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My Family's Genealogy

Updated February 27, 2007

Lisa Level - Keene
PO Box 1813
Bois D'arc, MO 65612
United States
levelgenealogy@yahoo.com

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ATTENTION FAMILY MEMBERS, READ THIS FIRST AND IF YOU'RE OF THE LEVEL LINE READ THE NOTE IN THAT SECTION BELOW REGARDING CORRECTIONS TO WM. J. LEVEL INFORMATION: When I was merging my files in order to include everyone, some people became doubled and in some cases tripled for some reason. I tried to correct the problem but was unable to at this time. Just use the index and you'll be fine. You'll see that some of the duplicates have more info than others and some include pictures and some don't.

I started on my family's genealogical journey when I found a book of my Grandmother Margaret Level's. In this book she had written who her parents were and where they were born. She was starting to get ill at this time and was becoming forgetful. I think that she was worried that she'd forget who they were, so she wrote it down. So I began researching our family history about 13 years ago.

The main surnames for my Paternal side are LEVEL, SCHUEPFER, BECK, CRUMP, HOUSE, HOPSON, SHANNON, SHELLEY, ETC. Needless to say there are many more that are included.

The main surnames for my Maternal side are NOACK, SCHRAER, HESSE, JOHNSTON, LUCAS, GRAHAM, HELDEBRAND (with its various spellings), ETC.


LEVEL - (ATTENTION: THERE IS A CORRECTION TO THE INFORMATION ABOUT WM. J. LEVEL. I THOUGHT THAT I HAD FOUND HIS FIRST WIFE ON AN 1880 CENSUS STILL LIVING WITH HER PARENTS, BUT I RECHECKED TONIGHT AND COULDN'T FIND HER. SO EVEN THOUGH THE INFORMATION ABOUT John Milton, BOTH MARRIAGES AND ALL ELSE IS CORRECT, I HAVE TO ASSUME THAT SHE DIED, ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW WHEN FOR SURE BUT SOMETIME BETWEEN 1872 AND 1874 (MAKING WM. J. LEVEL A WIDOW WHEN HE MARRIED A SECOND TIME. HOPEFULLY I CAN CONFIRM THIS WITH CEMETARY RECORDS OR AN OBITUARY.)

The Level branch of the family tree has been hard to trace. I know from family rumor that there were two brothers who came over here sometime in the 17th century who were of French descent but I've consentrated my search here in Missouri because I don't know enough yet to link up with the other Level families on the East coast. I do know that William Julian Level's mother, Elizabeth, married Alfred Resinger in 1858 in St. Francios Co. MO. Also that William Julian Level was married two times. The first time to an Emma Sebastian of St. Genevieve Co., daughter of Milton Sebastian, and then he married Emmaline Shannon of St. Francios Co., daughter of Rev. John Crabtree Shannon. Wm. J. Level had a daughter named Lilly with his first wife, who didn't survive and one son, who he took with him to his new marriage, John Milton Level. I figured this out mainly from records and dates that didn't mesh. On family Bible records it shows John Milton was born in 1871 and he is listed with the other children of Wm. J and Emmaline Shannon Level. This created my first puzzle since Wm. and Emmaline didn't get married until 24 Dec 1874. Another interesting fact about Wm. Julian was found in Emmaline Level's obituary. It states that Wm. J. Level was a Justice of the Peace in St. Francios Co. for sixteen years. I'm currently working on finding his obit. There wouldn't be a death certificate since he died in 1906.

SCHUEPFER - From my research I know that Coelestin Maximilian Schuepfer came over to the United States in 1892 to work for Anheiser Busch as a cooper. He immigrated from Wuertzburg, Germany. His brother Angelus was a priest and I have a family photo of Coelestin's mother and two sisters, Veronica and Theodora. He met and married Franziska Beck in St. Louis in 1893. She had a twin sister that stayed in Frieburg, Germany.

JOHNSTON - The Johnstons have proved of great interest to me because of the different parts they played in not only the beginnings of the state but in the county of Jefferson. We've had lawyers, judges, sheriffs and JP's in the Johnston line.

My Family History

 

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  • Family Tree (390 KB)
    This family tree includes everyone but for more detailed information refer to the Index of Individuals listed above.
 

Family Photos

  • Johnston Photo (1954 KB)
    James Franklin and Georgina Johnston: This was just a xerox copy when I got it, so the quality is poor. I'm not sure who has the original.
  • Schuepfer Photo (49 KB)
    Father Angelus Schuepfer Photo - 1932 to 1934: Coelestin Schuepfer made at least one trip home to Germany that we know of to visit relatives. He saw his brother at this time and this photo was taken.
  • Level Brothers and Sisters (282 KB)
    From left to right - Alfred, Carrie, Herman, Bessie, and Ester.
  • Hildebrand Photo (32 KB)
    Bartholomew Hildebrand's Tombstone: Cedar Hill Baptist Church Cemetary
  • Schuepfer Marriage License (608 KB)
    Coelestin and Franziska Schuepfer were married the 16th of August 1893.
  • Graham/Lucas Photo (309 KB)
    This photo has the women of the family. Down front is Isabella and the oldest lady here is Grandma Elizabeth Hildebrand-Graham.
  • Pop Level Holding Rich Level (426 KB)
    Richard is the son of Clyde Level, Grandson to Herman and Maude Level.
  • Hildebrand Photo (161 KB)
    Anna Richarson-Hildebrand Tombstone: Cedar Hill Baptist Cemetary - Her stone is even harder to read due to damage from the stone breaking.
  • Schuepfer Photo (32 KB)
    Coelestin's left his whole family in Germany but brought this photo with him of his Mom and sisters. Written on the back by my Grandmother was the words: My two Aunts Theodora and Veronica and my Grandmother.
  • Hildebrand/Graham Photo (184 KB)
    Grandma Elizabeth Hildebrand-Graham
  • Jesse A. Lucas (24 KB)
    As you can see from this photo, Jesse looks to be part Indian.
  • Cedar Hill Baptist Cemetary Photo (403 KB)
    A lot of the Graham's, some Hildebrand's and Lucas's are buried here.
  • Schuepfer and Level Photo (19 KB)
    Francis Schuepfer - 1923 - w/granddaughter Dorothy Level, daughter of Margaret Schuepfer Level.
  • Lucas Farm Photo (959 KB)
    A picture taken of James S. Lucas's farm.
  • Benjamin Crump's Revolutionary War Warrant (326 KB)
    Warrant for Land
  • Lucas Photo (75 KB)
    Jesse A. Lucas and Elizabeth Lucas: Cedar Hill Baptist Cemetary - Elizabeth was Jesse's second wife. I'm not sure where Nancy Bailey-Lucas is buried, althought there are some Bailey's buried here.
  • Schuepfer Wedding Photo (45 KB)
    Coelestin M. & Franziska Beck Schuepfer: Wedding Photo taken 16 August 1893, the day of the wedding. It looks like she's wearing a tradition German veil.
  • Lucas Farm Photo Two (1742 KB)
    This is a better farm photo since it includes a railway sign showing where the farm was located.
  • Shooting at Frankclay, MO. (54 KB)
    Two Crumps were gunned down in 1915.
  • Johnston Photo (46 KB)
    Russell and Golda Johnston Tombstone: Sandy Creek Baptist Cemetary
  • Crump, House and Level Photo (62 KB)
    Five Generations of Family: From left to right in the photo you have James Crump, Maude Caroline Crump-Level, Eliza W. Hopson-House holding Dorothy Level, and Margaret Schuepfer-Level.
  • Lucas Photo (2526 KB)
    James Solomon Lucas and Isabella Graham-Lucas with Grover, Victor and Lewis.
  • House Photo (53 KB)
    John and Julia Ann Sago. This photo was found on the St. Francois Co. web page and the owner is almost positive that this is Julia Ann Sago Crump, John House's first wife.
  • Crump Document (2624 KB)
    James Crump's Death Certificate
  • Level Photo (16 KB)
    The Level Boy's: Otto, Clarence, Clyde, Clifford, and Forrest are the sons of Herman and Maude Level.
  • Lucas Photo (38 KB)
    Jesse A. Lucas, taken on his wedding day to Nancy Bailie.
  • House Photo (30 KB)
    John House - Found on the same website as the other John House photo.
  • Alfred Level and L. Mae Crump's Marriage License (695 KB)
    As you'll notice, Lillie Mae Crump was under age and her father had to sign consent for her to marry.
  • Johnston Photo (469 KB)
    The two men against the barn are Russell Johnston(left) and his father James Franklin Johnston (right). I'm not sure about the two men down front, possibly brothers of Russell.
  • Lucas Photo (1035 KB)
    I'm not positive but this looks an aweful lot like other pictures we have of James Solomon Lucas.
  • Herman Level & Maude Crump's Marriage License (1079 KB)
    Maude Crump, at the time of her marriage was in the care of her guardian, Thomas A. House, her Maternal Grandfather. He had to give consent for her marriage since she was 14 when she married to Herman's 19.
  • Johnston Photo (667 KB)
    Golda Margaret Lucas-Johnston: Known as Goldie, she was the daughter of James Solomon Lucas and Isabella M. Graham. She married G. Russell Johnston.
  • Lucas/Bailie Photo (444 KB)
    Nancy Bailie-Lucas on her wedding day.
  • Noack/Johnston Photo (638 KB)
    Elmer Noack and Lillian Johnston's wedding photo.
  • Crump Sisters and their Brother (378 KB)
    From left to right- Maude Caroline Crump-Level, Alfred Richard "Dick" Crump, and Lillie Mae Crump-Level.
  • Johnston/New Photo (1060 KB)
    Gabriel Russell Johnston and Mary J. New-Johnston.
 
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