Jacob Wilhelm Blomberg, (1801- 1853) m. Caroline Jensine Elizabeth
.....Wilhelm Clement Theodor Blomberg ( 1829- 1909) m. Catherine Tandrop (d.1937)
..........Elinora Anna or Eleanor Anne "Ella" Blomberg (1877-1963) m. Robert Arthur LeBlond
..............Katherine Elizabeth LeBlond m. Bruce Straub Farquhar
Photo at right: Anna Elinora Blomberg, Wilhelm Blomberg, Harry Blomberg, Cora Blomberg, Fannie Thora Blomberg, and Catherine Tandrop (seated).
Jacob Wilhelm Blomberg
Jacob Wilhelm Blomberg (perhaps called Wilhelm) was born in Faaborg, Denmark on June 23, 1801, to parents whose names I have not yet identified. (I do know that the mother died in 1810 and the father died in Copenhagen on November 2, 1825 at the age of 52.)
Other siblings were Georg Christoph, was born in Rendsburg on January 13, 1805, and David Heinrich Theodor, called Theodor, was born on January 22, 1807. The latter two boys survived childhood, but both died when they were about twenty years old, the first dying on March 9, 1826, the second on June 6, 1827. I haven't found a record of how they died. The fourth son, Heinrich Nicolaus, was born on November 19, 1809.
Jacob Wilhelm Blomberg may have spent his early years in Rendsburg. At 16 he joined the Prince Carl Frid. Regimental Band in Copenhagen. He probably left after the death of his son Carl Wilhelm Theodore in August 1827. The musical leader was August Hildebrand who also died in 1827.
He married his Danish wife, Caroline Jensine Elizabeth Eckhaussen, on September 15, 1826. Caroline and Wilhelm had two sons: Carl Wilhelm Theodor, born July 3, 1827, and died just seven weeks later, on August 21, 1827; and Wilhelm Clement Theodor, born September 27, 1829, and died August 21, 1909, in Cincinnati. They had a third son, Wilhelm Heinrich Emil, born September 18, 1837, who died when he was almost two years old of drainage and water in the head.
Jacob Wilhelm Blomberg died in June, 1853 in Faaborg, Denmark. His wife died nine years later on May 19, 1862, also in Faaborg.
Wilhelm Clement Theodor Blomberg
Wilhelm Clement Theodor Blomberg was born on September 27, 1829, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was an artist. Wilhelm painted landscapes and seascapes. was a church muralist and frescoes, ballrooms.
He left for America in 1860. He married Catherine Tandrop (nicknamed Kate), sixteen years his junior, on July 11, 1863. The couple settled in Cincinnati.
In the 1860's families were fortunate if their children lived to maturity. Of the eight children born to Kate and Wilhelm, only five survived. Kate's first child, a daughter born on February 25, 1865, was named Frances Thora. She then gave birth to Matilda Caroline and Emma Wilhelmine, both of whom lived for one and three years, respectively. Her eldest boy, William Tandrop Blomberg, was born in 1872 followed by Henry Charles and Elinora Anna "Ella" Blomberg in 1874 and 1877. The next child, a daughter was born on October 7, 1880, and lived only one day. Thus, having lost three children, it must have been with some trepidation that Kate, at the age of 37, faced her last pregnancy, and after delivering a healthy Cordelia Marie "Cora" Blomberg in 1882, must have anxiously watched her youngest daughter daily for signs of sickness. I imagine she was thankful and relieved when it became clear that Cora would survive.
Wilhelm died on August 21, 1909 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 80. Catherine "Kate" had a stroke in 1918, then a series of strokes, but with not too much damage. Late in life, she became unable to control her speech and occasionally would blank out. As an older woman, she was very quiet and was considered dull to younger people. She did little household duties such as darning, shelling peas. She was a sentimental woman. She lived alternatingly with Ella and Cora until her death. She died in Cincinnati on August 1937, almost 92 years of age.
Elinora Anna or Eleanor Anne, as it has been variously spelled, born on February 10, 1877, was nicknamed Ella. She went to public school in Cincinnati, studying German in school, where it was taught until World War I, and at home. She received her diploma from Cincinnati Normal School in 1895. Ella Blomberg was a school teacher in a one-room school house. She taught all ages all at the same time. Some of the students were taller than her and older than her. The students played pranks on the teachers, locking the doors.
When she married at the age of thirty, she stopped teaching. Her wedding to Robert Arthur LeBlond took place in June 1904.
She died on March 23, 1963, in Kennett Square, PA. She is remembered by her descendents in the following way: She was well-traveled, musical (having taught herself the violin in her 70's), erudite with an interest in the world. She was adventuresome, daring, intrepid, and very independent. She mountain-climbed, and at age 86 was still climbing stepladders to pick cherries for her famous cherry pies. She read anything. She designed and sewed clothes, drew and painted, and was a meticulous housekeeper and excellent cook. She listened to opera while ironing. She taught herself French, Italian, Spanish, and German. She loved her wildflower garden nature, birds, plants. She was intelligent and spurned the other old ladies her age as dull she had such a wide interest in just about everything. She certainly was not house bound. Eleven years younger than her husband, and widowed for 25 years, she would take little day trips with her friend Helen Ross. She though nothing of going to concerts and plays alone and trips, driving herself.