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This is the funeral photograph of Patrick Kennedy, Sue Eickhoff's great-grandfather. An emigrant form Ireland, Patrick Kennedy homesteaded in the town of Coleridge in Cedar County, NE. Funeral photographs used to be much more common then they are…

This is a Timber Claim granting Patrick Kennedy, Sue Eickhoff's great-grandfather, rights over 160 acres of land in accordance with the Timber Culture Acts of 1873, 1874, and 1878. First passed in 1873, the Timber Culture Act provided up to 160 acres…

This is Patrick Kennedy's homestead certificate given in accordance with the 1862 Homestead Act, securing his right to the 160 acres of land in Cedar County, Nebraska. Seeking to create more yeoman farmers, believed to be the backbone of antebellum…

This is Patrick Kennedy's admission for citizenship, made in Nebraska in 1884. At the time, a person had to continuously reside in the United States for five years before applying for citizenship and live within the state of application for at least…

Charlie Eickhoff's great-grandfather Arnold Eickhoff, born in 1836, moved to Nebraska after the Civil War and at first lived in a dugout on the border of Cedar and Knox counties. He rose to be the bank manager, and in 1893 was elected representative…

Charlie Eickhoff's father Frank Eickhoff was a son of Elizabeth Eickhoff (nee Bruns) and Edward Eickhoff from the small town of Crofton in Knox County, Nebraska. Born in 1895, Frank Eickhoff served in the cavalry in World War I. In 1928, Frank…

Charlie Eickhoff's grandfather Edward Eickhoff was a son of Arnold Eickhoff, at one time a representative from Knox and Cedar Counties to Nebraska legislature. Born in 1866 and 1870 in Wisconsin, Edward Eickhoff and Elizabeth Bruns eventually settled…

Charlie Eickhoff's father Frank Eickhoff was a son of Elizabeth Eickhoff (nee Bruns) and Edward Eickhoff from the small town of Crofton in Knox County, Nebraska. Born in 1895, Frank Eickhoff served in the cavalry in World War I. In 1928 Frank married…

Charlie Eickhoff's great-grandfather Arnold Eickhoff, born in 1836, moved to Nebraska after the Civil War and at first lived in the dugout on the border of Cedar and Knox counties. He rose to be the bank manager, and in 1893 was elected…

Ms. Eickhoff shared the homestead, timber claim, and citizenship papers of her great-grandfather with UNL History Harvest graduate student assistant Rob Voss. You can find this and other stories on the History Harvest YouTube Channel.
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