24 June 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Charles White and Caroline Graf of Indiana

I have been trying for months to find the maiden name of my second great grandmother, Mary, who married Caspar Graf.  I have one secondary source that lists it as Wrightweasner, but I have never seen that name anywhere else in my research.

One of the research strategies that I use when I have trouble researching my direct line of ancestors is to start researching collateral lines.  I have been successful in the past finding the maiden names of mothers, but not this time.  I had researched my ancestor, Valentine Graf, and did not find his mother's maiden name.  Next, I went to Valentine's brothers and sisters.  I was hopeful his oldest sister, Caroline, would provide the clues I needed.  Although her records didn't give me what I was looking for, I still found some interesting records for Caroline.

Caspar and Mary Graf's first born, Caroline Graf, married Charles White 21 March 1871 in Miami County, Indiana.  There marriage record is below:

Source: "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-40056-4775-95?cc=1410397 : accessed 14 June 2015), Miami > 1867-1873 Volume 4 > image 241 of 347 citing the marriage of Charles White and Caroline Graf 21 March 1871; County clerk offices, Indiana.


  1. Hello Brenda!

    In German 'Wrightweasner' might translate to 'Reitwiesner' or 'Reitwiesener', according to the sound when spoken.

    Do you know the German website of the Society for Computergenealogy, genealogy.net (free, mainly in German but some of it also in English)? There is a Metasearch function in their databases. I just gave it a try and some 'Reitwiesner' came up. Or you can search by just entering the village name, as well. Here is the link:


    Many Greetings from Germany,
    Susanna Rosalie

  2. I hope you manage to break through your brick wall. I know how frustrating these things can be.

  3. Thank you Susanna for the information. Tim, brick wall breaking could be a full time job!