Husband: Peter Benjamin Nicklas (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)
Born: 05 Jul 1834 in Blue Ridge, Cumberland Co, PA
Married: 07 Jul 1859 in Platteville, WI (53)
Died: 23 May 1904 in WI
Father: John George Nicklas
Mother: Anna Catharine Betsch
Spouses:
Wife: Doratha L. Harriet Schlucke (10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21)
Born: 23 May 1841 in Salzhemmendorf, Germany
Died: 03 Sep 1929 in Platteville, Grant, WI
Father: L.H. Schlucke
Mother: Christianna Thies
Spouses:
Children
01 (M): George Leonard Nicklas (22 23 24 25 26 27)
Born: 16 Aug 1862 in Georgetown, Grant, WIsconsin (28)
Died: 21 Jun 1935 in Grant County Asylum, Lancaster, Grant, WI (29)
Spouses: Carrie Jane Straw
02 (F): Evelyn Nicklas (30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39)
Born: 28 Sep 1866 in Georgetown, Grant, WIsconsin (40 41)
Died: after 1930
Spouses:
03 (F): Anna Adelaide Nicklas (44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51)
Born: 20 Nov 1871 in Georgetown, Grant, WI
Died: 22 May 1951 in Christa Hogan Hospital, West Plains, Howell, MO (52)
Spouses: William Wesley White
Additional Information

Peter Benjamin Nicklas:

Notes:

The Peter Benjamin Nicklas Story
1834 - 1904

June 4, 2001

Dear Sarah, Hannah, and Tim,

This is the story of Peter Nicklas, another one of your ancestors that was in the Civil War. Peter was your great-great-great-grandfather.

Peter was the son of John George Nicklas and Anna Catherine Betsch Nicklas. John and Anna were first cousins. They came to Pennsylvannia from Leonabach, Hessen, Dormstadt, Germany in 1832 and were married in 1833. Peter, the oldest of their nine children, was born in 1834 at Blue Ridge, Cumberland County, Pennsylvannia 5 July 1834. After Peter came his sister Elizabeth and then a baby that died, and then the family moved to Monroe County, Illinois where four more children were born. Then one day they put all their belongings in a boat and sailed up the Mississippi River to Wisconsin. They settled in the southwest corner of the state in Grant County near the tiny town of Georgetown and had two more children.

When Peter was 25 he married Dorothy Schlucke from the nearby town of Hazelgreen. Dorothy was born in Germany in 1841. She came here with her mother and her little red-headed sister. Dorothy was sweet and neat and a lovely seamstress. She may have had epilepsy.
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Peter didn’t sign up for the army until he was 31 years old and the Civil War was almost over. In January of 1865 he enlisted into Company K of the 47th Wisconsin Infantry. Infantry means soldiers who fight standing on their feet instead of riding a horse. The 47th Infantry organized at Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin. Ask your mom about the little guard house from Camp Randall that still stands on the university campus.

Peter left Wisconsin with his unit in February of 1865 and went to Louisville, KY and then to Tullahoma, Tenn., where his unit was employed in drill and guard duty for several months until the war was over. He never had to be in any battles. After the Civil War Peter came home to be with his family and care for his farm in Georgetown near his parents farm. His wife Dorothy helped to keep the family fed with her sewing skills which she had learned from her mother and taught to her daughters. In those days families would have a dressmaker come every spring and every fall and make all the clothes for the whole family. Nothing was brought ready made. There was always a market for women with good sewing skills

Here is how we are related to Peter. Peter and Dorothy Nicklas had Addie Nicklas. Addie grew up and married William Wesley White and had Helen White. Helen (that’s Nana) grew up and married Harold Stevens and they had Paul and Lois. Paul grew up and married Dianne Zimmerman (me!) and they had Dawne, Jon, Heather, and Uncle Danny. Dawne grew up and married Jason and had Sarah, Hannah, and Tim, you guys!

So that’s the story of your great-great-great-grandfather who joined the army to be in the Civil War but never had to fight. Hooray for Peter Nicklas!

Love, Granny



1900 shows Wes and Adie living in Rush Twsp, Jo Daviess County in the same house with Adie's parents and sister. The census says Wes is a farmer and he owns the home, not his father-in-law Peter, who is retired.

Doratha L. Harriet Schlucke:

Buried: 05 Sep 1929, Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville, Grant, WI

Notes:

The Dorothy Schlucke Story
1841-1929

March 30, 2007

Dear Children

Tonight I want to tell you the story of our ancestor Dorothy Schlucke.

Dorothy was born in the village of Salzhemmendorf, Hanover, Germany in 1841. She and her sister Carrie and their mother, Christiana Thies, had to work very hard to earn their daily bread. Dorothy's mother was a seamstress and Dorothy was a goose girl. In Germany at that time life was not arranged like it is on American farms of today. Most people lived in villages rather than on separate farms. In order for the animals to graze the herders would come around in the morning and pick them up from each household and return them in the evening and they were usually paid by the village treasury. So every morning little Dorothy had to go to each home and collect the geese and remember which goose belonged to which house and lead them out into a meadow to feed and she had to watch them all day to see that they didn't get lost or eaten by another creature. On wash day women would dry their sheets on the grass beside the river and Dorothy had to be very careful her geese did not walk on the drying sheets. In the evening she took each goose back to its proper home. It was a very important job. And it paid well.

In those days there were no child labor laws like we have today in America. Children could be made to go to work as soon as it was humanly possible and they often were. Dorothy was born in 1841 and her mother was married in Wisconsin in 1848 so Dorothy did this important job before she was even seven years old!

We don't know anything more about Dorothy until she turned 18 and married Peter Nicklas. It's probably a good thing Dorothy learned to work hard when she was very young because for most of her married life she helped Peter earn the living. On the 1860 census she and Peter are shown working for and living with two separate families less than a year after their marriage. Dorothy is working for a family in Cassville as a nursemaid, probably caring for the family's small children. Peter is working for a farmer nearby. He worked as a farmer most of his life in Georgetown where his parents were. Nana and Cousin Sophia Driskill both said that Peter didn't have a good head for business and wasn't the greatest farmer and that his wife, Dorothy, earned most of the family's living by sewing. They both said she was a wonderful seamstress.

Peter and Dorothy had three children in Georgetown, Grant County, Wisconsin; George Leonard born in 1862, Evelyn in 1866, and Anna Adelaide in 1871. The 1910 census says Dorothy has birthed 4 children so one baby must have died. It also says only 2 are still living but that is wrong as all three were alive and well in 1910. Sophia said they, Peter and his family, lived with his parents. Perhaps they did at one time. I didn't find that arrangement on the census record. They show up on their own place in Grant County in 1870 and 1880 and Peter is farming. In 1900 they are living in Rush Illinois with their daughter Addie and husband. Peter died in 1904 and on the 1910 and 1920 census Dorothy is living with her daughter Evelyn in Platteville. She died there in 1929 just short of 90 years of age.

Besides the historical record we find in things like censuses, marriage, and death records, we have information on Dorothy from three people who knew her personally. They are her granddaughters, Nana and Aunt Dorothy White, and her cousin, Sophia Driskill. They all told that Dorothy's parents were't married. That fact was quite important and shocking to that generation. Here are a few of the other things they said:

From Aunt Dorothy, Letter 3, "Grandma Nicklas' name was Henrietta Dorthea. Part of the relationship called her Henrietta and part Dorthea. This grandmother was a dear little lady. . . As I remember it, she had a red-headed ... sister." And from Letter 4, "Grandma Nicklas and Aunt Eva got their drinking water from their cistern in Platteville, Wisconsin. I remember that you could taste smoke in the water. Grandma said, ' You'd get used to it.' Evidentally it didn't hurt her, for she didn't die until her 90th year."

From Cousin Sophia, Letter A, "Sorry I could not get Uncle Peter's wife's maiden name. She was ... a very nice, small, nervous lady. She was a lovely seamstress and very neat. She and uncle spent a winter with us so I got to know them quite well. She was a goose herder in Germany. I saw an article in a Magazine about the German goose herders. It was considered a very good job. . . . Evelyn (Peter and Dorothy's daughter) spent the winter with us at the time. She was a wonderful seamstress also. They (Peter and Dorothy) lived with grandparents quite a while. They are buried in Jamestown without a marker. Father often said he would like to place a marker but no one seemed interested. Uncle (Peter) was a very poor businessman. She (Dorothy) made a living by sewing. " And from Letter M, "We always called his (Peter's) wife Harriet. One of her middle initials is H. Guess we went by Harriet."

Dorothy's name has been a puzzle. As you can see above, for her first name she went by Dorothy, Dorthea, Henrietta, or Harriet. In the historical record she is sometimes Doratha as well., and once Amelia! Her maiden name was Schlucke on her marriage record, Thies on her death record, and Tiece on her mother's marriage record. Her married name Nicklas appears also as Nicholes and Nicholas. All these spellings make research a bit challenging. It's a good thing I had first person accounts to lead me.

Here is a little about Dorothy and Peter's other children:
Dorothy and Peter Nicklas's first child was George Leonard Nicklas born in 1862. He married Carrie Jane Straw in 1891. George and Carrie had one child, Richard Straw Nicklas, in 1893. George became a physician practicing in Platteville until 1915. In his early 50's George suffered from early senility and had to give up his medical practice. His wife was unable to care for him, so he was sent to the county Asylum in Lascaster where he died in 1935. Their son Richard was a college woodworking teacher in Colorado.

Dorothy and Peter Nicklas's second child was Evelyn Nicklas born in 1866. Evelyn grew up to be a bright and lovely young woman. Her parents tried to send her to college in Platteville but she became too homesick. She went home and became a seamstress and dressmaker with her mother. The dressmaker at the turn of the century was a very highly skilled craftsperson. A single bodice could have as many as 78 pieces. And the pattern pieces, all printed on top of one another on a single sheet, made a maze to make a spider weep. Evelyn never married. She cared for her parents when they were old. She was careful with her money and saved enough to be able to help her niece, Helen White (Nana), with college expenses at UW-Platteville.

Dorothy and Peter Nicklas's third child was Anna Adelaide Nicklas born in 1871. She's our ancestor, so, more about her later.

So this is the story of Dorothy Schlucke. She had the misfortune to be born out of wedlock and had to work very hard her whole life. Even as a child before the advent of child labor laws, she labored as a goose herder. As an adult she supported her family with her sewing skills which she passed on to her daughter. She was born in Hanover and died in Wisconsin. She was a good sweet loyal hardworking woman.

Here's how we are related to Dorothy Dorothea Doratha Henrietta Harriet Amelia Shlucke Tiece Thies Nicholes Nicholas Nicklas. Dorthy the seamstress had Anna Adelaide the farmer's wife. Anna Adelaide had Helen Frances the schoolteacher. Helen Frances had Paul Robert the computer scientist. Paul Robert had Dawne Irene the engineer and teacher. Dawne Irene had . . . Sarah, Hannah, Timmy, and Becky!

So Horray for Dorothy Dorothea Doratha Henrietta Harriet Amelia Shlucke Tiece Thies Nicholes Nicholas Nicklas!


Love,

Granny

(02) Evelyn Nicklas:

Christened: 20 Dec 1866, Hazel Green, Grant, Wisconsin 42

Buried: Jamestown 43

Notes:

Eva never married. She was a seamstress.

Footnotes
  1. Sophia Nicklas Driskill, Nicklas Family History (copied & dispersed by the author, Yukon, OK 6/18/1986).
  2. Wisconsin State Historical Society - Veterans Museum, Civil War - Certificate of Service.
  3. White, Addie - Photo Album.
  4. Census, Federal - 1850 - Grant Co, WI, Eastern District, Ancestry p. 99 of 218.

    Geo. Nicklas age 44 b. Ger
    Catharine " 42 "
    Peter " 16 Penn
    Elizabeth " 14 "
    John " 11 Ill
    Catharine " 8 "
    Geo. " 6 "
    Wm. " 4 "
    Caroline " 2 Wisc

  5. Census, Federal - 1880 - Grant Co, WI, Smelser, Ancestry p. 23 of 26.
    (21 Jun 1880)

    Line 1

    Nicholes, Peter age 45 Farmer b. Penn f.b. Hesse Darmstadt m. b. Hesse Darmstadt
    Dorothy 39 wife Hanover Hanover Hanover
    George L. 17 son - works on farm WI PA "
    Evlina 13 dau " " "
    Anna 8 dau " " "

  6. Census, Federal - 1900 - Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, Rush Twsp, ED 41, Ancestry p. 14 of 19.
    (11 Jun 1900)

    Census, Federal - 1900 - Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, Rush Twsp, ED 41, Ancestry p. 14 of 19.
    "line 84 dwelling house # 151 family # 182

    White, Wesley, head 36 occupation farmer
    White, Addie wife 27
    White, Wilbur son 8/12 (should be 3/12)

    line 87 dwelling #151 family # 183

    Nicklas, Peter head 65 occupation retired
    Nicklas, Dorthea wife 58
    Nicklas, Evilina dau 33."

  7. Census, Federal - 1870 - Grant Co., Wisconsin, Smelser, Ancestry p. 12 of 33.
    (2 Jul 1870)

    Line 26

    Nicholas, Peter B. age 36 Farmer personal estate $400 b. Penn.
    Dorothy 28 Keeping House Hanover
    George 8 at home WI
    Lena 4 " WI

  8. Census, Federal - 1840 - Monroe County, Illinois, p.12 of 43.

    George Nickles

    Males under 5 - 1
    5 & under 10 - 1
    30 & under 40 - 1
    Females under 5 - 1
    30 & under 40 - 1
    70 & under 80 - 1

  9. Census, Federal - 1860 - LaFayette Co., Wisconsin, Elk Grove, Ancestry p. 10 of 33.

    Line 10

    Peter Nicholas age 24 Farm laborer b. Pennsylvania

    [This Peter Nicholas is working on the farm of John Metcalf. His wife is not to be found.]

  10. Nicklas-Schlucke marriage certificate (Certified copy of document from Register of Deeds, Grant Co., WI).
  11. Sophia Nicklas Driskill, Nicklas Family History (copied & dispersed by the author, Yukon, OK 6/18/1986).
  12. Driskill, Sophie - Letters.
  13. Census, Federal - 1880 - Grant Co, WI, Smelser, Ancestry p. 23 of 26.

    Line 1

    Nicholes, Peter age 45 Farmer b. Penn f.b. Hesse Darmstadt m. b. Hesse Darmstadt
    Dorothy 39 wife Hanover Hanover Hanover
    George L. 17 son - works on farm WI PA "
    Evlina 13 dau " " "
    Anna 8 dau " " "

  14. Dorothy E. White, White, Dorothy E. - Letters to P&D Stevens Family.
  15. Census, Federal - 1900 - Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, Rush Twsp, ED 41, Ancestry p. 14 of 19.

    Census, Federal - 1900 - Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, Rush Twsp, ED 41, Ancestry p. 14 of 19.
    "line 84 dwelling house # 151 family # 182

    White, Wesley, head 36 occupation farmer
    White, Addie wife 27
    White, Wilbur son 8/12 (should be 3/12)

    line 87 dwelling #151 family # 183

    Nicklas, Peter head 65 occupation retired
    Nicklas, Dorthea wife 58
    Nicklas, Evilina dau 33."

  16. Census, Federal - 1910 - Grant Co., Wisconsin, Plattville, ward 3, Ancestry p. 12 of 20.
    (21 Apr 1910)

    Line 99 - 520 Division Street - dwelling # 146, family # 154

    Nicklas, Doratha age 68 birthed 4 children, 2 still living - occupation house keeping

    Eva 43 dressmaker working on own account

  17. Census, Federal - 1870 - Grant Co., Wisconsin, Smelser, Ancestry p. 12 of 33.

    Line 26

    Nicholas, Peter B. age 36 Farmer personal estate $400 b. Penn.
    Dorothy 28 Keeping House Hanover
    George 8 at home WI
    Lena 4 " WI

  18. Census, Federal - 1860 - Grant Co., WI, Cassville, Ancestry p. 8 of 23.
    (19 Jun 1860)

    Line 1

    Amelia Nicklas 18 Nurse b. Bavaria

    [This entry shows "Amelia" living with family of John Geiger, a merchant. I believe it is our Harriet because it's the only female "Nicklas" of right age in 2 counties. Her husband Peter is living and working with a family in LaFayette County.]

  19. Census, Federal - 1920 - Grant Co, WI, Platteville, Sheet 5B; Ancestry p. 10 of36.
    (2 Feb 1920)

    Line 62

    Nicklas, Dorothy Head own free age 78 widow Imm: 1855 GER GER GER
    Evaline Dau 55 S WI PA GER OCC: Dressmaker - at home - wages

  20. Dorothea Nicklas Death certificate.
  21. John Blankenbaker, Germanna History (http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~george/johnsgermnotes/germhis1.html).
  22. Dianne Z. Stevens, P&D Stevens Family History.
  23. Sophia Nicklas Driskill, Nicklas Family History (copied & dispersed by the author, Yukon, OK 6/18/1986).
  24. White, Addie - Photo Album.
  25. Census, Federal - 1880 - Grant Co, WI, Smelser, Ancestry p. 23 of 26.

    Line 1

    Nicholes, Peter age 45 Farmer b. Penn f.b. Hesse Darmstadt m. b. Hesse Darmstadt
    Dorothy 39 wife Hanover Hanover Hanover
    George L. 17 son - works on farm WI PA "
    Evlina 13 dau " " "
    Anna 8 dau " " "

  26. Census, Federal - 1870 - Grant Co., Wisconsin, Smelser, Ancestry p. 12 of 33.

    Line 26

    Nicholas, Peter B. age 36 Farmer personal estate $400 b. Penn.
    Dorothy 28 Keeping House Hanover
    George 8 at home WI
    Lena 4 " WI

  27. Census, Federal - 1900 - Grant, WI, Platteville, Sheet 5B; Ancestry p. 10 of 31.
    (5 Jun 1900)

    Line 69 East Main St., South side Dwelling # 108
    Family # 117
    Howley, S. head
    Harrison son

    Family #118

    Nicklas, Geo L. Head b. Aug 1864 age 36 m. 9 yrs WI PA GER occ: Physician rent
    Carrie wife Jul 1868 31 9 1 child born/ 1 living WI Eng Eng
    Richard S. son Jun 1893 6 WI WI WI

  28. George Nicklas Death Certificate, Ancestry p. 24.
  29. Ibid.
  30. Dianne Z. Stevens, P&D Stevens Family History.
  31. White, Helen Frances- Notes from Personal Interview by Dianne Z. Stevens.
  32. White, Addie - Photo Album.
  33. Driskill, Sophie - Letters.
  34. Census, Federal - 1880 - Grant Co, WI, Smelser, Ancestry p. 23 of 26.

    Line 1

    Nicholes, Peter age 45 Farmer b. Penn f.b. Hesse Darmstadt m. b. Hesse Darmstadt
    Dorothy 39 wife Hanover Hanover Hanover
    George L. 17 son - works on farm WI PA "
    Evlina 13 dau " " "
    Anna 8 dau " " "

  35. Census, Federal - 1900 - Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, Rush Twsp, ED 41, Ancestry p. 14 of 19.

    Census, Federal - 1900 - Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, Rush Twsp, ED 41, Ancestry p. 14 of 19.
    "line 84 dwelling house # 151 family # 182

    White, Wesley, head 36 occupation farmer
    White, Addie wife 27
    White, Wilbur son 8/12 (should be 3/12)

    line 87 dwelling #151 family # 183

    Nicklas, Peter head 65 occupation retired
    Nicklas, Dorthea wife 58
    Nicklas, Evilina dau 33."

  36. Census, Federal - 1910 - Grant Co., Wisconsin, Plattville, ward 3, Ancestry p. 12 of 20.
    (21 Apr 1910)

    Line 99 - 520 Division Street - dwelling # 146, family # 154

    Nicklas, Doratha age 68 birthed 4 children, 2 still living - occupation house keeping

    Eva 43 dressmaker working on own account

  37. Census, Federal - 1870 - Grant Co., Wisconsin, Smelser, Ancestry p. 12 of 33.

    Line 26

    Nicholas, Peter B. age 36 Farmer personal estate $400 b. Penn.
    Dorothy 28 Keeping House Hanover
    George 8 at home WI
    Lena 4 " WI

  38. Census, Federal - 1920 - Grant Co, WI, Platteville, Sheet 5B; Ancestry p. 10 of36.

    Line 62

    Nicklas, Dorothy Head own free age 78 widow Imm: 1855 GER GER GER
    Evaline Dau 55 S WI PA GER OCC: Dressmaker - at home - wages

  39. Census, Federal - 1930 - Grant, WI, Platteville, Sheet 3B; Ancestry p. 6 of 13.
    (22 Apr 1930)

    Line 52 436 Division St.

    Nicklas, Evalyne Head own value $3000 no radio Single age 63 WI PA GER Occ: None

  40. Census, Federal - 1880 - Grant Co, WI, Smelser, Ancestry p. 24.
  41. Eva Nicklas Baptismal Certificate.
  42. Ibid.
  43. Driskill, Sophie - Letters.
  44. Sophia Nicklas Driskill, Nicklas Family History (copied & dispersed by the author, Yukon, OK 6/18/1986), Nicklas.
  45. Dianne Z. Stevens, White Family History.
  46. Nicklas, Anna Adelaide - Family Photo Album.
  47. Census, Federal - 1900 - Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, Rush Twsp, ED 41, Ancestry p. 14 of 19.

    Census, Federal - 1900 - Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, Rush Twsp, ED 41, Ancestry p. 14 of 19.
    "line 84 dwelling house # 151 family # 182

    White, Wesley, head 36 occupation farmer
    White, Addie wife 27
    White, Wilbur son 8/12 (should be 3/12)

    line 87 dwelling #151 family # 183

    Nicklas, Peter head 65 occupation retired
    Nicklas, Dorthea wife 58
    Nicklas, Evilina dau 33."

  48. Census, Federal - 1910 - Chesterfield Co., Virginia, Midlothian, ED # 12, Ancestry p. 13 of 24.

    line 33; Dwelling # 145, Family # 145

    White, Wesley age 44 married 11 yrs - Farmer
    Adalaid 37 11 4 children born 4 children living
    Wilber 10
    Dorothy 8
    Philip 7
    Helen 4

  49. Census, Federal - 1930 - Dona Ana Co., New Mexico, La Mesa, ED # 13, Ancestry p. 8 of 32.

    Line 79; dwelling # 73; Family # 75

    White, Wesley W. - home is owned, value $350 65 yrs old - age at 1st marriage 34 - Farmer
    Addie 57 26
    Philipp 26 - Farm Laborer
    Dorothy 28 - *Stenographer at a furniture store
    Helen 24 - Public school Teacher

    *Dorothy indicates she has been unemployed for 3 months.

  50. Census, Federal - 1880 - Grant Co, WI, Smelser, Ancestry p. 23 of 26.

    Line 1

    Nicholes, Peter age 45 Farmer b. Penn f.b. Hesse Darmstadt m. b. Hesse Darmstadt
    Dorothy 39 wife Hanover Hanover Hanover
    George L. 17 son - works on farm WI PA "
    Evlina 13 dau " " "
    Anna 8 dau " " "

  51. Census, Federal - 1920 - Chesterfield Co., VA, twnsp of Midlothian - ED# 17, sheet 12, Sheet 12 A & B; Ancestry p. 23 & 24 of 26.

    line 49

    White, Wesley W head own mort age 55 yrs IL IL Isle of Mann, Eng General Farmer
    Anne A. wife 47 WI Pa Germany
    Wilbur L. son 19 IL IL WI
    Dorothy E dau 18 same Artist working for wage at painting and
    Ingraving shop

    Philip L. son 16 "
    Helen F. dau 13 "

  52. Anna Adelaide White Death Certificate (The Division of Health of the State of Missouri), state file # 16363.
    (15 Jun 1951)
  53. Nicklas-Schlucke marriage certificate (Certified copy of document from Register of Deeds, Grant Co., WI).
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