Daughter of Henry Classen and Mary Classen both born in Germany.
Emigrated in 1855 to Illinois. There name was also spelled Claussen, and Classen.
I was so excited to find Emma in the 1870 Census for Illinois, so now after 25 yrs. of searching I know who her parents and siblings were. Emma was my Maternal Great Grandmother. The 1870 Census for Illinois shows:
name: Emma Classen
estimated birth year: 1865
age in 1870: 5y
color : White
home in 1870: Illinois, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Henry Classen M 43y Germany
Maria Classen F 43y Germany
August Classen M 13y Illinois
Frederick Classen M 11y Illinois
Mina Classen F 9y Illinois
Caroline Classen F 7y Illinois
Emma Classen F 5y Illinois
Louisa Classen F 1y Illinois
“United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6WY-NN3 : accessed 10 Aug 2012), Emma Classen in household of Henry Classen, Illinois, United States; citing p. 4, family 26, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 545791.
Emma was the sister of:
August, Frederick, Minnie, Caroline “Carrie”, and Louisa Clasenn.
Emma Elsie (Clausenn) Palen, beloved first wife of Frank Joseph Palen, married in 1885 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.
Mother of Phylis Adele Eugenia(Palen)Linderman, my Maternal Grandmother. I never knew my Great Grandmother, Emma because she died before I was born.
My Mother is Jean Marie (Linderman)Frederick Mancill, and she told me that Emma was Lutheran, but Frank was Catholic. And…that poor Emma had to attend her church alone, because she had promised to raise their children as Catholic.
My Grandmother wasn’t allowed to attend church with her Mother, and was forced to attend Catholic schools until she was in High School.
Phylis changed spelling of her name to Phyllis, and then she begged her Father to allow her to go to Public High School. He never forgave himself for it, because she married a Lutheran not a Catholic.
Through research, thanks to LeRoy Amacher, I found out that Frank and Emma were both buried in the Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, beside each other.
Emma was a good, loving, and kind woman. She was a homemaker.
Emma and Frank had four children Leo, Phylis, Hedwig, and Flossie Palen. Hedwig and Flossie died very young.
They have many, many descendants. They would be proud.
One of their daughters, my Grandmother, Phylis Adele (Palen) Linderman, and Harry William “Billy” Linderman, had four daughters: Yvonne (Burgess Levesque), Yvarra “Billie” (Jackson), Jean Marie(Frederick Mancill), and Patricia Mae “Patsy” (Cooke), and no sons.
Henry Claussen (1827 – 1901)
Maria Koble Claussen (1827 – 1903)
Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)
Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971)
Fleicitas M. Palen Strueber (1892 – 1920)
Hedwig J Palen Genz (1898 – 1921)
Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963)