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Silicon Valley veteran doing Technical Community Management. Photographer with a strong interest in birds, wildlife and nature who is exploring the Western states and working to tell you the stories of the special places I've found.
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Monthly Archives: July 2001
One of my distant relatives has been tracking the family since it came over from Alsace. She’s put her data up on the web, so if you want to know our family history (since the net’s grown up, I’ve been contacted three or four times by people researching the family tree), it’s here:
And this is a message I sent to Catherine Grundy with what I know to update her page.
Hi, Catherine. I ran into another von rospach lineage person (I sent him your way), and it reminded me I never passed on any info to you. I’ve been trying on and off to get my dad to explain everything, but he tends to get evasive about his past, so he always means to and never does… I figured I better pass on what I have while I’m remembering, becuase if I wait until I ‘get around to it’ it’ll never happen.
According to his records, Charles’ wife was Mary E. MacGoogen, not Mary Anne McGuigan, and he has her date of death as November 3, 1884. The other data matches (born Ireland in 1992). Charles’ birthdate was September 25, 1893.
My grandfather was Charles, Charles Francis, aka Frank. I have his birth as 1891, death as 1956. He married a woman who’s name I’ve gone blank on, who died in the 60s, because I barely remember her. During WW II, Frank changed the family name to Rospaw because of the problems involved in being German in the U.S. during WW II. My father is Cecil Francis Rospaw (birth certificate is still Von Rospach). He married twice. His second wife was Barbara Gee, and I’m his only child (Charles Francis, B1958 Glendale, CA). My mom and dad are still alive, both in their late 70′s.
My dad has original photos of both Charles and Mary, with names attached, and has given me copies. I can put images online if you want them. If I ever get dad to sit down and blab, I will pass it along, but he’s very quiet about his first wife, and that makes it hard to get him to go further back…
hope this helps.