Jesse James and me

jesse_james_portrait_in_colourIt’s obvious that my great-grandfather named most of his children after the famous outlaw Jesse James. This was not unheard of at the time. What’s interesting (to me) is how closely dates and places line up.

The children of Joseph Sunlin (1855-1899):

  • Bessie Sohnlen (b. 1879, Michigan – d. 1958)
    • Bessie’s daughter Jessie Anna Carney (1901-1954)
  • Jessie Jane Sunlin (b. 1881, Michigan – ?)
  • Joseph Jess Sunlin (b. 1888, Minnesota – d. 1961)
  • Mark Lewis Sunlin (b. 1893, Minnesota – d. 1935)

Jesse James (1847-1882)
Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1876)

Joseph Sunlin a Mason!

I’m certain that Joseph Sunlin was a Mason.

http://www.mn-masons.org/sites/mn-masons.org/files/1900%20Proceedings.pdf

Grand Lodge of Minnesota proceedings, 1900

Under Mortuary Roll, records death of Joseph Sunlin as January 18, 1899

http://www.mn-masons.org/sites/mn-masons.org/files/Minneapolis%2019%20early%20history.pdf

Minneapolis Lodge No. 19

Under Roster of Members (1891)

813 Sunlin, Joseph (d) 1899

In Google books:

Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan (1906)

Under “Donations and Other Courtesies”

“Mrs. Joseph Sunlin a large picture for the parlor. ”

 

I’d like to get a look at that picture, whatever it was.

Joseph Sunlin

My great grandfather, Joseph Sunlin, was born February, 1855, in Dayton, Ohio. His father, Theobald “Baldy” Soehnlin, passed away in 1871.

It’s not clear when Joseph met and married Maria A. Tetley, but she lived in Michigan and that is where they had their first child. Their daughter, Jessie Jane Sunlin, was born 1881 in Michigan.

In 1887, Joseph was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, working as a foreman boilermaker at North Star Iron Works. He was 32 years old at the time and lived at 527 North Third Street in Minneapolis.

His son, Joseph Jess Sunlin, was born in 1888. His son, Mark Louis Sunlin, was born in 1893.

By 1895, he was living at 1402 North 21st Avenue in Minneapolis. The house was built in 1886 and still stands today. It’s likely that he was the first owner of this house, if not its builder.

Joseph Sunlin died from tuberculosis January 18, 1899, at the age of 44, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s possible that he was staying with either his brother Louis or Phillip at the time. His death record says that he was buried at Valley City Cemetery in Grand Rapids.


 

http://www.mn-masons.org/sites/mn-masons.org/files/1900%20Proceedings.pdf

Grand Lodge of Minnesota proceedings, 1900

Under Mortuary Roll, records death of Joseph Sunlin as January 18, 1899

http://www.mn-masons.org/sites/mn-masons.org/files/Minneapolis%2019%20early%20history.pdf

Minneapolis Lodge No. 19

Under Roster of Members (1891)

813 Sunlin, Joseph (d) 1899

In Google books:

Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan (1906)

Under “Donations and Other Courtesies”

“Mrs. Joseph Sunlin a large picture for the parlor. “