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Nicolaus G Michels
2/14/1830 - 2/25/1898
Nicolaus G Michels was born on February 14, 1830 in an unknown place overseas in Prussia and died on February 25, 1898 in an unknown place overseas in Michgian. Actual date of death is unknown. He lived to be about 68 years old.

Middle initial may have been I. or G.
Marriage9/6/1859 MI (Wayne County) 29 yrs old 
Nicolaus G Michels and Gertrude Schmelzer were married on 9/6/1859 in Wayne County, Michigan. Found on Ancestry: Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp.. Michigan Marriages, 1851-75 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: See Description for original data sources listed by county. 
Census7/10/1860 Hamtramck MI (Wayne County) 30 yrs old 
Dwelling 422, Family 422: Nicholas Michels (age 28), Gertrude Michels (age 22), and Mary Michels (age 2 months). Nicholas is listed as being a farm hand, while Gertrude is a house wife. The value of their personal estate is $40. Nicholas and Gertrude where born in Germany while Mary was born in Michigan. Nicholas can read and write. 
Census7/19/1870 Hamtramck MI (Wayne County) 40 yrs old 
Dwelling Number 481; Family number 470: Nicholas Michels (age 38), Getrude Michels (age 33), Mary (10), Clara (8), Joseph (6), Getrude (4), Mathilda (2), and Peter (Aug 186910 months). The census states the families home is worth $4,000 and their belongings at $400. Nicholas was born in Luxembourg, while Gertrude was born in Prussia. All the children were born in Michigan. the 3 oldest children have been attending school. 

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9 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
14 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
23 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
26 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
29 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
35 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
39 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
47 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
49 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
59 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
65 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
67 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
4 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
31 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
32 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
52 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
55 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
5 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
7 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
10 1840 Oregon Trail is established
12 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
25 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
30 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
32 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
33 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
35 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
38 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
45 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
46 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
3 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Gertrude Schmelzer
Born on August 27, 1837 and died on February 28, 1905.
They were married 9/6/1859.

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The Children of Nicolaus G Michels

Matilda Michels
Born in an unknown place on December 20, 1867 and died in an unknown location about 1968. She was about 100 years old.

Robert and Matilda had five children:
  • Matilda G (daughter, 1891),
  • Antoinette D (daughter, 1892),
  • Loyola Elizabeth(daughter, 1895),
  • Robert (son, 1897), and
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