1940 - Charles Walter Buntjer's Ancestry DNA Testing - 2017


For many years I have wondered if I had other blood lines besides German and Dutch, perhaps Danish. So I decided on August 22nd, 2017, to check out the web site for Ancestry.com and order the DNA kit and have them send me the results. I was born on February 4th, 1940 on a small farm near Polo Illinois, Ogle Country. Close by was Brookville, a very small village with a one room school where I finished my primary education before going to the Polo High School. I went to Rockford College for a year and after the first year I went into the computer business and really had no need to continue going to college.

I sent for the kit on August 15th and received it on August 29th, 2017. It is simple to set up, first you go onto Ancestry.com/activate and enter your information. It is a 15-digit number on the collection tube. You spit into a tube up to a line and then put on a cap that has a stabilizing liquid in it. By tightening the cap, the liquid is released into the saliva, shake for five seconds and put in the collection bag and that into the prepaid mailing box. So today is August 30th and I have sent the sample to the Ancestry DNA testing site. They indicated it may take from six to eight weeks to do the test and I will be informed of the results by email. I am excited to find out my lineage!

Ancestry Chart

Charles Walter Buntjer

Charles Walter Buntjer

San Francisco California

Ancestry Pie Chart

DNA Regions

Major DNA Regions

Vikings of Scandinavia

During the 9th century, Vikings established a trade port in Dublin in western Ireland. They controlled this area of Ireland for much of the next 300 years.

Danish Vikings invaded and settled northern and eastern England beginning in 876, and managed to control a third of Britain (the Danelaw) for nearly 80 years. The Danish prince, Cnut the Creat, was king of England from 1016 to 1035. He also ruled Denmark and parts of Norway and Sweden.

Vikings of Scandinavia

From 793 A.D. until 1066 the Vikings explored, settled, plundered and traded with much of Europe, Africa’s Mediterranean coast, Iceland, Greenland, and the northern part of North America (Vinland).

They set up trading posts along the Volga River, and are known to have engaged in trade as far away as Baghdad. They established settlements as far south as the Black Sea and served as mercenaries in Byzantium. Not all Vikings were transient raiders, pillaging and moving on. They founded many permanent settlements and colonies, laying the groundwork for new cultures and major historical events.

By 859 A.D., Swedish Vikings, called Rus’, had settled in eastern Europe along the Volga River for trade purposes. Legend has it that one of the Rus’, Prince Rurik, was elected ruler of the local Slavic population. Over time, the Vikings were assimilated into the Slavic culture and expanded their domain from their capital in Kiev. Their nation came to be known as Kievan Rus’, from which modern-day Russia draws its name.

In 851, a group of Vikings began settling on the coast of northern France. In 911, the French king granted them control of their own territory on the condition that they help protect France from additional Viking raids. The region became known as Normandy, named for the Viking “North Men” who lived there. William the Conqueror, a descendant of those settlers, asserted control over all of Normandy by 1050. He became the first Norman king of England after crossing the English Channel and defeating Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

During the 9th century, Vikings established a trade port at Dublin in western Ireland. They controlled this area of Ireland for much of the next 300 years.

Danish Vikings invaded and settled northern and eastern England beginning in 876, and managed to control a third of Britain (the Danelaw) for nearly 80 years. The Danish prince, Cnut the Great, was king of England from 1016 to 1035. He also ruled Denmark and parts of Norway and Sweden.

Germans to the Midwest

Germans Arriving to the Midwest in 1900

Netherlands to the Midwes

Germans, Netherlands, Belgians & Luxenmborgians Arriving to the Midwest

Scandinavia - 42%

Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark

Also found in: Great Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, the Baltic States, Finland

Scandinavia is perched atop northern Europe, its natives referred to throughout history as “North Men.” Separated from the main European continent by the Baltic Sea, the Scandinavians have historically been renowned seafarers. Their adventures brought them into contact with much of the rest of Europe, sometimes as feared raiders and other times as well-traveled merchants and tradesmen.

As the glaciers retreated from northern Europe, roaming groups of hunter-gatherers from southern Europe followed reindeer herds inland and marine resources along the Scandinavian coast. Neolithic farmers eventually settled the region beginning about 6,000 years ago.

The Goths, originally from southern Sweden, wandered south around the 1st century B.C., crossed the Baltic Sea, and settled in what is now eastern Germany and Poland. In 410 A.D., forced west by the invading Huns, the Goths sacked Rome, contributing to the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Europe West - 36%

Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein

Also found in: England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic

The Europe West region is a broad expanse stretching from Amsterdam's sea-level metropolis to the majestic peaks of the Alps. Geographically dominated by France in the west and Germany in the east, it includes several nations with distinct cultural identities. From the boisterous beer gardens of Munich to the sun-soaked vineyards of Bordeaux and the alpine dairy farms of Switzerland, it is a region of charming cultural diversity.

Great Britain - 10%

Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales

Also found in: Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy

The history of Great Britain is often told in terms of the invasions with different groups of invaders displacing the native population. The Romans, Anglo-Saxon, Vikings and Normans have all left their mark on Great Britain both politically and culturally. However, the story of Great Britain is far more complex than the traditional view of invaders displacing existing populations. In fact modern studies of British people tend to suggest the earliest populations continued to exist and adapt and absorb the new arrivals.

Europe East - 5% Ireland - 3% Finland/Northwestern Russia - 3%

West Asia Caucasus - 1%

Primarily located in: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

Also found in: Bulgaria, Jordan, Greece, Italy, Kuwait, Palestine, Romania, Turkmenistan

The Greater Caucasus Range, running northwest to southeast between the Black and Caspian Seas, is the traditional line of demarcation between the continents of Europe and Asia. It was here, according to Greek mythology, that Zeus bound Prometheus for giving fire to humans. Linguistically, culturally, and even ecologically diverse, the Caucasus area is home to more than 50 ethnic groups and is one of 34 "biodiversity hotspots" (areas with significant, threatened biodiversity) in the world.

Yvonne, Walter & Edna Buntjer John & Rena Buntjer Martin & Anna Peterson

Walter Buntjer - Edna Peterson

Yvonne Buntjer/Burt - Daughter

John J. Buntjer Sr. - Rena Buss

Grandfather & Grandmother - Father's Side

Martin Peterson - Anna Gast

Grandfather & Grandmother - Mother's Side

Walter Buntjer - Father

Walter Buntjer (RENA J. BUSS, JOHN) was born 24 July 1910 in Brookville, Ogle, Illinois, USA, and died 22 Jul 1974 in Polo, Ogle, Illinois, USA. He married Edna Bertha Peterson on 23 July 1931 in Ebeneezer Church; Pearl City, Stephenson, Illinois, USA, daughter of MARTIN PETERSON and ANNA GAST. She was born 15 Aug 1906 in near Pearl City, Stephenson, Illinois, USA, and died 27 Nov 1953 in Polo, Ogle, Illinois, USA.

He married ROSA V. FELDKERCHNER 19 Dec 1955 in Wisconsin, USA, daughter of FRANK FELDKERCHNER and MARY MCMILLAN. She was born 21 Sep 1910 in Rice Lake, Barron, Wisconsin, USA, and died 22 Nov 1995 in Oregon, Ogle, Illinois, USA.

Burial: 24 Jul 1974, Fairmount Cemetery; Polo, Ogle, Illinois, USA

  • Charles Walter Buntjer was born on the farm near Brookville, Ogle County, Illinois, USA. He has lived in San Francisco since 1963!

  • Yvonne Carol Buntjer was born in Cherry Grove Township, Carroll, Illinois, USA. She married Kenneth Burt on 29 Nov 1952. She currently lives in Tucson Arizona.

Edna Peterson - Mother

Mrs. Edna Born: Buntjer, 46, of Polo Route 2, died at 3 a.m. in 1953 following an illness of five months. She was born on a farm near Pearl City on Aug 15, 1906, a daughter of Martin and Anna (Gast) Peterson. She was married to Walter Buntjer at Pearl City on July 23, 1931. Mrs. Buntjer had been a member of the Ogle County Home Bureau.

Surviving are her husband; her parents who live near Pearl City; a son, Charles, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Yvonne Burt, Rockford; a brother, John Peterson, Pearl City; and three sisters, Mrs. Louis Blum, Freeport, Mrs. James Engal, St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. William Garrett, Mexico, Mo.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Brookville Evangelical Church with the C. J. Krell, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral Home until noon on Sunday.

Burial: 29 Nov 1953, Fairmount Cemetery; Polo, Ogle, Illinois, USA

Source: The Journal-Standard; Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois / Friday, 27 Nov 1953

Walter Buntjer's Family Lineage

John J. Buntjer Sr. - Grandfather

Mr. John J. Buntjer , was born in Germany on October 2, 1879 and passed away in Freeport Illinois on December 15, 1962. Burial: White Oak Cemetery, Forreston, Ogle, Illinois, USA Social Security Number: Bet. 1956 - 1957, S. S. #: 346-32-0759; issued in Illinois.

He and his wife Rena farmed in the Forreston area until they moved to a home in Forreston Illinois.

Rena Buss - Grandmother

Mrs. John (Rena) Buntjer of Forreston died Wednesday night, 08 Aug 1962 in Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois where she was admitted August 3rd to the Freeport Hospital. Rena J Buss (John was born Dec. 3, 1876, near Forreston, daughter of John and Fannie Buss.

She married John J. Buntjer, Sr. on 10 Jan 1901 in Forreston Grove Church, Forreston, Ogle, Illinois, USA, son of John Buntjer and Elizabeth Janssen.

--------------------------------------------------- Children of John J. Buntjer and Rena Buss ---------------------------------------------------

  • JOHN BUNTJER, JR., Born: 24 Jun 1901, Forreston, Ogle, Illinois, USA; Died: 19 Oct 1974, Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, USA.

  • FAYE 'FANNIE' MARGARET BUNTJER, Born: 14 Mar 1903, Forreston, Ogle co, Illinois, USA; Died: 23 Sep 1993, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, USA.

  • ELIZABETH REINA BUNTJER, Born: 29 Aug 1904; Died: 24 Apr 1980, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, USA. Burial: 26 Apr 1980, Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, USA.

  • ARTHUR 'ART' J. BUNTJER, Born: 26 Nov 1905, Brookville Township, Ogle, Illinois, USA; Died: 28 Nov 1983, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, USA.

  • REINA E. BUNTJER, Born: 15 Apr 1908, Brookville Township, Ogle, , Illinois, USA; Died: 2 May 1984, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, USA.

  • WALTER BUNTJER, Born: 24 Jul 1910, Brookville, Ogle, Illinois, USA; Died: 22 Jul 1974, Polo, Ogle, Illinois, USA.

  • BENJAMIN 'BENNIE' EDWARD BUNTJER, Born: 3 Sep 1912, Forreston, Ogle, Illinois, USA; Died: 28 Jun 1992, Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, USA.

  • MARVYN HENRY BUNTJER, Born: 24 Jul 1917, Forreston, Ogle, Illinois, USA; Died: 30 Aug 1990, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, USA.

--------------------------------------------------- Great Grandparents John B. Buntjer and Elizabeth Janssen ---------------------------------------------------

John B. Buntjer - Great Grandfather

John B Buntjer came to this country from Germany sometime in the 1890s or so? We do not have any information about him except his wife's name was Elizabeth Janssen.

Elizabeth Janssen - Great Grandmother

Born at: Amsterdam, Holland - Birth Date: 06, June 1851 - Deceased: August 1st. 1906, Forreston, Ogle County, Illinois

--------------------------------------------------- Great Grandparents Johann J. Buss & Fenke Brass ---------------------------------------------------

Johann J. Buss - Great Grandfather

Born: 06, December 1837

Deceased: 17, November 1891

Fenke Brass - Great Grandmother

Born: Harmswehrun, Ostfold, Hanover Prussia Germany on April 08, 1844

Deceased: Forreston, Illinois - January 03, 1923

Edna Peterson's Family Lineage

Martin Federick Peterson - Grandfather

Born at: Lanark, Illinois Birth Date: 21, March 1881 Deceased: Freeport, Illinois Date: July 1956

Note: The last name Petersen must have been changed somewhere along the line as Martin F. Peterson has the name of Peterson rather than Petersen, that is how his father spelled his last name!

Anna Wilhemine Gast - Grandmother

Born at: Wandhagen, Pommern, Germany Birth Date: 12, February 1889 Deceased at: Freeport, Illinois Date: May 1954

Someone contacted my sister that he had found the manifest and the ship that brought my Grandmother Anna Gast's family over from Germany. I found it very interesting, needless to say!

Note: This is the manifest from the Steamship Company the Gast family. They sailed from Breman Germany to the Port of Baltimore in the United States of America and on to Pearl City Illinois!

Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Steamship Company Manifest of Alien Immigrants ~ 1902

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
No. Name Age Sex Married Occupation Read Write Nationality Last Res. Landing Final Ticket Paid Ever Join Prison Polygamist Contract Health Crippled
on in Yrs M Dest. to by? in a Labor
List Full Dest. USA Relative
1 August Gast 36   M Yes Laborer Yes Yes Germany Eichstedt  Port Pearl  Illinois  Anton No Brother in No No No Good No
2 Bertha Gast 40   F Yes None Yes Yes " - Walde of City "   Pieper No  Law No No No Good No
3 Emil Pieper 16   M No " Yes Yes " " Baltimore " "  " No  Anton No No No Good No
4 Anna Gast 13   F No " Yes Yes " " " " " Uncle No  Pieper No No No Good No
5 Helene Gast 12 6 F No " Yes Yes " " " " " " No Pearl City No No No Good No
6 Carl Gast 8   M No " Yes Yes " " " " " " No   No No No Good No
7 Otto Gast 6   M No " Yes Yes " " " " " " No " No No No Good No
8 Martha Gast 7   F No " Yes Yes " " " " " " No " No No No Good No
9 Mathilde Gast 4   F No " Yes Yes " " " " " " No " No No No Good No


--------------------------------------------------- Children of Martin Federick Peterson and Anna Wilhemine Gast ---------------------------------------------------

  • Edna Peterson - Born at: Cherry Grove, Carroll, IL Birth Date: 15 August 1906 Deceased: At home near Brookville, Ogle, Illinois Date: 27 November 1953
  • Esther Peterson

  • Cora Peterson

  • John Peterson
  • Evelyn Peterson

------------------------------ Great Grandfather August Herman Gast & Bertha Wilhelmina Mary Pieper ------------------------------

August Herman Gast - Great Grandfather

Born: Settin, Germany, November 05, 1865

Deceased: Lena, Illinois, April 06, 1916

Bertha Wilhelmina Mary Pieper - Great Grandmother

Born: Pomera, Germany on April 27, 1861

Deceased: Lena, Illinois , October 21, 1921 Deceased at: Location Unknown Date: 11, November 1899

--------------------------- Great Grandfather Johann Hans Peterson & Christina Sophia Martenson Claussen ---------------------------

Johann Hans Peterson - Great Grandfather

Born at: Germany Birth Date: 20, November 1834 Deceased at: Location Unknown Date: 16, November 1916

Note: The last name Petersen must have been changed somewhere along the line as from Petersen to Peterson!

Chirstina Sophia Martenson Claussen - Great Grandmother

Born at: Flensburg, Holstein Germany Birth Date: 17, September 1840 Deceased at: Location Unknown Date: 11, November 1899

------------------------------ Great Great Grandfather Carl Pieper - Mother of Bertha Pieper a Question ------------------------------

Carl Pieper - Great Great Grandfather

Father of Bertha Wilelmina Mary Pieper

Born: Vanthagen - Pommern - Germany

Death by drowing: July 14th, 1911 Moline Rock Island Illinois

Johanna Long (1st Wife) ?

Carolyn Lowe (2nd Wife) ?

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