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Conrad Morsch
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Birth: Apr. 16, 1805
Karlsruhe
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Feb. 9, 1866
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA

Conrad Morsch, a son of Anna Maria (née Hartfelder) and Johann Jacob Morsch, was born in Rinklingen, a village near Karlsruhe, Baden--now in Germany's Baden-Württemberg state. In Rinklingen, Conrad Morsch married Ernestine Brandner on 12 January 1830, and there the couple had twelve children; nine survived to immigrate to the United States. The Morsch family became Illinois pioneers.

  "Dissatisfied with conditions in Germany, in particular the strict military requirements and exorbitant taxes great-grandfather [Conrad] Morsch began to plan to bring his big family to America, where freedom and opportunity were to be found. Consequently, on May 24, 1847, he set forth from Rotterdam with his wife [and nine children, landing in Baltimore 9 weeks later]...

  "One decided advantage which they had was the assurance of a welcome in the new land. Great-grandfather had a sister, a Mrs. Kessler, living somewhere in Pennsylvania; and a brother, Joseph who had a farm in LaSalle County, Illinois. The latter had urged them to come west...

  "Arriving in LaSalle County, great-grand- father Morsch purchased a farm north of Ottawa, 160 acres of government land at $1.25 per acre. Here the family settled and soon felt at home in their adopted country. The younger children went to school in Ottawa and enjoyed what advantages were available to those pioneers..." (Dueringer Record).

Conrad and Ernestine Morsch had two more children in LaSalle County's Freedom Township, where Conrad farmed until his death in 1866 at the age of 60. His widow remained on the family farm until her death in 1877 at the age of 69.

Notes

Conrad Morsch's younger brother Georg Joseph Morsch emigrated to the United States in 1837. Their elder half-brother, Georg Jacob Morsch, emigrated to the United States in 1832.

Lois B. Goff, The Morsch Immigrants from Baden (Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1999), pp. 6-8. Goff indicates that a sister, Christina, born 8 Oct 1800, "poss. marr. Konrad Kepler (Kessler?)."

Stella Dueringer Wells, The Dueringer Record From 1817 (1937), p. 8.

Passenger List, Henrietta Clasina, Port of Baltimore, 27 Jul 1847.
60. Conrad Morsch, 42, farmer.
61. Ernestina -----, his wife, 38.
62. Christina -----, 17.
63. Jacob -----, 11 and 6 months.
64. Anna Maria -----, 10.
65. Elisabetha -----, 7.
66. Catherina -----, 7.
67. Carolina -----, 5.
68. Ernestina -----, 2.
69. Wilhelmina -----, 3 months.
70. Conrad -----, 9.
71. Martin -----, 52.
Johann Martin Morsch was an unmarried cousin of Conrad Morsch.

Konrad Morsch on 6 Oct 1847 purchased 80 acres of public land in LaSalle Co., Illinois, for $1.25 an acre. (Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database)

"Konrad Morsch, of La Salle County, Illinois," on 1 January 1849 obtained title to "the West half of the South East Quarter of Section thirty-four in Township thirty-five of Range three, East...containing Eighty Acres." (Patent Image, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.) This land adjoined that purchased by his brother Georg Joseph Morsch.

1850 U.S. Census, Freedom Twp., LaSalle Co., Illinois; dwelling 66, family 68, line 42 and 1-10, pp. 371-371B (printed), 16 Nov 1850.
42. Conrad Morse, 45, farmer ($550), Germany.
1. Ann Morse, 42, Germany.
2. Eustina Morse, 20, Germany.
3. Jacob Morse, 17, labors on farm, Germany.
4. Mary Morse, 14, Germany. [Anna Maria]
5. Conrad Morse, 12, Germany.
6. Elisabeth Morse, twin, 10, Germany.
7. Catherine Morse, twin, 10, Germany.
8. Ann Morse, 6, Germany. [Ernestina]
9. Wilhelmina Morse, 4, Germany.
10. Joseph Morse, 2, Ills.

1855 Illinois state census, Township 34, Range 3E, LaSalle Co.; p. 134.
25. G J Marsch (3 persons in household).
26. Conrad "Mash" (11 persons in household).

1860 U.S. Census, Freedom Twp., LaSalle Co., Illinois; dwelling 355, family 355, lines 34-40 and 1-2, pp. 49-50 (written), 5 Jun 1860.
34. Conrad Marsch, 54, Farmer ($4,200; $2,000), Baden.
35. Ann -----, 52, Baden.
36. Christina -----, 27, Baden.
37. Jacob -----, 26, F. Laborer, Baden.
38. Mary -----, 24, Baden. [Anna Maria Morsch Hahn]
39. Conrad -----, 22, F. Laborer, Baden.
40. Catherine -----, 20, Baden.
1. Elisabeth Marsch, 20, Baden.
2. Ann -----, 15, Baden. [Ernestina]
3. Minna -----, 13, Baden.
4. Joseph -----, 11, Ill.
5. Christian -----, 9, Ill.
6. Sophia -----, 5, Ill. [Sophia Hahn]
Anna Maria "Mary" Morsch married Christopher Hahn in 1854; Sophia was their daughter. The Hahn family was also enumerated on 19 Jul 1860 in Ottawa, LaSalle County. Conrad Morsch's brother, Georg Joesph, headed the next household.

1865 Illinois state census, Freedom Twp., LaSalle Co.; p. 99, 3 Jul 1865.
13. Conrad Morsh (5 persons in household).
14. Joseph Morsch (11 persons in household).
Conrad's and Joseph's lines appear to have been switched, judging from the numbers of persons in the households.
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Ann Ernestina Brandner Morsch (1807 - 1877)*
 
 Children:
  Justina Morsch Morsch (1830 - 1880)*
  Jacob Morsch (1833 - 1913)*
  Anna Marie Morsch Hahn (1836 - 1909)*
  Conrad Morsch (1838 - 1893)*
  Katherine Morsch Schmid (1840 - 1866)*
  Elisabeth Morsch Schmid (1840 - 1925)*
  Caroline Morsch (1842 - 1850)*
  Wilhelmina Morsch Dueringer (1846 - 1935)*
  Henry Joseph Morsch (1849 - 1935)*
  Christian H. Morsch (1851 - 1938)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

CONRAD MORSH
Died
Feb. 9 1866
Aged 60 yrs 9 mos
24 ds.
 
Burial:
Harding Cemetery
Harding
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Jim Bish
Record added: Feb 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48229258
Conrad Morsch
Added by: Jim Bish
 
 
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