Where We've Lived Before
|Testimony of Renke Kaiser, 23 November 1887, Completed Homestead application of Jurgen Ehmen, Dawson County, Nebraska, Township 11 North-24 West, section 18; digital image, Fold3.com.|
Going to Church
Kaiser even states that he seens Ehmen regularly at church on Sunday and that the church was "near there." One doesn't always think of homestead records as providing clues as to church attendance. But there it was.
Ehmen's other witness Eime Friesenborg also indicates in a statement from the same date as Kaiser's that he also sees Ehmen at church every Sunday. His statement includes similar statements about Ehmen's residences before he lived in Nebraska and that he had known Ehmen for twenty years.
Of course, Goldenstein probably attended the same church as the other men. And the reason why Goldenstein did not testify in Ehmens claim: relatives were not supposed to appear as witnesses in these claims.
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