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This is a picture of my great grandfather, John
George Helmerichs, husband of Anka Maria
Margaretha Leiner. They were married when he
was in his 40's. He was in his late 40's when my
grandmother, Marie Helmerichs (Twaddle), and great aunt, Annette Helmerichs (Clark) were born. He resided in McDonough County, Illinois. I was fortunate to have been given his double-barrel Sharps shotgun. The gun is very long and the barrel looks worn as if that is where he held it (or so I'd like to think).
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This is Great Grandpa Helmerichs in his later years. I believe that this picture was taken in Bethel Township.