Louis KUMMELL Grace V KUMMELL Mildred L KUMMELL Blanche KUMMELL Leonard Alfons BISSWANGER Margaret Barbara BISSWANGER Alfonso Leonard BISSWANGER Joseph J BISSWANGER Louise BISSWANGER Mini tree diagram

Helen HACKLETON1,3,4,5,8,6,7

Sep 18771,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 25th Mar 19261,7

Life History

Sep 1877

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

10th Sep 1895

Married Louis KUMMELL in Lonoke County, Arkansas.2

Jun 1896

Birth of daughter Grace V KUMMELL in Carlisle, Lonoke, Arkansas.5,3,21

Jan 1898

Birth of daughter Mildred L KUMMELL in Carlisle, Lonoke, Arkansas.22,5,3,23

about 1902

Birth of daughter Blanche KUMMELL in Carlisle, Lonoke, Arkansas

22nd May 1904

Married Leonard Alfons BISSWANGER in Prairie County, Arkansas.5,6

20th Aug 1905

Birth of daughter Margaret Barbara BISSWANGER in Arkansas County, Arkansas.9,10,11,12,13,5

13th Jul 1907

Birth of son Alfonso Leonard BISSWANGER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,14,12,5,15,16

about Apr 1909

Birth of son Joseph J BISSWANGER in Arkansas.17,6,18,19,10,5,20

before 1910

Death of Louis KUMMELL

about 1914

Birth of daughter Louise BISSWANGER in Arkansas County, Arkansas.10,6

25th Mar 1926

Died in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.1,7

29th Mar 1926

Buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.7,1


  • Helen's name is spelled variously.  On her death certificate she is Helen Hackelton Bisswager.  Bisswanger is misspelled, and it appears Hackelton should be Hackleton.  The name is spelled Hackleton by some descendants.  On her license for marriage to Louis Kummell her name is spelled Hackledon.

    In 1880, Helen was a 3-year-old, living in a household with her widowed mother and two other widows.  The configuration appears to be a mother, Pauline Shipley, with two daughters, Mary Collins and Mattie Hackleton.  Mattie's two children are Joe and Helen. They are listed as a separate household, but the relationships are not familial but occupational.  Pauline, though in the position of the head of a separate household, is reported as a servant, not Head.  Her work is Housekeeper.

    The Head of the previous household (whose name is unreadable) is a Merchant.  Perhaps Helen's mother, grandmother and aunt are working for this family in household #111.

    1880 Federal Census, Prairie County, Arkansas, 17 June, Hazen Township, District 247, page 15, Hse/Hse #112
    Shipley, Pauline  W F 50 Servant Widow House Keeper TN Unstated Unstated [born abt 1830]
    Collins, Mary  W F 34 Servant Widow Servant Unstated Unstated Unstated [born abt 1858]
    Hackleton, Mattie  W F 31 Servant Widow Servant Unstated Unstated Unstated
    Hackleton, Joe W M 7 Son AR Unstated Unstated
    Hackleton, Helen W F 3 Dau AR Unstated Unstated

    Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957
    Page 311
    Groom: Louis Kummell
    Groom's Age 23
    Groom's Estimated Birth Year 1872
    Groom's Residence Carlisle, Lonoke, Arkansas
    Bride: Helen Hackledon
    Bride's Age: 19
    Bride's Estimated Birth Year 1876
    Bride's Residence Hazen, Prairie, Arkansas
    Marriage 10 Sep 1895 Lonoke County, Arkansas
    Marriage License Date 10 Sep 1895

    The marriage probably took place in Carlisle.  That was Louis' residence, and that is where we find them living at the of the 1900 census.

    1900 Federal Census, Lonoke County, Arkansas, 18 June, Carlisle Township, District 76, Page 8A, House/Family #162
    Kummell, Lewis  Head W M Jan 1873  27 Married 5 years Illinois Belgium England Laborer Rents
    Kummell, Helen  Wife W F Sept 1877  22 Married 5 years  2 children/2 living Ark Tenn Tenn
    Kummell, Grace V  Dau W F June 1896  3 Single AR IL TN
    Kummell, Millie L  Dau W F Jan 1888  [misentry for 1898, note she is only 2 yrs old] 2 Single AR IL TN

    After Louis died, Helen married a widower form Prussia (Germany), via Iowa.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Leonhard Bisswanger
    Age 31
    Birth Year abt 1873
    Residence DeValls Bluff, Prairie, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Helena Kammell
    Spouse's Gender Female
    Spouse's Age 26
    Spouse's Residence DeValls Bluff, Prairie, Arkansas
    Marriage 22 May 1904 Prairie County
    Marriage License Date 21 May 1904

    By 1910, Helen has remarried.  I assume Louis died in the meantime.  Divorce was unusual in those days, though not unheard of.  I have found no death information for him, nor for Helen.

    1910 Federal Census, Craighead County, Arkansas, 9 May, Nettleton Township, District 27, page 7A, Hse/Fam #118
    Bisswanger, Lenord (Leonard) Head M W 37  2nd marriage, Married 6yrs  Germany Germany Germany  immigrated 1898 Resident Alien  Farmer
    Bisswanger, Helen Wife  F W 32  2nd marriage, Married 6yrs  AR MS MS
    Bisswanger, Margret F W 4  AR Germany MS
    Bisswanger, Alfonso Son M W 2  AR Germany MS
    Bisswanger, Joseph Son M W 1  AR Germany MS
    Kummel, Gace (Grace?) Dau [step-daughter] F W 13 AR IL MS
    Kummel, Miltret Dau [step-daughter] F W 11 AR IL MS
    Kummel, Blanche Dau [step-daughter] F W 8 AR IL MS

    Death Certificate of Helen Hackleton Bisswanger
    Helen Hackelton Bisswager [sic]
    White Female, Married
    Died At Home, 338 S Front St [Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee]
    Death 25 Mar 1926 [not reported on the certificate, but death index says Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee]
    Cause of death "presumed to be acute indigestion"
    Age 50, Est Birth 1876 Ar
    Burial 29 Mar 1926 Elmwood Cemetery
    Informant Mrs E B Lawrence, 338 S Front St, Memphis

    I have not been able to find any listing for Helen, under whatever spelling of her names, in the Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.  She is not in the list for Elmwood on Find-a-Grave.com and no information on her burial comes up anywhere else.  Her granddaughter Ann Burkley contacted me 4 Novemebr 2011 indicating that upon a visit to the cemetery, she learned that Helen's grave is unmarked, but the cemetery has a record of her burial.


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