geneaology. And interestingly, the information my grandfather gathered with frequent and time-conssuming correspondence to Germany is still not available at such resources as Ancestry.

Research and Goals

My project started with my Aunt Duke's goal of discovering information about their mother's paternal family. Their father had been born and raised in Philadelphia before settling for the rest of his life in my grandmother's home town of Egg Harbor City. His children said he was somewhat reticent to talk about his family. So information was scant, She knew her grandparent's names and had a copy of their wedding invitation that revealed the date of their marriage and the names of her grandmother's parents. The census information led me to her Marblehead place of birth, and that first little success led me on a genealogical journey that has opened up the "uncovering" of many generations on both sides.

It didn't take me long to figure out that research from pre-immigration days was difficult to come by. So I set as my goal to research my mother's ancestors to the time of their immigration to America. Her Marblehead branch turned out to be a deep and fascinating one since many of her ancestors came in the early 17th century. Coming so early and loated so close to Boston, their stories parallel America's history, and many of their lives were impacted by the Indian wars, the Salem witchcraft trials, the Revolution, maritme adventures, and the growth of industrialism. I've completed the research I can do unless and until more records open up so I can resolve the brick walls. I've gathered my best research tools that I refer to periodically. My post-retirement ancestry project is to research each family group again and add any new information to their revised place on this site. I'll add any suggestions for future genealogists on additional information that can be researched.

Link to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Historical Society of Pennsylvanis Vital Records of Early Marblehead and Massachusetts A newspaper archive site. Link to American Alphabetical List od Direct Ancestors in This Family Tree Family Search website

You can find more details about the resources I've used here.

What's on This Site?


The standard Family Tree structure is a good visual way to look at each ancestor in his or her place in the tree. I've added screenshots of various sections our Family Tree in the Trees section of the site. As I revise each Family Group, I'll attach a document that shows that couple's place in their immediate tree.


I've split the direct ancestors into four subgroups according to what they have in common: either the place where they settled or the place they came from:

  1. Greiz - half of my ancestors are in this group, although due to lack of availability of records from overseas, the data on this site contains only what my grandfather Wiegand obtained directly from Greiz. This branch starts with my paternal grandparents, Gerhard and Margarethe Clauss Wiegand.
  2. Philadelphia - the direct ancestors on my maternal grandfather's side who settled in Philadelphia starting with Samuel Ruggles Henderson. (Half of my maternal grandmother's side also settled in Philadelphia, but I've placed them in the Bavaria group).
  3. Marblehead - the direct ancestors on my maternal grandfather's side who settled in or around Marblehead, Massachusetts, This branch starts with Thomas Martin and Mary Oliver Lemaster Harris, the parents of Martha Harris, who married Samuel Henderson after her family relocated from Marblehead to Philadelphia.
  4. Bavaria - the ancestors on my mother's maternal side who immigrated from various parts of Bavaria, Germany, starting with Henry Kuehnle and Emma Schemm Kuehnle.

The first page for each Branch starts with an index of the direct ancestors in that branch with links to their family group pages. You can read more about the Branches concepts of this tree here.

Family Groups

A Family Group in this Tree consists of the direct ancestor couple and their children. Each group has its own place in this Tree with the details we have available. If you know the name of one direct ancestor, you can find him or her on the alphabetical llist of all direct ancestors in the tree with links to their pages.The first page of each Branch has a list of the direct-ancestor couples in their branch (with links) in generation order.

The family group numbers are assigned according to their distance from my parents, A direct ancestor with a number beginning with 6 will have parents who begin with 7. They are three digits until the tenth removal at which point, they assume a four-digit number. The last two digits in each number have no significance. I've used this numbering at to fasacilitate the distinction of the direct ancestors.from their siblings.

Each Family Group page shows the parents if known with a link to their pages. Their child who is a Durect Ancestor is linked to his or her page.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the Contact page or email me,