Category Archives: Jonas

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary of Max Jonas

Chicago Tribune 5 Aug. 1969

Max H. Jonas, Aug.4, 1969, of Morton Grove, beloved husband of Jeanette; dear brother of Ted Jonas, Bertha Klopp, and Margrett Voigtlander. Member of American Legion post No. 134 and member of Loyal Order of Moose lodge No. 3. Services in Meyer Funeral Home, 625 Dempster street, Morton Grove, Wednesday, 10 a. m. Interment Ridgewood. Please omit flowers. YO S-2500


Tombstone Tuesday – The Jonas Brothers

Ok, so it is not THE Jonas brothers. But they are Jonas brothers none the less.

Max H. Jonas


F3 US Navy

World War 1

Dec 4 1899

Aug 4 1969

Otto F Jonas



Otto and Max Jonas are both interred at Ridgewood Cemetery; Des Plaines, Cook, IL. Section 6, plot’s 216 and 255.

Photo ©Terri O’Connell 2011, taken 25 Nov 2011.

Amanuensis Monday – The Obituary of Marie Jonas

Chicago Tribune 29 Aug 1944

Jonas – Marie Jonas of Morton Grove, Ill., beloved mother of Augusta Frieberg, Emma Felske, Minnie Seifert, Bertha Klopp, Otto, Ella Jaeger, Max, Margaret Voightlander, and Theodore. Funeral Wednesday, 1:30 p. m., from chapel , 6235 Lincoln avenue, Morton Grove, to Jerusalem Lutheran Church at 2 p. m. Interment St Matthew’s Cemetery.

Amanuensis Monday: Girl Ends Her Life


While Despondent She Takes Carbolic Acid.

Chicago, July 11. _ Despondency over  a love affair is believed by the police to have caused Martha Jonas, 17 years old, 3248 Winnemac avenue, to swallow carbolic acid at her home early today.

She died at Ravenswood hospital at noon.

The girl was found unconscious in her bedroom at 1:45 o’clock this morning by her sister, Miss Augusta Jonas, who called the Summerdale police. They took her to the Ravenswood hospital. A bottle which had contained the poison is said to have been found in the room.

The girl was resuscitated at the hospital and policemen sought to learn why she had taken the poison, but she refused to talk about her act.

Miss Augusta Jonas said that her sister had not complained of being ill. She told the police the girl has been receiving attention from a young man and this led to the belief that she took the poison while despondent over a love affair.

Article from

Date: 1911-07-12; Paper: Morning Star

Surname Saturday: Jonas

This is my first Surname Saturday post and I thought I would post about my Jonas family line, which is the line I have been spending my most time on lately.

William (Wilhelm) Jonas b. abt 1863 in Germany,
Marie Lustgens b. abt 1863 in Germany and they had 14 children.

Unknown Jonas
Unknown Jonas
Emma Jonas b. 16 Jan 1887, Niles, Cook, IL
Annie Jonas b. Sep 1888
Wilhelmena (Minnie) Jonas b. Mar 1890
William Seifert 13 Mar 1909
William August Seifert 29 Jul 1910, Chicago, Cook, IL
Theodor Seifert 18 Nov 1911, Chicago, Cook, IL
Martha Seifert 15 Jan 1914, Chicago, Cook, IL

Louisa (Betha) Jonas b. 14 Jan 1892 Niles, Cook, IL
m. Charles Klopp 21 Oct 1913 Morton Grove, Cook, IL

William Jonas b. Apr 1893 Cook, IL d. 22 Aug 1911 Cook, IL
Martha Jonas b. Dec 1894 Cook, IL d. 11 July 1911 Cook, IL
Otto Jonas b. Nov 1896
Ella Jonas b. 12 Apr 1898 d. 11 Oct 1956 Cook, IL
m. Frederick Jaeger 26 Nov 1918 Chicago, Cook, IL
Ruth Jaeger b. 29 Jan 1917 d. 18 Feb 1993 Chicago, Cook, IL
Margaret (Ida) Jaeger b. 1 Jan 1919 d. 15 Apr 1980 Chicago, Cook, IL
Dorothy Jaeger b. 24 Mar 1920 d. 28 Aug 2002 Chicago, Cook IL
Irene Jaeger b. 31 Oct 1923 d . 2 Mar 1993 Chicago, Cook, IL
Max Jonas b. Dec 1899 d. Aug 1969 Morton Grove, Cook, IL d. 4 Aug 1969
m. Jeanette Tokarsz 21 Jun 1937
Matilda Jonas b. 1902
Margaretha Jonas b. 24 Aug 1904 Morton Grove, Cook, IL
Theadore Jonas b. 17 Dec 1906 Morton Grove, Cook, IL

I do know that one of the unknown children is Augusta Jonas, I just do not know her birth order. Source for Augusta is from an Aunt and a newspaper article about the death of Martha.

I believe the other unknown child is John Jonas who married Ida Vick. They are buried close to William and Marie Jonas in Niles, IL. But, I do need to find the connection to bring the families together. One of the witnesses for the marriage of John and Ida Jonas  is Emma Jonas. Emma is child #3 of William and Marie, if John does fit into this family, he would be child # 1 or 2.

Do you have any Jonas relations? My research into this family has been very recent and I would love to connect with anyone that has is a relation to the above mention people.

Two Willies

Recently, I had found where my paternal great-great grandparents were buried. I headed off to the cemetery that day, with not much time to really spend there. Luckily, it was a smaller cemetery and with two of us looking, we were able to not only take a lot of cool, fall cemetery pictures, but we found the grave site as well. See William and Marie Jonas and Surrounding Jonas Grave for pictures from the cemetery.

I really did not have much information to start on and no clue about the family. My research was truly census records and 1 birth record, for William and Marie’s daughter Ella. Other than that, I really had nothing. Here and there, I would get lucky and find a record, save it and hope that the next time I would be able to find a little more.

A year or so ago, I found a death record for William Jonas, William and Marie’s son (one of the their 14). Anyhow, when I found the grave of William and Marie I was so excited because of the surrounding Jonas graves. One of them belonged to Willie Jonas and he had died young. I did not give it another thought. Was excited to find his grave, I took a picture and moved on to the other stones. How exciting two finds in one day!

Well, that is until a few days later when I started updating my information. I noticed there was a few years difference from the grave and the death certificate. I then turned to FamilySearch to see if maybe there was another William/Willie out there. And behold, a death index, this one for Willie Jonas!

Death Certificate for William Jonas

And, here is the index for Wilie Jonas:
Name: Willie Jonas
Titles and Terms (original):
Death Date: 23 Feb 1916
Death Place: Des Plaines, Cook, Illinois
Gender: Male
Marital Status:
Race or Color:
Age: 22
Estimated Birth Year: 1894
Birth Date: 28 Apr 1893
Birthplace: Ill
Father: John Jonas
Father’s Titles and Terms (original):
Father’s Birth Place: Germany
Mother: Anna Gilsaw
Mother’s Titles and Terms (original):
Mother’s Birth Place: Germany
Burial Date: 26 Feb 1916
Burial Place: Town of Niles
Digital Folder Number: 4007972
Image Number: 1085
Film Number: 1530530
Volume/Page/Certificate Number: cn 9
Collection: Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947

So, lets break the information down.

William Jonas b. Apr 1893 d. 22 Aug 1911, Chicago, Cook, IL.

Willie Jonas b. April 1893 d. 23 Feb 1916, Des Plaines, Cook, IL

Both William and Willie were born in April of 1893, what a coincidence. Or is it? From here, I moved into census work to look into Willie’s family. I want to know more about them.

I find it very interesting that this Jonas family lived in Main Township, Cook County, as my Jonas family lived in Niles, Cook, IL. For those that do not live in this area, they are only a few miles apart. This got me wondering if the family is related. Looking at the census record above (and a few others as well).

John and Johanna had at least 8 children, they are:

Charles b. Aug 1879

Minnie b. 1884

John Jr. b. Apr 1888

Anna b. Apr 1890

William b. Apr 1893

Fredia b. 1873

George b. 1875

Mary b. 1877

William and Marie had 14 children, they are:



Emma b. 16 Jan 1887

Annie b. Sep 1888

Wilhelmena (Minnie) b. Mar 1890

Louisa ( Bertha) b. 14 Jan 1892

William b. Apr 1893

Martha b. Dec 1894

Otto b. Nov 1896

Ella b. 12 Apr 1898

Max b. Dec 1899

Matilda b. 1902

Margaretha b.24 Aug 1904

Theodore b. 17 Dec 1906

(I should add that one of the unknown children I believe is Augusta, I get this information from an Aunt and I did see mention of her in a newspaper article surrounding the death of Martha. I just do not know if she is child 1 or 2.)

Going through the children’s names, I have to really wonder about a family relationship between John (Johann) and William (Wilhelm) Jonas. Their children share the names of William (both born in 1893), Minnie (born 1884 and 1890), and Anna/Annie (born 1888 and 1890).

I have started a new tree on ancestry just for Jonas families in IL and I have made contact with one woman who descends through John and Johanna and she is supposed to mail me copies of the information she has on her family to see if I can make some sort of connection between the two. At this point, I only have a gut feeling I have. As I go through these two families and try to figure everything out, I will continue to report my findings.

Tell me, what do you think about these two families?

Tombstone Tuesday – Surrounding Jonas Graves

The cylinder stones belong to a family with the Jonas surname. At this point, I have not confirmed they are related. Though, I highly suspect that they are. This single stone is about a foot away from William and Marie Jonas, which was last Tombstone Tuesday’s post. With them being buried so close together, it would just make sense.


John Jonas 1849-1927


Hanan Jonas (I believe it should be Hannah)


Willie Jonas

Born 28 April 1893

Died 23 Feb. 1916

*I actually thought Willie was my great-great uncle until I compared his month of death with my William. But I will blog about that another day.


Ida 1886 – 1960

John 1888 – 1949

All of these gravesites are at St Mathews Lutheran Cemetery in Niles, Cook, Illinois.

SNGF – List Your Matrilineal Line

Randy at Genea-Musings has put out the call for some Saturday night fun. He says:

“Hey genealogy buffs – it’s Saturday Night again — time for more Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) List your matrilineal line – your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

3) Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Status line on Facebook or in your Stream at Google Plus.

4)  If you have done this before, please do your father’s matrilineal line, or your grandfather’s matrilineal line, or your spouse’s matriliuneal line.

5)  Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines? ”

So I took a gander at my line, or lack thereof…To protect the identity of my living relatives, I am going to start this with my maternal grandmother.

a. Zedith Marie Lachney (17 Mar 1933 Raleigh Co, WV – 31 Dec 2009 Trinity, AL) married William H. Richmond Jr.

b. Mary Jane Hilton (14 Dec 1903 Perry Co, OH) – 18 July 1992 Seminole, FL) married Joseph Lachney

c. Susie Kerr (12 Feb 1876 Arlington, OH – 11 Sep 1943 Beckley, Raleigh Co, WV) married John James Hilton, Sr.

d. Margaret Garlinger (Feb 1849 – Somerset, PA – Dec 1910 Perry Co, OH) married John Kerr

e. Mary Hashsmith (1815 PA – 1870 Bairds Furnace, Perry Co, OH) married Adam Garlinger

As far as I know, no one has had any DNA testing done. Being a female in this line, it only makes sense that I should be the one to do this. Add another thing to my long line of to do lists.

My fathers matrilineal line is as follows:

a. Margaret (Ida)  Jaeger (1 Jan 1919 Cook Co., IL – 15 Apr 1980 Chicago, Cook Co, IL) married 1) Frederick Fischer 2) Ambrose (Larry O’Connell)

b. Ella Martha Marie Jonas (12 Apr 1898, Cook Co, IL – 11 Oct 1956 Cook Co, IL) married Frederick Jaeger

c. Marie Lustgens (10 Mar 1862 Germany – 28 Aug 1944 Morton Grove, Cook Co, IL) married Wilhelm/William Jonas

Again, as far as I know, no one has completed any DNA testing on this line either. I do have a few aunts that I can ask to do this for me. Seems I could send them a Christmas gift and hope they will take it.

Thanks Randy for keeping all the genealogists busy, and having fun with the research we have completed.

Wedding Wednesday – Fred Jaeger and Ella Jonas

Marriage License

Marriage may be Celebrated , in the County of Cook and State of Illinois, between Fred Jaeger of Chicago, in the County of Cook and State of Illinois, of the age of 25 years, and Miss Ella Jonas of Chicago, in the County of Cook and the State of Illinois, of the age of 20 years.

Certified by H. Sterling Pomeroy, Judge of the City Court of Kowance*, Ill. serving in the Circuit Court of Cook County on 26 November 1918.

Registered and filed 23 December 1918.

*Having been born and raised in Cook County, I have no clue where Kowance is. I have done a little bit of research on the internet and the only thing it brings up is Kewanee, IL which is in Henry County. Henry County is no where near the city of Chicago. Hopefully, someone reading might be able to give me a clue as to where this town was.

Marie Lustgens Jonas

© Terri O’Connell 2010 Digital copy, (original held by Terri Foote)
Marie Lustgens Jonas b. abt 1863
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