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The History of the Fries Family from Strüth, Bavaria & Kützbrunn, Baden, Germany

from c. 1545 on

Fries Family Armorial Coat of Arms & Crest

There are two siblings that at this point in the family history game are the earliest known members of our direct paternal Fries family line.  The two Fries siblings are  1. Burkhard Fries, 1580--1640, and  2. Johann Fries, 1565--1637, both born in Strüth, Würzburg, Bavaria1. Burkhard Fries is our direct male family ancestor. Our Fries family goes back 15 generations.  Today there is a Norbert Fries that lives in Strüth  to wqhom we may be related.

1. Burkhard Fries, 1580--6-3-1640, was born and died in Strüth, Würzburg, Bavaria (zip D8701) in the parish of Rottingen sometime in the year 1580. The exact date is unknown. The name of his wife was Margaret Spenkuch, 1577--12-20-1641. They were married on Wednesday, 7-6-1603, most likely in the village of Strüth, parish of Rottingen. Margaret Spenkuch's father was Adam Spenkuch, <1557-->1577. Her mother's name is unknown. Burkhard was most likely a farmer. Margaret Fries, nee Spenkuch died in Strüth, Bavaria. To put their time and place in history in perspective, they died about 210 years after Joan of Arc, 1412--1431, and right before Oliver Cromwell began his reign of terror in Ireland and a generation before St. Louis, MO was founded.

In 1980, Strüth had a population of 167 people. It's located in the district of Würzburg. It's zip code is D8701 and the nearest train stop is in the village of Rottingen. The Tauber River runs very close to the village of Strüth.

Burkhard Fries had a brother named,  2. Johann Fries, 1565--7-21-1637, born and died in Strüth. 1. Burkhard Fries'  granddaughter, Margaretha Roht, 1650-->1693 married 2. Johann Fries' grandson Kaspar Fries.  Cousins married to cousins was not that unusual back in time.  Since many of the offspring of 2. Johann Fries married back into the Fries paternal line, some of our ancestors are both paternal and maternal ancestors. That will cause some confusion but yet, is a fact of history. Information on 2. Johann Fries', 1565--1637, line is detailed later in this history. The names of 1. Burkhard and 2. Johann Fries' parents are unknown.

1. Burkhard Fries, 1580--6-3-1640, and his wife Margaret Spenkuch had seven children, all born in Strüth, parish of Rottingen, District of Würzburg, Franconia Region, Bavaria, Germany. The local village Catholic church is St. John Nepomucen. Burkhard Fries and Margaret Spenkuch had the following seven children. 

1.1. Anna Fries, 4-10-1604--, the first of seven children of Burkhard Fries and Margaret Spenkuch born in Strüth, Bavaria. 

1.2. Kasper Fries, 6-3-1605--, the second of seven children of Burkhard Fries and Margaret Spenkuch born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.3. Georg Fries, 4-22-1607--, the third of seven children of Burkhard Fries and Margaret Spenkuch born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.4. Johann Fries, 3-3-1609--, the fourth of seven children of Burkhard Fries and Margaret Spenkuch born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5. Katharina Roht, nee Fries, 5-4-1611--12-27-1675,  the fifth of seven children of Burkhard Fries and Margaret Spenkuch born and died in Strüth, Bavaria. Katharina is our direct maternal and paternal ancestor. Katharina Fries married Kasper Roht, 2-15-1610--12-21-1684, who was born and died in Strüth. It was Katharina's grandchildren that married back into the Fries paternal line of 1. Burkhard Fries, 1580--1640. Kasper Roht, 1610--1684, and Katharina Fries, 1611--1675, were married on 8-18-1630, in Strüth and had the following ten children all born in Strüth.

1.5.1.  Margareta Roht, 10-9-1630--, the first of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.5.2.  Leonhard Roht, 1-29-1632--, the second of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.5.3.  Johann Kasper Roht, 1-30-1634--, the third of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.5.4.  Anna Roht, 11-20-1635--, the fourth of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.5.5.  Nikolaus Roht, 9-1-1638--, the fifth of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.5.6.  A. Katharina Roht, 1-5-1643--, the sixth of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.5.7.  Apollonia Roht, 4-16-1645--, the seventh of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.5.8.  Martin Roht, 10-10-1647--, the eighth of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.5.9.  Margareta Fries, nee Roht, 5-19-1650-->1693, the ninth of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth and our direct maternal and paternal ancestor. Sometime before 1693, Margareta Roht married 2.4.3. Kasper Fries, 5-25-1647--6-7-1717, who was born and died in Strüth. Margareta Roht and Kasper Fries had the following nine children.

1.5.9.1. Barbara Fries, 12-2-1673--, the first of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5.9.2.  Margaretha Fries, 2-12-1676--, the second of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5.9.3. Ursula Fries, 5-22-1678--, the third of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5.9.4. Ursula Fries, 9-1-1679--, the fourth of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5.9.5. Maria Margaretha Fries, 5-6-1682--, the fifth of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5.9.6. Anna Fries, 3-23-1685--, the sixth of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5.9.7. Daniel Fries, 1-12-1690--, the seventh of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5.9.8. Ursula Fries, 1-16-1693--, the eighth of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.5.9.9. Margaretha Fries, nee Fries, 1-16-1693--12-13-1755, the ninth of nine children of Kaspar Fries and Margaretha Roht born in Strüth, Bavaria who is our direct maternal and paternal ancestor, Margaretha Fries married 1.7.7.5. Andreas Fries, 5-1-1695--4-25-1761, who was born and died in Strüth.   See 1.7.7.5. for the line of descent for their nine children.

1.5.10.  Eva Roht, 9-26-1653--, the tenth of ten children of Kasper Roht and Katharina Fries born in Strüth.

1.6. Margareta Fries, 8-13-1615--, the sixth of seven children of Burkhard Fries and Margaret Spenkuch born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.7. Valentin Fries, 5-5-1613--7-9-1685, the seventh of seven children of Burkhard Fries and Margaret Spenkuch born in Strüth, Bavaria is our direct paternal ancestor. He was born and died in Strüth, Bavaria. His wife's name was Apollonia, 1621--11-29-1694, last name unknown. They were married sometime before 3-1647, most likely in Strüth. Valentin had survived the 30 Years War that had reduced the population of Baden by 70%. That by itself was quite a feat. Valentin was most likely a farmer. Valentin Fries and Apollonia most likely died in Strüth.

Valentin may have been the first Fries ancestor to try a new drink that had just been discovered in 1683. Coffee was one of the items left by the Turks as they were chased out of Vienna in that year. The people of Vienna thought the sacks left by the Turks were camel fodder. They soon found out that it wasn't camel fodder and when roasted, was a very good drink. Coffee spread into Europe through Vienna and might have reached Valentine's area right before he died.

Valentin Fries and his wife Apollonia had the following seven children all born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.7.1. Michael Fries, 12-1-1647--, the first of seven children of Valentin Fries and his wife Apollonia born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.7.2. Johann Fries, 2-19-1649--, the second of seven children of Valentin Fries and his wife Apollonia born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.7.3. Nikolaus Fries, 9-26-1651--, the third of seven children of Valentin Fries and his wife Apollonia born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.7.4. Andreas Fries, 3-25-1653--<1656, the fourth of seven children of Valentin Fries and his wife Apollonia born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.7.5. Joseph Georg Fries, 12-23-1654--, the fifth of seven children of Valentin Fries and his wife Apollonia born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.7.6. Andreas Fries, 11-1-1656--<1659, the sixth of seven children of Valentin Fries and his wife Apollonia born in Strüth, Bavaria.

1.7.7. Andreas Fries, 5-17-1659--10-29-1723, the seventh of seven children of Valentin Fries and his wife Apollonia born in Strüth, Bavaria is our direct paternal ancestor. Andreas Fries' first wife was Anna Maria Seyffert, --8-21-1687. They were married on 8-1-1684, most likely in Strüth. Andreas, like his father 1.7. Valentin Fries, had survived the 30 Years War that had reduced the population of Baden by 70%. Andreas was most likely a farmer. Anna Maria Seyffert may have been related to her husband through the maternal Fries line. Anna Maria Seyffert died on Sunday, August 21, 1687. Andreas Fries married Margaretha Neff  on 1-13-1688, in Strüth, Bavaria. Andreas Fries had at least the following seven children,  two by Anna Maria Seyffert, four by Margaretha Neff and one by Barbara Waldtmann.

1.7.7.1. Maria Fries, 9-20-1685--, the first of seven children of Andreas Fries and the first of two by Anna Maria Seyffert born in Strüth. 

1.7.7.2. Martin Fries, 3-30-1687--, the second of seven children of Andreas Fries and the second of two by Anna Maria Seyffert born in Strüth. 

Our direct paternal ancestor, 1.7.7. Andreas Fries', 1659--1723, second wife was Margaretha Neff, 8-23-1663--12-29-1697, from Laudenbach (6973). Margaretha is in our direct maternal family line. Neff could also be spelled Neef. Andreas Fries and Margaretha Neff were married on 1-13-1688, in Strüth, Bavaria. Margaretha Fries, nee Neff's, 8-23-1663--12-29-1697, father was Johann Neff, <1643-->1688, born in Laudenbach, Baden, south of Strüth.

Margaretha Fries, nee Neff's, 1663--12-29-1697, mother was Barbara Koner, <1637--6-24-1686, born in Rot am See, Baden-Wuttemberg. Barbara Koner, <1637--6-24-1686, died on a pilgrimage to St. Sanguinem in Uderschupt (8761) (Unterschupf), Wuttemberg. She was given the last rights before she died. Barbara Koner, <1637--6-24-1686, was the widow of Stephen Hoffmann and the daughter of Hans Konern, <1617-->1637, from Rot am See, Wuttemberg. Rot an See means the town of Rot by the sea. The family name can also be spelled Konern, with an n.

Johann Neef, c. 1643-->1688, and his wife Barbara Koner, <1637--, were married in Laudenbach, Baden on 2-22-1657. The witnesses were Phillipp Neef, the bridegroom's father and Johann Boop. Phillip Neef, c. 1613--4-30-1669 died in Laudenbach, Bavaria. He was married to a woman by the name of Margaretha who died in Laudenbach on 3-28-1660. Johann Neef, <1643-->1688, and his wife Barbara Koner, <1637--, had the following seven children.

  1. Michael Neff, 10-13-1656--3-24-1657, the first of seven children of Johann Neef and Barbara Koner.
  2. Michael Neff, 2-7-1659--, the second of seven children of Johann Neef and Barbara Koner.
  3. Margaretha Neff, 8-23-1663--8-21-1697, the third of seven children of Johann Neef and Barbara Koner who is our direct maternal ancestor. Margaretha Neff married Stephen Hoffmann on 1-18-1684, and 1.7.7. Andreas Fries, 1659--1723, on 1-13-1688 in Struth.
  4. Conrad Neff, 2-22-1665--, the fourth of seven children of Johann Neef and Barbara Koner.
  5. Margaretha Neff, 10-25-1666--, the fifth of seven children of Johann Neef and Barbara Koner.
  6. Anna Maria Neff, 5-4-1669--, the sixth of seven children of Johann Neef and Barbara Koner.
  7. Johannes Neff, 6-27-1671--, the seventh of seven children of Johann Neef and Barbara Koner.

Johann Neff's, -->1688, father was Philipp Neff, c. 1613--4-30-1669(60), died in Laudenbach. Johann mother's name was Margaretha, c. 1613--3-28-1660, died in Laudenbach, Baden, maiden name unknown.

Our direct paternal ancestor, 1.7.7. Andreas Fries, 1659--1723, was most likely a farmer. Andreas Fries and Margaretha Neff, 1663--1697, had the following four children, all born in Strüth, parish of Rottingen.

1.7.7.3. Margaretha Fries, 7-24-1689--, the third of seven children of Andreas Fries and the first of four by Margaretha Neff born in Strüth. 

1.7.7.4. Johann Fries, 7-23-1693--, the fourth of seven children of Andreas Fries and the second of four by Margaretha Neff born in Strüth. 

1.7.7.5. Andreas Fries, 5-1-1695--4-25-1761, the fifth of seven children of Andreas Fries and the third of four by Margaretha Neff born in Strüth Andreas is our direct paternal ancestor.  On 10-2-1714, in Strüth, Andreas Fries  married 1.5.9.9. Margaretha Fries.  Both Andreas and Margaretha had Fries as their last names. They were second cousins as their Grandparents were siblings. This is one of several where the maternal Fries line comes into the paternal Fries line. Margaretha Fries', 1693--1755, parents were Kasper Fries, 5-25-1647--6-7-1717, and Margaretha Roht, 5-19-1650-->1693, both born in Strüth.

Our direct paternal ancestor, 1.7.7.5. Andreas Fries, 1695--1761, married 1.5.9.9. Margaretha Fries, 1-16-1693--12-13-1755, on 10-2-1714, in Strüth. Both Andreas and Margaretha had Fries as their last names. This is one of the entries of the Fries maternal lines. Margaretha's parents were Kasper Fries, 5-25-1647--6-7-1717, and Margaretha Fries, nee Roht, 5-19-1650-->1693. They both were from Strüth. Andreas was most likely a farmer. 1.7.7.5. Andreas Fries, 1695--1761, and his wife, 1.5.9.9. Margaretha Fries had the following ten children.

1.7.7.5.1. Andreas Fries, 8-4-1715--<1724, the first of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.5.2. Anna Maria Fries, 3-28-1718--, the second of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.5.3. Theobald Fries, 2-29-1720--, the third of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.5.4. Johann Fries, 8-27-1722--3-24-1793, the fourth of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries and our direct paternal ancestor.  Johann Fries, 1722--1793, first married a woman named Eva. Eva's maiden name is not known for certain but due to the information from the local church records it was most likely Orth.

Johann Fries, 1722--1793, was a contemporary of George III, 1738--1820, the German King of England during the American Revolution.

Eva Fries, nee Orth, 5-15-1710--2-5-1762, was most likely born in Strüth. Eva Fries, nee Orth was the Godmother for a Eva Bruckner, the daughter of Nicholaus Bruckner. The Bruckner's were the Godparents for at least two of Johann Fries', 1722--1793, children. A family named Oxner may be related to the Fries family. Oxner's were also baptismal sponsors for the Fries children.

Eva Orth's, 1710--1762, father was Johann Philipp Orth, <1690--. Her mother was Barbara Fries, <1690--. This Barbara Fries may be linked to the Fries paternal family line earlier in the 1600's.

Johann Fries, 1722--1793, lived through the War of the Austrian Succession, (1740-1748). The area around his home was in constant turmoil due to this war and the Seven Years War, (1756-1763).

1.7.7.5.4. Johann Fries, 1722--1793, was most likely a farmer. Johann Fries, 1722--1793, and Eva Orth, 1710--1762, may not have married in Strüth as no record can be found. Johann Fries and Eva Orth? had the following five children.

1.7.7.5.4.1. Filia Fries, 9-10-1741--, the first of ten children of Johann Fries and the first of five children by Eva Orth

1.7.7.5.4.2. Nikolaus Fries, 10-17-1743--6-22-1823, the second of ten children of Johann Fries and the second of five children by Eva Orth. Nikolaus Fries was married on 2-14-1775. Most likely in the village of Strüth. His wife's name is unknown. Michael Oxner was his baptismal sponsor.

1.7.7.5.4.3. Adam Fries, 7-8-1745--, the third of ten children of Johann Fries and the third of five children by Eva Orth. Godparents were Nicholaus and Dorothea Bruckner.

1.7.7.5.4.4. Dorothea Fries, 12-1-1748--, the fourth of ten children of Johann Fries and the fourth of five children by Eva Orth. Godparents were Nicholaus and Dorothea Bruckner.

1.7.7.5.4.5. Johannes Georg Fries, 5-21-1752--2-8-1824, the fifth of ten children of Johann Fries and the fifth of five children by Eva Orth and is our direct paternal ancestor.  was born in the small village of Strüth, Bavaria, Germany. His baptismal godfather was Johannes Oxner from Strüth. Johannes Fries' wife, Anna Maria Häff, 1759--1832, was born in Bütthard, Bavaria. Johannes Georg Fries married Anna Maria Häff sometime before 1785. Johannes was most likely a farmer. The Kützbrunn, Bütthard and Strüth village church records have been checked but the marriage records have not been found. They were most likely married in Strüth, Bavaria.  Johannes Georg Fries and Anna Maria Häff had the following ten children which continue further down in this history.

After Eva died, 1.7.7.5.4. Johann Fries, 1722-1793, married Barbara Fries, c. 1744--12-11-1798, in Strüth on 8-27-1763. Barbara's father was Casper Fries and her mother's name was Eva. This is another maternal Fries line to appear in our Fries paternal family line. However, it is not directly connected to our line as Barbara was our ancestor's step mother. It however, most likely connects to our paternal family line in the 1600's. Barbara Fries died on Tuesday, 12-11-1798, most likely in Strüth. Johann Fries and Barbara Fries had five children.

1.7.7.5.4.6. Michael Fries, 3-11-1764--<1766, the sixth of ten children of Johann Fries and the first of five children by Barbara Fries.

1.7.7.5.4.7. Michael Fries, 7-23-1766--, the seventh of ten children of Johann Fries and the second of five children by Barbara Fries.

1.7.7.5.4.8. M. Walburger Fries, 10-9-1766--, the eighth of ten children of Johann Fries and the third of five children by Barbara Fries.

1.7.7.5.4.9. Sebastian Fries, 9-10-1774--, the ninth of ten children of Johann Fries and the fourth of five children by Barbara Fries.

1.7.7.5.4.10. Anna Maria Fries, 1-26-1778--, the tenth of ten children of Johann Fries and the fifth of five children by Barbara Fries.

1.7.7.5.5. Andreas Fries, 9-2-1724--, the fifth of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.5.6. Kasper Fries, 12-9-1726--<1733, the sixth of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.5.7. Joseph Kasper Fries, 2-1-1729--, the seventh of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.5.8. Maria Fries, 4-26-1730--, the eighth of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.5.9. Kasper Fries, 3-27-1733--, the ninth of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.5.10. Ursula Fries, 8-7-1734--, the tenth of ten children of  Andreas Fries and Margaretha Fries. 

1.7.7.6. Filiolus Fries, 11-22-1697--, the sixth of seven children of Andreas Fries 1659--1723, and the fourth of four by Margaretha Neff born in Strüth. 

After Margaretha Neff, 1663--1697, died, 1.7.7. Andreas Fries, 1659--1723, married his third wife, Barbara Waldtmann, on 5-13-1698, in Strüth. They had one child.

1.7.7.7. Anna Fries, 11-10-1701--, the seventh of seven children of Andreas Fries and the only one by Barbara Waldtmann born in Strüth. 

As of 1580, the origin of the paternal side of the Fries family is a German village called Strüth, parish of Röttingen, District of Würzburg in the Franconia Region of Bavaria near the Baden border. Strüth is about 15 miles south of Kützbrunn. St. John Nepomucen or Nepomuk is the name of the church in the village of Strüth in 1991.

The many women that married into the Fries family came from the surrounding villages in the Strüth, Bavarian area. Most of the members of the maternal side of the Fries family came from the small villages of Bütthard and Sonderhofen in Bavaria.

The paternal Fries family migration path over several generations was most likely from the village of Strüth, Würzburg District, Bavaria (parish of Röttingen) to Kützbrunn, parish of Grunsfeld, Main Tauber District, Baden, to America, to Belleville, Illinois at 38.30.08 N and 89.58.20 W. The majority of our maternal ancestors were from the village of Sonderhofen in Bavaria. Strüth is about 15 miles south of the village of Kützbrunn located in the Franconia area of Bavaria.

Most of the Fries ancestors were farmers. Until the mid 1800s, Germany was a nation of poets and peasants. Germany was the breadbasket of Europe, exporting Europe's main supply of grain. Even so, Germany's agriculture was backward, characterized by hand labor and low per capita income. The rural population was limited by tradition, subject to controls by landlords and communes, and defenseless against hunger and diseases.

Peasants could not protect their crops against blight, insects or cutworms. Their livestock died of any diseases that happened along. They could not protect themselves or their families against epidemics or typhus that came every summer to every farming village in Southern Germany.

The first half of the 1800s, saw the establishment of a personally free peasantry, transfers of land and a sharp increase in the owners of small farms. The world that Johann Fries entered as a child in 1722, was greatly influenced by the great European thinkers of the 17th and 18th century. 1.7.7.5.4. Johann Fries, 1722--1793, was born only 54 years before the American Revolution began.

The Seven Years War, 1756-1763, started only 3 years after 1.7.7.5.4.5. Johannes Fries, 1752--1824, was born. Prussia and Austria were the main combatants in the Seven Years War. This conflict had a world wide impact.

Earlier events in Europe would shape the destiny of the Fries Family. In 1661, approximately 2 years after 1.7.7. Andreas Fries, 1659--1723, was born, the great French King, Louis XIV came to power. His reign and spending habits would set France and Europe on the path to revolution.

The Russian Czar, Peter the Great, took control of that country in 1721. During his reign, he would make Russia a world power. In July 1683, the Turks had 300,000 horse soldiers under the walls of Vienna. Vienna is about a five day horseback ride from the village of the Fries family. It was only by the year 1699, that the yearly invasions of Europe by the Turks from the Ottoman Empire were finally stopped. This was the world, as 1.7.7.5.4. Johann Fries was born in 1722, in the small Bavarian village of Strüth, in the parish of Röttingen.

The people and world powers that would shape the Fries destiny were varied and probably unknowing as to how their ideas would affect the future direction of Europe and America.

In the 1500's, there were two great world powers, the Turks and the Spanish. Both would influence the future of the Fries family. Spain had already discovered America and the Turks would invade Europe on a yearly basis and may have laid the groundwork in Europe for the turmoil that caused the Fries family to leave Germany. Spain discovered the physical space where the Fries family and other immigrants could settle to begin new lives.

Voltaire was the leading thinker of the 18th century. He and the other French writers would be a major cause of the great French Revolution of 1789. While the new undeveloped physical space called America got its laws from England, it got it's freedom from France. That revolution, several hundred miles from where Johann Fries, 1722--1793, was born, would eventually lead to his grandson, Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and his family, leaving Germany for America. Johann Fries, 1722--1793, was born into a world that was about to change dramatically, and continue to change for many years to come.

1.7.7.5.4. Johann Fries, 8-27-1722--3-24-1793, or his son, 1.7.7.5.4.5. Johannes Georg Fries, 1752--1824, could have been born a serf. Serfdom in Germany lasted until 1807. However, the records state that Johann's son Johannes Fries, 1752--1824, was a citizen and farmer of Kützbrunn, a town in the present day state of Baden-Wuerttenberg in the southern half of West Germany. Johannes's wife, Anna Maria Häff, 9-25-1759--2-19-1832, was born in the small village of Bütthard, Bavaria. Bütthard is about five miles north east of Kützbrunn, Baden. Strüth is about 15 miles south of Bütthard, Bavaria.

1.7.7.5.4.5. Johannes Georg Fries, 1752--1824, was born in Strüth, Bavaria. Both Johannes Fries and his wife, Anna Maria Häff settled in Kützbrunn, Baden after they were married. Neither the Röttingen Parish records nor the Catholic Churches in Kützbrunn, Strüth, nor Bütthard have any record of the marriage for Johannes Fries, 1752--1824, and Anna Maria Häff. The name Häff can be spelled Häaf, Häff or Haag.

The Bavarian village of Strüth where the Fries family comes from:

The history now gets complex as it goes back several generations. I have put the Häff family line in outline form below. The outline starts with the parents of Anne Maria Fries, nee Häff, 1759--1832.

Father: Martin Haaf, 5-4-1715--3-5-1774, born and died in Bütthard, Bavaria. He was the town judge. His brother's name was Conrad Haaf, -->1785. Martin's first wife's name was Margaretha, --<1745, maiden name unknown. His second wife was Margaretha Carl, --<8-1757. They were married on 6-7-1757, in Euerhausen. His third wife was Anna Maria Reussmann. They were married on 8-29-1758, most likely in Bütthard.

Mother: Anna Maria Haaf, nee Reussmann, 5-25-1729--1-22-1803, born in Gaurettersheim, Würzburg, Bavaria. Most likely had a brother named Andreas Reussman that was the baptismal sponsor to Andreas Fries, 1785-->1834. Anna was the third wife of Martin Haaf. Anna died in Bütthard.

Paternal Grandfather: Sebastian Haaf (Hag), 12-18-1674-->1715, born in Bütthard. Name may be spelled Hag instead of Haaf. He was the town shoemaker. His second wife was Margaretha Busch, married on 8-20-1715. His first wife and our ancestor was, Veronica, <1695--<1715, maiden name unknown.

Paternal Grandmother: Veronica Unknown, <1695--<1715, born in Bütthard, Bavaria. Maiden name is unknown. Veronica was the first wife of Sebastian Haaf.

Maternal Grandfather: Leonhard Reussmann, 3-1-1689--11-26-1762, born and died in Gaurettersheim, Bavaria. He was married to Anna Maria Unknown sometime before 1733. He was a town judge.

Maternal Grandmother: Anna Maria Unknown, <1713--3-20-1760, died in Gaurettersheim, Bavaria. Maiden name is unknown. Married to Leonard Reussmann.

Paternal Great Grandfather: Adam Haaf, 4-11-1629-->1674, born in Bütthard, Bavaria. Married Magdalina sometime before 1672. He was the town judge.

Paternal Great Grandmother: Magdalina Unknown, <1654-->1674, maiden name is unknown. Married to Adam Haaf.

Maternal Great Grandfather: Adam Reismann, 4-28-1674-->1689, born in Gaurettersheim, Bavaria. Married Anna, <1669--, sometime before 1689.

Maternal Great Grandmother: Anna, <1669--, maiden name is unknown. Married Adam Reismann.

Paternal Great Great Grandfather: Sebastian Haag, >1592-->1629, wife's name is unknown. Most likely lived in Bütthard and married before 1624.

Maternal Great Great Grandfather: Christoph Reismann (Reusmann), <1654-->1687, married Eva Unknown, <1654--10-13-1687, sometime before 1674.

Maternal Great Great Grandmother: Eva Unknown, <1654--10-13-1687, maiden name is unknown. Eva married Christoph Reismann. Eva died in Gaurettersheim, Bavaria.

Kützbrunn,   Baden is a very small town lying in the beautiful rolling hills of the German countryside. Kützbrunn is in the parish of Grunsfeld, Main Tauber District. In 1848, the local newspaper stated that there were 46 houses and 289 individuals in the town of Kützbrunn. Today, it has approximately 50 houses and 235 people. There aren't any fences in the entire area, and hence very few livestock, just field after field of wheat. Wheat and turnips are the major production crop of the surrounding countryside.

There aren't any traditional remote farm houses in Kützbrunn, Baden. Historically, you lived in town where it was safe and every day you would go out to your farm to work the fields. This is probably a tradition carried over from the olden days of people banding together for protection. The entire area is extremely clean and well kept in the true German tradition.

Fifteen miles north of Bütthard and Strüth, in the area around Würzburg they raise wheat, sheep, plum trees and grapes for excellent wine. The town of Würzburg was built on the banks of the River Main. Today, the River Main is the European link between the Rhine and the Danube River. Even today, the town of Würzburg has the appearance of a fortress.

The earliest known history of the Bütthard-Strüth area states that there was a Celtic refuge on the River Main in the year 1000 b.c. One hundred b.c. saw the Germanic Conquest of the area. The first cathedral in the area was built in Würzburg in 788 a.d. It was dedicated in the presence of Charlemagne, the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. He was also in the area in 787 and 791 a.d. About 1200 a.d., Würzburg had some 5,000 inhabitants. Martin Luther visited the area in 1518, just 62 years before Burkhard Fries was born.

Around 1750, the Würzburg area became one of the major German centers for the arts and learning. Würzburg still has that reputation today. By 1830, the Würzburg area had over 22,000 inhabitants. In 1945, the town of Würzburg was almost completely destroyed in a British Air attack. The population dropped from 120,000 to less than 5,000. By 1956, the population again had grown to over 100,000.

The Strüth area of Germany was invaded and conquered by Sweden in 1631. Swedish rule lasted for three years until 1634. For these three years the Fries' family was ruled by King Gustav Adolph of Sweden. Burkhard Fries was living during the first Swedish invasion. The Swedish invasion of 1655, was extremely bloody. This invasion was more to the east, centering in Poland.   On the left is a map of Struth and surrounding villages.

Apparently war is a constant thread throughout the history of the area. Even the peasants tried an unsuccessful revolt in 1525. Perhaps the father or grandfather of the earliest maternal Fries ancestor, Michael Eck, c.1545--, was in that revolt. That ancestor may have been involved in the 1529 invasion of the Turks that went far into Europe to the walls of Vienna.

Johannes Fries, 1752--1824, and Anna Marie Häff, 1759--1832, were married sometime before 1785. The exact date and place is unknown. There isn't any record of their marriage in the towns of Kützbrunn, Baden, Bütthard or Strüth, Bavaria. Johannes would have been about thirty two and Anna Maria Häff about twenty six years old at the time of their wedding, c.1784.

Anna Maria Häff, 1759--1832, was from the town of Bütthard. Like Würzburg it looks like a fortress town. Wheat milling is the major industry. Bütthard is extremely clean and well kept. It is a larger village than Kützbrunn, Baden with old stone buildings and walls. Bütthard is right across the state line in Bavaria. Bütthard is a town in the new county of Ochsenfurt, district of Underfranken, in Bavaria. Local Catholic Church records go back to 1592.

Soon after 1.7.7.5.4.5. Johannes Georg Fries, 5-21-1752--2-8-1824, was born, the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years War began. The results of these wars were the beginnings of the great German States of Holenzollen and Hapsburgs. These two states would fight each other for the control of Germany. These wars were no more than a prelude to the Great Napoleonic Wars that would change the future course of all Europe.

The German state of Baden Wuerttenberg had its share of battles and wars. One of our ancestors, Anna Maria Geßner, 1638--1681, was killed in one of the Baden Wars. When the Thirty Years War ended in 1648, the population of the German state of Baden had been reduced from 450,000 to 166,000. Eventually, the estimated final immigration from Baden to America was 600,000 people. The total number of German immigrants to America reached six million people.

In 1752, when Johannes Georg Fries was born, Louis XV was becoming King of France, England was about to lose her colonies, and Catherine the Great was crushing a peasant revolt in Russia. In 1776, about the time Johannes Fries reached the age of 24, a new nation, America, was born. By 1786, when Johannes Fries was thirty three years old, Frederick the Great had succeeded in making Germany a great European power.

As a farmer in the last quarter of the 1700's your very survival depended on the crops you produced. When an army at war went into the field it lived off the surrounding countryside. As the army moved, it ate its way through the winter food reserve of the local people.

As a farmer winning against the elements was difficult enough, but when every army from a thousand miles came marching through looking for a handout, things could get pretty tough. That is probably how it was a lot of the time in Germany from the late 1700's, until after 1815.

Johannes Georg Fries, 1752--1824, died on Sunday, February 8, 1824, in Kützbrunn, Baden at 72 years of age. He was buried there on the day he died. Eight years later, Johannes' wife, Anna Maria Häff, 1759--2-21-1832, died in Kützbrunn at eight o'clock in the morning on February 19, 1832, at the age of 73. The death record states that she received all the sacraments of the church before she died. Anna Maria Fries, nee Häff, was buried in Kützbrunn, Baden on February 21, 1832. The attending priest at the time was Father Waldharr.

1.7.7.5.4.5. Johannes Georg Fries, 5-21-1752--2-8-1824, and his wife, Anna Maria Häff, 1759--1832, had at least the following six children, all born in Kützbrunn, Baden, Germany. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.1. Andreas Fries, 5-13-1785-->1834, the first of six children of Johannes Fries and Anna Maria Häff.  Andreas Fries took the name Konrad later in life. His two baptismal sponsors were Andreas Reissmann from Gaurettersheim, a small village east of Bütthard, and Conrad Haaff, the son of Martin Haaff of Bütthard. Conrad Haaff was most likely Anna Maria Fries, nee Häff's brother. Andreas Reissmann was related to Andreas Fries, 1785-->1834, most likely the uncle of his mother, Anne Maria Fries, nee Häff, 1759--1832.

1.7.7.5.4.5.2. Johannes Michael Fries, 1-11-1788--1-18-1788, the second of six children of Johannes Fries and Anna Maria Häff who died in Kützbrunn, Baden. His godfather and paternal uncle was Michael Fries. Strüth, Bavaria is just south east of Kützbrunn, Baden near Röttingen.

1.7.7.5.4.5.3. Johannes Fries, 5-24-1789--, the third of six children of Johannes Fries and Anna Maria Häff

1.7.7.5.4.5.4. Maria Anna Fries, 6-30-1791--, the fourth of six children of Johannes Fries and Anna Maria Häff

1.7.7.5.4.5.5. Georgius Michael Fries, 9-29-1793-->1848, the fifth of six children of Johannes Fries and Anna Maria Häff. Georgius Michael Fries and his remaining family left for America in 1848. He took his family to America in 1848 when he was 55 years old. Georgius Michael Fries and his Fries ancestors are our direct ancestors and therefore they are the ancestors that are common to all the known American Fries descendants.  See further down in this history.

1.7.7.5.4.5.6. Johannes Michael Fries, 7-28-1797--c.1798, the sixth of six children of Johannes Fries and Anna Maria Häff died in Kützbrunn, Baden. His godfather was Johannes Michael Fries, son of Nicholas Fries, citizen of Bütthard, Bavaria.

Except for Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, there isn't any additional information on any of the children previously listed with the exception of Andreas Fries, 1785-->1834. Andreas or Konrad as he was called later on in life, was the baptismal sponsor for Konradus Fries, 1834--1897, one of Georgius Michael Fries', 1793-->1848, children, who was born and baptized in Kützbrunn, Baden.

Anna Maria Fries, nee Häff, 1759--1832, was still living when her son, Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, was married at nine in the morning, in Kützbrunn on February 21, l827. Johannes Fries, 1752--1824, had died some three years before.

In 1827 in Kützbrunn, Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, listed in local Kützbrunn marriage records as a citizen and farmer, married Cristina Deppisch, 2-20-1801-->1848, born in Sonderhofen, Bavaria, on Friday, February 20, 1801. The term "citizen" was used by the French revolutionaries to denote the new freedom and equality they fought for during the French Revolution. Perhaps the Germans took the term from the French. Georgius Michael was thirty four and Cristina was twenty six at the time of the wedding in Kützbrunn, Baden.

Georgius Michael Fries was born in Kützbrunn, Baden, Germany on Sunday, September 29, 1793. On February 20, 1801, when Cristina Deppisch was born, her family was living in Sonderhofen, Würzburg, Bavaria at house number 62.

Cristina Deppisch's, 1801-->1848, parents were not living at the time of her wedding in 1827, in the small church in Kützbrunn. Perhaps, that was the reason Cristina Deppisch, 1801-->1848, and Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, were married in Kützbrunn, Baden and not in Sonderhofen, Bavaria the parish of the bride.

Cristina's father was Andreas Deppisch, 1759--1800, born on Thursday, November 1, 1759, in the town of Sonderhofen, Bavaria. A sponsor at the baptism of Andreas Deppisch, 1759--1800, was Andreas Düll. Düll is a family name that runs throughout the Fries history. This Düll was most likely related to Andreas Deppisch's, 1759--1800, maternal grandmother, Anna Maria Kemmer, nee Düll, 1689--1756.

Margaretha Betz, 1765--1813, was Cristina's mother. Margaretha Betz was born in Sonderhofen on Sunday, March 24, 1765. Andreas Deppisch and his wife, Margaretha Betz were married on Tuesday, July 3, 1787, in the town of Sonderhofen, Bavaria.

Cristina Deppisch's, 1801-->1848, parents were married some fourteen years before she was born. It is likely that she was not the first born in the family. Cristina must have had a difficult childhood, as her father Andreas Deppisch, 1759--1800, died five months before she was born and her mother Margaretha Betz, 1765--1813, died when she was only 13 years old.

Andreas Deppisch, 1759--1800, died on Sunday, September 7, 1800, in Sonderhofen, Bavaria. Andreas' wife, Margaretha Betz, 1765--1813, died on Saturday, May 22, 1813, in Sonderhofen.

Cristina may have been raised by a relative named Johann Georg Deppisch. He was a witness at her parent's wedding. Most likely, this Johann Georg Deppisch was Andreas Deppisch's, 1759--1800, brother or perhaps his father.

Here again the history gets complex as to the many different ancestors and how they relate to the Fries family. There are over 1000 different ancestors that have to be positioned. That is not something that can be done easily in text. I have listed the ancestors below that have some known fact associated with them such as dies in a war or killed by the black plague.

Some names have changed over time and several generations. Kraß to Kraus is an example of this. The ß is the German letter for "ss". The name Kraß is pronounced Krauss. If all the names of our ancestors were known back to 1545, the list would have over 16,000 names. Here is a list of the ancestors that follows starting with the parents of Cristina Fries, nee Deppisch, 1801-->1848 and ends with the 15th known generation of Fries' ancestors. They go back in complete sets, all of Christina's grandparents, all of her great grandparents and so on. They number almost 200 individuals so I had to put them on a separate web page [bold web page above].

The Mormons, experts in the ancestor field, state that all ancestor diagrams as you go back in time begin looking like the classic < on it's side and about the 14th or 15th generation it begins to fall back into a traditional diamond shape, i.e.  This is due to many of our ancestors having the same grandparents or great grandparents and marrying their first or second cousins to insure land holdings and a regular food supply.  Our Fries family goes back 15 generations.

Sönderhoffen is a small town. It is likely, that the families of Grumbach, Betz and Deppisch were very good friends. That may be the reason why a Christina Grumbach was the sponsor at the baptism of Cristina Deppisch in 1801, and Margaretha Deppisch was the sponsor at the baptism of Margaretha Betz in 1765. Both families were interrelated.

Sönderhoffen, located in Bavaria, is approximately eight miles east of Kützbrunn. Sönderhoffen is in the new county of Ochsenfurt, District of Underfranken in Bavaria. The local church records go back to 1588.

Like Kützbrunn and Bütthard, Sönderhoffen is a small village located in Germany's farming area. It sits at the intersections of two highways so it appears to be more active than Kützbrunn or Bütthard. Sönderhoffen is in Bavaria, five miles east of Bütthard.

The single striking feature of the town of Sönderhoffen is the inside of the town church. While most churches in the area have been rebuilt, the one in Sönderhoffen may date from the 18th century. The inside design is heavy German Baroque, with the statues coming off the wall in a floating three dimensional effect. The Fresco paintings on the walls, ceilings, and behind the altar are uncommonly beautiful.

The church tower of Sönderhoffen is the traditional Turkish tower. This style of building for churches in Germany was prevalent in the 18th century. The German word Berlin is actually a Turkish word. The word Philadelphia is a German word with its origin in the Turkish language. Early in European history, the invasion by the Turks from the Ottoman Empire was an annual event. In July 1683, the Turks had 300,000 soldiers under the walls of Vienna. Vienna is about a five day horseback ride from the village of the Fries family. It was only by the year 1699, that the yearly invasions of Europe by the Turks from the Ottoman Empire were finally stopped.

Sönderhoffen is 20 miles south of Würzburg and lies in a flat section of Bavaria as compared to Kützbrunn and Bütthard in a hilly section.

In the graveyard surrounding the Sönderhoffen church there aren't any Betz names but there are several Deppisch names. Deppisch is a common name in the area.

Every German church seems to have its monuments for the local men for both German wars, The Great War and WW II. The Deppisch's [ most likely our relations] buried in the Sönderhoffen church graveyard were,

  1. George Deppisch, 1882--8-22-1917, at 35 died in Germany during The Great War.
  2. Martin Deppisch, 1860--1926,
  3. Michael Deppisch, 5-27-1866--1-28-1934,

Sönderhoffen is a small town. Although these Deppisch's were probably two or three generations after Cristina Deppisch, they were most likely related to her. The church in Sönderhoffen is very German, with the iron crosses at the entrance to the church.

Most likely, the whole town of Kützbrunn attended the wedding of Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and Cristina Deppisch, 1801-->1848. In the old days there was a rush to be married before Lent began. By church law you could not be married during Lent. Therefore, there may have been more than one wedding on that day.

The wedding of Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and Cristina Deppisch, 1801-->1848, took place in Kützbrunn on Wednesday, February 21, 1827. The name of the priest that said the wedding mass was Father Waldharr. The witnesses were Nikolaus Geiger, farmer, and Peter Wundling, bailiff of Kützbrunn. Nice to be friends with the town cop.

Although the town of Kützbrunn had its own small church, it is considered to be part of the larger parish of Grunsfeld-Zimmern in the county of Tauberbischofsheim, (old county of Mosbach) in Baden. Kützbrunn is in the parish of Grunsfeld, Main Tauber District in Baden. The towns of Grunsfeld and Zimmern are about three miles from Kützbrunn.

As of 1983, there wasn't any evidence of any Fries' living in Kützbrunn or Bütthard. There aren't any Fries' in the small cemetery surrounding the Kützbrunn church. Deppisch seems to be a common name in the area. However, in the cemetery, next to the Church in Grunsfeld, there are three graves, two for Deppisch and one for Fries.

  1. Maria Johanna Deppisch, 8-5-1903--5-27-1920,
  2. Johann Deppisch, 3-17-1862--6-22-1931,
  3. Leo Fries, 10-12-1919--12-31-1978,

On Monday, September 29, 1793, Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, son of Johannes Fries, 1752--1824, and Anna Maria Häff, 1759--1832, was born into the Holy Roman Empire. That Empire had been in existence since 400 a.d. Due to the Napoleonic Wars, the Holy Roman Empire would cease to exist by 1806.

Napoleon's forces first entered the area around Kützbrunn in 1796. Three years after Georgius Michael was born, he had a French King as his new ruler. England and France were at war, and Napoleon would keep Europe at war for the next 16 years. Napoleon was again in the area around Kützbrunn in 1806, 1812, and 1813.

When Georgius Michael Fries turned 22 in 1815, Napoleon was defeated the first time. The great powers of Europe were dividing up the spoils. This resulted in each German State, 39 in all, with its own ruler, its own flag and its own taxes. Most likely, Georgius Michael Fries was hoping all this war would end so he could get back to farming.

Europe saw sweeping changes after the Napoleonic Wars. Nationalism was growing in every country. Liberty and freedom were the new ideals everyone wanted. The industrial revolution was in full force and coming of age.

Georgius Michael Fries was forty four years old in 1837, when Queen Victoria assumed the throne of England and began her long reign. Georgius was also a contemporary of Karl Marx, 1818--1883, and the Civil War General, Ulysses S. Grant, 1822--1885.

Fredrick William IV, was the ruler of Germany from 1840 to 1861. He was the Hohenzollen Ruler and King of Prussia. It is under this ruler that the Fries family left Germany.

This was the world when Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, was born and as he grew up. It was quiet from 1815, till well after he was married in 1827. Most likely, both Georgius Michael Fries and his wife Cristina Deppisch died in America sometime after 1848. Their exact date and place of death is unknown.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5. Georgius Michael Fries, 9-29-1793-->1848, and Cristina Deppisch, 2-1-1801-->1848, had at least eight children, all born in Kützbrunn, Baden, Germany. Only the first five are expanded to include descendents as the last three appear to have died in Geremy. The eight children are,

  1. Maria Margaretha Fries, 4-12-1829--, the first of eight children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch who left for America. No additional information is known about Maria. 
  2. Konradus Fries, 8-25-1834--2-18-1897, the second of eight children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch who left for America.
  3. Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries, 4-7-1836--12-29-1915, the third of eight children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch who left for America.
  4. Justina Becker, nee Fries, 6-13-1840--4-6-1914, the fourth of eight children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch who left for America. Justina's obits state that she and her parents and siblings came from Germany and settled in East St. Louis, IL.
  5. Augusta Fries, 12-23-1842--, the fifth of eight children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch who left for America. No additional information is known about Augusta Fries.
  6. Unknown Fries, --<1848, the sixth of eight children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch who died in Germany.
  7. Anna Maria Margaretha Fries, 11-30-1830--3-31-1831, the seventh of eight children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch who died in Germany.
  8. Carl Fries, 1839--<1848, the eighth of eight children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch who died in Germany.

The last three of the Fries children above, Anna Maria Margaretha Fries, Carl Fries and the unknown Fries child died in Kützbrunn, Baden before 1848.

The history of the farmers in Germany is one hard time after another. It was a system that was barely workable in times of prosperity but not workable in periods of falling agricultural prices or near famine. It is no wonder that the peasants would riot or turn to banditry.

Agrarian unrest was at its worst in the years 1806 to 1810, during the British blockade of Germany. Again in 1824, farm prices fell drastically. In 1839, there was a very poor harvest. In 1845, the potato crop failed. That was extremely bad for the peasants as both the people and the livestock were depended on the potato.

Beginning in 1844, the harvest was poor in Germany and business trade decreased. Many Germans were hungry and out of work. It was war in the past, now it may have been the elements that the Fries family had to fight. In March of 1848, news of a revolt in France set off revolts in Germany. Perhaps Georgius Michael Fries and his wife, Cristina Deppisch, thought the great German wars were going to begin all over again.

However, even though by the end of 1848, the situation in Germany had improved. Georgius Michael Fries and his family had left Germany earlier and may not have seen the improvement.

Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, his wife Cristina Deppisch, 1801-->1848, and their five children left Kützbrunn for America on Thursday, April 6, 1848. Georgius Michael was 55 and Cristina was 47 years old at the time. They had been married for twenty one years when they left Germany for a new home in America. The trip took from 40 to 50 days.

In 1848, James K. Polk was the 11th President of the United States when the Fries family arrived in America. The population was about 22 million. President Polk had just finished a war with Mexico. The result was that Texas and California were brought into the Union. Zachary Taylor became the next president in 1849.

If the Fries family had immigrated one year later in 1849, they might have headed for the California gold rush instead of farming in Illinois.

The Fries family members emigrated from Kützbrunn, Baden on April 6, 1848. Coming over to America in 1848, must have been quite an adventure, not speaking anything but German and never seeing the ocean before.

The Fries Immigrants

Fries Emigrant Family 
Relationship
Age at Departure 
(Emigration)
YOB-YOD Spouse
1.7.7.5.4.5.5. Georgius Michael Fries Father

55

1793->1848 ---
Cristina Fries, 
nee Deppisch
Mother

47

1801->1848 ---
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.1. Maria Margaretha Fries Daughter

19

1829->1848 ---
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2. Konradius Fries Son

14

1834-1897 Barbara 
Lucash
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3. Maria Anna 
(Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries
Daughter

12

1836-1915 John 
Wittmeier
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.4. Justina Becker, 
nee Fries
Daughter

8

1840-1914 August 
Becker
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.5. Augusta Fries Daughter

6

1842->1848 ---

The German emigration papers for the Fries family state that they had sold all their furniture on October 28, 1847, many months before they left. Some of the other goods that they sold right before they left were:

Note the unusual amount of lard in the list above. In the old days people used lard in cooking rather than butter which would spoil. Bread, cakes, pies and such foods were prepared using lard.

The total amount of assets and cash that the Fries family took with them when they left Germany was 1178 florin. Georgius Michael had paid off the mortgage back on January 19, 1848.

The Day of Reckoning was set for February 28, 1848. On that day, Georgius Michael Fries and his wife Christina Fries, nee Deppisch stood on the steps of the Kützbrunn Town Hall for several hours waiting for any creditors to arrive. No creditor arrived so it was assumed that Georgius Michael Fries was free from debt and therefore could emigrate.

Georgius Michael Fries had to pay the court cost and also had to pay a War Tax that went to pay for the revolution of 1848.

Even though they left early in the spring of 1848, the Fries family may not have arrived in Belleville, Illinois until 1849. They might have sat out the winter of 1848, somewhere in the east, perhaps Ohio or Pennsylvania. Justina Becker, nee Fries' death certificate states the year 1849, as the year Justina immigrated to America. That could be the year she arrived in Illinois.

In 1849, there was a sever cholera epidemic in Belleville, Illinois and throughout most of the Mid West. All the cemeteries in St. Louis, MO were closed due to the number of deaths.

One of the reasons the Fries family left Germany may have been to escape the rule of the German Princes. They may not have realized that eleven years after they arrived in Illinois the next ruler of the United States would be a farmer named Abe Lincoln. Abe lived about 125 miles down the road from the Fries family. This American form of government must have seemed very different than the old ruling structure back in Germany.

Lincoln was very clever in how he went about getting the large German vote in down state Illinois. Lincoln secretly bought the most widely read German weekly newspaper in Illinois. It was the "Illinois Staats-Anzeiger" located in Springfield, IL It had a very large readership in Belleville. It is safe to assume that our German ancestors read Lincoln's views on the coming Civil War. All German's read them but were unaware that Lincoln was the one doing the ghost writing as no one knew he owned the newspapers.

Most Germans sided with the Union rather than the South. Most likely they knew they were going to go to war and decided to go with the side that advocated freedom rather then slavery. A major part of the German Illinois population left Germany in or after 1848 to gain freedom. Three of our ancestors fought on the side of the Union in the Civil War.

Initially, St. Clair County was much larger than it is today. At one time it covered almost one third of the state of Illinois.

Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and his family may have emigrated from the ports of Hamberg or Bremen on the north coast of Germany. They may also have left from the port of LeHavre in France. They left Kützbrunn on April 6, 1848. The railroad did not reach the Kützbrunn area till after 1850. Therefore, they either rode a farm wagon or walked. If they walked it may have taken two months to arrive at the port of Hamberg or Bremen. They most likely would have sailed in early summer and arrived in America mid to late summer in 1848.

If they left from Bremerhaven, they would have sailed down the North Sea to the English Channel. Sailing by England they would have seen the towers and white chalk cliffs of Dover. Off the other side of the ship they saw the city of Galle in France. They most likely, came over on a three masted sailing ship with about 225 other immigrants. The trip may have taken between 40 and 50 days.

There isn't any additional information on Augusta Fries, Maria Margaretha Fries, or their parents' Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and Cristina Fries, nee Deppisch, 1801-->1848. The 1860 St. Clair Co. Census list Konradus Fries, Justine Fries, and Margaret Wittmeier, nee Fries living in Belleville. Justine was a servant, Konradus was a bricklayer and Margaret (Maria Anna) Wittmeier, nee Fries was a housewife.

The remaining history deals with the five known immigrant children of 1.7.7.5.4.5.5. Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and Christina Deppisch's descendants. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.1. Maria Margaretha Fries, 4-12-1829--, the first of five children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch emigrating for America. No additional information is known about Maria.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2. Konradus Fries, 1834--1897,  the second of five immigrant children of Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and Cristina Deppisch. Konradus was fourteen at the time he made the Atlantic crossing. Konradus was born on Monday, August 25, 1834, in Kützbrunn, Grand Duchy of Baden, Empire of Germany. He was born at five thirty in the morning and was baptized at about 10 am by the parish priest, Father Waldharr.

Father Waldharr had married Konradus' parents, Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch some seven years earlier. His godfather (witness) was his uncle, (Andreas) Konrad Fries, 1788--1834, the younger brother of Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848.

Konradus married Barbara Lucash (Lukas/Lukasek), 1840--1924, on January 16, 1868, at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville, IL. Barbara Lucash was born in Prague, Bohemia, Hapsburg-Austrian Empire on November 29, 1840. Barbara's father was Joseph Ignatz Lucash, 1793--1868. Her stepmother was Elizabeth Kraus / Kreuz / Cross (Chris), 1818--1904. Elizabeth was Joseph's second wife. Both were from Prague, Bohemia, Hapsburg-Austrian Empire. The name Lucash means archer in German and the Czech spelling is Lukáše.

Most likely, the Fries family farmed for a living when they arrived in Illinois. Farmers in Illinois had many difficult times farming in the 1860's. In 1869, there was an influx of bumblebees in Illinois. During July and August of 1869, you might turn up as many as 20 nest of bees when you were plowing a field. When that occurred you had to start running and of course so did the plow horses. The winter of 1868, was very sever. The cold froze chickens in the trees and froze quail on the ground. It was so cold the limbs of apple trees split wide open. In 1867, there was a total eclipse of the sun one afternoon. It became so dark that chickens went to roost.

Barbara's brother, John Lucash, was in the Civil War. Perhaps at Konradus' wedding John Lucash and Konradus Fries talked about their experiences in the Civil War.

Barbara and the Lucash family immigrated to America and Illinois in 1854. Barbara, the second oldest of 9 children, was 15 when the family emigrated. Barbara, her three brothers Paul, John, and Joseph, her older sister, Hanna and her parents came over from Prague, Bohemia, Hapsburg-Austrian Empire and arrived at New Orleans, La. on 1-26-1854. The Lucash family then came up the Mississippi River by steamboat to St. Louis then overland to Freeburg, Illinois. The Lucash family left the German port of Bremen in December of 1853.

Barbara and her older sister Hanna, most likely, had to take care of her three younger brothers while they made the trip. Coming up the Mississippi River on a steam boat in 1854, must have seemed like an adventure. Seeing all the big plantations along the river would be quite a contrast to the streets of Prague.

Barbara was twenty years old when the Civil War started in 1860. Illinois was a free state and for the most part was on the side of the Union. Barbara may have seen many similarities with the American Civil War and the wars among the German Princes. In 1898, when Barbara was fifty eight, the Spanish American War began.

Barbara and her children and her grandchildren most likely, went to the World's Fair in St. Louis, in 1904. Perhaps they had one of the first ice cream cones or hot dogs ever made. In 1898, Barbara lived at 315 S. Richmond St. Later she lived at 317 S. Second St. in Belleville, IL.

At the start of WW I in 1914, Barbara Fries, nee Lucash was seventy four. Sixty two years earlier she left her homeland. She could still speak German, as could her son, Adolph Fries and his wife, Anne Blaies. She had spent the first 12 years of her life in the Hapsburg-Austrian Empire. Now, her adopted country was going to war with Germany and Austria.

At 84, Barbara died in Belleville on Friday, June 4, 1924. She is buried at Green Mount Cemetery, south east of Belleville. Barbara lived right behind St. Peter's school right where the small chapel now sits on the grounds of St. Peter's. Being so close to the school she used to bake cookies for her grandchildren after they had finished school for the day.

During the Civil War, Konradus Fries was a private in Company B, 149th Illinois Infantry. He listed Belleville as his place of residence on enlistment. His unit appears to have had the duty of guarding railroad trains during the eleven months he spent in the Union Army. Illinois sent over 4,500 men to fight in the Civil War. Konradus was mustered out on January 27, 1866, at Dalton, Georgia. Dalton is a small town in northwest Georgia about 80 miles north of Atlanta. 

The 149th Regiment Infantry was organized and mustered in, February 21, 1865, at Camp Butler, IL. It moved to Nashville, Tenn. early in 1865 and then on to Tullahoma, Tenn. The 149th was attached to the 1st Brigade, Defenses Nashville & Chattanooga R.R. They then proceeded to the Dalton, GA area, where the 149th was fighting (or guarding against) the famous Confederate General, Joe Johnston. The  149th was assigned by Major General Steadman to duty guarding railroads. On May 1st, was assigned to Colonel Felix Prince Salm’s Second Brigade, Second Separate Division, Army of the Cumberland, and on May 2nd, moved to Dalton, GA. On July 6, moved to Atlanta. On the 26th, being assigned to duty in the Fourth Sub-District of District of Allatoona, it was assigned to guard duty in that District. Mustered out January 27, 1866, at Dalton, Ga., and ordered to Springfield, Ill., where it received final payment and discharge.  The 149th lost 2 enlisted men in battle and 1 officer and 70 enlisted men from disease. The 149th was dissolved on January 27, 1866. They then moved back to Springfield, Illinois for final discharge.

Konradus Fries was 31 years old at this time. Konradus was five foot six, 135 pounds, and had red hair and gray eyes. He received $6.00 per month pension after the war. Three years later in 1868, he married Barbara Lucash.

The 1880 Illinois Census puts the Fries family on Richmond St. in Belleville in the 4th ward. Konradus was listed as a laborer.

At 60 years of age, Konradus entered the Soldier's and Sailor's Home in Quincy, Illinois on November 14, 1894. His admission number was 2934, his listed disability, Asthma. He died there on February 18, 1897, at 63 years of age. He is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois. His personal effects were sent to his sister Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, 1836--1915.

The records list as follows

Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soliders for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1895 in Quincy, IL
 Descriptive list of members admitted to Illinois Soldiers and Sailors' Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers during the year ending June 30, 1895
2934
Name: Konrad Fries
Regiment: B, 149th Ill. Inf.
Rank: Private
Months Served: 11
Birth Place: Germany
Age: 60
Disability: asthma
Place of Admittance: Illinois
Occupation: Butcher
Marital Status: Widower

Konradus was buried in the Catholic Section of Walnut Hill Cemetery that runs along Freeburg Ave. Many years later, his son Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and his family lived at 508 Freeburg Ave. Barbara Fries, nee Lucash, would come to dinner every Sunday at Adolph's house. From the front door of 508 Freeburg Ave. you could look down the hill and see where Konradus was buried in the Catholic Section of Walnut Hill Cemetery. They may never have known this at the time. Konradus died when Adolph was 18 years old.

Adolph's mother Barbara Fries, nee Lucash, lived on 317 South Third St. Her house was located on what is now the grounds of St. Peter's. A small chapel is located on the exact spot where Barbara's house stood.

Konradus Fries and Barbara Lucash had seven children, all born in Belleville, Illinois. Their children are the first American born generation of the Fries family. They are; Edward, George, Joseph, Julius (Frank), Mary, John, and Adolph. Mary Kling, nee Fries was the first Fries daughter born in America and John Fries was the first Fries son.

The seven children of Konradus Fries and Barbara Lucash all born in Belleville, IL
# in
History
Name of 
child
YOB-YOD Spouse Where settled
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1. Mary Kling, nee Fries 1868-1906 Michael Kling Belleville, IL
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.2. John Fries 1871-c. 1905 NA Belleville, IL
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.3. Edward Fries 1872-1927 Ida Dahm East St. Louis, IL
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4. Joseph N. Fries 1875-1941 Caroline Reiner Belleville, IL
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5. George F. Fries 1877-1952 Margaret Dahm Chicago, IL
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6. Adolph Fries 1879-1945 Anne Blaies Belleville, IL
1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.7. Julius (Frank) Fries 1882-1932 Louisa Verhoff Oceanside, CA

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1. Mary Kling, nee Fries, 10-1-1868--6-15-1906, was the first of seven children of Konradus Fries, 1834--1897, and Barbara Lucash. Mary was the first child born in America in the Fries family. On September 2, 1891, in Belleville, IL, Mary Fries married Michael Kling [photo at left] whose parents were, Gottfried Kling, 1830--1914, and Anna Kramer, 1844--1896. Mary and Michael lived at 315 S. Richmond Street. Michael Kling, 9-29-1866--4-20-1932, was a carpenter for most of his life. Michael and his family lived at 100 S. 34th St. in Belleville in 1931.

Michael Kling died at the home of his daughter in Freeburg, Illinois. His daughter's name was Estella Lucash, the wife of Joseph B. Lucash. Michael Kling and his wife Mary Fries, are buried in Green Mount Cemetery. Mary Kling, nee Fries, was the baptismal sponsor for several Lucash children at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Freeburg, Illinois.

Mary Fries and Michael Kling had seven children, they are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.1. Arthur Franz Kling, 7-8-1892--1-5-1917, first of seven children of Mary Fries and Michael Kling died at a hospital in Mount Vernon, IL. Prior to his death, he was employed in Mt Vernon at the steel car plant.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2. Estella Mary Lucash, nee Kling, 2-1-1894--9-18-1968, the second of seven children of Mary Fries and Michael Kling. Estella married Joseph B. Lucash Jr., 7-12-1882--11-12-1974, at St Peter's Cathedral in Belleville, Illinois on September 26, 1917.

Photo of Estella Kling and Joseph B. Lucash Jr. at left.

In 1912, Estella and Anna Hummel climbed the scaffolding to the top of St Peter's Cathedral, which was under construction at the time. Estella and Joseph lived in Freeburg, Illinois for most of their married life and are buried in St. Joseph's cemetery in Freeburg.

Estella was the godmother for 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5. Florence McTiernan, nee Fries, 1911--2000. Estella Kling and Joseph B. Lucash have four children, they are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1. Aloys J. Lucash born 6-21-1918--10-14-1985, first of four children of Estella Kling and Joseph B. Lucash. In 1944, Aloys married Thelma Gunther, 7-14-1923--, at St. Mary's Church in Madison, Illinois. During their married life they lived in St. Louis until 1947 then moved to Granite City, and his wife, Thelma, continues living at their home. Aloys was buried from Sacred Heart Church at Sunset Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL. They have two children,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.1. Mary Sue McTasney, nee Lucash, 5-24-1945--, the first of two children of Aloys Lucash and Thelma Gunther.  On 8-05-1967, Mary Sue Lucash married (now retired) Colonel Richard McTasney, 11-26-1944--, who was in the U S Air Force. The Service transferred the couple often and they have lived mostly in Tennessee and Oklahoma. She continued her education after marriage and is now a Critical Care Registered Nurse, specializing in cardiology in Colorado. Mary Sue Lucash and Richard McTasney have two children,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.1.1. Brian James McTasney, 07-10-1969--, the first of two children of Mary Sue Lucash and Richard McTasney. On 6-3-1995,  Brian James McTasney married Cappucine Michelle Roberts of Grove, OK. Brian and his wife live in Blanchard, a suburb of Okla. City. Brian James McTasney and Cappucine Michelle Roberts have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.1.1.1. Tristen Patrick McTasney, 5-22-1998--, the first of two children of Brian James McTasney and Cappucine Michelle Roberts.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.1.1.2. Gabriel Luke McTasney. 8-7-2001--, the second of two children of Brian James McTasney and Cappucine Michelle Roberts.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.1.2. Douglas Alan McTasney, 9-12-1970--, the second of two children of Mary Sue Lucash and Richard McTasney.  On 8-9-1996, Douglas Alan McTasney married Buffie Leighanne Morton of Blanchard, Ok and they live in Blanchard.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.2. Robert A Lucash, 9-25-1949--, the second of two children of Aloys Lucash and Thelma Gunther. Robert served in the US Army where he learned his skills as chef. On 11-7-1970, Robert A Lucash married Pamela M Schmuck, 8-11-1951--, from Litchfield, IL. They live in Granite City, IL and have two children,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.2.1. Stephanie Douglas, nee Lucash, 6-23-1972--, the first of two children of Robert A Lucash and Pamela M Schmuck. On 10-2-1993, Stephanie Lucash married Tye Lynn Douglas. They have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.2.1.1. Cora Elizabeth Douglas, 6-27-1998--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.1.2.2. Matthew Lucash, 2-23-1976--, the second of two children of Robert A Lucash and Pamela M Schmuck.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.2. Virginia E. Lucash, 7-8-1920--, second of four children of Estella Kling and Joseph B. Lucash born in Belleville, IL. She cared for her parents in Freeburg, IL. Some time after the death of her parents she moved from the family residence and currently lives in Belleville, Illinois. The family residence, a Queen Anne home, built in 1896 was recognized in 1986 at the St Clair County Historical Society Landmark and Historic Site Awards.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3. Cyril E. Lucash, 7-10-1922--10-11-1994, third of four children of Estella Kling and Joseph B. Lucash. Cyril E. Lucash served in the Army Air Force in the China/Burma theater during WWII. On 1-14-1948, Cyril Lucash married Alice Ziegler at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Freeburg, IL and resided in Belleville IL, Florissant, MO. and O'Fallon, Missouri while working in St Louis. After retirement they moved from Peoria, Illinois to Cuba, Missouri where he is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery. His wife Alice continues to live in Cuba, MO. Cyril Lucash and Alice Ziegler have the following five children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1. Michael J. Lucash, 1-08-1949--, the first of five children of Cyril Lucash and Alice Ziegler. Michael J. Lucash married Joyce Conner, 8-11-1948--, in Belleville, IL. They live in O'Fallon, MO and have the following three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1.1. Bethany Suzanne Meiser, nee Lucash, 6-19-1970--, the first of three children of Michael J. Lucash and Joyce Conner. On 5-29-1993, Bethany Suzanne Lucash married Jeffry R Meiser. They live in O'Fallon, MO and have the following four children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1.1.1. Jeffry Michael Meiser, 10-12-1994--, the first of four children of Bethany Suzanne Lucash and Jeffry R Meiser

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1.1.2. Mathew Joseph Meiser, 3-21-1996--, the second of four children of Bethany Suzanne Lucash and Jeffry R Meiser

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1.1.3. Justin Meiser, 10-08-1998--, the third of four children of Bethany Suzanne Lucash and Jeffry R Meiser

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1.1.4.  Makayla Suzanne Meiser, 9-3-2000--, the fourth of four children of Bethany Suzanne Lucash and Jeffry R Meiser

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1.2. Michael Scott Lucash, 6-2-1972--, the second of three children of Michael J. Lucash and Joyce Conner. On 4-5-1997, Michael Scott Lucash married Jennifer Lynn Bewig. They had one son that died at birth.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1.2.1. Jacob Aaron Lucash, 8-3-2000--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.1.3. Timothy Lucash, 1-25-1977--,  the third of three children of Michael J. Lucash and Joyce Conner.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.2. Kathleen Mary Hudson, nee Lucash, 2-6-1954--,  the second of five children of Cyril Lucash and Alice Ziegler born in Belleville, IL. On 8-27-1977, Kathleen Mary Lucash married David Hudson, 1-23-1954--. Kathleen Mary Lucash and David Hudson make their home in Stillwell, KS and have two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.2.1. Kerri Elizabeth Hudson, 8-29-1981--, the first of two children of Kathleen Mary Lucash and David Hudson

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.2.2. Kristie Lee Hudson, 6-18-1984--, the second of two children of Kathleen Mary Lucash and David Hudson

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.3. Kevin Lucash, 1-6-1959--, the third of five children of Cyril Lucash and Alice Ziegler born in Florissant, MO and lives in Columbia. MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.4. Mark Aloys Lucash, 9-7-1960--,  the fourth of five children of Cyril Lucash and Alice Ziegler born in O'Fallon, MO. On 3-15-1986, Mark married Connie Sue Pendleton. They make their home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.4.1. Alyssa Marie Lucash, 6-18-1990--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.3.5. Christopher F. Lucash, 12-23-1961--,  the fifth of five children of Cyril Lucash and Alice Ziegler born in O'Fallon, MO. A wedding to Alisa Exposito is planned for July 29, 2000.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.4. Joseph A. Lucash, 12-19-1927--, fourth of four children of Estella Kling and Joseph B. Lucash born in Freeburg, IL. He served in the US Army from 1946-47. On 11-22-1951, at St Agnes Catholic Church in St Louis, MO,  Joseph A. Lucash married Dorothy M. Hanneken, 9-02-1930--. Before retirement, they lived in the St Louis, MO area but now reside in Bolivar, MO. Joseph is a well known family historian. Joseph A. Lucash and Dorothy M. Hanneken have two children,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.4.1. Patricia M. Orazietti, nee Lucash, 11-27-1959--, the first of two children of Joseph A. Lucash and Dorothy M. Hanneken. On 10-14-1989, Patricia M.  Lucash married Anthony Orazietti. They live in Fenton, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.4.2. Joseph D. Lucash, 2-13-1964--, the second of two children of Joseph A. Lucash and Dorothy M. Hanneken.  On 3-15-1996, Joseph D. Lucash married Rae Ann Samsill, 6-26-1970--, of Fort Worth, Tx. They reside in Flower Mound, Tx. with Rae Ann's daughter,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.2.4.2.1. Maegan Samsill, 8-9-1989--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3. Ida Schmidt, nee Kling, 10-23-1896--9-18-1934, the third of seven children of Mary Fries and Michael Kling. On 10-08-1919, Ida Kling married John Schmidt, 2-26-1894--9-27-1972, a veteran of WWI. They resided in Belleville, IL. Ida Kling and John Schmidt had the following ten children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1. Rita Olinda Bien, nee Schmidt, 7-11-1920--, the first of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt On 4-16-1947, in St Peters Cathedral in Belleville, IL, Rita Schmidt married Gordon D. Bien, 12-9-1924--. They live in Belleville, IL and have six children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.1. Sue Ellen Austerman, nee Bien, 1-5-1950--, the first of ten children of Rita Schmidt and Gordon D. Bien. On 11-19-1971, at St Teresa's, Sue Ellen  Bien married George Austerman, 4-12-1949--. Sue and George had two children. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.1.1. Kelli Sue Austerman, 7-10-1973--, the first of two children of Sue Ellen  Bien and George Austerman. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.1.2. Matthew Austerman, 8-20-1977--, the second of two children of Sue Ellen  Bien and George Austerman. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.2. Karen Ann Temporitti, nee Bien, 9-28-1951--, the second of ten children of Rita Schmidt and Gordon D. Bien. On 8-4-1973, Karen Ann Bien married John J. Temporitti. They have four children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.2.1. Kristina Temporitti, 10-27-1975--, the first of four children of Karen Ann Bien and John J. Temporitti. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.2.2. John J. Temporitti, 8-18-1978--, the second of four children of Karen Ann Bien and John J. Temporitti. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.2.3. Elizabeth W. Temporitti, 4-9-1980--, the third of four children of Karen Ann Bien and John J. Temporitti. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.2.4. Michael G. Temporitti, 6-2-1983--, the fourth of four children of Karen Ann Bien and John J. Temporitti. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.3. Patricia Marie Bien, 6-25-1953--, the third of ten children of Rita Schmidt and Gordon D. Bien.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.4. Jo Ann Redford, nee Bien, 1-27-1956--, the fourth of ten children of Rita Schmidt and Gordon D. Bien. On 9-20-1975, Jo Ann Bien married Bruce Campbell, --8-20-1975. Jo Ann married Dale Radford on 1-26-1996. Jo Ann Bien and Bruce Campbell had the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.4.1. Kurt Allen Campbell, 12-20-1976--, the first of three children of Jo Ann Bien and Bruce Campbell

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.4.2. Holli Feuss, nee Campbell, 4-17-1979--, the second of three children of Jo Ann Bien and Bruce Campbell.  Holli Campbell married Brian Feuss on 6-3-2000, at St Teresa's in Belleville, Illinois.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.4.3. Nicole Campbell, 8-21-1980--, the third of three children of Jo Ann Bien and Bruce Campbell.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.5. Robert John Bien, 9-10-1957--,  the fifth of ten children of Rita Schmidt and Gordon D. Bien.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.6. Toni Kay Hannon, nee Bien, 1-2-1962--, the sixth of ten children of Rita Schmidt and Gordon D. Bien. On 7-30-1983, Toni Kay Bien married John Hannon. Toni Kay Bien and John Hannon have three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.6.1. Valerie Lynn Hannon, 9-12-1987--, the first of three children of Toni Kay Bien and John Hannon. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.6.2. Jennifer Diana Hannon, 8-11-????--, the second of three children of Toni Kay Bien and John Hannon. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.1.6.3. Alan J. Hannon, 5-3-1995--, the third of three children of Toni Kay Bien and John Hannon. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.2. Raymond Elmer Schmidt, 8-24-1921--11-7-2007, the second of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt. Raymond Schmidt married Madeline Selgrade, --2009, and they have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.2.1. Joan Doerrfeld, nee Schmidt,  --, the only child of Raymond Schmidt and Madeline Selgrade.  Joan Schmidt married Richard P. Doerrfeld. They had two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.2.1.1. Melissa Lee Doerrfeld,  --, the first of two children of Joan Schmidt and Richard P. Doerrfeld.  Melissa Lee Doerrfeld is married with one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.2.1.1.1. Baylee Unknown, sur name unknown,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.2.1.2. Scott Doerrfeld, the second of two children of Joan Schmidt and Richard P. Doerrfeld. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3. Paul Joseph Schmidt Sr., 5-20-1923--9-8-1965, the third of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt. Paul Joseph Schmidt Sr was a veteran of WWII and served in the US Army 64 th Chemical Division. On 4-12-1947, Paul Joseph Schmidt Sr married Minta Faith at St Mary's Church in Belleville, Illinois and had the following five children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.1. Paul Joseph Schmidt, Jr, 10-26-1948--, the first of five children of Paul Joseph Schmidt Sr and Minta Faith.  Paul Jr is a Purple Heart Veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the US Army from June 1968 to January 1970. On 2-19-1972, Paul Joseph Schmidt, Jr married Dorothy Feigl. They had three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.1.1. Paul Joseph Schmidt III, 11-30-1975--2-26-1997, the first of three children of Paul Joseph Schmidt, Jr and Dorothy Feigl

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.1.2. Ryan Schmidt, 1-22-1981--,  the second of three children of Paul Joseph Schmidt, Jr and Dorothy Feigl

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.1.3. Emily Schmidt, 5-14-1984--, the third of three children of Paul Joseph Schmidt, Jr and Dorothy Feigl

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.2. Gary Scmidt, 1-4-1950--,  the second of five children of Paul Joseph Schmidt Sr and Minta Faith.  Gary is a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the US Army from June 1969 threw Jan 1971. Gary Scmidt married Jaclyn Mayes and has the following three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.2.1. Todd Schmidt, 6-12-1976--,  the first of three children of Gary Scmidt and Jaclyn Mayes

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.2.2. Christopher Schmidt, 3-3-1979--, the second of three children of Gary Scmidt and Jaclyn Mayes

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.2.3. Kevin Schmidt, 1-20-1983--, the third of three children of Gary Scmidt and Jaclyn Mayes

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.3. Mark Schmidt, 10-19-1954--,  the third of five children of Paul Joseph Schmidt Sr and Minta Faith. Mark Schmidt married Deborah Marlen on 8-18-1979. They have four children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.3.1. Ashley Schmidt, 8-18-1982--, the first of four children of Mark Schmidt and Deborah Marlen. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.3.2. Tara Schmidt, 9-14-1984--, the second of four children of Mark Schmidt and Deborah Marlen. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.3.3. Brittany Schmidt, 3-5-1988-, the third of four children of Mark Schmidt and Deborah Marlen. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.3.4. Toree Schmidt, 12-12 1991--, the fourth of four children of Mark Schmidt and Deborah Marlen. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.4. Thomas Schmidt, 1-24-1959--,  the fourth of five children of Paul Joseph Schmidt Sr and Minta Faith.  Thomas Schmidt married Rhonda Boschert and  have three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.4.1. Brian Andrew Schmidt, 8-13-1986--8-13-1986,  the first of three children of Thomas Schmidt married Rhonda Boschert

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.4.2. Megan Schmidt, 9-21-1990--,  the second of three children of Thomas Schmidt married Rhonda Boschert

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.4.3. Anna Schmidt, 8-25-1995--,  the third of three children of Thomas Schmidt married Rhonda Boschert. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.5. Cathy Wilson, nee Schmidt, 11-1-1961--,  the fifth of five children of Paul Joseph Schmidt Sr and Minta Faith.  Cathy Schmidt married Michael Wilson on 10-2-1982. They have two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.5.1. Jeffery Wilson, 8-23-1984--, the first of two children of Cathy Schmidt and Michael Wilson. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.3.5.2. Brandon Wilson, 5-1-1987--, the second of two children of Cathy Schmidt and Michael Wilson. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.4. James Schmidt, 7-11-1924--, the fourth of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt. James Schmidt entered the Armed Services in May 1943 and served with the 754th Field Artillery Battalion in Europe. On 1-29-1947, James Schmidt married Fay Wasem, 9-7-1927--8-20-1996. They had two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.4.1. Terry Schmidt, 12-15-1947--, the first of two children of James Schmidt and Fay Wasem. On 5-10-1975, Terry Schmidt married Jacquelyn Gale. They have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.4.1.1. Shannon DeKeyrel, nee Schmidt, the only child of Terry Schmidt and Jacquelyn Gale.  Shannon Schmidt married Brian DeKeyrel on 6-14-1997. They have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.4.1.1.1. Tyler E. DeKeyrel, 3-13-1999--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.4.2. David Schmidt, 11-25-1949--, the second of two children of James Schmidt and Fay Wasem. On 12-1-1973 at St Phillip's in East St Louis,  David Schmidt married Marlyn Higgins. They have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.4.2.1. Jason Schmidt, 5-11-1977--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5. Mary Abertine Clement, nee Schmidt, 9-8-1925--, the fifth of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt. On 2-15-1947, Mary Abertine Schmidt married Milton George Clement, 8-22-1917--12-11-1987, at St Dominic's in Breese, Illinois. They made their home in Belleville, IL and have four children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.1. Mary Ann Arnold, nee Clement, 11-14-1948--, the first of four children of Mary Abertine Schmidt and Milton George Clement. On 6-22-1968, Mary Ann Clement married James A. Arnold, Jr, 11-25-1945--, at St Elizabeth's Chapel in Belleville. Mary Ann Clement and James A. Arnold, Jr have the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.1.1. Daniel Arnold, 7-9-1974--, the first of two children of Mary Ann Clement and James A. Arnold, Jr.  On 6-20-1998, Daniel Arnold married Laura Ann Overmiller, 9-3-1970--. They have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.1.1.1. Mackenzie Ann Arnold,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.1.2. Timothy Arnold, 9-16-1975--, the second of two children of Mary Ann Clement and James A. Arnold, Jr.  On 12-6-1996, Timothy Arnold married Christy Lee Tyson, 7-22-1971--. They have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.1.2.1. Zachary Jordan Arnold,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.2. Stephen John Clement, 7-4-1951--, the second of four children of Mary Abertine Schmidt and Milton George Clement. Stephen John Clement married on 1-11-1975, Patricia Lynn Guetterman, 11-3-1952--, at St Peter's Cathedral in Belleville. They have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.2.1. Neil Clement, 1-31-1979--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.3. Linda K. Farris, nee Clement, 6-27-1952--, the third of four children of Mary Abertine Schmidt and Milton George Clement. Linda K. Clement married Ronald Farris, 9-20-1947--, in Belleville on 6-28-1975. They have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.3.1. Christopher Farris, 4-12-1979--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.4. Sharon Marie Taylor, nee Clement, 1-15-1960--,  the fourth of four children of Mary Abertine Schmidt and Milton George Clement. Sharon Marie Clement married Mark Taylor, 3-15-1960--, on 7-18-1987, at St Peter's Cathedral in Belleville. Sharon Marie Clement and Mark Taylor have the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.4.1. Gregory Taylor, 10-16-1989--, the first of two children of Sharon Marie Clement and Mark Taylor. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.5.4.2. Kimberly Taylor, 8-29-1991--, the second of two children of Sharon Marie Clement and Mark Taylor. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.6. Dorothy Margaret Schmidt, 12-17-1926--,  the sixth of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7. Pauline Louise Bietsch, nee Schmidt, 10-1-1928--,  the seventh of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt. On 4-11-1953, Pauline Louise Schmidt married Alvin Frank Bietch, 7-7-1927--. Pauline Louise Schmidt and Alvin Frank Bietch have four children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.1. Janet Kay Joellenbeck, nee Bietch, 11-2-1954--, the first of four children of Pauline Louise Schmidt and Alvin Frank Bietch.  Janet Kay Bietch married Norman Joellenbeck, 10-21-1940--, at St Teresa's on 7-29-1978.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.2. Michael Walter Bietsch, 12-2-1955--, the second of four children of Pauline Louise Schmidt and Alvin Frank Bietch.  On 6-20-1981, Michael Walter Bietsch married Deborah Schindler, 11-12-1956--. They have three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.2.1. Mathew Bietsch, 2-10-1986--,  the first of three children of  Michael Walter Bietsch and Deborah Schindler. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.2.2. Andrew Bietsch, 8-29-1989--,  the second of three children of  Michael Walter Bietsch and Deborah Schindler. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.2.3. Lori Bietsch, 2-6-1991--,  the third of three children of  Michael Walter Bietsch and Deborah Schindler. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.3. Donna Marie Bietsch, 11-1-1958--,  the third of four children of Pauline Louise Schmidt and Alvin Frank Bietch. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.4. Ronald Bietsch, 6-13-1960--, the fourth of four children of Pauline Louise Schmidt and Alvin Frank Bietch.  On 9-4-1982, Ronald Bietsch married Julie Haynes, 3-25-1960--. Ronald Bietsch and Julie Haynes have the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.4.1. Kristin Bietsch, 2-7-1991--, the first of two children of Ronald Bietsch and Julie Haynes. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.7.4.2. Tyler Bietsch 8-12-1991--, the second of two children of Ronald Bietsch and Julie Haynes. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.8. Catherine Cecelia Mazzarino, nee Schmidt, 12-12-1929--,  the eighth of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt. On 10-18-1952, at St Peters Cathedral in Belleville, Illinois,  Catherine Cecelia Schmidt married Jerry Phillip Mazzarino, 7-2-1924--1-10-1996, now living in Powder Springs, Georgia. Catherine Cecelia Schmidt and Jerry Phillip Mazzarino have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.8.1. Debra Ann Orchard, nee Mazzarino, 3-2-1956--, the only child of Catherine Cecelia Schmidt and Jerry Phillip Mazzarino.  Debra Ann Mazzarino married Michael Orchard, 6-9-1959--, on 12-10-1983. They have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.8.1.1. Sara Orchard, 3-15-1990--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.9. Martha Estella Campbell, nee Schmidt, 6-6-1931--, the ninth of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt. On 6-2-1979, Martha Estella Schmidt married Donald E. Campbell, --6-3-1983.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10. John E. Schmidt, 7-28-1933--,  the tenth of ten children of Ida Kling and John Schmidt. On 5-23-1959, John E. Schmidt married Mary Prindible, 4-17-1936--. They live in Millstadt, Illinois and have four children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.1. Jeffrey John Schmidt, 3-29-1960--,  the first of four children of John E. Schmidt and Mary Prindible.  On 10-6-1984, Jeffrey John Schmidt married Mitzi Antonopoulos, 1-27-1957--, at Queen of Peace Church in Belleville, IL. They have the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.1.1. Christopher Schmidt, 5-1-1988--, the first of three children of Jeffrey John Schmidt and Mitzi Antonopoulos

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.1.2. Jonathon Schmidt, 5-5-1990--, the second of three children of Jeffrey John Schmidt and Mitzi Antonopoulos

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.1.3. Stephanie Schmidt, 7-21-1993--, the third of three children of Jeffrey John Schmidt and Mitzi Antonopoulos

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.2. Wayne Schmidt, 7-17-1962--, the second of four children of John E. Schmidt and Mary Prindible.  On 6-29-1985, Wayne Schmidt married Maggie Herr, 12-6-1962--, at St Henry's Church in Belleville, IL They have the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.2.1. Justin Schmidt, 9-18-1987--, the first of two children of Wayne Schmidt and Maggie Herr. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.2.2. Austin Schmidt, 2-13-1991--,  the second of two children of Wayne Schmidt and Maggie Herr. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.3. Victoria Lynn Reynolds, nee Schmidt, 11-30-1965--, the third of four children of John E. Schmidt and Mary Prindible.  On 5-23-1987, Victoria Lynn Schmidt married Craig Reynolds, 8-13-1961--, at Queen of Peace Church in Belleville, IL. They have the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.3.1. Heather Reynolds, 8-27-1991--, the first of two children of Victoria Lynn Schmidt and Craig Reynolds.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.3.2. Jacob Reynolds, 12-5-1993--, the second of two children of Victoria Lynn Schmidt and Craig Reynolds.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.4. Beth Ann Hausmann, nee Schmidt, 2-17-1970--,  the fourth of four children of John E. Schmidt and Mary Prindible.  On 9-5-1992, Beth Ann Schmidt married Steven Hausmann, 9-23-1969--, at Queen of Peace Church in Belleville. They have the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.4.1. Lauren Hausmann, 6-17-1993--,  the first of three children of Beth Ann Schmidt and Steven Hausmann. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.4.2. Claire Hausmann, 2-17-1996--, the second of three children of Beth Ann Schmidt and Steven Hausmann. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.3.10.4.3. Jordan Hausmann, 5-3-1999--, the third of three children of Beth Ann Schmidt and Steven Hausmann. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4. Alphonse Kling, 5-4-1899--12-6-1977, the fourth of seven children of Mary Fries and Michael Kling. Alphonse Kling married Louise Holm, 5-29-1899--12-24-1985. They lived in Belleville, IL and are buried in Greenmount Cemetery. Alphonse Kling and Louise Holm had the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4.1. Edward A. Kling, 3-31-1919--, the first of two children of Alphonse Kling and Louise Holm.  On 8-20-1942, Edward A. Kling married Shirley Hankammer, 2-16-1920--. Ed is retired as of 1994 and Shirley who is also retired worked at the Belleville Court House. They both love to travel. They live in Belleville, IL. Edward A. Kling and Shirley Hankammer had the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4.1.1. Michael E. Kling, 11-2-1946--, the first of two children of Edward Kling and Shirley Hankammer.  Michael E. Kling married Joyce Perry in 1976.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4.1.2. Mary Beth Becker, nee Kling, 4-16-1951--, the second of two children of Edward Kling and Shirley Hankammer.  Mary Beth Kling married Dennis Becker and had the following four children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4.1.2.1. Scott Becker, 8-1-1973--, the first of four children of Mary Beth Kling and Dennis Becker. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4.1.2.2. Ryan Becker, 9-24-1976--, the second of four children of Mary Beth Kling and Dennis Becker. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4.1.2.3. Sean Becker, 10-18-1982--, the third of four children of Mary Beth Kling and Dennis Becker. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4.1.2.4. Brett Becker, 8-15-1984--, the fourth of four children of Mary Beth Kling and Dennis Becker. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.4.2. Gladys Barber, nee Kling, 4-25-1923--1-13-1997,  the second of two children of Alphonse Kling and Louise Holm. Gladys Kling married C. L. Barber,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5. Cecillia Fries, nee Kling, 12-1-1900--10-2-1975, the fifth of seven children of Mary Fries and Michael Kling. On 6-25-1920, Cecillia Kling married Elmer H. Fries, 6-12-1899--11-10-1973. They lived in Belleville, IL and had the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.1. Helen Fries, 5-4-1924--10-26-1999, the first of three children of Cecillia Kling and Elmer H. Fires. Helen retired after fifty years as Title Recorder for St Clair County, Illinois.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2. Delores Wilhelm, nee Fries, 10-7-1926--,  the second of three children of Cecillia Kling and Elmer H. Fires. On 10-14-1950, Delores Fries married Meinard Wilhelm 8-21-1925--9-9-1997. They lived in Belleville, IL and have four children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.1. Barbara Pattberg, nee Wilhelm, 1-31-1952--, the first of four children of Deloras Fries and Meinard Wilhelm. Barbara Wilhelm married Joseph Pattberg, 8-4-1949--, on 1-4-1974. They live in Ozark, Alabama and have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.1.1. Patrick Pattberg, 2-17-1976--, the first of two children of  Barbara Wilhelm and Joseph Pattberg. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.1.2 . Daniel Pattberg, 2-9-1978--, the second of two children of  Barbara Wilhelm and Joseph Pattberg. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.2. Mary Trautt, nee Wilhelm, 10-9-1953--, the second of four children of Deloras Fries and Meinard Wilhelm. Mary Wilhelm married Steven Trautt, 9-18-1955--, on 6-9-1979. They have four children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.2.1. Adam Trautt, 10-3-1980--, the first of four children of Mary Wilhelm and Steven Trautt. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.2.2. James Trautt, 7-4-1982--, the second of four children of Mary Wilhelm and Steven Trautt. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.2.3. Thomas Trautt, 5-6-1985--, the third of four children of Mary Wilhelm and Steven Trautt. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.2.4. Brian Trautt, 7-4-1987--, the fourth of four children of Mary Wilhelm and Steven Trautt. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.3. Joan Wegner, nee Wilhelm, 9-26-1957--, the third of four children of Deloras Fries and Meinard Wilhelm. Joan Wilhelm married Roger Wegner, 7-30-1956--, on 11-21-1981. They have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.3.1. Julie Wegner, 8-11-1984--, the first of two children of Joan Wilhelm and Roger Wegner. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.3.2. Nancy Wegner, 8-27-1987--, the second of two children of Joan Wilhelm and Roger Wegner. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.4. Jane Schindler, nee Wilhelm, 1-8-1961--, the fourth of four children of Deloras Fries and Meinard Wilhelm. Jane Wilhelm married Anthony Schindler, 9-16-1960--, on 2-6-1982. They have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.4.1. Shelley Schindler, 12-10-1986--, the first of two children of Jane Wilhelm and Anthony Schindler. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.2.4.2. Sarah Schindler, 6-26-1995--,. the second of two children of Jane Wilhelm and Anthony Schindler.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.3. Paul E. Fries, 3-29-1928--, the third of three children of Cecillia Kling and Elmer H. Fires. Paul Fries married Betty Appel, 9-17-1928--, on 3-10-1951. They have three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.3.1. Judy Starling, nee Fries, 12-8-1954--, the first of three children of Paul Fries and Betty Appel. Judy Fries married Leonard Starling, 12-11-1952--, and live in N. Potomac, Maryland. They have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.3.1.1. Rachael Starling, 3-28-1995--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.3.2. Diane Fries, 11-7-1957--, the second of three children of Paul Fries and Betty Appel and lives in Belleville, IL with her son,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.3.2.1. Gabriel Michael Fries, 3-19-1987--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.3.3. Paul J. Fries, 7-23-1962--, the third of three children of Paul Fries and Betty Appel. Paul J. Fries married Ann Weissert, 10-29-1962--, living in Swansea, Illinois and have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5.3.3.1. Elizabeth Marie Fries, 1-6-1999--,

Elmer H. Fries 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.5. above has no connection to the Fries family in this history, but his wife and children do. As complex as it is, his children are, in fact related to my Fries family in this history through the maternal line of Mary Kling, nee Fries, 1868--1906, to her daughter, Cecillia Fries, nee Kling, 1900--1975, who married Elmer H. Fries.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.6. Elvira Elizabeth Kling, 2-27-1903--1-10-1918,  the sixth of seven children of Mary Fries and Michael Kling. Elvira died at the home of her father after a long illness.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.1.7. George Michael Kling, 8-1-1905--9-5-1905,  the seventh of seven children of Mary Fries and Michael Kling.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.2. John Fries, 1871--c.1905, the second of seven children of Konradus Fries, 1834--1897, and Barbara Lucash. John was born in Belleville. At six years of age he suffered a sever case of cerebra-spinal meningitis and had to be institutionalized. He died around 1905.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.3. Edward P. Fries, 12-28-1872--5-28-1927, the third of seven children of Konradus Fries, 1834--1897, and Barbara Lucash born in Belleville, IL. Edward Fries married Ida Dahm on 1-14-1903, in St. Clair Co., IL. Edward lived in East St. Louis, IL in 1924. Ida died sometime before 1927. Edward and Ida had one child. Ida remarried to a man by the name of Traxier and Viola took her stepfather's name. Edward is buried in Green Mount Cemetery outside of Belleville.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.3.1. Viola Traxier, lives in Freeburg, Illinois.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4. Joseph N. Fries, 4-7-1875--5-31-1941, the fourth of seven children of Konradus Fries, 1834--1897, and Barbara Lucash. Joseph Fries married Caroline Reiner on November 22, 1899. They lived in the 300 block of South Second St. in Belleville. Caroline or Carrie was born on 12-21-1875, and died on 8-17-1946. In 1904, Joseph was a prize winner at the St. Clair County Poultry and Pet Stock Association Fair. When Joseph was dying, it was his grand daughter, 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1. Doris Voss, nee Shinners that ran to get the priest to give him the last rites. Joseph Fries and Caroline Reiner had the following five children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.1. Walter J. Fries, 10-20-1900--3-6-1971, the first of five children of Joseph Fries and Caroline Reiner. On 6-23-1932, Walter Fries married Ruth Mank, 2-25-1902--1988. Walter was a brewer at Griesedieck-Western Brewery. Later, he had a coal and general hauling business located at 614 E. Main St. in Belleville.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2. Oliver A. Fries, 8-9-1902--1981, the second of five children of Joseph Fries and Caroline Reiner. On December 27, 1929, Oliver Fries married Ruth Evans, 12-23-1903--11-1991. Oliver Fries and Ruth Evans had the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.1. Norman Fries, 7-20-1931--8-15-1964, the first of two children of Oliver Fries and Ruth Evans born in Belleville, IL. Norman Fries married Naomi Allard, --8-4-2005, and had the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.1.1. Nicki Hopfinger, nee Fries, 3-8-1952--, the first of three children of  Norman Fries and Naomi Allard born in East St. Louis, IL. Nicki married Curtis Hopfinger and lived at 3001 South Belt West, Belleville, IL. As of 1998, they live in Arlington, TX. They have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.1.1.1. Shane Arthur Hopfinger, 10-11-1975--, born in Belleville, IL and is a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy, stationed in San Diego, CA in 1998.  Shane Arthur Hopfinger married Anne Marye Peacock on 12-20-2003.  Shane Arthur Hopfinger and Anne Marye Peacock have a daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.1.1.1.1.  Allison Marye Hopfinger, 9-3-2006--, 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.1.2. Kelby Fries, 10-31-1956--7-31-1988, the second of three children of  Norman Fries and Naomi Allard born in East St. Louis, IL. Kelby was a professional singer and dancer with the stage name of Kelby Kirk. Kelby died in Kailau, Kona, Hawaii.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.1.3. Darin Fries, 3-31-1960--, the third of three children of  Norman Fries and Naomi Allard born in Belleville, IL. Darin married Jill Rae Nikcevich, 7-31-1961--, on 7-31-1991 in Lake Tahoe, CA. They currently live in Corinth, TX and have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.1.3.1. Hunter Allard Fries, 4-7-1992--, born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.1.3.2. Savannah Augusta Fries, 2-3-2003--, 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.2. Nancy L. Klein, nee Fries, 2-28-1937--, the second of two children of Oliver Fries and Ruth Evans born in Belleville, IL. Nancy Fries married Jan Klein in 1958 and had one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.2.1. Kelly Sue Morrell, nee Klein, 2-18-1959--, born in Belleville, IL. Kelly married Greg Morrell on 2-1986 and has one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.2.2.1.1. Bret Gregory Jan Morrell, 4-12-1987--, born in Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3. Jennie Koch, nee Fries, 1-17-1904--2-26-2002, the third of five children of Joseph Fries and Caroline Reiner. Jennie Fries married Arthur Koch, 12-8-1896--8-23-1956, on 11-21-1921. Jennie lived in Belleville, IL for all of her 98 years, and she passed away with all her family gathered around her bedside. She was an avid quiltmaker and made quilts for almost all of her many great-grandchildren. Arthur Koch and Jennie Fries had three children. They are, 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.1. Arthur W. Koch, 3-8-1922--9-8-1985, the first of three children of Arthur Koch and Jennie Fries. Arthur W. Koch married Hilda Sikes in 1946 and had one daughter,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.1.1. Katherine Ann Robinson, nee Koch, 2-15-1947--, the only daughter of Arthur W. Koch married Hilda Sikes. Katherine Ann Koch married Jim Robinson and lives in Atlanta, GA and have three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.1.1.1. Becky Robinson, 4-24-1967--, the first of three children of Katherine Ann Koch and Jim Robinson. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.1.1.2. Lyle Robinson, 2-3-1970--, the second of three children of Katherine Ann Koch and Jim Robinson. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.1.1.3. Brice Robinson, the third of three children of Katherine Ann Koch and Jim Robinson. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2. Dolores E. Dahm, nee Koch, 4-10-1923--5-2-1997, the second of three children of Arthur Koch and Jennie Fries.  Dolores E. Koch married Norman T. Dahm, 9-6-1923--1-25-2001, on 3-31-1948. The family lived in Belleville, IL then after the 12th child was born they moved to Millstadt, IL. They moved back to Belleville, IL in 1987. Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm had the following fourteen children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.1. Deborah A. Mueth, nee Dahm, 3-8-1949--, the first of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. On 6-18-1976, Deborah Dahm married David J. Mueth, 9-22-1949--. Deb lives in the Springfield, IL area. Their four children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.1.1. Sarah Mueth, 1-12-1978--, the first of four children of Deborah Dahm and David J. Mueth born in Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.1.2. David Mueth, 3-9-1979--, the second of four children of Deborah Dahm and David J. Mueth born in Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.1.3. Daniel Mueth, 8-5-1983--, the third of four children of Deborah Dahm and David J. Mueth born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.1.4. Elizabeth Mueth, 3-20-1987--, the fourth of four children of Deborah Dahm and David J. Mueth born in Springfield, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.2. William T. Dahm, 8-19-1950--1-15-2007, the second of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.3. Jeanne Wojcik, nee Dahm, 12-13-1951--, the third of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. Jeanne Dahm married Jerry Wojcik, 10-26-1951--, on 4-27-1973. They have one child and live in the Troy, IL area.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.3.1. Natalie Jean Wojcik, 7-29-1987--, born in Maryville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4. Patricia M. Haar, nee Dahm, 8-20-1953--, the fourth of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. On 7-13-1973, Patricia Dahm married Stanley Haar, 2-14-1953--. Their four children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.1. Kathleen Haar, 4-14-1975--, the first of four children of  Patricia Dahm and Stanley Haar born in Belleville, IL. Kathleen has one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.1.1.  Isaac Harr, 2002--, 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.2. John Haar, 10-7-1977--, the second of four children of  Patricia Dahm and Stanley Haar born in Belleville, IL.  On 9-18-2004, John Haar married Tiffany Cook, 11-17-1981--, and have a daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.2.1.  Isabella Renee Harr, 5-11-2006--, 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.3. Kimberly Haar, 5-22-1982--, the third of four children of  Patricia Dahm and Stanley Haar born in Belleville, IL.  Kimberly has two daughters.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.3.1.  Kaleigh Haar, 4-4-2004--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.3.2.  Kearrah Susan Haar, 4-3-2006--, 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.4. Joseph Haar, 11-10-1983--, the fourth of four children of  Patricia Dahm and Stanley Haar born in Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.5. Pamela S. Dauphin, nee Dahm, 8-20-1953--, the fifth of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. On 11-11-1977, Pamela Dahm married James Dauphin, 10-12-1951--. They have the following three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.5.1. James Dauphin, 11-14-1982--, the first of three children of Pamela Dahm and James Dauphin born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.5.2. Richard  Dauphin, 3-4-1985--, the second of three children of Pamela Dahm and James Dauphin born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.5.3. Kathryn Dauphin, 1-22-1992--, the third of three children of Pamela Dahm and James Dauphin born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.6. Thomas N. Dahm, 11-17-1954--, the sixth of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. Thomas Dahm married Barbara Helfrich, 1-12-1956--, on 6-30-1978. Thomas Dahm and Barbara Helfrich have the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.6.1. Jennifer Schutzenhofer, nee Dahm, 7-15-1981--, the first of three children of Thomas Dahm and Barbara Helfrich born in Belleville, IL.  On 10-15-2005, Jennifer Dahm married Andy Schutzenhofer. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.6.2. Michael Dahm, 5-19-1983--, the second of three children of Thomas Dahm and Barbara Helfrich born in Belleville, IL. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.6.3. Christopher Dahm, 1-22-1985--, the third of three children of Thomas Dahm and Barbara Helfrich born in Belleville, IL. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.7. Barbara A. Lodes, nee Dahm, 11-3-1955--,  the seventh of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. On 10-3-1975, Barbara Dahm married Steven Lodes, 10-14-1954--, and lives in the Trentor, IL area. They have one daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.7.1. Karen B. Toennies, nee Lodes, 11-3-1981--, born in Belleville, IL.  On 11-4-2006, married Corey Toennies, 8-17-1982--. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.8. Richard Dahm, 3-8-1957--, the eighth of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.9. Mary B. Dahm-Schell, nee Dahm, 1-4-1960--, the ninth of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. Mary B.  Dahm lives in the Belleville area and on 11-11-1989, Mary B. Dahm married Keith Schell, 4-5-1961--.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.10. Norman T. Dahm, 3-18-1961--, the tenth of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. Norman Dahm married Amy Buscher. On 1-5-2003, Norman T. Dahm then married Cnthia Oberle.  Norman has three children, two by Amy Buscher and one by Cnthia Oberle.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.10.1. Emily Dahm, 11-17-1994--, the first of three children of Norman Dahm and the first of two of Amy Buscher born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.10.2. Rebecca Dahm, 12-2-1997--, the second of three children of Norman Dahm and the second of two of Amy Buscher born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.10.3.  Conrad Dahm, 5-24-2004--, the third of three children of Norman Dahm and the only child of Cnthia Oberle. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.11. Annette S. Neighbors, nee Dahm, 3-25-1962--, the eleventh of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. On 3-1-1984, Annette Dahm married Tim Neighbors, 7-19-1961--, and have the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.11.1. Sean Neighbors, 9-25-1985--, the first of three children of Annette Dahm and Tim Neighbors born in Germany.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.11.2. Ian Neighbors, 12-18-1988--, the second of three children of Annette Dahm and Tim Neighbors born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.11.3. Colin Neighbors, 8-15-1990--, the third of three children of Annette Dahm and Tim Neighbors born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.12. Robert S. Dahm, 2-19-1964--, the twelfth of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. On 10-3-1992, Robert Dahm married Stephaine Noblitt, 7-6-1967--. They have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.12.1. Alexandria Dahm, 9-15-1998--, born in Belleville, IL

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.13. Susan D. Gray, nee Dahm, 12-9-1964--,  the thirteenth of fourteen children of Dolores E. Koch and Norman T. Dahm born in Belleville, IL. On 11-7-1998, Susan Dahm married Douglas Gray, 10-12-1960--. Douglas is the father of Elizabeth from a previous marriage. Douglas and Susan have three children. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.13.1. Elizabeth Gray, 4-26-1988--, the daughter of Douglas Gray born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.13.2. Douglas Gray, 6-24-1999--, the first of three children of Susan Dahm and Douglas Gray born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.13.3. Jacob Gray, 7-21-2000--, the second of three children of Susan Dahm and Douglas Gray born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.13.4.  Abigail Gray, 2002--,  the third of three children of Susan Dahm and Douglas Gray

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.14. Sandra D. Dahm-Schell, nee Dahm, 12-9-1964--, the fourteenth of fourteen children of Dolores and Norman Daham born in Belleville, IL. On 11-7-1992, Sandra Dahm married Mark Schell, 4-12-1960--. They have five children. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.14.1. Anthony Schell, 12-9-1996--, the first of five children of Sandra Dahm and Mark Schell born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.14.2. Samantha Schell, 11-27-1997--,  the first of five children of Sandra Dahm and Mark Schell born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.14.3. Kristin Schell, 6-24-1999--,  the first of five children of Sandra Dahm and Mark Schell born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.14.4. Rachel Schell, 4-20-2001--,  the fourth of five children of Sandra Dahm and Mark Schell born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.14.5.  Allison Schnell, 2002--, the fifth of five children of Sandra Dahm and Mark Schell.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3. Jack E. Koch Sr., 1-1-1928--,  the third of three children of Arthur Koch and Jennie Fries. Jack E. Koch Sr. married Mary Siekmann, 1-12-1934--. They have the following seven children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3.1. Arthur Koch, 2-1-1954--, the first of seven children of Jack E. Koch Sr. and Mary Siekmann. Arthur Koch married Cheryl Roth and had one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3.1.1. Christopher Koch, 5-7-1977--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3.2. Jack Koch Jr., 11-19-1955--, the second of seven children of Jack E. Koch Sr. and Mary Siekmann.  Jack Koch Jr. married Lindsay Von Behrens.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3.3. Ronald Koch, 7-1-1957--, the third of seven children of Jack E. Koch Sr. and Mary Siekmann.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3.4. Stephen Koch, 5-21-1959--, the fourth of seven children of Jack E. Koch Sr. and Mary Siekmann.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3.5. Anna Maria Koch, 2-25-1961--, the fifth of seven children of Jack E. Koch Sr. and Mary Siekmann.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3.6. Kathline Koch, 10-24-1962--, the sixth of seven children of Jack E. Koch Sr. and Mary Siekmann.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.3.7. Frank Koch, 1-17-1965--, the seventh of seven children of Jack E. Koch Sr. and Mary Siekmann.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4. Ursula Shinners, nee Fries, 10-8-1905--9-29-2000, the fourth of five children of Joseph Fries and Caroline Reiner born in Belleville, IL. Ursula Fries married Ed Shinners, 1903--12-31-1939, on 6-20-1928, and lived in Belleville until  the late 60s when Ursula moved to Decatur, IL. Ed was born in Mahonoy City, PA. Ursula died in Decatur, IL and was known as Aunt Tull and almost reached her 95th birthday. She worked hard all her life, 32 years in a garment factory. Ursula is buried in Green mount Cemetery in Belleville, IL.

In 1915, Ursula used to go over to Anne Fries' house on wash day to help out. It took them both all day to do the wash for Anne Fries, nee Blaies. They have one daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1. Doris Jean Voss, nee Shinners, 3-20-1929--8-25-2006, born in Belleville, IL and died in Houston, TX. Graduated in 1942 from St. Peter's Cathedral grade school and graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in 1946. Dorris worked on Scott Air Force base where she met Henry Charles Voss, 1929--, who was a MP on the base at the time. On 5-12-1949 at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville, IL, Doris Shinners married Henry Voss who was born in Alton, IL. Doris is buried with her mother,  Ursula Shinners, nee Fries at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville. Doris Shinnes and Henry Voss had the following five children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.1. Robin Lee McMahon, nee Vance, nee Hobbs, nee Voss, 3-31-1953--, the first of five children of Doris Shinnes and Henry Voss born in Decatur, IL. On 12-10-1974 in Memphis,TN, Robin married Everett Neal Hobbs, 11-1954--, who was  from Memphis, TN. They had one child. On 4-2-1981 in Houston, TX, Robin Voss married John Roger Vance, 8-9-1954--, who was born in Decatur, IL. They had one child.  On 11-14-1990 in Houston, TX, Robin  married T. Michael  McMahon, 11-1-1938--, who was born in Binghamton, NY.   They live in the Houston, TX area.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.1.1. Christopher Lee Hobbs, 7-6-1976--, Robin's first child with Everett Neal Hobbs born in Decatur, IL.  On 4-24-2005 in the Dallas, TX area,  Christopher  Lee Hobbs married Alexas Christine Heliker, 11-22-1982--, who was born in Dallas, TX.  Christopher has three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.1.1.1. Kristina Dawn Hobbs, 10-3-1997--, born in Ft. Worth, TX.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.1.1.2.  Ethan Henry Hobbs, 8-31-1999--, born in Ft. Worth, TX.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.1.1.3.  Kira Ann Hobbs, 4-9-2004--, bron in Dallas, TX

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.1.2. Joshua Thomas Vance, 7-14-1981--, Robin's second child born in Houston, TX.  On 2-3-2003 in Houston, TX, Joshua Thomas Vance married Breanna Stacey.  Joshua Thomas Vance and Breanna Stacey had one child.  Josh then married Alexis Ford and had one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.1.2.1.  Faithlyn Vance, 7-1-2003--, the first of two children of Joshua Thomas Vance and the only one with Breanna Stacey born in Houston, TX.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.1.2.2.   Madilyn Faith Vance, 11-10-2006--, the second of two children of  Joshua Thomas Vance and the first by Alexis Ford born in Austin, TX.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.2. Steven Henry Voss, 3-1-1958--, the second of five children of Doris Shinnes and Henry Voss born in Denver, CO. Steven Voss married a woman by the name of Julie and has one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.2.1. Jonathan Henry Voss, 7-23-1996--, born in Houston, TX.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.3. Kimberly Sue Leara, nee Voss, 2-28-1960--, the third of five children of Doris Shinnes and Henry Voss born in Decatur, IL. Kimberly Voss married John Hart, 7-1959--. They had one child. Kimberly then married Michael Anthony Leara Sr. They had one child and live in Houston, TX in 1991.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.3.1. Rachael Suzanna Hart, 7-21-1979--, Kimberly's first child and was born in Peoria, IL.  Rachael Suzanna Hart has a son.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.3.1.1.  Aaron Ray Voss, 7-25-1996--, born in St. Louis, MO. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.3.2. Michael Anthony Leara Jr., 6-10-1986--, Kimberly's second child and was born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.4. Michael Charles Voss, 6-8-1963--, the fourth of five children of Doris Shinnes and Henry Voss born in Decatur, IL. Michael Voss married Lisa Gaye Nation, 1961--, and have the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.4.1. Christopher Michael Voss, 9-1987--, the first of two children of Michael Voss and Lisa Gaye Nation born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.4.2. Tara Michelle Voss, 4-11-1989--, the second of two children of Michael Voss and Lisa Gaye Nation born in St. Louis, MO.  Tara is a  talented middle infielder and is the program's first player to come from the state of Texas to DePaul University.  She is the reigning district defensive MVP and was named the district's offensive MVP as a sophomore at Klein Oak High School.  Tara is a strong middle infielder, who can play either second or short stop.  Offensively she has above average speed and is a tough out.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.4.1.5. Andrew David Voss, 12-10-1966--7-26-2006, the fifth of five children of Henry and Doris Voss born and died in Decatur, IL. Andrew married Peggy Sue Sherman, 1965--, on 5-12-1989. Peggy was born in St. Louis, MO. Up until his death Andy took loving care of his mother, Doris. Andy is buried with his mother Doris at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville next to Andy's grandmother, Ursula Shinners, nee Fries. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.5. Clarence Fries, 4-8-1910--8-21-1985, the fifth of five children of Joseph Fries and Caroline Reiner. Clarence Fries married Dorothy Bosse, 1-21-1920--, and lived in Freeburg, IL. They have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.5.1. Bea Ann Fries, 7-14-1944--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5. George F. Fries, 7-2-1877--1-3-1952, the fifth of seven children of Konradus Fries, 1834--1897, and Barbara Lucash. George Fries married Margaret Dahm, 2-2-1880--6-20-1956, on 5-7-1900 in St. Clair Co., IL. George Fries lived in Belleville, Illinois in 1924. They had four children that all settled in the Chicago, IL area. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.1. Loretta Ida Fries, 8-7-1901--4-20-1974, the first of four children of George Fries and Margaret Dahm and lived in Chicago, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.2. George Lewis Fries, 9-27-1903--3-11-1987, the second of four children of George Fries and Margaret Dahm  and lived at 1457 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. George died in Chicago.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.3. Paul Orion Fries, 12-28-1908--c. 1995, the third of four children of George Fries and Margaret Dahm lived and died in Chicago, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4. Cyril Clement Fries, 1-17-1911--5-5-1980, the fourth of four children of George Fries and Margaret Dahm.  Cyril Clement Fries married Sophia Biadaszkiewiz, 8-27-1917--.

In the early 1930's Florence McTiernan, nee Fries and her sister Eleanor Heinrich, nee Fries went to visit the Chicago branch of the Fries family. They stayed at the Edgewater Hotel in Chicago, had dinner at Cyril's house and then went to one of Chicago's nightclubs. Cyril Clement Fries and Sophia Biadaszkiewiz had the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4.1. Richard C. Fries, 12-8-1942--, the first of two children of Cyril Clement Fries and Sophia Biadaszkiewiz. Richard C. Fries married Mary June Marciniak, 6-16-1946--. The family lived in White Bear Lake, MN and is now living in WI.  Richard C. Fries and Mary June Marciniak had two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4.1.1. Thomas Fries, 12-19-1969--, the first of two children of Richard C. Fries and Mary June Marciniak.  On 4-29-2003 in Taos, NM, Thomas Fries married Christina Juneau, 2-22-1970--, and they live in Madison, WI.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4.1.2. Matthew R. Fries, 6-18-1973--,  the second of two children of Richard C. Fries and Mary June Marciniak.  On 9-5-1998, Matt Fries married Tiffani Tabish, 10-18-1973--, and they live in Riverton, UT.  They have two daughters.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4.1.2.1.   Alexa Fries, 7-21-1998--, the first of two children of Matt Fries and Tiffani Tabish.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4.1.2.2.   Avery Fries, 8-10-2000--, the second of two children of Matt Fries and Tiffani Tabish.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4.2. Carol J. Eckert - Schifferer, nee Fries, 2-13-1947--, the second of two children of Cyril Clement Fries and Sophia Biadaszkiewiz. Carol J. Fries married Thomas Eckert, 11-27-1946--1994. Their two children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4.2.1. William T. Eckert, 9-4-1971--, the first of two children of Carol J. Fries and Thomas Eckert. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.5.4.2.2. Gary M. Eckert, 2-15-1975--, the second of two children of Carol J. Fries and Thomas Eckert. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6. Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, was the sixth of seven children of Konradus Fries, 1834--1897, and Barbara Lucash. Adolph was born on Monday, October 13, 1879. He was the second youngest of Konradus Fries' children. Adolph passed away in Belleville on October 12, 1945, at 66 years of age. Adolph's father, Konradus, was 45 when Adolph was born. The name Adolph in old German means "Noble Wolf". This is a bit of a contradiction, as the wolf has been one of the most feared animals in Europe for many centuries.

During most of Adolph's married life, he lived at 508 Freeburg Avenue in Belleville, Illinois. Adolph worked at the Rogers' Excelsior Foundry until he was 63 years old. He then worked at the Empire Stove Company. Adolph received the Army-Navy Production Award while he worked at the Empire Stove Company. The Empire Stove Company was two blocks from his home on 508 Freeburg Ave. in Belleville. Adolph never owned a car but his sons did.

Adolph married Anna Katherin Blaies at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville on June 19, 1901. Anne Blaies was the daughter of German and French immigrants.

Anne Blaies' father was Jean Michel Blaies or Mickael Blaies, 1823--1902, born in the village of Petit-Tenquin, 30 miles from the city of Metz in the Province of Lorraine, in the state of Moselle in north east France. Diffembach is the village of origin for the Blaies family. Anne's mother was Theresia Bender, 1833--1898, from Mühlhausen, Baden, Germany. Mühlhausen is just south of Heidelberg in the western part of Baden. The Bender family originally came from the village of Rettigheim, Baden.

Anne's father, Jean Michel Blaies, 1823--1902, came to the United States sometime before 1856. Anne's mother, Theresia Bender, 1833--1898, came over in late 1855 or early 1856. Jean Michel Blaies and his wife, Theresia lived in Jefferson Co., MO, area, perhaps in Arnold, MO, before they came to Mascoutah, Illinois in 1864. Six of the fourteen Blaies children were born in Missouri. Jean Michel Blaies and Theresia Bender were married in Arnold, MO at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on May 22, 1856. Theresia was 46 and Jean Michel Blaies was 56 years old when Anne Blaies was born. A midwife attended Theresia at Anne's birth.

Anne had a fear of water that kept her away from the lake at many of the family swimming parties.

The mother of the groom, Barbara Fries, nee Lucash, and the father of the bride, Jean Michel Blaies, were still living at the time of the wedding. Perhaps at the wedding they talked of the old days in Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The Belleville newspaper stated that Adolph and Anne were an ideal couple and had gone together through high school.

The Adolph Fries family lived at the following Belleville addresses.

Anne Blaies was born in Mascoutah, Illinois on December 7, 1879. At 69, Anne passed away in Belleville on November 19, 1948. She was the youngest of fourteen children. Adolph Fries and his wife Anne Blaies are buried in Green Mount Cemetery, outside Belleville.

Anne had the gypsies come into her house in Belleville and they would sit on the kitchen floor to sell their wares. This used to really scare the Fries children. In the early years, Anne always had a big iron kettle in the yard at 508 Freeburg Ave. boiling dirty diapers. They had two sets of twins, 13 months apart. Although it is not clear how Anne got the strength but she used to play the Zither to entertain her children.

Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and his wife, Anne Blaies, 1879--1948, had nine children all born in Belleville, IL.

The nine children of Adolph Fries and Anne Blaies all born in Belleville, IL
# of
Child
# in
History
Name of 
Child
Married
on / in
Spouse Where settled
1 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1. Elmer Joseph Fries,
1901--2000
8-28-1926
Belleville, IL
Sal Agles,
1905--1982
Belleville, IL
2 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.2. Charles John Fries,
1904--1908
---- NA Belleville, IL
3 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3. Irvin George Fries,
1906--1945
---
Belleville, IL
Lu Roth,
1911--
Belleville, IL
4 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4. Eleanor Louise Heinrich, 
nee Fries, 1909--1989
11-24-1934
Belleville, IL
Arnie Heinrich,
1909--2004
St. Louis, MO
5 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5. Florence Estelle McTiernan, 
nee Fries, 1911--2000
10-5-1940
St. Louis, MO
John Francis McTiernan,
1901--1989
St. Louis, MO
6 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6. Alice Varges, 
nee Fries, 1914--1990
7-5-1937
NYC, NY
Peter Varges,
1906--1996
St. Louis, MO
7 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7. Helen Josephine Neary, 
nee Fries, 1914--1993
10-8-1938
St. Louis, MO
Ray Neary,
1911--1962
Belleville, IL
8 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.8. Leroy Fries
1915--1966
1951
Belleville, IL
Deloras Barbeau, Belleville, IL
9 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.9. Ruth Louise Jackson, 
nee Fries, 1915--1989
--- Russell Jackson, Burbank, CA

Photo of Adolph and Anne Fries' children With Elmer Fries' passing on December 5, 2000 at his home in Belleville, IL, the last of Anne and Adolph children's generation have passed.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1. Elmer Joseph Fries, 11-29-1901--12-5-2000, the first of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies. Elmer married Marcella Marie (Sal) Agles, 1-9-1905--2-27-1982. Sal had one sister, Nora and two brothers, Henry and John. Sal was born in Lebanon, Illinois.

Sal's father was William Agles, <1885-->1905, born in Penn. He died in O'Fallon, IL. He was a coal miner. Her mother was Lola Traband, <1885-->1905. She was born in Lebanon, IL and died in O'Fallon, IL. William Agles' father lived in Edwardsville, Madison Co., IL. Lola Traband's father owned a cigar store in Lebanon, IL. Lola mother's name was Campe and she lived to be 106 years old. Lola's grandmother Campe also lived to be over 108 years of age.

Elmer and his friends, the Zigler brothers were partners on a car. Elmer had to drive all his sisters to the dances every weekend.

Elmer had lived in Belleville, IL all his life and died there at the age of 99 on Decemebr 5, 2000. In 1989, he sold the family house at 1325 Dewey to his grand daughter Pamela Forbeck, nee Schubert and moved to 1805 N. Church St. Eventually Pam and her husband sold the family home to Cathy Cullen, 9-22-1955--4-1-2011.

In 1916 when Elmer was very young he got a job in the local Star brewery on 11th St. helping to make beer. One day all the workers chipped in and bought one guy all the beer he could drink. He drank 90 splits [8 oz] during work. Later that night he got 2 more gallons from the corner saloon.

Elmer and Sal were married in Belleville on 8-28-1926. Elmer Fries and Sal Agles had the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.1. Jacqueline Cullen, nee Fries, 2-9-1928--2-26-1987, the first of two children of Elmer Fries and Sal Agles born in O'Fallon, IL. Jacqueline Fries married Edward Thomas Cullen, 8-12-1925--, in Belleville on 6-29-1948. Ed was born in Centerville, IL. Jacqueline died in Belleville. Jacqueline Fries and Edward Thomas Cullen had two children. 

<>1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.1.1. Cathy Cullen, 9-22-1955--4-1-2011, the first of two children of Jacqueline Fries and Edward Thomas Cullen born in Belleville and died in St. Louis, MO. Cathy worked on her grade school, high school and college newspapers. She has been a journalist ever since. Cathy was a 1973 graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, Ill., and in 1977 a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with degrees in English and journalism

Cathy interned at the Alton Telegraph newspaper and free-lanced at the Belleville News Democrat newspaper. She worked full time at the Granite City Journal newspaper as a writer and photographer. Later, Cathy became a regional copy-editor for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper in 1981 and was working in that capacity when the St. Louis Globe closed its operations around 1983.
Cathy stayed on with the new owners of the newspaper until they were forced to close due to financial difficulties in 1985. The newspaper reopened again, Cathy was a union negotiator and the local union president. She also worked as associate financial editor until the newspaper closed permanently in 1986. <>Cathy also worked as an associate editor doing writing, photography, design and production for an art-and-framing trade magazine, DECOR, in St. Louis, Mo.

She was director of development for the Sisters of Divine Providence from 1995 to 2005. Cathy currently served as development coordinator for the non-profit service provider, Community Link, an organization that serves developmentally disabled in Clinton, Madison, and St. Clair counties.

In 1992 Cathy entered the vocation of Lay Associate for Sisters of Divine Providence, where she was deeply involved in their service projects such as Room at the Inn in St. Louis and La Posada in Southern Texas. She was a devoted member of St. Mary's Church in Madison, Ill., serving several functions as a Liturgical Minister, and as a member and current president of the parish council.

Like her grandmother Sal, she enjoyed embroidery. Like her grandfather, Elmer, she enjoyed gardening and bowling. Cathy bought her grandparents home from her cousins, Pam and Bob Forbeck in September 1999.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.1.2. Scott Cullen, 9-11-1962--, the second of two children of Jacqueline Fries and Edward Thomas Cullen born in Belleville. Scott has been a musician since the third grade. His primary instrument is the clarinet, but he also plays the saxophone, the bassoon, and the piano. Scott once played the "radio and the water bottle clarion" for another students avant-garde composition at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL. Scott taught band at the St. Paul grade school in Highland, IL and St. Boniface grade school in Edwardsville, IL. He is also an EMT and is studying dental hygienics. Scott married Judy Payne on December 19, 1992 in Edwardsville, IL. They live in Glen Carbon, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.2. Bonnie Texeira, nee Schubert, nee Fries, 6-8-1940--, the second of two children of Elmer Fries and Sal Agles born in Belleville.  Bonnie Fries married Roger Schubert, 10-20-1938--, in Millstadt, IL on 9-13-1958. Bonnie married Michael Texeira on July 9, 1983 and lived at 346 Makani St., Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii, 96746 for eleven years. They owned the ABC Taxi Company in Kauai. They moved to Belleville, IL in 1994 to take care of Elmer. Michael and Bonnie love to go camping and do so whenever they can. Michel loves to fish. Bonnie's three children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.2.1. Pamela Sue Forbeck, nee Schubert, 1-17-1963--, the first of three children of Bonnie Fries and Roger Schubert born in Belleville, IL. Pam Schubert married Robert Forbeck on 9-16-1989, in Milstadt, IL at the United Church of Christ. Pam is a hair dresser and Bob works in construction. In 1989, Pam and Bob bought her Grandfather's house in Belleville then sold it to Cathy Cullen, their cousin. Pam loves old Gable homes and they recently bought an old farmhouse and Bobby has restored it into a lovely turn of the century home with many Gables and a wraparound porch. The family lives in Milstadt, IL and they have two children. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.2.1.1. Taylor Forbeck, 2-7-1991--, the first of two children of Pam Schubert and Robert Forbeck born in Belleville, IL and an outstanding student going well off the charts in the IL state testing.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.2.1.2. Kirby Layne Forbeck, 7-20-1996--, the second of two children of Pam Schubert and Robert Forbeck born in Belleville, IL and loves to go camping with Bonnie and Michael with a great love for animals.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.2.2. Roger Gene Schubert Jr., 8-11-1964--, the second of three children of Bonnie Fries and Roger Schubert born in Belleville and is an operating engineer at Phillips Pipeline and living in Milstadt, IL. Roger has a beautiful new home which he helped to build. Roger is also a volunteer fireman for Milstadt.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.2.3. Ginger Marie Terveer, nee Schubert, 2-17-1970--, the third of three children of Bonnie Fries and Roger Schubert born in Belleville. Ginger is a hairdresser. Ginger Schubert married Jeff Joseph Terveer on 5-20-1995 in Millstadt, IL. Jeff is in Electrical Sales. Ginger has a gift for interior design and has already done six homes. Ginger Schubert and Jeff Joseph Terveer have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.2.3.1. Drake Elliott Terveer, 3-24-1998--, the first of two children of Ginger Schubert and Jeff Joseph Terveer born in Belleville, IL.  Drake Elliott Terveer is afraid of nothing including showing all the love possible.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.1.2.3.2.  Riley Rene Terveer, 6-2001--, the second of two children of Ginger Schubert and Jeff Joseph Terveer born in Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.2. Charles John Fries, 8-11-1904--1-4-1908, is the second of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies. Charles died at 912 South Illinois Ave., in Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3. Irvin George Fries, 10-25-1906--2-21-1945,  the third of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies. On 6-17-1936, Hank Fries married Luella Roth, 6-14-1911--1-14-2006, in Belleville. Lu was born in Red Bud, IL. Irvin or Hank, as he was known, used to drive the frame of a car that his mother won in a contest. It was only the frame and not the whole car so Elmer and Hank had to put it together. With his new car Hank, like Elmer, had to drive his sisters to the dances on Saturdays.

Hank once wore a blue and white check suit to one of the Saturday night dances. Hank and Lu lived at 412 North High St., in Belleville. Hank was killed in WW II in the Navy when the Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Bismark Sea was sunk off Iwo Jima. After Hank died, Lu married Al Eble, 6-21-1905--2-23-1993, on 6-17-1950.

Lu's father was William Roth, 1877--1957, born in Walsh, IL. Lu's paternal grandfather was George Roth, 1854--1891, died in Walsh, IL. George's wife was Anna Heinen, 1851--1926. Lu's Great Grandfather was Lenerd Roth, <1834-->1854, and Gertrude Hess, <1834-->1854, both born in Germany. Anna Roth, nee Heinen's parents were Peter Heinen, 1825--1904. Peter is buried in the Old St. Boniface Cemetery in Evansville, IL. His wife's name was Anna, 1832--1882, died in Evansville, IL and is buried in Old St. Boniface Cemetery.

Lu's mother was Barbara Roth, nee Wittenbrink, 1877--1940, born in Evansville, IL. Lu's maternal Grandparents were Philip Wittenbrink, 1845--1930, born in Slam, Germany. Philip was naturalized in Chester Co., Ill on October 20, 1866. He is buried at New St. Boniface Cemetery in Evansville, IL. Philip's wife was Mary Bleen, 1849--1926, died in Evansville, IL. She is buried in New St. Boniface Cemetery in Evansville, IL. Philip's parents were Henry Wittenbrink, c. 1792--, and Barbara, 1819--1901. Barbara is buried at Old St. Boniface Cemetery in Evansville, IL. Mary Bleen's parents were John Bleen and Barbara Kramer.

Lu lived in Belleville, IL. Lu and Hank's three children were all born in Belleville. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1. Irvin Dale Fries, 6-26-1938--, the first of three children of Hank Fries and Luella Roth born in Belleville and known as Sonny.  Sonny Fries married Lucille Vernier, 5-18-1942--, in Belleville on 12-28-1963. Lucille was born in Belleville. Sonny worked for Southwestern Bell in Consumer Marketing and is currently retired. Sonny and Lu live Chesterfield, MO. Their three children all born in St. Louis are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.1. Susan Kimberly Costello, nee Fries, 9-8-1965--, the first of three children of Sonny Fries and Lucille Vernier.  Susan Kimberly Fries graduated from the University of Notre Dame and lived in Hartford, Connecticut for a few years. Susan Fries married Daniel J. Costello, c. 1956--,  in February 1995 and now live in the Lake of the Ozarks, MO. They have four children. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.1.1. Colin John Costello, 9-2-1996--, the first of four children of  Susan Fries and Daniel J. Costello born in Hartford, CT and Christened in Chesterfield, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.1.2. Alyssa Claire Costello, 12-1-1998--, the second of four children of  Susan Fries and Daniel J. Costello born in Hartford, CT and Christened in Tolland, CT.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.1.3. Meghan Coleen Costello, 10-22-2001--, the third of four children of  Susan Fries and Daniel J. Costello born in Columbia, MO and Christened in Chesterfield, MO. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.1.4. Connor Ryan Colstello, 4-10-2003--, the fourth of four children of  Susan Fries and Daniel J. Costello born in Columbia, MO and Christened in Lake Ozark, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.2. Jeffrey Michael Fries, 9-28-1966--, the second of three children of Sonny Fries and Lucille Vernier. Jeffrey Michael Fries graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1990 with a degree in architecture. Jeffrey Michael Fries married Marcia Renee Nelson, 1966--,  on April 6, 1991 in Overland Park, KS at the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Marcia's parents are Mr. and Mrs. F. Glen Phinney. Jeff works for Sprint. He and Marcia live in Overland Park, KA and have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.2.1. Alexander Nelson Fries, 6-29-1996--, the first of two children of  Jeffrey Michael Fries and Marcia Renee Nelson born in Temple, TX and Christened in Killeen, TX.  

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.2.2. Tyler Jeffrey Fries, 8-13-2000--,  the second of two children of  Jeffrey Michael Fries and Marcia Renee Nelson born in Overland Park, Kansas and Christened in Wake Forest, NC.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.3. Timothy Matthew Fries, 6-13-1972--, the third of three children of Sonny Fries and Lucille Vernier. Timothy Matthew Fries attended St. Louis University High School in 1989. He is sports minded and very active in basketball and tennis. He graduated from St. Louis University in 1994. Tim Fries married Marie-Christine Mendlick, 1972--,  on  8-30-1996 in Zeist, Holland. Tim is working for Edward Jones. Marie and Tim live in Chippewa Falls, WI.  They have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.3.1.  Matthew Ferencz Fries, 2-13-2000--, the first of two children of Tim Fries and Marie-Christine Mendlick born in and Christened in Chippewa Falls, WI.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.1.3.2. Ava Christine Fries, 10-5-2002--, the second of two children of Tim Fries and Marie-Christine Mendlick born in Chippewa Falls, WI and Christened in Boca Grande, FL. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.2. Barbara Ann Hastings, nee Fries, 6-14-1940--, the second of three children of Hank Fries and Luella Roth born in Belleville. Barbara Fries married John Daniel Hastings, 7-2-1940--, on 6-19-1965, in Los Angeles, CA. Barbara and Jack are medical doctors and lived in Tulsa, Ok.   Their four children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.2.1. Laura Ann Hastings, 6-14-1966--, the first of four children of Barbara Fries and John Daniel Hastings born in Los Angeles, Ca. Spent some time in southern California and graduated from the University of California-San Diego with a BA degree. She worked in NYC and while there earned her M.A at graduate school. Laura earned her PHD from Baylor University in Waco, TX and is a child psychologist.  She is married to a man who was born in Russia.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.2.2. Pamela Ann Hastings, 17-14-1967--, the second of four children of Barbara Fries and John Daniel Hastings born in Rochester, Minn. In 1990, she graduated from the University of Southern California. Pam works in NYC where she received her Masters degree in photography.  Pamela Ann Hastings has a lovely daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.2.2.1.  Nicky,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.2.3. Michael John Hastings, 10-27-1971--, the third of four children of Barbara Fries and John Daniel Hastings born in Chicago, IL. Michael graduated from the University of Illinois in Carbondale, IL and is currently a pilot for ConAir.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.2.4. Christopher Hastings, 9-4-1974--, the fourth of four children of Barbara Fries and John Daniel Hastings graduating from Columbia University in NYC, works for a computer company in NYC and also does free lance writing.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.3. Robert Allen Fries, 6-14-1940--, the third of three children of Hank Fries and Luella Roth born in Belleville. Bob Fries married Karen Lynn Jung, 7-4-1941--, on 11-27-1965, at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville. Bob is an engineer for Storz Instruments Co. He and his family live in Belleville, IL. Their two children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.3.1. Jenifer Lynn Hood, nee Fries, 7-16-1967--, the first of two children of Bob Fries and Karen Lynn Jung born in Belleville. Jenifer graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 1989. Jennifer is now a Registered Nurse and is working currently with the Traveling Nurse company in San Francisco, CA.  Jenifer Lynn Fries married Scott Hood and they are expecting their first child shortly.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.3.1.1.  Unknown Hood, the first child of Scott Hood and Jenifer Lynn Fries. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.3.2. Dr. Matthew Robert Fries, 11-7-1969--, the second of two children of Bob Fries and Karen Lynn Jung born in Belleville and attended Baylor University in Waco, TX. Matt graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern medical school and was in pathology medicine in Dallas, TX.  Matthew Robert Fries married Amy Marie Bell, 1980--, who was born in Warner Robins, GA.  Matthew Robert Fries and Amy Marie Bell have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.3.3.2.1.  Noah Benjamin Fries, 2005--, the first child of Matthew Robert Fries and Amy Marie Hood

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4. Eleanor Louise Heinrich, nee Fries, 6-8-1909--11-28-1989, the fourth of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies born at 1025 S. Charles St. in Belleville. Eleanor Fries married Arnold Heinrich, 8-3-1909--7-25-2004, at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville on November 24, 1934. Arnie was born in Grant Fork, IL. His father's name was Jacob Heinrich and his mother's name was Mary Klaus. He had several sisters, Osta, Orda, Gertrude, Hermenia and Leona. He also had several brothers, Osmar, Gerald, and Clinton. Arnie Heinrich lived in South St. Louis until his death.  Right before he died Arnie was taken to the hospital and he remarked that it was the first time he had ever been in a hospital as a patient. One of the kindest uncles anyone could ever have.

Once when the Fries kids were young, Eleanor had the blade end of a butcher knife in her hand. One of her brothers, Elmer or Hank jerked the knife and cut Eleanor's hand without meaning to.

Eleanor Fries and Arnold Heinrich had two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.1. Vivian Helen Crump, nee Heinrich, 2-18-1936--5-4-2007, the first of two children of Eleanor Fries and Arnold Heinrich born in Highland, IL at St. Joseph's Hospital at 1:30 PM and died in Fenton, MO. Vivian Heinrich married Wayne Crump, 1-25-1936--, at St. Anthony of Padua in St. Louis on June 30, 1956. Wayne was born in St. Louis. His father's name was James Leonard Crump and his mother's name was Mattie E. Reynolds. Vivian and Wayne live in Fenton, MO. Vivian Heinrich and Wayne Crump had the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.1.1. Steven Wayne Crump, 9-20-1962--, the first of three children of Vivian Heinrich and Wayne Crump born in Fondulac, Wis. 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5. Florence Estelle McTiernan, nee Fries, was Steve's Godmother. Steve Crunp married Lisa Marie Gilliam at the Church of the Holy Infant in Ballwin, MO on April 13, 1991. James Gilliam is Lisa's father. Steve Crunp and Lisa Marie Gilliam live in Fenton, MO and have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.1.1.1. Nicholas Steven Crump, 6-13-1996--, the first of two children of  Steve Crunp and Lisa Marie Gilliam born in St. Louis, MO at St. John Mercy Hospital.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.1.1.2. Jennifer Leigh Crump, 7-1--1999--, the second of two children of  Steve Crunp and Lisa Marie Gilliam born in St. Louis, MO at St. John Mercy Hospital.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.1.2. Susan Lee Crump, 1-24-1966--, the second of three children of Vivian Heinrich and Wayne Crump born in St. Charles, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.1.3. Julie Ann Daniels, nee Crump, 6-22-1967--, the third of three children of Vivian Heinrich and Wayne Crump born in Kirkwood, MO. Julie Ann Crump married A. Scott Daniels in St. Louis, MO in September, 1993. They live in Fenton, MO and have at least two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.1.3.1. Unknown Daniels, the first of two children of Julie Ann Crump and A. Scott Daniels. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.1.3.2. Unknown Daniels, the second of two children of Julie Ann Crump and A. Scott Daniels.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.2. David Lee Heinrich, 6-12-1939--, the second of two children of Eleanor Fries and Arnold Heinrich born in St. Louis at 2:30 PM. David Heinrich married Patricia Hartbauer, 4-5-1942--, at St. Anthony of Padua in St. Louis on 7-18-1964. Patricia was born in Washington, MO, at St. Francis Hospital. Patricia father is Henry Hartbauer and her mother is Lillian Brenner. Dave has worked for MacDonnald Douglas for many years taking trips around the world. Dave and Pat live in St. Louis Co. David Heinrich and Patricia Hartbauer havfe the following two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.2.1. Deanna Lynn Snyder, nee Heinrich, 6-9-1965--, the first of two children of David Heinrich and Patricia Hartbauer born at Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis. Deanna is a graduate of St. Anthony's High School and the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO where she earned a degree in marketing. Deanna Heinrich married Robert Joseph Snyder on April 1, 1989 at St. Anthony of Padua in South St. Louis. Robert Snyder is from the Pottstown, Pa. area. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fl. In 1989, Robert is a pilot with Northwest Airlink. Deanna lived for a time in Memphis, Tenn. In the Fall of 1989 Deanna and Bob did live in Wilkes-Barre, PA but now live in Fenton, MO. They have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.2.1.1. Ryan Scott Snyder, 11-7-1992--, the first of two children of Deanna Heinrich and Robert Joseph Snyder born in Kingston, Pa.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.2.1.2. Nolan Snyder, 1-23-1997--, the second of two children of Deanna Heinrich and Robert Joseph Snyder born in Kingston, Pa

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.4.2.2. Jeffrey David Heinrich, 12-12-1967--, the second of two children of David Heinrich and Patricia Hartbauer born in St. Louis. Jeff had been teaching Math but now is getting his Masters before returning to teaching.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5. Florence Estelle McTiernan, nee Fries, 6-28-1911--6-13-2000, is the fifth of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies. Florence was born in Belleville, IL at the Fries home on Charles St. Charles St. used to be called Jefferson St. Later, Florence and the Fries family moved to 501 Freeburg Ave. in Belleville.

Florence died in Paoli, PA on June 13, 2000 about two weeks before her 89th birthday. We were with her when she passed away. Florence went with no pain and very peacefully. Her funeral service in St. Louis was one of the best ever seen. Ace, as she was known is buried in the McTernan and Tobin family plot in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

The coronation of King George was held at Westminster Abbey only eight days before Florence was born. Bread was 4 cents and gas was 10 cents a gallon. William Howard Taft was the president and James S. Sherman was vice president when Florence was born.

Florence had several brothers and sisters. Hank was the oldest brother and Florence remembers once that he had to take her to buy a new pair of shoes. Hank was 6 feet tall and they walked to the shoe store and Florence had to take 3 steps to Hank's one in order to keep up with him. Florence was about 10 years old at the time.

Florence attended St. Luke's Catholic Grade School in Belleville until she was about seven years old. She then went on to the Cathedral Grade School where she finished. She went to  the Academy of Notre Dame at 6000 West Main St. for High School. After High School, Florence attended Business School for one year.

Florence and her sister Eleanor worked in the stove plant of the Zigler Stove Foundry. Eleanor painted grains on the stoves so that they would match the interior of a house, i.e. oak looking stoves. Florence helped her in this job. Florence had to get working papers as she was not yet 16 and to young to work. This was her first job around the summer of 1926. Eleanor and Florence worked at Zigler's with their cousin Frank Lucash. Estelle Lucash, nee Kling, was Florence's godmother.

Florence had a job in Belleville working in the office of a Veterinarian. That job lasted about a month. From there she took a job as a stenographer at the Orbon Stove Foundry.

She went to work as a dental assistant for three dentist that had their offices on the corner of the Belleville Sq. Her first patient was a woman that had to have all her teeth pulled. She was standing next to the dentist chair and was about to faint until the dentist pushed her into his chair. Florence now moved from Belleville to St. Louis.

Florence's next job was working as the secretary for the Executive Secretary for the Tuberculosis Society. Then she worked as a secretary to the principal of the Kennard School. Florence also worked as a cashier for several Walgreen's' Drug Store in the evenings.

From 1930 until 1936, Florence worked as a bookkeeper at the Johnson Tin Foil Company on South Broadway in St. Louis. That job lasted for 6 months. Her boss, Paul Martin suggested she try the Electrolux Co., as they were paying a great deal more than Johnson.

Electrolux hired Florence and she worked there from 1937 until 1950. Florence was able to get Irene Cermak a job at Electrolux also. Irene was a good friend and Godmother to Florence's son, Michael.

Florence's last job was as an administrative assistant to the St. Louis Board of Selective Service for 22 years, from 1951 until 1973. She retired from that job in June of 1973.

Florence lived at various places in St. Louis, usually with up to six of her girl friends as room mates.

In 1930, Florence and 5 other girls lived in an apartment in the 3000 block of Pestalozzi, east of Grand Ave. Irene Cermak, Vernice Lohmeyer and sister, Helen Lorenz, nee Fries, 1914--1993, were three of her room mates.

The six room mates now moved from the apartment at Pestalozzi to Mrs. Willis' Apartments on Halliday Ave. in South St. Louis. They lived there about a year.

Sometime before 1938, they moved to the Parkedge Apartments on Euclid and Delmar Blvd. Helen Lohmeyer and Audrey Mahoney joined them as room mates.

In 1938, all six of the room mates moved to a third floor apartment at 605 Clara Ave. The roommates were Florence, Irene Cermak, Audrey Mahoney, Norma Stienkemp, one other girl from Illinois and one from St. Louis. They had to take turns cleaning the apartment every week, two at a time. When John McTiernan proposed to Florence he put her up on the sink and gave her the ring. Someone had spilled grease on the sink and John ruined his best pair of slacks. Florence lived there until she was married in 1940. Right before the wedding John McTiernan's mother gave him some ham to bring over for the celebration party at this apartment.

Florence married John Francis Aloysius McTiernan, 10-21-1901--1-2-1989. John was called Mickey by his friends. At the time Mickey was born Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Rider was president. There wasn't a vice president due to the death of McKinley. A loaf of bread cost three cents and a gallon of gas cost four cents at the time. Movies were not yet invented but the Edison Kinetoscope was a big hit.

Mickey's parents came from Co. Leitrim, Ireland. His mother Anne McGreal came from the Townland of Drumrewey and his father Hugh McTiernan VI came from the Townland of Sheskin. They were married in the Chapel of Killarga, Killargue, Co. Leitrim in March of 1895 and immigrated three months later. Mickey was born in his parents' house at 3523 Clark Ave. in St. Louis, MO.

John Francis Aloysius McTiernan, 1901--1989, died on January 2, 1989 in St. Louis, Missouri. The funeral mass was at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church. John was buried in Cavalry Cemetery in St. Louis on January 16, 1989.

Florence McTiernan moved to Wayne, Pa. in 1992. Florence moved back to 60 Plaza Sq., Apt. 511 in St. Louis, MO. (N38 37' 49.5" W90 12' 51.6"). In late 1999, Florence moved back to Wayne, PA to be near us and especially her grand kids. Florence Fries and John McTiernan had one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5.1. Michael Patrick McTiernan, 10-13-1943--, the only child of Florence Fries and John McTiernan born in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday, October 13, 1943 at 9:03, in the morning at St. Anthony's Hospital. I was baptized on 11-11-1943, at St. Edward's C.C. in St. Louis. The sponsors were Joseph Mathews and Irene Cermak. Joe Mathews was a policeman and took the family to church in a squad car with the siren going full blast. I grew up in St. Louis.

The day I was born, Italy declared war on Germany and bread was 10 cents and a gallon of gas was 15 cents. The Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. There after the baseball world series was canceled until 1946. Franklin D. Roosevelt was president and Henry Wallace was vice president at the time.

I lived in several locations in the St. Louis area: 5504 Hebert St., 7574 Warner St., Richmond Heights, 40 Plaza Sq. (201), and Balwin, MO.

My first school at 4 years of age was in 1947 at the Catholic Woman's League, today called a day center. From there I went right up the street to St. Liborius in September 1948 from Kindergarten through 4th grade. Photo of bus stop on Natural Bridge Blvd and North Market St where I got off the public bus to go to St. Liborius and then later in the day got on to go down to my dad's or my mothers office in downtown St. Louis.

Every Monday morning I had to bring in $2.00 in an envelope to give to the homeroom Nun for that week's tuition. I made my first Communion on 5-21-1950 and Confirmation on 9-27-1951 at St. Liborius. In September 1953 for the 5th grade I transferred back to St. Edward the King near to where we lived on Hebert St. in north St. Louis. In January 1956, we moved from 5504 Hebert St. to 7574 Warner Ave in Richmond Heights and I entered the 6th grade at Our Lady of the Little Flower School in Richmond Hts. at mid year and graduated from grade school in June of 1957 at that school.

The old churches of St. Louis are beautiful. The Catholic Churches in north St. Louis all seem to be made of the white porous rock that seems indigenous to St. Louis. St. Edward the King and the Rock Church are good examples of this. The churches in south and center St. Louis seem to be made mostly of brick. St. Liborius is a good example of this.

St. Liborius was a very traditional Catholic grade school. When I attended St. Liborius they had the classic German pastor named Father Ritter. He was a very big old German priest that was later made a Monsignor. There are two things that I remember about Father Ritter. I and a few of my 3rd grade classmates once went into the church after school on a Friday during Lent to say the rosary, all on the up and up. Father Ritter came out and saw us and must have thought that we were causing trouble. He immediately took after us yelling that we were sinning to beat the band by fooling around in church. We all took off down the isle trying to put as much space between us and Father Ritter as possible.

The second remembrance is a story that is told about Father Ritter. At Easter the church gave out holy water to the people in the parish. Every Easter they always spilled some and Father Ritter had to clean it up before the next service. One year he was going to out-smart the careless people that used to come to church for holy water on Easter. He put the holy water outside between the convent and the church for the people to take. Easter was early that year and during the night the holy water froze. Early the next morning Father Ritter is outside using the holy water sprinkler as an ice pick trying to break the ice so the people could take some frozen holy water home.

St. Liborius at 1835 North 18th St. was established in 1855 as the 6th German parish in the St. Louis area to serve the ever increasing German population. The neighborhood was known as "Little Paderborn" as the church was named for the patron saint of a section of Westphilia in Germany. The church was built in 1889, the rectory in 1890 and the convent in 1905. The St. Liborius school was run by the stern Notre Dame Nuns famous in those days for their strong rulers.

I attended Christian Brothers College for the first year of high school and graduated 3 years later from St. Francis de Sales in south St. Louis. St. Francis de Sales is the largest church in south St. Louis made of brick with one of the tallest steeples in St. Louis. The parish was organized in 1867. The original church was destroyed in the tornado of 1896. The present church was built in 1906. It was modeled after St. Paul's Church in Berlin. It has the tallest steeple (300 ft.) in St. Louis and is sometimes called the "Cathedral of the South Side". This beautiful church has an unbelievable steeple with at least two men losing their lives during the construction.

After high school I attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO for my freshman year, and graduated from Quincy College in Quincy, IL with a BA in History in January 1966. In between these years I attended St. Louis University and Washington University for summer school. I also attended the University of San Francisco in an extension course in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in the summer of 1963.

After Quincy, I went into the Marines in 1966 for two years. I was stationed in Virginia and in Rota, Spain for the two year tour of duty. After discharge from the Marines I worked for IBM in Philadelphia, Pa. The IBM job lasted for two years. Digital Equipment Corp. was the next job for 13 years in St. Louis, Philadelphia, NYC, San Jose, Ca. and Boston. From Digital I went to Sun Microsystems, Inc. in 1983 in their Boston office for a year. In 1984, I opened Sun's Penn. office in Wayne, Pa.

During that time I have lived in Wayne, Pa., Brooklyn Heights, NY, St. Louis, MO, Woodside, Ca., Harvard, MA outside of Boston, and then back to Wayne, Pa. outside of Philadelphia (N40.03'04", W75.24'34").

I married Diane Marie Rider on Sunday, March 11, 1979, at St. Ursula's Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Diane Rider, 1-28-1948--, was born in Baltimore, Md. Diane's parents are James L. Rider 1924--1989, and Lois Koenig, 1927--, both born in Baltimore, Maryland. Both are descendants of German and Irish immigrants.

Two days after Diane was born Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. Bread was 14 cents a loaf and gas was 16 cents a gallon. Harry S. Truman was president and there wasn't a vice president due to the death of Roosevelt.

Diane and I live outside of Philadelphia in Strafford-Wayne, Pa. with our two children. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5.1.1. Jeremy Patrick McTiernan, 8-24-1978--, the first of two children of Michael McTiernan and Diane Rider born in Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, August 24, 1978, at 12:45 PM. Jeremy was baptized by Father George Thomas at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church in Portola Valley, CA, on 11-2-1980. Joe Feeney and Patricia Sheridan were the sponsors. Joe and Patti eventually got married.

Jimmy Carter was president and Walter Mondale was vice president when Jeremy was born. Bread was 42 cents and gas was 63 cents a gallon.

Jeremy attended the Village Nursery School in Harvard, MA. He attended kindergarten at the New Eagle School in Wayne, Pa. Jeremy attended St. Katharine of Siena grade school in Wayne, Pa., up to the 6th grade. He attended The Haverford School in Haverford, Pa for the 6th grade. Jeremy attended the Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) in Haverford, Pa. for the 7th, 8th and 9th grades.

Jeremy spent his 10th and 11th year of High School at The Malvern Prep School in Malvern, Pa. Jeremy finished his 12th year at Conestoga High School in T/E Township, PA in 1997. Jeremy's best subjects are math and reading.

Himself attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH in September 1997 for his first year of college. Jeremy is currently attending Mitchell College in New London, CT.

Jeremy has played organized junior baseball and was one of the best inside right wings in the Junior soccer league. He is also an avid swimmer and soccer player. He made the All Star Little League baseball team in 1987 and 1989. He played an exceptional 3rd base in the 1991 Radnor league. Later, in High School he played ice hockey and did rock climbing. He also is a accomplished snow boarder and recently has taken up SCUBA diving.

Jeremy joined the United States Marines in January 2006 and went through Parris Island boot camp in SC.  After transferring from Camp Lejune in NC to 29 Palms in southern CA, Jeremy volunteered to go to Iraq and as of August 23, 2006 is now stationed at Camp Grizzly in Falluja, Iraq.  Jeremy's job is to provide convoy security.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5.1.2. Meghan Maura McTiernan, 7-24-1983--, the second of two children of Michael McTiernan and Diane Rider born in Baltimore, Md. on July 24, 1983, at 5:36 PM. Meghan was baptized at St. Ursula's C. C. in Baltimore, Md. on 9-10-1983. Her uncle, Jim Rider and her aunt, Colleen Knellinger, nee Rider were the sponsors. Meghan is a avid skier and loves to ice skate. Recently Meg has taken up SCUBA diving

Ronald Reagan was president and George Bush was vice president when Meghan was born. Bread cost 89 cents a loaf and gas was $1.17 a gallon. Meghan attended nursery school at The Good Samaritan School in Paoli, Pa. Meghan attended The Crossroads School in Paoli, Pa. for grades K, 1st and 2nd. In 1993 Meg started in the 3rd Grade at the Devon Elementary School in Devon, Pa. and attending the middle school in T/E Township. Meg is currently doing home school.

Meg loves to ski and ice skate with a heart that will not quit. Meg has played soccer and baseball with a never stop trying attitude. After only one lesson Meg became a great skier. In 1998 Meg won two blue ribbons in her first horse show at the HRE of the Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA. In June 1998 Meg also won a 1st place gold medal in her first ISI figure skating competition in Newark, DE and a 3rd place medal in St. Louis at the ISI Competition in August 1998.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6. Alice Elizabeth Varges, nee Fries, 10-7-1914--4-1-1990, the sixth of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies born at 723 N. Charles St. in Belleville, IL.  Alice Fries married Peter Anthony Varges, 1-6-1906--9-23-1996, in New York City on 7-5-1937. Peter is the son of Alvin Varges of France. Peter was born in San Francisco, Ca. Peter moved back to France with his family when he was about 3 years old. He may have been in the French Foreign Legion and according to family folklore was once saved by Franco from the firing squad. Peter received a BA degree from The Sorboune on 6-5-1928 and a MS degree from Institute of Science in Paris, France on 2-4-1931.  The name of Peter's mother was Virginia. Alice and Peter Varges lived in Tampa, Fl. Peter and Alice celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 1987 in St. Louis.

Once, when all the Fries children were kids, Alice's brother Leroy was playing mumblypeg with a pocket knife. By accident it stuck in Alice's foot and she had to go to the hospital for a shot.

Alice Fries and Peter Anthony Varges had the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1. Richard Lee Varges Sr., 4-16-1938--, the first of three children of Alice Fries and Peter Anthony Varges born in New York City. Richard was in the U. S. Marines for several years, spending most of the duty on the west coast. Richard farmed in Kansas, lived in Florida, and then moved to the New York area for several years where he and his wife Pat lived at 172 Propriturs Crossing, New Cannon, Conn. 33615. Richard and his family moved to North Carolina in June 1988. The family moved to Middleberg, Virginia area outside of Washington, D. C. in 1992. Richard is a avid polo player owning several horses. Richard's children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.1. Michelle Corder, nee Varges, 2-20-1962--, the first of Richard's six children born in St. Louis, MO and as of 1989 was living in Texas. Michelle Varges is married to Kenneth Corder and they have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.1.1. Chase Corder, 7-7-1988--, the first of two children of Michelle Varges and Kenneth Corder born in Dallas, Texas.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.1.2. Chance Michael Corder, 8-9-1991--, the second of two children of Michelle Varges and Kenneth Corder born in Humble, TX.,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.2. Alicia Choate, nee Varges, 12-18-1967--, the second of Richard's six children born in St. Louis, MO. Lisa Varges married William Burns Choate Jr. on 11-23-1991 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bill's mother is Faye Mitchel Hand. Lisa Varges and William Burns Choate Jr. have one son,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.2.1. William Choate, 3-1993--, the only child of Lisa Varges and William Burns Choate Jr. born in North Carolina.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.3. Jason Lyndsay Varges, 1969--, the third of Richard's six children born in Passaic, N.J. Jason works in Hollywood as an actor.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.4. Gabriel Varges, 11-1-1970--, the fourth of Richard's six children born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.5. Shea Patric Varges, 1971--, the fifth of Richard's six children born in Tampa, Fl. Shea works in Hollywood as an writer.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.1.6. Richard Lee Varges Jr., 5-14-1972--, the sixth of Richard's six children born in Shawnee Mission, Kan.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2. Harriette Virginia Brownfield, nee Varges, 2-25-1940--5-5-2005, the second of three children of Alice Fries and Peter Anthony Varges born and died in St. Louis. Harriette Varges married Don Brownfield, 12-18-1938--1977, in St. Louis on 12-11-1961. Harriette lived in St. Louis. Their three children were born in St. Louis. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.1. Nancy Brownfield, 11-9-1961--,  the first of three children of Harriette Varges and Don Brownfield. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.2. Margaret Arne, nee Brownfield, 2-22-1964--, the second of three children of Harriette Varges and Don Brownfield. Margaret Brownfield married Christopher Arne. They had one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.2.1. Joseph Christopher Arne, 6-22-1985--, the only child of Margaret Brownfield married Christopher Arne born in Columbia, MO going to Chaminade HS in Des Peres, MO. His best subject is Math. Joe is a very good football player and wrestler. Joseph won a school essay contest that enable him to go to Rome in the summer of 2000 for a private visit with the Pope.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.3. Margie Webb, nee Brownfield, 10-15-1967--,  the third of three children of Harriette Varges and Don Brownfield.  1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5.1. Michael McTiernan, 1943--, is Margie's godfather. Margie Brownfiled married David Richardson in 1984 in St. Louis, MO. Margie then marred Craig Webb.  Margie had five children, one by David Richardson and four by Craig Webb. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.3.1. Johanan Richardson, 1986--, the first of five children of Margie Brownfiled and the only child by David Richardson.  Jon is one very smart and well mannered young man who really knows a lot about computers at his age.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.3.2. Michael Anderson Webb, 1-22-1996--, the second of five children of Margie Brownfiled and the first of four children by Craig Webb born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.3.3. Jessica Taylor Webb, 12-25-1997--, the third of five children of Margie Brownfiled and the second of four children by Craig Webb

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.3.4. Christopher Alexander Webb, 8-15-1998--, the fourth of five children of Margie Brownfiled and the third of four children by Craig Webb born in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.2.3.5. unknown Webb, 4-2000--,  the fifth of five children of Margie Brownfiled and the fourth of four children by Craig Webb

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.3. Jeanne Antoine, nee Varges, 4-8-1945--, the third of three children of Alice Fries and Peter Anthony Varges born in Belleville. Jeanne Varges married Lloyd Antoine, 6-8-1941--, in St. Louis on 5-20-1967. Jeanne lives in St. Louis. Their three children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.3.1. Pierre Nickolaus Antoine, 3-20-1968--, the first of three children of Jeanne Varges and Lloyd Antoine born in Las Vegas, Nev. Nic Antoine married Dana Mary Kay Wheeler on May 13, 1994 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in St. Louis, MO. Nic is an accountant for Cooperative Attendant Service in St. Louis and also runs a Fantasy Sports business called Legends of Sports. They have three daughters,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.3.1.1. Abigail Antoine, 10-6-1995--, the first of three children of  Nic Antoine and Dana Mary Kay Wheeler born in St. Louis, MO and attends Hope Mark Pre-School in St. Louis Hills.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.3.1.2. Grace Antoine, 8-22-1997--, the second of three children of  Nic Antoine and Dana Mary Kay Wheeler

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.3.1.3.  Olivia Gabrielle Antoine, 9-8-2003--, the third of three children of  Nic Antoine and Dana Mary Kay Wheeler born in Perryville, MO 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.3.2. Lloyd Antoine, 7-12-1969--, the second of three children of Jeanne Varges and Lloyd Antoine born in St. Louis.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.3.3. Anthony Antoine, 6-23-1970--, the third of three children of Jeanne Varges and Lloyd Antoine born in St. Louis. Tony served in the US Marines and was station in Saudi Arabia in the 1990 Desert Storm crisis and in Somali in 1992. Tony was married to Daniele Brady in 1991. Tony has one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.6.3.3.1. Pauline Foshage, 7-5-1998--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7. Helen Josephine Lorentz, nee Fries, 10-7-1914--12-31-1993, the seventh of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies born at 723 N. Charles St. in Belleville. Helen Fries married Raymond Neary, 1911--1962, in St. Louis on 10-8-1938. Ray was born in Brendon, Iowa on 11-20-1911. After Ray died Helen married Roy Lorentz, --5-30-1991. Roy was born in Dupo, IL. Helen lived in Cahokia, Illinois. Helen and Ray Neary's two children were born in St. Louis. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1. Rose Biesinger, nee Neary, 1-14-1934--, the first of two children of  Helen Fries and Raymond Neary born in St. Louis. Rose Neary married George Biesinger, 10-25-1934--, in St. Louis on 10-8-1965. George started as a CPA but later became a doctor. Rose and George  live in Hollidaysburg, Penn. Their five children are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.1. Christopher Jude Biesinger, 1-12-1966--, the first of five children of  Rose Neary and George Biesinger born in St. Louis.  In 1990, Chris was a pilot for US Air. Chris' dad, George Biesinger used to go on the US AIR flight that Chris was flying from Altoona, Pa. to Pittsburgh, PA. It was one of the most exciting things George ever did.  Chris had two childern from a previous marriage. Chris Biesinger is married to Laura Pegula and living in CO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.1.1. Hunter Michael Biesinger, 3-21-1997--, the first of two children of Christopher Jude Biesinger  born in PA.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.1.2. Tabitha Dior Biesinger, 8-12-1998--, the second of two children of Christopher Jude Biesinger.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.2. Michael Owen Biesinger, 6-20-1967--, the second of five children of  Rose Neary and George Biesinger born in St. Louis. Michael married Linzi Jean Cameron on 9-17-1994 in Hollidaysburg, Pa.  Michael Owen Biesinger and Linzi Jean Cameron have the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.2.1.  Tia Ashley Biesinger, 3-25-1998--, the first of two children of Michael Owen Biesinger and Linzi Jean Cameron

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.2.2.  Shae Christina Biesinger, 7-19-2002--, the second of two children of Michael Owen Biesinger and Linzi Jean Cameron

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.3. George John Biesinger, 11-7-1969--, the third of five children of  Rose Neary and George Biesinger born in St. Louis. George John Biesinger married Jade Lee Little on May 17, 1997 in PA.  George John Biesinger and Jade Lee Little have the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.3.1.  Joshua John Biesinger, 11-28-2003--, the first of two children of George John Biesinger and Jade Lee Little

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.3.2.  Tyler Lee Biesinger, 6-22-2006--. the second of two children of George John Biesinger and Jade Lee Little

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.4. Andrew Paul Biesinger, 12-28-1970--, the fourth of five children of  Rose Neary and George Biesinger born in Altoona, Pa. Married, spouse's name unknown. They have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.4.1.  Kyle Alexander Biesinger, 12-30-1998--, the first of two children of Andrew Paul Biesinger.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.4.2.  Ryan Andrew Biesinger, 1-30-2002--, the second of two children of Andrew Paul Biesinger.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.5. Evan Logan Biesinger, 7-28-1972--, the fifth of five children of  Rose Neary and George Biesinger born in Altoona, PA.  Evan Logan Biesinger is married and has the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.5.1.  Ewan Logan Biesinger, 8-22-2005--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.1.5.2.  Unknown Biesinger, 7-2007--, 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.2. Carole Alice DeLargy, nee Neary, 4-17-1943--, the second of two children of  Helen Fries and Raymond Neary born in St. Louis. Carole Neary married Robert DeLargy, 8-22-1941--11-25-2003, in St. Louis on 10-6-1967. Bob was born in St. Louis and died in Bradentin, FL. Bob worked for General Dynamics for many years before going with C.S.C. Carole and her family lived in Mystic, CT for some years then moving to Farfax, VA and eventually to Flordia. Carole Neary and Robert DeLargy had two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.2.1. Robert Joseph DeLargy, 11-30-1969--, the first of two children of Carole Neary and Robert DeLargy born in St. Louis. Bob DeLargy married Krista Lynn Passmore in Waynesville, MO. on 8-6-1994. Bob and Krista both graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Bob works for MCI World Com in Arlington, VA. and Krista is an attorney in Washington DC. They live in Falls Church, VA.  Bob DeLargy and Krista Lynn Passmore have the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.2.1.1.  Daniel Robert DeLargy, 4-28-2004--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.2.1.2.  Davis Henry DeLargy, 9-6-2006--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.2.2. Joseph Patrick DeLargy, 2-16-1972--, the second of two children of Carole Neary and Robert DeLargy born in St. Louis. Graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO. Joe works as a broker for Olde Discount Brokers Corp. in the Kansas City, MO area. Joseph Patrick DeLargy married Laura Lynne Hasch on 5-19-2001 in Kansas City, KA at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  Joseph Patrick DeLargy and Laura Lynne Hasch have the following child.


1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.7.2.2.1. Joseph Patrick DeLargy, 8-7-2006--, the child of Joseph Patrick DeLargy and Laura Lynne Hasch. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.8. Leroy John Fries, 11-12-1915--10-15-1966, is the eighth of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies. He was born at 723 N. Charles St., in Belleville, IL. He lived at 514 Freeburg Ave. in Belleville. Leroy married Deloras Barbeau. They were married at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville in 1951. Leroy worked as a stove mounter in Belleville. He died at 1007 E. "B" St., Belleville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.9. Ruth Louise Auringer, nee Fries, 11-12-1915--9-27-1989, the ninth of nine children of Adolph Fries, 1879--1945, and Anne Blaies born at 723 N. Charles St.  Ruth Fries married Russel Corwin Jackson, and after Russel died she later married Charles Auringer. Ruth lived at 200 Fox St., Apt. 110, Sidney, N.Y., 13838. Ruth lived in New York since 1961, and was a very active member of the Women of the Moose, chapter 502. Ruth and Russel had one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.9.1. June Joyce Jackson-Ramirez-Martin, 5-31-1938--, born in St. Louis. June is married to William Joseph Martin, 7-18-1938--. They were married in Los Angeles on 5-22-1965. William was born in Manhattan, Ks. June's daughter is,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.9.1.1. Kathleen Ramirez, 2-14-1957--, born in Atchison, KS. Kathleen lives in Burbank, Calif. and works for the Bank of America.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.7. Julius (Frank) Fries, 1-24-1882--7-26-1932, was the seventh of seven children of Konradus Fries, 1834--1897, and Barbara Lucash. Julius Fries married Louisa A. Verhoff, 11-29-1883--. Julius, known as Frank, lived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1924.  Frank and his family moved to Calif. c. 1930. He died there in 1932. They have one child,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.7.1. Elmo Francis Fries, 8-31-1915--. In 1930, the family moved to southern California and live there today. Elmo Fries is retired from the Post Office. The family lives at 524 Rocklege, Oceanside, Ca., 92054. Elmo is married to Novelle Fox, 9-2-1919--. Elmo has one son,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.7.1.1. Gilbert Fries, 3-11-1943--, most likely born in California and lives there as of 1990.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3. Maria Anna Margaret Wittmeier, nee Fries, 4-7-1836--12-29-1915, the third of five immigrant children of Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and Cristina Deppisch. Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries, was born in Kützbrunn on April 7, 1836. Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries was 12 years old when she made the crossing. Six years later at eighteen years of age, Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries married John Wittmeier at St. Peter's Church in Belleville, Illinois on April 30, 1854. Later, St. Peter's was made a cathedral. The marriage record is in Latin and German script. The priest in Belleville usually spoke and wrote German well into the 1900s. Many of the descendants of our four families were married in St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville

John E. Wittmeier, 1831--1902, was born on Monday, May 11, 1831, in Baden-Baden, Germany, near the Rhine River, Northeast of Strausbourg. He died on Thursday, October 9, 1902, in Belleville. John died of "Summer Complaint" and is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery. He was a house painter. John came to America sometime before 1854. In 1900, the family lived at 312 S. Illinois St. in Belleville.

John E. Wittmeier, 1831--1902, had two brothers named Thaddeus and Carl Wittmeier. Carl had several sons and one daughter. The names of the sons are unknown. The daughter's name was Magdalena Wittmeier, 6-27-1885--1-24-1972. Magdalena was called Lencha, meaning little Lena. Magdalena was a priest's housekeeper and is buried in Green Mount Cemetery, outside of Belleville, IL.

John Wittmeier's other brother, Thaddeus, had a son named Charles Wittmeier, 3-27-1853--10-25-1928, that came to America in 1871. Charles was born in Baden and died in Belleville. He is buried in Walnut Hill. Charles worked as a meat packer in East St. Louis, IL for most of his life. He married Josephine Heiligenstein and had a daughter that died very young. Charles spent the last few years of his life living at the Belleville home of his cousin, Maggie Brueggemann, nee Wittmeier.

Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries, 1836--1915, at 79, passed away on December 29, 1915, at her home at 201 South Spring St. in Belleville, IL (Now South 1st. St.) Margaret is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery. When she died in 1915, Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries, had seven grandchildren.

Elmer Fries and his dad, Adolph, used to go fishing near the Wittmeier home. Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier was Adolph's aunt and the grand aunt of Elmer Fries. Elmer was about eight or nine years old at the time. This was around 1909, or 1910.

The 1900 U. S. Census states that John E. Wittmeier and Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries, 1836--1915, lived in Belleville, IL and had twelve children. Six of the children were,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.1. Mary A. Wittmeier, 1-24-1860--<1885, was the first of six known children out of twelve total of John Wittmeier and Maria Anna (Margaret) Fries, 1836--1915. Mary was a Sister of Notre Dame.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.2. John Wittmeier, 3-10-1862--1-15-1916, was the second of six known children out of twelve total of John Wittmeier and Maria Anna (Margaret) Fries, 1836--1915. John died in Belleville and is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery. John was a shoe repairman for most of his life.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.3. Helen Wittmeier, 3-10-1866--1-3-1946, was the third of six known children out of twelve total of John Wittmeier and Maria Anna (Margaret) Fries, 1836--1915. Helen known as Lena, was a hat trimmer, and later a practical nurse. She is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.4. Julia Deringer, nee Wittmeier, 11-27-1868--5-24-1949, was the fourth of six known children out of twelve total of John Wittmeier and Maria Anna (Margaret) Fries, 1836--1915. Julie married Anthony Deringer, --8-3-1942, of Chicago on 7-26-1916. Anthony was born in Germany and was a professor of music in Belleville. Both are buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5. Margaret Brueggemann, nee Wittmeier, 12-31-1872--4-29-1948, was the fifth of six known children out of twelve total of John Wittmeier and Maria Anna (Margaret) Fries, 1836--1915. Maggie was born in Belleville, IL, and married George Brueggemann, 3-17-1868--10-25-1926, at St. Peter's in Belleville, IL, on 10-10-1894. George's uncle, Father Bernard Brueggemann married them. The family home was at 207 Lebanon Ave. in Belleville.

The Brueggemann family is from Emsdetten, Westphalia, Germany. John Bernard Herman Lucas Brueggemann and his family were the immigrants that came over on the ship "Orpheus" to America in October 1853. The trip took six weeks with cholera breaking out on the ship and taking the lives of Lucas Brueggemann's wife, Maria Anna Middelhoff and two of their small children who all were buried at sea. Their eight children all born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia, Germany were,

  1. Bernard Herman Bruggemann, 1833--1837, the first of eight children of Lucas Brueggemann and Maria Anna Middelhoff born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia. 
  2. Maria Ludwika Bruggemann, 1835--, the second of eight children of Lucas Brueggemann and Maria Anna Middelhoff born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia.
  3. Bernard Hubert Bruggemann, 1838--1923, the third of eight children of Lucas Brueggemann and Maria Anna Middelhoff born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia.
  4. Franz Joseph Bruggemann, 1840--1923, the fourth of eight children of Lucas Brueggemann and Maria Anna Middelhoff born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia. known as Frank married Anna C. Blome and had five children.
  5. Maria Elizabeth Bruggemann, 1843--1845, the fifth of eight children of Lucas Brueggemann and Maria Anna Middelhoff born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia. 
  6. George Hubert Bruggemann, 1846--1847, the sixth of eight children of Lucas Brueggemann and Maria Anna Middelhoff born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia.
  7. Wilhelm Ferdinand Bruggemann, 1849--1853, the seventh of eight children of Lucas Brueggemann and Maria Anna Middelhoff born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia died of Cholera on board ship and was buried at sea.
  8. Heinrich Georg Bruggemann, 1852--1853, the eighth of eight children of Lucas Brueggemann and Maria Anna Middelhoff born in Emmsdetten, Westphilia died of Cholera on board ship and was buried at sea.

The known listing of the Bruggemann family.

Lucas' had two older children that made the trip and settled with him in Cannelton, Ind. They were Bernard and Frank Brueggemann. Bernard married and had one child but both the child and his wife died. Bernard then became a priest and was the pastor of St John Baptist in Dover, Ind. from 1877 till he died on 5-2-1923.

Lucas' other son, Franz or Frank was in the Civil War on the side of the Union. He served in the 23rd Ind. Volunteers. He was discharged in Chattanooga, Tenn. Frank returned to Cannelton, Ind. and on 5-19-1867 married Anna C. Blome, 10-26-1845--10-28-1932, born in Norwalde, Westphilia, Germany. Anna's parents were Gerhardt Herman Blome and Gertrude Wenners. Frank, Anna and their family eventually settled in Belleville, IL. Their son George Brueggemann married Margaret Wittmeier, 1872--1948. Another son, Lucas Brueggemann settled in Pinckeyville, IL. Their other son, Frank Brueggemann married Lena Mann. Their son, Ralph Brueggemann married Barbara Boone. They have a son by the name of David J. Brueggemann who lives in Alaska. Karen Urbanski Michele McConnell and Melinda Savitt, nee Brueggemann are also related to the Blome and Brueggemann families.

George worked in Quincy, IL for a time but returned to Belleville. He was a structural and mining engineer. Being an engineer, George was away from home often and sometimes took his children on his business trips.

George and Maggie and their family spent many an enjoyable evening when Maggie played the zither and George played the guitar and whistled.

Maggie sold Avon products for many years. Both George Brueggemann and Maggie Brueggemann, nee Wittmeier, are buried in Green Mount Cemetery near Belleville. George Brueggemann and Maggie Wittmeier had five children. They are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.1. Virgil Brueggemann, 6-24-1895--9-1977, the first of five children of Maggie Wittmeier and George Brueggemann. Virgil married Hilda Adam Bauer, 8-5-1895--1-16-1984, on 11-25-1942, in Outwood, Kentucky. Hilda was a practical nurse. Virgil was in the medical corps during WW I and spent most of the whole war in Europe. Virgil and Hilda are buried in the Walnut Hill Cemetery.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2. Raymond Francis Brueggemann, 1-24-1897--2-25-1975, the second of five children of Maggie Wittmeier and George Brueggemann. Ray married Louise T. Siekmann, 4-20-1901--1-28-1983, at St. Phillip's in East St. Louis, IL, on 9-1-1921. Louise was a housewife and Ray worked at the Aluminum Ore Co. Ray enjoyed building toy towns and trains. He was sent overseas during WW I, one month before armistice. They have five children. The are,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1. Rita Mary Kyle, nee Brueggemann, 7-6-1922--, the first of five children of Raymond Brueggemann and Louise Siekmann. Rita Brueggemann married Donald Ponsonby Kyle I, 10-23-1924--, on 6-21-1947. Don was a teacher and is now retired from Monsanto Chemical Company. He also is a photographer. Rita was a registered nurse. Rita met Don during the war when she served in the Navy Nurse Corps. Don comes from Decatur, Alabama. Rita Mary Brueggemann and Donald Ponsonby Kyle I had the following five children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.1. Rita Mary Kyle, 11-20-1948--,  the first of five children of Rita Mary Brueggemann and Donald Ponsonby Kyle I and is an industrial accountant.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.2. Donald Ponsonby Kyle II, 6-12-1950--, the second of five children of Rita Mary Brueggemann and Donald Ponsonby Kyle I.  Donald Ponsonby Kyle II married Susan Barnes, 6-12-1951--, on 6-30-1973. Susan is a teacher and Donald was an accountant and bank officer but now is mayor of Decatur, AL. Donald Ponsonby Kyle II and Susan Barnes have three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.2.1. Julianna Kyle, 7-30-1982--, the first of three children of Donald Ponsonby Kyle II and Susan Barnes. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.2.2. Sarah Kyle, 7-30-1984--, the second of three children of Donald Ponsonby Kyle II and Susan Barnes. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.2.3. Donald Ponsonby Kyle III, 1986--, the third of three children of Donald Ponsonby Kyle II and Susan Barnes born in IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.3. Raymond Francis Kyle Sr., 3-31-1953--, the third of five children of Rita Mary Brueggemann and Donald Ponsonby Kyle I.  Raymond Francis Kyle Sr. married Deborah Burns on 2-10-1979. Raymond is an accountant and a FBI agent. Raymond Francis Kyle Sr. and Deborah Burns have the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.3.1. Marget Burns van der Hart, nee Kyle, 9-8-1980--, the first of three children of Raymond Francis Kyle Sr. and Deborah Burns.  On 5-26-2006 in Kapalua Bay, Maui, HI, Marget Burns Kyle married Ivo van der Hart, 7-5-1980-- born in Lelystad, Netherlands. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.3.2. Raymond Francis Kyle Jr., 11-24-1981--, the second of three children of Raymond Francis Kyle Sr. and Deborah Burns. Raymond Francis Kyle Jr is a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy and plans to be married on 6-8-2008 in Charleston, SC to Emily Luttrell. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.3.3. John Christopher Kyle, 4-14-1986--, the third of three children of Raymond Francis Kyle Sr. and Deborah Burns. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.4. James Timothy Kyle, 2-4-1955--,  the fourth of five children of Rita Mary Brueggemann and Donald Ponsonby Kyle I and is an attorney.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.1.5. Danial Vincent Kyle, 7-14-1959--,  the fifth of five children of Rita Mary Brueggemann and Donald Ponsonby Kyle I and is a medical student.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2. Dorothy Louise Theiss, nee Brueggemann, 1-16-1924--, the second of five children of Raymond Brueggemann and Louise Siekmann. Dorothy  Brueggemann married William Theiss, 5-14-1922--, on 9-7-1946. Dorothy was a secretary and Bill works in supply for the Civil Service. Dorothy  Brueggemann and William Theiss have four children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.1. Patricia Ann Archer, nee Theiss, 3-17-1948--, the first of four children of Dorothy  Brueggemann and William Theiss. Patricia Ann Theiss married Marvin Archer on 12-20-1969. Patricia is a housewife and Marvin or "Doc" as he is known, is a salesman. Patricia Ann Theiss and Marvin Archer have two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.1.1. Scott William Archer, 6-30-1974--, the first of two children of  Patricia Ann Theiss and Marvin Archer. Scott William Archer married Courtney Marie Allen, 1974--, on 7-1-2000.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.1.2. Katie Archer, 10-24-1977--, the second of two children of  Patricia Ann Theiss and Marvin Archer.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.2. Thomas Ray Theiss, 9-2-1949--, the second of four children of Dorothy  Brueggemann and William Theiss. Thomas Ray Theiss married Elizabeth Louanne Florin, 5-22-1949--, on 3-18-1972. Thomas is a teacher and Louanne is a registered nurse and housewife. Thomas Ray Theiss and Elizabeth Louanne Florin have the following three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.2.1. Debbie Jean Lieber, nee Theiss, 6-29-1974--, the first of three children of Thomas Ray Theiss and Elizabeth Louanne Florin. Debbie Theiss married David Lieber in 9-2-2000 in Greenville, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.2.1.1. Unknown Lieber, 11-13-2002--, a son, the only child of Debbie Theiss and David Lieber. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.2.2. Mark Allen Theiss, 1-1-1976--, the second of three children of Thomas Ray Theiss and Elizabeth Louanne Florin who was born in Greenville, IL. Mark Allen Theiss married Meghan Marie Hancock on 6-23-2001 in Estes Park, CO. Mark Allen Theiss and Meghan Marie Hancock had the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.2.2.1. Unknown Theiss, 11-28-2002--, the first of two children of Mark Allen Theiss and Meghan Marie Hancock. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.2.2.2. Unknown Theiss, 11-28-2002--, the second of two children of Mark Allen Theiss and Meghan Marie Hancock. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.2.3. Renee Danielle Theiss, 5-13-1983--, the third of three children of Thomas Ray Theiss and Elizabeth Louanne Florin

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.3. Jean Maria Jackson, nee Theiss, 3-16-1956--, the third of four children of Dorothy  Brueggemann and William Theiss. Jean Maria Theiss married Jay Jackson, 10-31-1954--, on 2-11-1979. Jean works as a clerk and Jay is an electrician. Jean Maria Theiss and Jay Jackson have two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.3.1. Andrew Jackson, 6-22-1981--, the first of two children of  Jean Maria Theiss and Jay Jackson

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.3.2. William Miles Jackson, 1987--, the second of two children of  Jean Maria Theiss and Jay Jackson

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.4. William Scott Theiss, 3-13-1958--,  the fourth of four children of Dorothy  Brueggemann and William Theiss.  William Scott Theiss married Karen Lindhorst, 9-24-1960--, on 2-28-1980. William is a welder and Karen is a clerk typist. William Scott Theiss and Karen Lindhorst have three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.4.1. Marie Christine Theiss, 7-7-1984--, the first of three children of William Scott Theiss and Karen Lindhorst

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.4.2. Eric William Theiss, 1987--, the second of three children of William Scott Theiss and Karen Lindhorst

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.2.4.3. Kevin Lee Theiss, 1989--, the third of three children of William Scott Theiss and Karen Lindhorst

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.3. Raymond Francis Brueggemann, 9-5-1925--12-17-1944,  the third of five children of Raymond Brueggemann and Louise Siekmann. Raymond Brueggermann entered the army right after graduating from high school. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge near the village of Bitche, France.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.4. Theresa Annette Brueggemann, 2-13-1928--,  the fourth of five children of Raymond Brueggemann and Louise Siekmann. Theresa was a registered nurse and entered the convent on 9-8-1950. Sister Theresa lives in Springfield, IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.5. Delrose Ann Brueggemann, 8-22-1929--,  the fifth of five children of Raymond Brueggemann and Louise Siekmann. Del Brueggemann lives in the Belleville area and worked as a registered nurse. She also does a very good job compiling family history. Del is the 3rd cousin of 5.6.5.1. Michael McTiernan and the 1st cousin one generation removed of 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.6.3. Margaret Schmitt, nee Westrich.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.3. Delphine Ebner, nee Brueggemann, 3-9-1899--1986, the third of five children of Maggie Wittmeier and George Brueggemann. Delphine Brueggemann married John Ebner, 6-18- 1898--3-26-1974, on 10-19-1935, at St. Luke's in Belleville, IL. Delphine worked as a secretary and John worked for the Illinois Power Company. John is buried in the Green Mount Cemetery. Delphine Brueggemann and John Ebner had one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.3.1. John Thomas Ebner, 6-25-1938--, the only child of  Delphine Brueggemann and John Ebner. John Thomas Ebner married Pat Doerr, 3-21-1942--, on 10-22-1963. John works for the Illinois Power Company and Pat is a housewife. John Thomas Ebner and Pat Doerr have two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.3.1.1. Susan Lynn White, nee Ebner, 9-16-1965--, the first of two children of  John Thomas Ebner and Pat Doerr.  Susan Lynn Ebner married Steve White, 1965--. Susan has a daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.3.1.1.1. Ashley Nicol Jenkins, 1985--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.3.1.2. Scott Thomas Ebner, 10-22-1968--, the second of two children of  John Thomas Ebner and Pat Doerr. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.4. Anita Heid, nee Brueggemann, 7-31-1901--1994, the fourth of five children of Maggie Wittmeier and George Brueggemann. Anita Brueggemann married Ernest Heid, 5-6-1891--8-6-1972, on 8-25-1956, at St. Cecelia's in St. Louis, MO. Ernest is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery. Anita was an accountant.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5. Aurelia Deitz, nee Brueggemann, 9-29-1903--3-21-1967, the fifth of five children of Maggie Wittmeier and George Brueggemann born in Belleville, IL.  Aurelia Brueggemann married Jack Deitz, 1-29-1903--1-1-1965, in Crystal City, MO, on 6-26-1926. Aurelia was a housewife and Jack worked for the Monsanto Chemical Co. They both are buried in Green Mount Cemetery, near Belleville. Aurelia Brueggemann and Jack Deitz had three children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.1. Jack Deitz, 8-3-1927--, the first of three children of Aurelia Brueggemann and Jack Deitz.  Jack Deitz married Ethel Simpson, 11-27-1926--1989, at St. Mary's on 4-10-1958. Jack is a truck diver and Ethel worked for the phone company. Jack Deitz and Ethel Simpson have two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.1.1. Jeffrey Deitz, 6-8-1962--, the first of two children of Jack Deitz and Ethel Simpson. Jeffrey Deitz married Lee Ann Merideth, 1968--, and had the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.1.1.1. Sara Key Deitz, 1993--, the first of two children of Jeffrey Deitz and Lee Ann Merideth born in IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.1.1.2. Abigale Deitz, 1997--,  the second of two children of Jeffrey Deitz and Lee Ann Merideth born in IL.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.1.2. Teresa Browing, nee Deitz, 12-17-1966--, the second of two children of Jack Deitz and Ethel Simpson. Teresa Deitz married Clayton Browing, 1962--, and had the following children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.1.2.1. Ian A. Browing, 1994--, the first of two children of Teresa Deitz married Clayton Browing

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.1.2.2. Carley Browning, 1998--,  the second of two children of Teresa Deitz married Clayton Browing

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2. Donald Deitz, 6-3-1931--,  the second of three children of Aurelia Brueggemann and Jack Deitz.  married Shirley Schmid, 2-4-1934--, on 6-21-1952 in Lompoc, CA. Donald is a retired plumber and a Deacon in the Catholic Church.  Shirley is a ward clerk and a Pilot. Donald Deitz and Shirley Schmid have the following six children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.1. Susan Kay Scott, nee Deitz, 3-26-1953--, the first of six children of Donald Deitz and Shirley Schmid. Susan is a nurse and was married to Wayne Edwin Scott on 3-18-1978.  They have two children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.1.1. Melinda Fayloa Platero, nee Scott, the first of two children of Susan Kay Deitz and Wayne Edwin Scott.  Melinda Fayloa Scott married a man by the name of Platero and had three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.1.1.1.  Analise Platero, 8-31-1998--, the first of three childen of Melinda Fayloa Scott and her husband Platero, given name unknown.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.1.1.2.  Patrick Platero, 10-17-2000--, the second of three childen of Melinda Fayloa Scott and her husband Platero, given name unknown.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.1.1.3.  Alyssa Platero, 5-8-2002--, the third of three childen of Melinda Fayloa Scott and her husband Platero, given name unknown.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.1.2.  Wayne Edwin Scott Jr., 12-9-1980--, the second of two children of Susan Kay Deitz and Wayne Edwin Scott and has two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.1.2.1.  Ellis Scott, 1-3-1997--, the first of two children of Wayne Edwin Scott Jr.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.1.2.2.  Julien Scott, 2-14-1999--, the second of two children of Wayne Edwin Scott Jr.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.2. Steven Donald Deitz, 7-13-1954--, the second of six children of Donald Deitz and Shirley Schmid.  Steven Donald Deitz married Renee Kirkland on 8-3-1974.  Steven remarried on 3-3-1989 to Michelle Bertarello.  Steven Donald Deitz had a total of four children, two by Renee Kirkland and two by Michelle Bertarello. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.2.1.  Nicole Lynn Haas, nee Deitz, 5-4-1975--, the first of four children of Steven Donald Deitz and the first of two by Renee Kirkland. Nicole Lynn Deitz married Chris Haas and has a daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.2.1.1.  Ella Deitz, 12-20-2002--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.2.2.  Corey Christopher Deitz, the second of four children of Steven Donald Deitz and the second of two by Renee Kirkland.  Corey Christopher Deitz married Dawn Skidis and has one daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.2.2.1.  Shelby Grace Deitz, 1-23-4004--,

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.2.3. 
Madalyn Deitz, 9-13-1993--, the third of four children of Steven Donald Deitz and the first of two by Michelle Bertarello.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.2.4.  Dale Steven Deitz,12-5-1997--,  the fourth of five children of Steven Donald Deitz and the second of two by Michelle Bertarello.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.3. Sheryl Marie Schneider, nee Deitz, 8-20-1956--, the third of six children of Donald Deitz and Shirley Schmid.  Sheryl Marie Deitz was married to Steve Schneider on 5-8-1976 and had the following two children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.3.1.  Sarah Abagail Schneider, 8-27-1978--, the first of two children of Sheryl Marie and Steve Schneider.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.3.2.  Benjamin Schneider, 4-3-1980--, the second of two children of Sheryl Marie and Steve Schneider.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.4. Stacy Ann Deslatte, nee Marshall, nee Deitz, 2-27-1958--, the fourth of six children of Donald Deitz and Shirley Schmid.   On 11-24-1979 in Belleville, IL, Stacy Ann Deitz married Mark Randall Marshall, 10-16-1958--, who was from Beaumont, TX  and had the following three children. Stacey remarried on 7-19-1991 in Girvney, France to Brian Paul Deslatte.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.4.1.  Zachary Louis Marshall, 4-20-1980--, born in Beaumount, TX and the first of three children of Stacy Ann Deitz and Mark Randall Marshall.  Zachary Louis Marshall married Alice Kate Ruegg on 3-25-2006.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.4.2.  Aaron Lee Marshall, 6-13-1982--, the second of three children of Stacy Ann Deitz and Mark Randall Marshall born in Tulsa, OK.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.4.3.  Emily Claire Marshall, 8-6-1983--, the third of three children of Stacy Ann Deitz and Mark Randall Marshall born in Longview, TX. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.5. Scott Thomas Deitz, 10-19-1959--, the fifth of six children of Donald Deitz and Shirley Schmid. On 8-27-1987, Scott Thomas Deitz married Sharon Rodriguez, 11-8-1961--.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.6. Shelly Jeanne Popp, nee Deitz, 11-9-1965--, the sixth of six children of Donald Deitz and Shirley Schmid.  On 1-7-1989, Shelly Jeanne Deitz married Michael L. Popp, 1963--, and have the following three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.6.1. Aurelia Mae Popp, 4-9-1993--, the first of three children of  Shelly Jeanne Deitz married Michael L. Popp. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.6.2. Zoe Elizabeth Popp, 4-12-1995--, the second of three children of  Shelly Jeanne Deitz married Michael L. Popp. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.2.6.3. Caleb Michael Popp, 6-20-1996--, the third of three children of  Shelly Jeanne Deitz married Michael L. Popp. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.3. Judith Ann Schanter, nee Deitz, 2-7-1940--, the third of three children of Aurelia Brueggemann and Jack Deitz.  Judith Ann Deitz works as a nurse's assistant. Judith Ann Deitz married Stanley Schanter, 6-14-1936--, on 6-10-1959. Stanley works for the Dept. of the Sec. of State in Illinois. Judith Ann Deitz and Stanley Schanter have four children. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.3.1. Lance Schanter, 11-18-1959--, the first of four children of Judith Ann Deitz and Stanley Schanter. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.3.2. Ward Schanter, 12-6-1961--, the second of four children of Judith Ann Deitz and Stanley Schanter. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.3.3. Cole Schanter, 1-10-1965--10-30-1966, the third of four children of Judith Ann Deitz and Stanley Schanter. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.5.3.4. Blaine Schanter, 2-14-1968--, the fourth of four children of Judith Ann Deitz and Stanley Schanter. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.6. Rose Westrich, nee Wittmeier, 3-1-1875--9-24-1931, or Rosa  was the sixth of six known children out of twelve total of John Wittmeier and Maria Anna (Margaret) Fries, 1836--1915. Rose Wittmeier married Joseph Westrich Jr., 2-15-1875--8-30-1928, on November 29, 1900, at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville. Joseph was born in Illinois. Joseph Westrich Jr.'s sister, Carrie Westrich was a witness at the wedding. Joseph managed a shoe store in St. Louis, MO. There was and perhaps still is a building with the name Westrich in downtown East St. Louis, IL. Rose was a housewife.

Joseph Westrich Jr.'s, 1875--1928, father was Joseph Westrich Sr., 9-1844-->1879, born in Germany but christening was on 10-4-1850. Joseph Westrich Sr. immigrated to America in 1850 or more likely in 1860 as listed in the 1900 census. His wife was named Maggie, 4-1856-->1879, born in Belleville, IL. Joseph Westrich Jr.'s sisters were Carrie Ready, nee Westrich, 2-1877--, born in Illinois. Carrie married James A. Ready on 12-5-1900, in St. Clair Co., IL. and Emma Ward, nee Westrich, 3-1879--, born in Illinois. Emma married Henry Lee Ward on 9-10-1901, in St. Clair Co., IL.

Paul Nelson supplied the information on the Westrich family.   Joseph Westrich Sr. was the brother of Michael Westrich, 1848-1932. Both were from Bavaria and were the sons of Michael Westrich, 1822--, and Philippina Kappler, 1823--.

Michael Westrich was also a shoe and bootmaker and settled in St. Louis, Mo. He married Luisa Berl (also spelled Louise and Louisa and also Berel). She was from Baden.

One of Michael Westrich and Luisa Berl's daughters, Elizabeth or Lizzie 1877--1966, married Emmett P. Bentley, 1879--1915. Their son, Emmett F. Bentley 1903--1996, married Leah Barron,  1906--1996. Their daughter, Sandra,  1935--, married James Nelson,  1933--, whose son was Paul Nelson. All this took place in St. Louis, MO.

In 1900, the family lived at 14 North High St. in Belleville, IL. In 1900, Joseph Westrich Jr., 1875--1928, lived at 212 1/2 Rear North Third St. in East St. Louis, IL. He lived there right before he married Rose Wittmeier.

The family of Westrich in our history might be connected to Robert Westrich Sr.'s family that owns the Westrich photography studio in Clayton, MO. Robert's family came from the village of Landstuhl near Kaiserslauten in southern Germany. Robert Westrich mother's maiden name was Gallenbach. As yet there is no link.

Joseph Westrich Jr. and Rose Wittmeier, 1875--1931, are buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery. Rose Wittmeier and Joseph Westrich Jr. had the following three children.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.6.1. Irwin Westrich, 12-10-1904--12-18-1938, the first of three children of Rose Wittmeier married Joseph Westrich Jr. born in Belleville, IL. Irwin married Clara Schumacher, 8-20-1904--, on 11-18-1925 in Belleville, IL. Irwin was a manager of a shoe store in East St. Louis, IL and Clara was a housewife and secretary. Irwin is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.6.2. Rita Westrich, 3-8-1909--3-15-1909, the second of three children of Rose Wittmeier married Joseph Westrich Jr.  is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.6.3. Margaret M. Schmitt, nee Westrich, 7-28-1910--2-2007, the third of three children of Rose Wittmeier married Joseph Westrich Jr. was born in Belleville and died in Fairview, IL.   Margaret M. Westrich married Anthony Schmitt, 3-7-1914--4-2-2004, on 9-14-1944, at the Old Cathedral in St. Louis, MO. Tony was born in St. Louis, MO and died in Fairview, IL. Margaret is the 2nd cousin one generation removed of  5.6.5.1. Michael McTiernan. Margaret is the 1st cousin one generation removed of  1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.2.5. Del Brueggemann. Margaret was a housewife and Anthony was an accountant. They lived in Fairview Hts., IL. They have one child.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.6.3.1. Bette Jayne Schmitt, 2-26-1946--, was born in East St. Louis, IL and teaches at Rosary High School in St. Louis, MO.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.4. Justina Becker, nee Fries, 1840--1914, the fourth of five immigrant children of Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and Cristina Deppisch. Justina made the trip to America in 1848 when she was only eight years old. Justina or Justine was born in Kützbrunn on June 13, 1840 (1842).

At 22 years of age she married August Becker on April 27, 1862, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in South St. Louis, Missouri. Sometime later they moved to East St. Louis, Illinois. The 1860 Illinois Census states that Justine worked as a servant in Belleville. Justine's name is spelled with the letter a or e at the end.

Justina Becker, nee Fries, died in Belleville on April 5, 1914, at the age of seventy four. Justine died on April 5, almost the exact same day that she left Kützbrunn for America sixty six years before. She died at her daughter's home. Her daughter, Louise Woods, lived at 612 N. 23 St., Belleville, IL. The wake was at St. Henry's then to Holy Cross Cemetery. The obits list Justina as a resident of E. St. Louis. They also state that she and her family came from Germany directly to E. St. Louis.

An East St. Louis newspaper stated that August Becker owned and operated a cigar store in 1893. August Becker passed away sometime before l914. Justina is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in St. Clair Co. She had lived at 1322 Illinois Ave. in East St. Louis, IL. About 1912, Justine and August Becker lived with Justine's niece, Rose Westrich, nee Wittmeier and her family. Justina Fries, 1840--1914, and August Becker had at least one child, a daughter.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.4.1. Louise Woods, nee Becker, <1864-->1914, the only known child of Justina Fries, 1840--1914, and August Becker.  Louise Becker married Thomas Woods, <1864-->1884, in East St. Louis, St. Clair Co., IL on 7-24-1884. The marriage license was 570, control number was 369732. Louise Becker and Thomas Woods had the following four children none were married as of 1914. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.4.1.1. Agnes Woods, >1884-->1914, the first of four children of  Louise Becker and Thomas Woods. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.4.1.2. Thomas Woods, >1884->1914, the second of four children of  Louise Becker and Thomas Woods. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.4.1.3. Adele Woods, >1884-->1914, the third of four children of  Louise Becker and Thomas Woods. 

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.4.1.4. Katherine Woods, >1884-->1914, the fourth of four children of  Louise Becker and Thomas Woods.

1.7.7.5.4.5.5.5. Augusta Fries, 12-23-1842--, the fifth of the five immigrant children of Georgius Michael Fries and Cristina Deppisch emigrating for America. No additional information is known about Augusta.

2. Johann Fries, 1565--7-21-1637, the second known ancestor, the sibling of 1. Burkhard Fries was born and died in Strüth, Würzburg, Bavaria (zip D8701) in the parish of Rottingen. Johann's parents are unknown at this time.  On 2-12-1602 in Strüth, Johann Fries married Barbara Huffnagel, <1582--2-10-1636, who died in Strüth.  Johann Fries and Barbara Huffnagel had the following six children all born in Strüth.

2.1.  Ursula Fries, 11-17-1602--, the first of six children of  Johann Fries and Barbara Huffnagel born in Strüth.

2.2.  Johann Fries, 1-9-1605--, the second of six children of  Johann Fries and Barbara Huffnagel born in Strüth.

2.3.  Martin Fries, 11-11-1606--, the third of six children of  Johann Fries and Barbara Huffnagel born in Strüth.

2.4.  Balthasar Fries, 1609--1680, the fourth of six children of  Johann Fries and Barbara Huffnagel born in Strüth and our direct maternal ancestor.  Balthasar Fries married Elizabeth Seifried, <1620--1672.  Elizabeth Fries, nee Seifried's, <1620--1672, father was Georg Seifried, <1600--8-22-1645, died in Strüth. Georg Seifried was the Kohlenbrenner von Goßmannsdorf. Translated, Kohlenbrenner von Goßmannsdorf means charcoal or ash burner from the village of Goßmannsdorf. He most likely sold and delivered coal or charcoal to the village homes in Goßmannsdorf. Georg Seifried was most likely born in the village of Goßmannsdorf. Georg Seifried's, <1600--8-22-1645, last name may have been spelled Sefert.

Elizabeth Seifried's, <1620--1672, mother was Margareta Heer, <1585--. Georg Seifried and Margareta Heer were married on 7-30-1606 in Strüth. Margareta Seifried, nee Heer's father was Theobald Heer, <1556--. Her mother's name is unknown. Georg Seifried, --1645, and Margareta Heer, also had another daughter besides Elizabeth, her name was Anna Seifried, <1620--.  Balthasar Fries and Elizabeth Seifried had the following five children.

2.4.1.  Georg Fries, 11-12-1642--, the first of five children of Balthasar Fries and Elizabeth Seifried born in Strüth.

2.4.2.  Kasper Fries, 5-1-1644--, the second of five children of Balthasar Fries and Elizabeth Seifried born in Strüth.

2.4.3.  Kasper Fries, 5-25-1647--6-7-1717, the third of five children of Balthasar Fries, 3-13-1609--7-2-1680, and Elizabeth Seifried, <1620--8-14-1672, born and died in Strüth.   Sometime before 1693 in Strüth, Kaspar Fries married 1.5.9. Margareta Roht, 1650-->1693.  See 1.5.9. for the line of descent for Kaspar Fries and Margareta Roht's nine children all born in Strüth.

Margaretha Fries, nee Roht's, 1650-->1693, father was Kasper Roht, 2-15-1610--12-21-1684, born in Strüth. The name Roht may also be spelled Roth. Margaretha's mother was 1.5. Katharina Fries, 5-4-1611--12-27-1675, born in Strüth. Katharina Roht, nee Fries, 1611--1675, was the fifth daughter of 1. Burkhard Fries, 1580--1640, the Fries family's first known paternal ancestor.

Kasper Roht's, 1610--1684, father was Balthasar Roht, <1583--10-16-1626, died in Strüth. His mother was Margareta Ort, <1583--11-18-1621, died in Strüth. They were married in Strüth on 1-21-1601. Besides Kasper Roht, 1610--1684, Balthasar Roht and Margareta Ort had the following seven children.

  1. Peter Roht, 4-4-1603--, the first of seven children of  Balthasar Roht and Margareta Ort.
  2. Christopher Roht, 3-16-1605--, the second of seven children of  Balthasar Roht and Margareta Ort.
  3. Margareta Roht, 9-6-1606--, the third of seven children of  Balthasar Roht and Margareta Ort.
  4. Johann Roht, 5-28-1608--<1611, the fourth of seven children of  Balthasar Roht and Margareta Ort.
  5. Kasper Roht, 2-15-1610--12-21-1684, the fifth of seven children of  Balthasar Roht and Margareta Ort and our direct maternal and paternal ancestor. Kasper Roht  married 1.5.  Katharina Fries, 1611--1675.
  6. Johann Roht, 12-27-1611--, the sixth of seven children of  Balthasar Roht and Margareta Ort.
  7. Burkhard Roht, 12-3-1614--, the seventh of seven children of  Balthasar Roht and Margareta Ort.

2.4.4.   Franz Fries, 3-4-1649--, the fourth of five children of Balthasar Fries and Elizabeth Seifried born in Strüth.

2.4.5.  Barbara Fries, 10-30-1650--, the fifth of five children of Balthasar Fries and Elizabeth Seifried born in Strüth.

2.5.  Lorenz Fries, 9-25-1611--, the fifth of six children of  Johann Fries and Barbara Huffnagel born in Strüth.

2.6.  Burkhard Fries, 4-26-1614--, the sixth of six children of  Johann Fries and Barbara Huffnagel born in Strüth.

The members of the Fries Family have lived under four different national flags, German, Swedish, French, and American.  On the maternal side, if like myself your mother's maiden surname was Fries and your grandmother's maiden surname was Blaies then you descend from Tara who was one of  the 7 European daughters of Eve.  If your mother had the maiden surename of Fries but her mother was not a Blaies / Blaes then these test results do not apply to you. If you are a male with the surname of Fries, Blaies or Bender this test does not apply as the mtDNA is passed down maternally not paternally. Even though I am a male McTiernan, my mother was a Fries and her mother was a Blaies and her mother was a Bender so I have their mtDNA but my children would not. They would have their mother's mtDNA not mine. The maternal mtDNA tracking is explained at http://mctiernan.com/mtdna.htm.

The Fries family landed in America in 1848. The Fries family history goes back 13 generations on the paternal side, 14 on the maternal side, approximately 449 years. There are 457 known descendants of Burkhard Fries, 1580--1640, as of 1995. The average age between generations is 29.9 years.

The 600 page Bender family history

The 60 page Blaies family history

The 40 page Lucash family history

Fries Family Reunion, Dec. 1999

Adolph Fries and Anne Blaies' two kids and two of the spouses.

Other researchers on the Fries name are located at http://mctiernan.com/fririx.htm

Brand new is the Family Tree Maker JAVA program that shows my entire family, cousins, uncles, aunts and ancestors etc. in a graphical box layout allowing you to search the entire file to see if you are included. That home page is at http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/m/c/t/Michael-P-Mctiernan/tree1.html

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NOTES

If you have 14 numbers before your name, i.e. 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.4.3.2.4.1.1. then you are in the 14th paternal and 15th maternal Fries generation. If you have 13  numbers then you are in the 13th paternal and the 14th maternal Fries generation. There are 15 known maternal generations of Fries descendants and 13 paternal generations. The relationship can be complex. As an example, 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.3.5.3.1. John Thomas Ebner and I are third cousins, as we both had the same Great Grandfather. Our children are third cousins to each other but my son 1.7.7.5.4.5.5.2.6.5.1.1. Jeremy is John's 3rd cousin once removed.

The Generation Balance:

Konradius Fries was one of 8 kids in his generation
Konradius Fries and Barbara Lucash had 7 kids, so 7 kids in that generation, Adolph Fries being one of them
Adolph Fries and Anne Blaies had 9 kids, so 9 in that generation, Florence McTiernan being one of them
Those 9 kids had 14 kids, I am in this group of 14
Those 14 kids had 41 kids, so 41 in the this generation
Those 41, as of December 1999 have 22 kids, so 22 kids as of now in this generation.
Those 22 kids so far have several children

The Fries family settled in Belleville, Illinois. For a time it looked like several members of the Fries family lived behind St. Peter's Cathedral in the 300 hundred block of 2nd Street in Belleville. They were Barbara Fries, nee Lucash, Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries, and Joseph and Carrie Fries.

There is a genealogical society in Germany called the "Fries Society". They have records that go back to the 1600's, to a German king named Wolfgang Fries. Perhaps there is a connection to our Fries family. Kützbrunn is a small town 49 degrees 35 min. North, 9 degrees 44 min., East. All four towns, Kützbrunn, Bütthard, Sönderhoffen, and Strüth are located about twenty miles south of Würzburg. Kützbrunn is in Baden. The other three are in Bavaria.

A sister of Michael Kling (Mary Fries', 1868--1906, sister-in-law), named Julia Kling married Walter Goss in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1911. In 1911, Idaho had to be like God's country. They settled in Redondo Beach, Calif. and their children still live there today, near Elmo Fries.

There is a Fries Cemetery just east of Rentchler Station, IL at 38.27.42 N and 89.50.28 W. It most likely, has no connection to Georgius Michael or Konradus Fries. There are three separate Fries families from the St. Clair Co., IL area.

There are two other Fries cemeteries. One is located in Freeburg, Township 1 South, Range 7 West. NE-1/4 SE-1/4, sec 3, Funk School Rd. The second is located in Shiloh Valley, Township 1 North, Range 7 West, SW-1/4, SW-1/4, Sec. 35. One of these two cemeteries may give a clue as to what happened to Georg Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and his wife, Cristina Fries, nee Deppisch, 1801-->1848. The information on the cemetery at Shilo states that the Fries' buried there are not connected to our Fries family line.

The church record in Kützbrunn states that Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and family left Kützbrunn for Amerika on Thursday, April 6, 1848. The year of the Fries family arrival in Illinois may have been 1849. The year 1849, was listed on the death certificate of Justine Becker, nee Fries as the year of immigration.

Actually, all that is known by official records is that the Fries family left Kützbrunn on April 6, 1848. The next known record is for Maria Anna (Margaret) Wittmeier, nee Fries', 1836--1915, wedding in Belleville, Illinois in 1854. As yet, no trace can be found in Illinois or America of Konradus' parents, Georgius Michael ' Fries, 1793-->1848 or Cristina Deppisch, 1801-->1848. Likewise, there is no information on the other two immigrant children, Maria Margaretha or Augusta Fries. They all left Kützbrunn on April 6, 1848.

There are four periods of Konradus Fries' life that are unaccounted for. They are;

  1. 1848 to 1860, from arrival in America to the time in 1860, that he was living in Belleville working as a bricklayer.
  2. From 1860, till he joined the Union Army.
  3. 1866 to 1868, from his discharge from the Union Army to the time he married Barbara Lucash.
  4. 1882 to 1894, from the birth of his last child to the time he entered the Soldier's Home in Quincy, Illinois.

Adolph Fries' daughter, Helen Lorentz, nee Fries, 1914--1993, was married in St. Peter and Paul's Church in South St. Louis, Missouri, the same church where her great aunt Justine Becker, nee Fries, was married, in 1862. Helen Fries lived with George Steffen and his wife Rose Blaies before she was married. The Steffen house was right behind St. Peter and Paul's Church. This may be the general area where the Bender and Blaies families first settled in St. Louis Co.

On November 8, 1866, a George Fries bought 80 acres of Federal land in St. Clair Co. for $720. That may have been Georgius Michael Fries that came over in 1848. He would have been 73 years old at the time. Very few men at the age of 73 buy farms, unless they were buying it for their sons. Konradus was discharged from the Union Army in 1866.

The 1855 Illinois State Census states that there was a George Fries living in St. Clair Co., township (1, North), range 6 West.

The Kützbrunn parish priest, Father Waldharr is a common thread throughout the early history of the Fries family. Father Waldharr buried Anna Maria Fries, nee Häff, married Georgius Michael Fries, and baptized Konradus Fries.

No record of the Fries family leaving Bremen for New York has been found. They may have left Bremen but landed in Philadelphia or Baltimore. Cholera was wide spread in the Mid West in 1849.

Early in its history, Illinois became the transportation center of the United States. Illinois was visited by French explorers in the late 1600's. Illinois was part of the Northwest Territory. It became part of the United States in 1783, and a territory in 1787. Illinois became the twenty first state in the Union in 1818. St. Clair Co. became the first county organized in the Illinois' Territory in 1790. At one point in the history of Illinois, German immigrants formed about one fourth of the population of the state.

The 1855 Illinois State Census states that there were three Becker families living in St. Clair Co. Two with the initial J. and a Mr. Becker. They resided in Township 1 N, 8 W. All on page 171.

A Margareth Fries married Christopher Perschbacker on 6-7-1855, in Belleville, IL. Also, a Cathrine Fries married a Christopher Muth in Belleville, IL on 2-21-1853. The following death notices were listed in the Freeburg, IL Tribune newspaper: Adam Fries, 1845--9-24-1915; Emma Fries, --11-8-1918; Erwin Fries, --8-8-1913; Henry Fries, --11-12-1909; Mary Fries, nee Seibert, 1847--6-11-1920; Mrs. Minnei Fries, --2-18-1921; Peter Fries, 1844--2-4-1921.

If the Fries family came through New York they would have entered at Castle Garden rather than Ellis Island. Ellis Island did not open until 1892.

There are several Fries people living in the village of Strüth in 1991. As the village is less than 175 people, they most likely are related to our Fries family. They are:

  1. Edmund Fries, letter of 1991 was returned in 1992
  2. Norbert Fries
  3. Josef Fries
  4. Ludwig Fries, may have moved to Zuruck sometime before 1991.
  5. Richard Fries

The below people are buried in the St. John Nepamuk church graveyard in Strüth.

The people below are buried in the graveyard at Röttingen.

Karl Fries, Simon Fries, 1905--1978,

All of the below villages are located in the district of Würzburg, in the state of Bavaria.

The villages of Harthausen and Grunsfeld are located in the District of Mosbach in the State of Baden.

Many of the descendants of our four families were married in St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville

The Fries name is carried on by these descendants.

SOLVE

Very important document to obtain is the Messinger, the Belleville, IL diocesan newspaper. The 1918 memorial edition has bios of many of the significant families in the Belleville Diocese.

1. Find the marriage records for Johannes Fries, 5-21-1752--1824.

2. What happened to Georgius Michael Fries, 1793-->1848, and his wife Cristina Fries, nee Deppisch, 1801-->1848, and their other two children, Maria Margaretha and Augusta Fries? While they left Germany in 1848, no U.S. information on them has been found.

3. Where was the Fries family between 1848 and 1854?

4. Which port did the Fries family leave from, LeHavre, Bremerhaven, Bremen or Hamberg?

5. Which port in America did they arrive at?

6. Did the Fries family live somewhere else in America before settling in St. Clair Co., IL? Did they sit out the winter of 1848, in the east? If so where?

7. Did Konradus Fries ever do any farming in Illinois?

8. Where in Illinois did the Fries family settle first, in Belleville?

9. Edward Prins, "Dutch and German Ship's Passenger List", for

10. Find a descendent of Justine Becker, nee Fries, 1840--1914. Justine is number 4.0 in the text.

Michael McTiernan


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