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Old Country Roots (#47439370)
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Bio Photo I was born, raised and live in beautiful Northwestern Illinois. I love searching through old cemeteries for my family and helping others find theirs. I hope to get photos taken at many of the area cemeteries and posted on Find A Grave, as time permits. I am our family genealogist and love history and antiquing.

Some of the family surnames I am researching: Lyon/Lyons, Millet, Edwards, Mitchell, Goodmiller/Guthmuller, Keck, Johnson, Stone, Grandy, Hazelton, Finkenbinder, Throne, Machamer, Hartman, Dubs, DeLong, Keeler/Kahler, Culbertson, Clay, Ortmeier, Hoefer, Ploeger, Krugjohann, Bokemeier, Knauer, Rath, Haas, Handel, Groezinger, Accens, Miller, Schleuning, Schnider, Manion, Patton, Oldham, Kavanaugh, Noland, Vertrees, Layman, Williams, Nalley, Henderson

On my husbands side: Groezinger, Koepp, Gerner, Slonecker, Mapes, Osterday, Justus, Byrum, Beardsley

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Eva Neuberger 81418817
Eva's husband was John Neuberger 47099161.
She was not married to Lawrence Nowak 81419086.
Added by donna on Jun 22, 2017 1:44 PM
Marion Ertmer
please transfer so i can link and add info.
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please transfer 77088074 so I can link and update info.
Added by Marion Ertmer on May 29, 2017 6:57 PM
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Gerald Reagan
Thanks so much for fulfilling my photo request for Gerald. I appreciate it very much.
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Apr 08, 2017 7:51 PM
Sherry & Duane Peterson
Elvina Toepfer
Just a note - I think we have a duplicate with a different spelling of the first name. You have memorial # 70805736 for Elvina Toepfer, and there's another record for what I believe to be the same person - Alvina Toepfer, memorial # 11665425. The "Alvina" record predates yours, and I've submitted a spelling correction for the Alvina record. Is it possible to load your photo of the headstone to the other record and remove the duplicate?

Thank you for all the work you've done. I've seen your ID on many records for my family members, and it's greatly appreciated.
Added by Sherry & Duane Peterson on Apr 06, 2017 6:55 PM
Mark Myers
Townsend Cemetery
I'd like to go there but there's no map. I can see you've been there. Do you remember the location. It's near Stockton, Illinois.

Added by Mark Myers on Apr 06, 2017 4:33 PM
James Ethridge
Hoefer and Butz
Thank You for all your help.

Added by James Ethridge on Feb 14, 2017 8:11 PM
RE: Anna Noll
My pleasure!
Added by LeslieG on Dec 19, 2016 6:43 PM
Sue Schultz
August & Matilda Papp
Thank you so very much for taking a photo of their headstone and posting it on Find A Grave
Added by Sue Schultz on Aug 11, 2016 6:18 PM
Connie Oberholser
Wingert family
This may help with the data needed for the Leonard, George and Henry Wingert families. Esp the birth places which is tricky before 1850.

Henry Wingert, accomplished man of Stephenson County
Posted 12 Mar 2012 by shumaker85
Henry Wingert 
Lena, Stephenson Co IL
Henry Wingart, of Lena, became a resident of this county in 1852, when Rockford was the western terminus of the Northwestern Railroad. He had started out from West Buffalo Township, Union Co., Pa., accompanied by his wife and child, to seek a home in the Prairie State. The first part of the journey was made by team to Millerstown. Thence they went by rail to Rockford and from there by team to Jo Daviess County. This was his first introduction to the West. Hitherto his life had been passed in the place of his birth above mentioned, where he first opened his eyes Feb. 7, 1828. His father, George, and his grandfather, Leonard Wingart, were natives of Schuylkill County, Pa., the former born in 1794. During the Revolutionary War the latter formed one of the body guard of Gen.Washington. His father was a native of Germany, whence he emigrated to Americaand was among the earliest settlers of Schuylkill County, Pa., where he spent the last years of his life engaged in agricultural pursuits. There also he reared a family, and among his sons was the grandfather of our subject, who followed in the footsteps of his father, and carried on farming, spending his entire life in the county of his birth. He married a lady by the name of Yoe, also a native of Pennsylvania, and their descendants became widely scattered throughout that region and were universally respected on account of their sturdy and reliable traits of character. Under their manipulation a large portion of the land in Central Pennsylvania was brought to a state of cultivation, and they were most eminently of that character who left their “footprints on the sands of time.”
George Wingart, the father of our subject, grew to manhood in his native county, but in 1816 removed to Union County, Pa., and settled among the pioneers of West Buffalo Township at a time when they were battling with the soil and struggling to maintain themselves and their families against the difficulties besieging the early settlers. He was a weaver by trade, which occupation he followed for a number of years and invested his savings in eight acres of land, upon which he put up a good house and established a comfortable homestead. From this, however, he removed later, and spent his last years in Clarion County, where this death took place in 1844.
The mother of our subject before her marriage was Miss Elizabeth Johns, who was born in Mifflinburg, Union Co., Pa. After the death of her husband she joined her son in the West and died at Lena, Dec. 3, 1882, aged over eighty-two years. By her marriage with George Wingart she became the mother of six children, of whom the record is as follows: Anna, Mrs. Bowersox, is living in Iowa; Elizabeth married George Bowersox, a brother of her sister’s husband, and died in Pennsylvania in1844; Catherine, the wife of Levi Stichter, lives with her husband on a farm inKent Township; Henry was the fourth child; Julia A. became the wife of Charles Schlotman, a farmer of Kent Township; Sophia married William Keeler, of Richardson County, Neb.
Henry Wingart was the only son of his parents, and commenced attending school when ten years of age. He pursued his studies for six winters thereafter, and assisted his father on the farm the balance of the year. He was fond of his books and when seventeen years old commenced teaching, following this occupation during the winter while being employed in summer at brick-making until reaching his majority. This important event was accompanied by another of fully as much moment, namely, his marriage, after which he established himself with his young wife in Lewisburg, where he was employed in a machine-shop and boatyard until 1851. In the spring of that year he returned to his native township, where he remained until November, 1852, and the latter part of his time busied himself inpreparing for his departure for the West. On the 21st of November, everything being ready, he proceeded as we have already described.
Upon coming to this State, Mr. Wingart rented first a house in Jo Daviess County, near theline of Stephenson, where he spent the winter with his family and engaged in day labor. In the spring of 1854 he became superintendent of a brickyard at Mr.Carroll, where he continued one year, and afterward engaged in carpentering until the spring of 1857. In the meantime he had purchased forty acres of unimproved prairie in Berreman Township, and upon this, in 1857, he put up a house and inaugurated other improvements. He occupied this for ten years,during which time he had added to his landed interests and brought the whole toa good state of cultivation. He then rented his land and moving with his family to Lena, engaged in a planning-mill and sash factory for six years following.At the expiration of this time he traded his farm for the building which he now occupies. In June, 1873, he formed a partnership with George Steckel, and they engaged in mercantile business until the death of his partner, which occurred in less than a year. Mr. Wingart carried on the business until 1876, when hesold out and enjoyed a vacation until 1881. In the spring of that year he established another store, to which he has since given his undivided attention. He carries a finely selected stock of merchandise, including nearly everything required in the household and upon the farm. By his straightforward business methods he has built up a good patronage. Besides his stock he owns a handsome residence, and with his family is surrounded by everything calculated to makelife pleasant and desirable.
The wife of our subject, to whom he was married on Christmas Day in 1849, was formerly Miss Elizabeth Hildebrand, a native of his own township in Pennsylvania, and one ofthe playmates of his childhood. She is the daughter of John and Catherine (Ments) Hildebrand, natives respectively of Union and Northumberland Counties, Pa., and of German and English ancestry. Our subject and his wife became the parents of six children: Mary C. died when three and one-half years old; Isabelle became the wife of M. F. Holladay, who is engaged in business in Lena;John H., a bright little boy, died at the age of two years and four months; George E. is associated with his father in business; Frank J., a painter, is a resident of Lena; Cora E., an interesting girl of fourteen years, is at home with her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Wingart belong to the English Lutheran Church, and two of their children, Isabelle and George, to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. W. in early life affiliated with the old-line Whigs, but upon the abandonment of the old party,cordially gave his support to Republican principles. He cast his first Presidental vote for Gen. Winfield Scott. He has held various offices of trust in this and Jo Daviess County, having served as Road Commissioner, Justice ofthe Peace and School Trustee, and for a period of six years represented Berreman Township in the County Board of Supervisors. After coming to Lena he was Justice of the Peace four terms, and in 1870 was elected Police Magistrate.He is now serving his fourth term as Notary Public.
In 1872 Mr. Wingart embarked in the insurance business and represents some of the best companies in the United States, including the Springfield, of Springfield,Mass.; the Niagara, of New York; the Phoenix, of Brooklyn, and the North American, of Philadelphia. In the West he is agent of the National, of Milwaukee; the German, of Peoria, and the German, of Freeport. His official course has been characterized by rare discretion and coolness of judgment, and in the various offices to which he has been called his duties have been discharged with conscientious fidelity. Commencing in life with nothing but his natural business talents and sound common sense, he has gained a good position among his fellow men, standing well morally and financially, and is looked upon as a representative man of a highly intelligent community.
We take pleasure in presenting in this connection a lithographic portrait of Mr. Wingart; which will be appreciated by all who know of him
Contributed by Carol Parrish from Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson County, Ill.(1888), p. 666
Added by Connie Oberholser on Aug 04, 2016 9:49 AM
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