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And the Father Is...

I truly don't know what to think. The German grandfather my grandmother was close to (she said she was his pet), apparently died twenty years prior to her birth. And her father died before she was born? That's according to researchers. Yet on trees on dna websites it clearly states that Julius Warns Jr. was her father. On a Schwenke post they name her as his daughter...Am I missing something?

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Julius and Lucy Warns' Tombstones

It's nice to see the actual tombstones of both great great grandfather Julius and great great grandma Lucy. It's not quite a photo, but that will do for a while. You can find it on

Warns Family

I thought it'd be best not to speculate, though this topic really does lend itself to speculation. I'll just list facts that are sold (ish). Great great granddaughter of Julius Warns and Lucy Barry Bell Schwenke. Daughter of Peleise See. Or at least that's how it officially goes. What I do know is that Julius Warns came from Eppendorf, Germany. I did find a picture yesterday of "Julius Warns" from Hamburg, Germany on a genealogy site connected to, though I know it isn't him because this Julius died around 1920ish. I do think we're related to that specific Julius Warns, because Warns is such an uncommon German name. If a German were to ask you what your German name is, "Warns" will get you puzzled looks. "Warns" is not a typical German name. Anyway, my great grandfather was his son, also named Julius Warns. His daughter, my grandmother Cecilia, was left fatherless after he contracted influenza and died. There is a picture of him somewhere, and I must find it because it would be a travesty if he was forgotten! According to my mother, he looked like Liam Neeson. Either way, it's lovely to see a picture of my great great aunt Lucy. My mother's middle name is Lucy, and my grandmother most likely named my mother after her aunt, since she was risen with her aunts (very long story).

As for me, my mother married an American with some German-German American (the biggest European ethnic group in the United States), so that's why I am in the U.S. It's fascinating that all the Germans from Samoa spread all over the world. My grandmother left Samoa when she was four and lived everywhere from New Zealand to the United States.

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