Thursday, September 5, 2013
THOSE PLACES THURSDAY
# 3 BYRON CENTER/ BYRON TOWNPLACE, MICHIGAN
Continuing on my "Genealogy Travel Bucket List", I head back to the United States and to the town of Byron Center in the Kent County, Michigan. In 1847, my 2nd great grandfather Sebastian Homrich (see above photo) immigrated to the US from Germany. He was 17 years old at the time. Sebastian married Catherine Herzeg and they had 3 children. Catherine died after giving birth to the 3rd child, who didn't survive either. Then in June 1863, he married my 2nd great grandmother Anna Simon in Byron Center, Michigan. I consider Sebastian the Patriarch of the Homrich family here in the US. Sebastian and Anna had 14 children, including my great grandmother Theresa.
Sebastian was a farmer during his many years in Byron Center. I would love to see his former property, where Theresa grew up with her many siblings. Sebastian and his family attended Mass at Saint Sebastian's Catholic Church in Byron Center. I would definitely want to visit the church as well as the church's cemetery, where a lot of my ancestors are buried. Sebastian and Anna are buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, so I would need to make a trip up to Grand Rapids, too.
My great grandmother Theresa Homrich Nebgen is buried in Chicago. Hmmm, wonder if that is going to be my #4 location?