Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sunday go to Meeting

March 10 - What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn't they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

Katherine (Wanger) Marxer
Great grandma Katherine Marxer lived out in the country on the family homestead with husband Joseph and 14 children. There wasn't a church nearby and a trip to town was an overnight affair, so they worshiped at home. The Marxer's were from Eschen Liechtenstein and were Catholic. Katherine kept a Bible by her favorite chair and they would all gather upstairs to pray every night.

Johanna "Jennie" (Felt) Borgreen
Johanna Borgreen came from Sweden, so naturally, she was Lutheran. I posted about her prayer book earlier this week. It's written in Swedish but tucked in between the pages are clippings from an American newspaper of little Bible verses. So the book is something that she kept close to her and used regularly even after coming to the U.S. Mom told me that they belonged to the Lutheran church in Great Falls.

I'm not sure if or how any of my female ancestors served their church, but some research of church records in Great Falls will probably tell the tale. I'll add that to my list of things to look for in the future.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your post today and loved the photos.