13 December 2014
12 December 2014
|Ach siùbhlaidh mi uat||But I shall go away|
|Cha ghluais mi tuilleadh nad dhàil||Never to return to you|
|Tha m'aois is mo shnuadh||My age and my appearance|
|Toirt luaidh air giorrad mo là||Presage the shortness of my days|
|An àm dhomh bhith suainnt'||When it's time for me to be laid out|
|Am fuachd 's an cadal a' bhàis||In the cold slumber of death|
|Mo leabaidh dèan suas||Make up my bed|
|Ri fuaim na h-ataireachd àird||Where I can hear the surge of the sea|
|--"An Ataireachd Àrd" by Donald MacIver|
For years now, I've been using Chronicling America to research my family in Richmond, Virginia. The newspapers on the site have been a goldmine of information about my ancestors' day-to-day lives. But not long ago, Chronicling America added a new collection - issues from Der Deutsche Correspondent in Baltimore, Maryland. And it was here that I found an obituary for my 3rd-great-grandfather John Campen, much more complete than the brief notice that appeared in the Baltimore Sun.
John Campen died on December 10, 1888, and this obituary appeared in Der Deutsche Correspondent two days later, 126 years ago today. My German's rather rusty, but here's a rough translation:
|Ableben. – Am Montag Abend 1/2 12 Uhr entschlief Hr. Johann Campen für ein besseres Jenseits. Der Verstorbene, welcher im 67. Lebensjahre stand, war seit 40 Jahren in Baltimore ansässig; er war zuerst als Maschinist thätig und betrieb seit 1862 eine Blechbüchsenfabrik. Er wanderte aus Emden, Hannover, hier ein und war zwei Mal verheirathet. Der Verstorbene, welcher vielen Vereinen angehörte, hinterläßt zwei erwachsene Kinder ans erster Ehe. Die Beerdigung findet morgen Nachmittag 2 Uhr vom Trauerhause Nr. 812 Lightstraße, aus statt.||Demise. – On Monday evening 1/2 12 o'clock passed away Mr. John Campen for a better afterlife. The deceased, who was 67 years of age, was a resident for 40 years in Baltimore; he first worked as a machinist and operated since 1862 a tin can factory. He emigrated here from Emden, Hanover, and was married twice. The deceased, who belonged to many clubs, leaves behind two adult children to the first marriage. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house of mourning No. 812 Light Street.|
|John Campen and his second wife, Charlotte|
It doesn't help to track down his first wife, but it at least does confirm that she existed! So, the hunt continues for elusive Caroline Fredrick Campen!
19 October 2014
Hark! hark! down the century's long reaching slope
To those transports of triumph - those raptures of hope
The voices of Main and of Mountain combined
In glad resonance borne on the wings of the wind
The bass of the drum, and the trumpet that thrills
Thro' the multiplied echoes of jubilant hills
And mark! how the years, melting upwards like mist
With the breath of some splendid enchantment has kissed
Reveal on the ocean, reveal on the shore
The proud pageant of conquest that graced them of yore
--"Centennial Ode" by Paul Hayne & J. Mosenthal
On October 19, 1781, the British surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. So far as I know, none of my ancestors were present there that day.
One hundred years later, however, my 3rd-great-grandfather, Charles L. Siegel, was one of those involved in planning the centennial celebration of the battle in 1881. In July of 1881, Charles Siegel was appointed the musical director of the festivities.
By September, choir rehearsals were well underway.
The full order of events is available online at the Internet Archive.
Today, copies of the choir's sheet music can been found in the collections of the Virginia Historical Society.