First of all, I need to tell you that my posts are listed in the order of oldest first.. I desired that a person, as soon as they get to this site, would see my first postings. I didn’t want them to have to scroll down looking for the most important information..  I would like to come up with an easier way for readers to comment or ask questions, without having to register and go through a bunch of red tape…  I’ve been advised that if I make it any simpler, my web site will be vandalized..  So, I’m really, really hoping people will do what is necessary to communicate with me…

Secondly, PLEASE DO click on the “About Me” above to see who I am.  The “About Me” is intended mostly, I guess, for my kids, or anybody interested in my personal ancestry, but  my main purpose in having this blog is to try to solve some mysteries of my ancestry. I am essentially at a dead-end. I’ve climbed up the Sievers ladder just as far as I can climb.. I’m hoping that out there, somewhere, is someone who can help me find out more about my ancestry. Henry Sievers supposedly had a brother that also came from Hamburg and rumor has it that this brother was or became a doctor and resided in Iowa..Supposedly, Henry rode a ship, during his teenage years, to America.. Again, supposedly New York City.. It is also said that he returned to Germany and came back to America with this brother… I can find no trace of him, either.

Henry’s wife was Lydia Walker…  I don’t really have anything on her, either…


Henry Sievers, it has been indicated to me, was a secretive person… Both his name AND his birth date are open to question.. According to some of our family records, Henry was born in 1844… not 1854, like all the census’s we’ve seen shows..That would coincide closer with the information that we have stating he came to the U.S. in 1859 as a 15 year old. So.. did he consistently lie about his age, or, is most of our family information incorrect??


It would probably please me just as much to get a trace on Lydia May Walker as it would be to get a trace on Henry Sievers.. Theoretically, she is just as much an ancestor of mine as Henry, and she seems just as “lost”… Either in Illinois or Iowa, I’ll bet there is a family, somewhere, that has lost track of Lydia May Walker.. Maybe she married, or ran off with, a Henry Sievers.. Who knows?? Finding Lydia might be the only possible answer to finding Henry.. Perhaps a marriage license, a newspaper article, or something??

I understand that it was quite common for immigrants to take another name when they landed in America.  If Henry did change his name upon arrival in America, I suppose that would mean that I’m banging my head against the wall. But, I’m not ready to give up, yet.. I keep having this hope that someone will have records of an ancestor, possibly with the Sievers name, that showed up in New York, and that someway, somehow, a connection could be made with my Henry.  I don’t think the odds favor me in this…

I guess I need to talk more about Loretta.. I have records of Loretta, her siblings, and her parents on Kansas census sheets.   Loretta was born in about 1895 in Nebraska.  She died in 1967 in Atwood, Kansas.  Loretta was the second official wife of Henry Sievers.. After Lydia died in 1922, he married Loretta on April 30, 1924.

I can’t believe that I’ve gotten no responses..  Somehow, I expected a whole bunch of replies and questions.  Nada  I keep looking back to this blog to see if there are any comments posted…  I’m starting to think that I have, for sure, hit a dead end, as far as the Henry Sievers and/or the Lydia Walker line..  It is possible that there is absolutely no  one that knows any more of Henry Sievers or Lydia Walker than I do…  I went into this blog thing thinking that there was a good possibility that there were others that either knew more than I did about Henry Sievers or wished to know more.  It’s sad if I’m the last one trying to figure this stuff out…  Anybody, like me,  that’s had five heart attacks and a stroke isn’t that good of a bet for being around for a long time..  I guess all I can do is hope for the best…  September is creeping up on us…

I continue to work on my genealogy..  Making some headway, but not much…  I guess I keep waiting for that “magic” e-mail or comment that will provide me information that will open  up my search for information about Henry Sievers’ or Lydia Walker’s ancestry.  I’ve been able to fill in a lot of blanks on Loretta Shaver’s family..  So..  that’s progress…  But, I’m still looking for Henry Sievers brother, in hopes that that might lead to more information about the Sievers Family…  I’m just not ready to give up, yet…  I’m also hoping I might learn more about my Morris side of the family..  I have a lot of information on them, but I can always use more..  If I have any readers at all, here’s wishing you well..  Have a good Fall.

I have been having some “hits” on this website (mostly from Germany), but nobody has joined in and asked any questions, or offered any information…  I had hopes that this website might break the deadlock I have in tracing Henry Sievers or Lyndia Walker..   I HAVEN’T GIVEN UP YET…..   But, I really don’t have any more information to put on here, either…  The deadlock continues…. so far…

Here it is…. April 18, 2011 ..  I’m guilty of totally ignoring this web site..  However, it is still important to me, so I’m going to try to do better..  I really do want to know more of my ancestry, if there’s any more available out there in cyber space…  I and my daughter have been successful, recently, in finding out more about my (our) great grandmother, Lydia May Walker’s ancestry.  Essentially, Lydia May Walker (1858-1924) was born of William L. Walker (1824-1900) and Laura Walker (1831 -)….(I haven’t found a maiden name for her, yet)..  William L. Walker was born of  Alexander Walker (1788 -) and Lydia Walker (1787-1860)..(I don’t know her maiden name, either)..  We also learned of a bunch of Lydia May Walker’s siblings (5 or 6)…   Anyway, we’ve made some progress..  I’ll keep working on it..

Henry and Lydia

My Purpose

My grandmother, Dora Sievers, was born of Henry Sievers and Lydia May Walker. That is as far as I can trace my ancestry on that grandmother's side of the family. Married to Dora was my grandfather, Robert Morris. He was born of Elijah John William Morris. I have a fairly extensive ancestry for Elijah. My purpose is to record and share the ancestry work I and my uncles have done.. and attempt to increase our present knowledge by going out on the web in order to attract more input from more sources..