Surname Saturday: Rothmeyer


Surname Origins

According to the Internet Surname Database, the Rothmeyer surname has not been researched.  I know very little about its origins, as I have done little research on this branch of my tree.

Surname in my Tree

My closest Rothmeyer ancestor is my 2nd great grandmother, Emma T. Rothmeyer (1870-1947).  The line goes back to her father, Joseph Rothmeyer (1835-?).  Sadly, that’s as far as I’ve gotten.


I believe Joseph Rothmeyer was born in the Germany/Prussia/Austria region of Europe around 1835.  This is based on nothing more than supposition and family lore at this point.  I do know that by 1870, he had married a woman named Christina and was living in a place called Strawberry Point in Boardman, Clayton, Iowa.  1880 is the last time I see Joseph in the census.  Emma was supposedly born a few days after the 1870 census was taken, though I have no proof of this either.  She married Joseph Huber on 9 October 1892 in Yankton, Dakota Territory and they lived there for the remainder of their days.  They had 8 children: Clara Rose, Christina Ann (my great grandmother), Elenora Bertha, Martha Mabel, Joseph Peter, Mildred Theresa, Alice, and Paul.  Emma died on 1 May 1947 and is buried at Sigel Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota.

Future Research

It looks like I’m just going to have to buckle down and start doing some real research on this branch of the tree.


Sunday’s Obituary: Frances (McLain) Schneider

The name of the newspaper and date of this obituary are unknown.  However, it likely appeared in the Yankton Press & Dakotan in early February 1943.  I also do not understand the two-week delay in her funeral (February 1) from the date of her death (January 18).  One theory is that there was an autopsy, but since she had been ill for “several years,” that doesn’t make a lot of sense.  She is the wife of the brother of my great grandmother, and given the collateral nature of her relationship to me, I have not yet obtained her death certificate.

Frances Grace McLain Schneider obituaryOBITUARY


Frances Grace McLain was born on November 19, 1880 in Yankton, S. Dak. [sic*], where she grew to womanhood.

She was united in marriage to Edward Schneider on December 26, 1900, and to this union were born eight children.  After her marriage, she resided with the family near Utica, S. Dak., and from there they moved to Platte where they made their home for eight years.  In January, 1914 they returned to Utica where Mrs. Schneider then resided until the time of her death on Thursday evening, January 18, 1943.

She had been in ill health for several years, gradually failing during the last few months of her life.  She passed away at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Her husband, five daughters and two sons survive.  They are Helen, Mrs. Joseph Bride; Margaret, Mrs. Arthur Schramm; Mrs. Katherine Schramm and Rita Schneider, all of Yankton, and Elizabeth, Mrs. James Sorenson of Kansas City, Mo.; and Edward jr. of Aberdeen and Louis Schneider of Yankton.  Others who survive are her brother and sister, Dan McLain of Yankton and Mrs. Charles Holcomb of Morris, S. Dak.  There are also 24 grandchildren.

The death of Mrs. Schneider removed from the community one of its finest Christian mothers.  Her neighborliness and cheery nature, maintained despite her suffering, proved an example for all who came in contact with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 o’clock Monday morning February 1, from Sacred Heart church and interment was in the Catholic cemetery.  Eugene Kukral, Clarence Courtney, Louis Tacke, Emmett Brennan, R. E. Walpole and Frank Wagner were the pallbearers.


*South Dakota did not become a state until November 1889.  She would have been born in what was then called Dakota Territory.


Surname Saturday: Lanctot


Surname Origins

According to the Internet Surname Database, the Lanctot surname has not been researched.  It is my belief that it originated in France with its original spelling of “Lanqueteau” … that belief is completely undocumented at this point, but it’s all I’ve got.

Surname in my Tree

My closest Lanctot ancestor is my grandfather Ed Lanctot (1922-2011).  His father was Louis Phelisa Lanctot (1887-1922), and his father was Joseph Zenophile Lanctot (1861-1913).  Joseph’s father was Pierre Lanctot (1824-1896) and I believe that his father was Louis Lanctot from France.  It is at this point that my information overlaps information obtained through a cousin and we are in the process of confirming.  If confirmed, my line will then go back the mid-1600s in France.


Because I’m still trying to link Pierre to Louis Lanctot, I’ll start with Pierre.  I know that he was born in Quebec, Canada around 1824, and I believe his parents are Louis Lanctot and Veronique Mongeau.  He married Sophia Longtin on November 18, 1851 and they appear in the 1861 census in Saint-Philippe, Laprairie, Quebec, and again in 1871 and 1881.  They had 8 known children: Pierre Alexandre, Exilda, Louis Wilfrid, Philippe, Joseph Zenophile (my 2nd great grandfather), Rosalie, Marie Louise, and Delima.  Zenophile and Eliza Bourke were married April 17, 1881 in Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska, and by 1882 had one child.  They migrated to Dakota Territory (eventually South Dakota) around 1885 and resided there for the remainder of their lives.  They returned to Mead, Saunders, Nebraska for a short time in 1887, which is where my great grandfather Louis Lanctot was born.  He is the only child not born in South Dakota.

Prior to Pierre, it seems that the Lanctot line has been in Quebec since the mid 1600s, with my most distant (so far) Lanctot ancestor born about 1620 in Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France, and migrating prior to 1650 to Canada.

Future Research

I need to locate Louis and his family on earlier Canadian censuses (pre-1851), which I hope will shed some light on his parents.  Once I can make a connection to the cousin line, I expect to have a much, much longer to-do list.


Surname Saturday: Slowey


Surname Origins

According to the Internet Surname Database, the Slowey surname has its origins in Scotland and Northern Ireland from the Gaelic “Sluaghadhan.”  It has many variations, including Sloan, Sloane, Slo(y)ne, Slowan, Sloyan, and Slo(e)y.

Surname in my Tree

My closest Slowey relative is my grandmother, who is still living.  Her father was Thomas Patrick Slowey (1896-1963); his father was John Charles Slowey (1860-1928); and his father (my 3rd great grandfather) was Patrick E. Slowey (~1825-1902).  I think I have narrowed down that Patrick Slowey is from either County Monaghan or County Fermanagh (though I’ve also heard County Cavan).  I have found immigration and naturalization records for both, and I still need to unpuzzle that.


Patrick Slowey may have arrived in the United States from Ireland around 1840.  I’m still not sure of his port of arrival, but I know that he ended up in Lafayette County, Wisconsin by 1852, when he married Catherine McCabe.  Around 1872, the family went to Yankton, South Dakota and remained there until my grandmother married and moved to the west coast in the 1940s.

Future Research

I never considered “Sloan” as one of my surname variations until now, so I will add this to the long list of variants I already have.  I still need to work on the immigration issues and try to determine which of the Patrick Sloweys is mine so I can determine which county he came from so I can determine how difficult it will be to obtain earlier records.  There are still so many unanswered questions about this family, and about Patrick in particular, it will likely be a while before I can answer them all.


Sunday’s Obituary: Emma Rothmeyer Huber

Yankton Press & Dakotan
Unknown date, 1947; page and column unknown

Emma Rothmeyer obitMrs. Emma Huber Passes After Long Illness

Death after a lingering illness came last night to Mrs. Emma T. Huber, 76, who had been a patient at Sacred Heart hospital for some time.

Mrs. Huber, a resident of Yankton for the past six years, was a pioneer of the Sigel community with her husband, Joseph E. Huber who passed away in 1930.  Her home in Yankton has been at 509 Cedar street.

Surviving are seven children: Mrs. Clara Grimm, Huron; Mrs. Tom Slowey, Jos. P. Huber and Mrs. Clement Slowey of Yankton; Mrs. Harry B. Shane, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Mildred Houk, Elk Point; and Paul Huber, Utica.  There are also three sisters, Mrs. Harvey Thomas and Mrs. Chas. M. Huber of Yankton and Mrs. Rupert Kurzreither of Eugene, Oregon.

Funeral services have been arranged for Monday at 8:30 a.m., from Sacred Heart church here to the Sigel cemetery where interment will be held.  The Kabeiseman-Donohoe Funeral Home in charge, and rosary will be said there Sunday evening at 8:00 o’clock.