Wednesday, June 13, 2012


My paternal grandmother (who we affectionately called “Big Grannie” but only because my maternal grandmother was “Little Grannie” due to her short stature of 4’9” but that is a story for another time) is Theresa Anna Barbara Nebgen.  As we got older (or maybe when I grew taller than her), however, we changed to calling her a more socially correct “Grandma Sherlock”. 

          Theresa Anna Barbara Nebgen was born in Chicago on 13 Nov 1899 to Peter Joseph Nebgen and Theresa Homrich.  Theresa’s oldest sister was Helen May Nebgen, who was born in Chicago in 1892 (21 Nov).  The middle sister was Anna Marie who was born in 1894 (14 Sep).  Theresa also had a brother Emil Frank Nebgen, who was born in 1896 (29 Jun).  However, he died in 1951 so I never got the chance to meet him. 

          The above photo is of Theresa and her parents, sisters and brother.  Theresa is on the far right of the photo.

          Helen Nebgen married Albert Cedargreen in 1917.  They had one child – a daughter named Lucille.  Theresa’s other sister Ann married several times and had four children.  Theresa’s brother Emil married Anna Pittges and they had 2 sons and a daughter.  All of Theresa’s siblings lived their entire lives in the Chicago area.  However, Theresa moved with her husband Charles Sherlock and 3 young sons in 1930 to Southern California, where she spent the next 63 years until her death in 1993.

          The above photo is of Theresa and her sisters and mother.  Helen is to the farthest left, with Ann standing next to her.  Next to Ann is their mother Theresa Homrich Nebgen.   Theresa Nebgen (my Grandma Sherlock) is to the far right. 


  1. My name is Simone and I am Ann Marie Rose daughter, and the picture above on the far left is NOT Helen or standing next to her is NOT Ann Marie Rose.

  2. My mom Anne and myself (Simone) lived in Beverly Hills, CA. from 1938 to 1940. Then Anne lived with me and my husband and infant daughter for a year in 1968 in Brunswick, ME. then Anne lived with me (Simone) and my daughter (Simone Renee)in1981 in Hesston, KS.

  3. Correction: Anne (MY Mom) lived with me(Simone) and my husband in Brunswick, Me. in 1968.

  4. Simone, I would like to email you to share information. Could you please email me at

  5. As a person interested in geneology, I know you will be able to understand my excitement on finding your blog! It appears your Great-Grandma Theresa Homrich was a younger half sister to my Great-Grandpa Anton Homrich....meaning we had the same Great-great Grandfather, Sebastian Homrich from Byron Township, Kent Co. MI. We still live in that County, with many family members still in Byron Township. My Grandfather was Theodore Homrich, who had seven daughters, so the Homrich name is not being carried out by our branch of the tree...but we still hold an Annual Homrich Reunion!

  6. Cindy, I was delighted to see your comments on this post. I absolutely love "discovering new" relatives. I do know that Sebastian Homrich had a lot of kids. My grandmother Theresa had written down the list of names and birth dates and had given it to my Dad for inclusion in our family bible. I would love to share information and stories, so please send me an email to Look forward to talking to you!