Friday, May 16, 2014

Back To Missouri

Back to Sedalia as well.  The last post had an envelope with an address for W. F. Rages.  Today, the husband of Anna Rages, Mr. Henry Kingen.  I did a search and found  a few Henry Kingens, including one on Facebook.  The oldest Henry Kingen I could find was born July 7, 1857 in Glassen, Erftkreis, Nordhein-Westfalen, Germany.  Of course, Germany didn't exist in 1857, but on his 1880 census form he listed his birthplace as Prussia.  In 1880 he was living in Pierz, Minnesota, a bit of a trek from Sedalia, Missouri, but not that far away.  He died on February 11, 1932, location unknown.  Father, mother, siblings, spouse and children unknown.  So, the same Henry Kingen?  Kingen is such a rare last name, that it's possible, though I have my doubts.  The real mystery is why someone went to all the trouble of starting a webpage for such a cipher.

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