Johann Jeppesen, born in Langeland, Denmark, emigrated to America and joined the Painter’s Union in Minneapolis. He married Anna Wonsyld, also from Denmark, and sired Fred, Walter, Harry, and Carl. Walter Jeppesen (1889-1965) married Julia Wonsyld (1896-1993), also from Denmark (I believe she may have been a niece of Anna’s) about 1918. Walter and Julie had one daughter, Vera Jeppesen, my grandmother.
Julia Wonsyld was born 1896 in Ribe, Denmark, 14th child of 16. Julie was brought up in Esbjerg, Denmark, where she lived after the age of 1.
Her best friend was Petra Pederson, and they corresponded until Petra’s death. Her parents owned the house that the Wonsylds had lived in.
Julia’s parents were Hans Wonsyld and Kristina Juhl. The Juhls owned a tavern in (I believe) Schleswig-Holstein during one of the frequent wars between Denmark and Germany. Hans was brought up on a farm in Schleswig and when it came time for him to be drafted into the German army, he escaped into Denmark in a wagonload of hay. After World War I, he returned to vote Schleswig back into Denmark. Holstein stayed with Germany. He became a shoemaker’s apprentice, and by marrying the innkeeper’s daughter, was able to set up his own shop. I believe this shop went to his son (Julia’s brother) Marius.
I'm looking for any informtion on living relatives in Denmark or Germany.