The Norma Meier Home Page
Updated July 15, 2010
Researching lines of the following ancestors:
ALEXANDER HEINRICH "Henry" FRIEDERICH GIERKE born 13 Sep 1831 Krakow am See,Mecklenberg,Germany to Johann Friederich Otto Gierke and Maria Zulk. He died 19 Dec 1904 Chebanse, Iroquois County, Illinois; married ca1857 probably in Chicago, Illinois to WILHELMINA AUGUSTA MULLER/MILLER. She was born 3 May 1832 Germany to John Muller. She married 1st Henry Vogt, divorced then married Gierke. She died 14 Oct 1919 Chebanse, Illinois.
WILHELM/WILLIAM JOACHIM CARL GENSCHAW, born 27 Jan 1839 Wrechen,Mecklenberg,Germany to Johann Christian Genschow and Karoline Charlotte Wende; died 3 May 1911 Chebanse, Illinois. He married 11 May 1862 Wrechen to WILHELMINE/MINNIE DORNBROCK; born 29 Nov 1836 Wrechen to Johann Friederich Dornbrock and Maria Drews. She died 4 Sep 1924, Chebanse,Illinois.
CHARLES J. VIMPANY/VIMPENY, born 1 Dec 1836 Bristol, England to Thomas Vimpany and Mary Bussell. He died 13 Oct 1912 Quincy, Illinois. He married 2 Mar 1861 Cuyahoga County, Ohio to LOUISA PURDY who was born 10 Jul 1841 Toronto, Canada to William Purdy and Mary Anne Yarham. Louisa died 22 Sep 1906 Joliet, Illinois.
SAMUEL DECATOR GOBLE was born 16 Dec 1832, Henry County, Indiana to William Goble and Elizabeth Clark. He died 14 Oct 1906 Joliet, Illinois. He married 4 Jul 1852 to Martha E. Hixon. He married 2nd on 17 Sep 1871 Joliet, Illinois to ANNA ELIZA HAYES. Anna was born 15 Nov 1847 West Plattsburg, New York to Elisha Hayes and Sarah Harriet Hayes. She died 23 Mar 1941 Lockport, Will County, Illinois.
WILLIAM GOBLE born 22 Nov 1789 Maysville, Kentucky to William Goble and Rhoda Parkhurst; died 19 Mar 1874 Attica, Indiana. He married 1 Nov 1809 Butler County, Ohio to ELIZABETH CLARK; born 9 Nov 1789 Pennsylvania;died 1863 Attica, Fountain County, Indiana.
WILLIAM PURDY was born 7 Nov 1817 England, the son of James Purdy. William died 18 May 1914 Jewell County, Kansas. He married 18 May 1838 in Toronto, Canada to MARY ANNE YARHAM who was born 7 Sep 1822 East Barsham, Norfolk, England to William Yarham and Mary Williamson. Parents of 16 children. Lived in Toronto, Canada; Cleveland, Ohio; Tama County, Iowa; Scottsville, Kansas.
ELISHA HAYES born 1810 New York State possibly to Benjamin Hayes and Sarah Case; he died after 1892 West Plattsburg, New York. He married SARAH HARRIET HAYES born 12 July 1817 West Plattsburg to David Hayes and Martha "Pattie" Storrs. Sarah died 27 July 1903 West Plattsburg.
CASPAR HEINRICH MEIER born 4 Mar 1813 Oetinghausen/Hiddenhausen, Westphalia, Germany to Johann Friedrich Meier & Anne M. Ilsabein Herringerbaumer; died ca1865 Germany. He married 18 Feb 1838 to HANNE MARGARETHE LOUISE HOLTKAMP born 1 June 1817 Kirchspiel Heepen,Germany to Johann Philipp Holtkamp & Hanne Wilhelmine Henriette Hoeke. She died 24 Dec 1893 Clifton, Illinois. She brought grandson John Henry Meier to Illinois in 1870s; he was son of Johann Heinrich Meier born 21 Jan 1841 Oetinghausen.
JOHANN CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH "Fred/Fritz" STRAHL was born 23 Feb 1845 Lapitz, Mecklenburg, Germany to Joachim Friedrich Theodor Strahl and Sophia Dorothea Christina Bahk/Bach. He died 18 Nov 1927, Clifton, Illinois. He married 22 Oct 1870 Laptiz to CHRISTINA MARIA/MARY FREDERIKA FANSELOW. She was born 7 Apr 1845 Lapitz to Johann Friedrich Fanselow and Karolina Christina Frederika Stegemann. She died 20 July 1930 Clifton, Illinois.
JAMES WALSH/WELCH, born 1828 Ireland, died 4 July 1884 Lima,Livingston County, New York. He married CATHERINE DOYLE, born ca1833 Ireland, died march 1877 Lima, New York. Parents unknown. Children of James and Catherine: Edward B., Mary Rose, Thomas M., John, Lizzie, Maggie,Patrick, James, Richard, Mary.
CHARLES MULLOY born 1 Jan 1808 Killeshandra, Ireland to Robert & Catherine Molloy; died 24 Nov 1899 Kankakee, Illinois; married ca1860 ATHENAISSE DESSERY born 17 Apr 1840 France to Jacques
Dessery and Jeanne Baptiste Chevalier. She died 28 Feb 1904 Kankakee, Illinois.
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- Goble (156 KB)
Goble family, from Jean Goble born 1520 in England, to the Gobles of Indiana to Joliet,Illinois and across the country.
- Walter Gierke and his bride Ethel Vimpeny Gierke (39 KB)
Walter Gierke and Ethel Vimpeny married 4 March 1927 in Joliet, Illinois. They are shown here in Joliet shortly after their marriage.
- William Purdy and Mary Ann Yarham Purdy (11 KB)
William Purdy and Mary Ann Yarham were married in Toronto, Canada 18 May 1838. This photo probably taken in Kansas not long before Mary Ann's death in 1887.Original in possession of descendant Steve Rugg.
- Harry William Meier in his courting buggy ca1920 (29 KB)
Harry William Meier said this was his courting buggy, however he was driving a threshing machine when he met his future bride Marguerite Walsh. They were married 22 February 1922 Ashkum, Iroquois County, Illinois and so ended Harry's courting days!
- Ida Karoline Genschaw Gierke photographed ca1899 (232 KB)
Ida Karoline Genschaw was born 15 December 1877 near Kankakee, Illinois, the daughter of Wilhelm/William Genschaw and Wilhelmina/Minnie Dornbrock. She married 20 December 1899 to Edward Gierke.
- House of Elisha & Sarah Hayes, West Plattsburg (167 KB)
The old Hayes home stood on Old Military Turnpike, West Plattsburg, New York. Shown are Sarah Hayes & Elisha Hayes with son Leonard at left. Elisha's blacksmith shop was located in the farmyard.
- Family of Thomas & Josephine Walsh, ca1910 (33 KB)
The family of Thomas & Josephine Walsh moved to the Mulloy homestead between Ashkum and Clifton, Illinois about 1892; seated left to right: Marguerite, Bernard, Josephine, Bernadette, Charles, Edward. In back is Mary and seated in front is Athenais.
- Birth record of Caspar Henrich Meier 4 March 1813 (44 KB)
Caspar Henrich Meier was born 4 March 1813 Oetinghausen, Westfalen, Germany to Johann Friedrich Meier and Anne Marie Ilsabein Herringerbaumer who lived at Number 20 in Oetinghausen (address is now Hiddenhausen). He was christened there in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church.
- Edward Gierke photographed ca1882 (22 KB)
He was known as Edward August Gierke, but christening record records his birth 1 March 1873 as Edward Ernst Christian Gierke - born to Alexander Heinrich Friederich Gierke and Wilhelmina Augusta Muller of Clifton, Illinois.
- Athenaisse & Charles Mulloy (151 KB)
Cased tintypes, circa 1865, of Athenaisse Dessery Mulloy & Charles Mulloy who homesteaded a farm between Clifton & Ashkum, Iroquois County, Illinois in 1850.
- Edmond, Elden and Walter Gierke (24 KB)
The Gierke brothers - Edmond, Walter and Elden - ca1910, before the birth of youngest brother Vernon.
- Vernon H. Meier, photographed 1990 (7 KB)
Vernon H. Meier, born 1927 Clifton, Iroquois County, Illinois, was substitute rural letter carrier when 17; worked for the postal service 46yrs. When he retired he was president of the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association. During career with postoffice he was also soldier, farmer, fireman, member of Clifton's town board.
- James Purdy photographed ca1847 (14 KB)
James Purdy was born 1770 England to ____ Purdy and Elizabeth Boyce; died 3 December 1847 Toronto, Canada. Among his children was William Purdy born 7 November 1817 England and died 18 May 1914 Scottsville, Kansas. Other children of James Purdy were Susiana, Sarah, James, Christopher, Maria and possibly Robert.
- Henry Gierke & Augusta Muller Gierke (119 KB)
Alexander Heinrich "Henry" Friederich Gierke and Wilhelmina Augusta Muller married circa1857; he was a butcher in Germany who took up farming in Iroquois County, Illinois.
- Walter and Edmond Gierke, ca1904 (34 KB)
Baby Walter Gierke and his brother Edmond Gierke, photographed in 1904 at Baker Studio, Chebanse, Illinois.
- Ethel Gierke with daughters Dolores and Norma (40 KB)
Ethel Vimpeny Gierke poses with daughters Dolores Gierke Brown and Norma Gierke Meier about 1936 at the farm they rented east of Chebanse, Illinois.
- Louisa Purdy Vimpeny, photographed about 1870 (19 KB)
Louisa Purdy Vimpeny born 10 July 1841, Toronto, Canada to William Purdy and Mary Yarham; she married 2 March 1861 to Charles Vimpeny. Louisa and Charles are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet, Illinois. They were parents of nine children: Charles, Lucy, Arthur, Fredrick, Grace, Anna, Harry, George,and Milford.
- William and Minnie Genschaw Sitting on Front Porch (197 KB)
William & Minnie Genschaw on porch of their house at 326 Orchard Street, Chebanse, Kankakee County, Illinois (Block 13, Lot 29, Sub Lot 15).
- Charles J. Vimpany/Vimpeny (34 KB)
The 1860s photo album of Charles J. Vimpeny and Louisa Purdy displays this photo which is probably that of Charles J. Vimpeny taken about 1880. The album is now in possession of their great granddaughter Jean Vimpeny. The image, taken in Joliet, Illinois bears a strong resemblance to some of his descendants.
- Edith Vimpeny with daughters Edna, Irene and Ethel (51 KB)
Harry Vimpeny probably photographed his family ca1912. Shown are wife Edith Goble Vimpeny and daughters Edna Vimpeny Meyer born 1906, Irene Vimpeny Gierke Starks born 1910 and Ethel Vimpeny Gierke born 1908. Harry Vimpeny had a huge camera and tripod to photograph his young family in Lemont and Joliet, Illinois.
- Joliet, Illinois Home of Charles & Louisa Vimpeny (26 KB)
Charles and Louisa Vimpeny lived at 613 Florence Avenue, Joliet, Will County,Illinois. Perhaps that is Louisa shown on front porch before her death in 1906. No photograph of Charles Vimpeny has been discovered.
- William & Minnie Genschaw Farm Home (290 KB)
William & Minnie Genschaw purchased their farm in 1892. It was east of Chebanse, Illinois, near Sugar Island and the Iroquois River. Ida Genschaw and Edward Gierke were married here in 1899. The house was razed about 1980.
- Jeanne Baptiste Chevalier Dessery (107 KB)
Born in France, Jeanne Baptiste Chevalier married Jacques Dessery and immigrated to the prairie in Illinois. Widowed in the 1860s she went with her family to Tonganoxie, Kansas. When her pioneer home dug into a Kansas hillside was invaded by Indians she chased them away with a kettle of boiling water! Her gravestone in Tonganoxie matches that of her husband in L'Erable, Illinois.
- Fred Strahl and Mary Fanselow Strahl (33 KB)
Fred (Johann Christian Friedrich) Strahl married 22 October 1870 Christina Maria Frederika Fanselow in Lapitz, Mecklenburg, Germany. Fred was liveryman and surveyor for the manor house and Maria was seamstress there. They emigrated in early 1870s to Chicago, Illinois then settled near Clifton, Illinois.
- Vimpeny Brothers - George, Arthur, Harry & Charles (17 KB)
Shown are sons of Charles Vimpeny and Louisa Purdy - top left is George born 1878, top right is Arthur born 1866, bottom left is Harry born 1875 and bottom right is Charles born 1862. Charles was the family genealogist for the Purdy and Vimpeny families.
- Edward Gierke's tall corn near Clifton, Illinois (209 KB)
Edward Gierke farmed 80 acres in northwest corner of Section 27 T29N R13W Chebanse Township,Iroquois County, Illinois. Address was Rt. 1, Clifton. He farmed until he was in his 80s. He "batched" on this farm, then married Ida Genschaw and raised four sons, Edmund, Walter, Elden and Vernon here.
- Home of Fred & Mary Strahl, Clifton, Illinois 1913 (54 KB)
Fred and Mary Strahl, pictured here, bought this house in Clifton, Illinois (northwest corner of 4th Ave & 1st St)in 1913 for $1,300. House was built in 1896; in 2003 it is the site of Iroquois Federal Savings. Mary Strahl handed out cookies here to children coming from school.
- Hanne Margarethe Louise Holtkamp Meier ca1890 (28 KB)
Hanne Margarethe Louise Holtkamp married in this bonnet 18February1838 Oetinghausen,Germany to Caspar Heinrich Meier. She was buried in this bonnet after her death Christmas Eve 1893. Her casket, probably made by grandson Henry Meier was buried in Milks Grove cemetery, Iroquois County, Illinois and marked by a wooden cross.
- Samuel & Anna Goble with his brother Stephen Goble (33 KB)
Brothers Samuel Decator Goble and Stephen L. Goble
were Civil War Veterans; their deaths occurred during the same hour on 14 October 1906 - Samuel in Illinois and Stephen in Indiana. They are shown here with Samuel's wife Anna Eliza Hayes Goble.
- Catherine Doyle Walsh and James Walsh ca1877 (42 KB)
James Walsh, a tailor, born in Ireland 1828 and Catherine Doyle born in Ireland ca1833 emigrated to Rochester, New York and later lived in Lima, New York where they were photographed. They were parents of Edward, Mary Rose, Thomas Michael, John, Joseph, Elizabeth, Margaret, Patrick, James Jr., Richard and Mary.
- Henry Meier and Elizabeth Strahl Meier (16 KB)
Henry Meier married 24 March 1897 Milks Grove Township, Iroquois County, Illinois to Elizabeth Ernestine Strahl. They were the parents of four sons: Harry born 1898, Arthur born 1903, Delbert "Buck" born 1914 and an infant born 1912. Many descendants live in Iroquois and McHenry Counties, Illinois.
- Samuel Decator Goble and Anna Eliza Hayes ca1871 (19 KB)
Written on back of this photo is "Anna who went west." In the collection of Hayes family in West Plattsburgh, New York the photo shows Anna Eliza Hayes with her new husband Samuel Decator Goble. She had gone to Illinois to find her brothers, then married and lived out her life in Illinois.
- Thomas Michael Walsh, photographed Utica NY ca1907 (39 KB)
Thomas Michael Walsh, born 26 March 1858 Rochester, NY to James Walsh and Catherine Doyle, married 18 May 1886 Kankakee, Illinois to Josephine Mulloy. They were parents of Mary, Marguerite, Charles, Anthony, Bernadette,Edward, Bernard and Athenais. Thomas was finishing carpenter for Pullman train cars; later worked for Soo Line.
- Marguerite Cecilia Walsh Meier ca1910 (45 KB)
Marguerite attended Illinois State College and became a school teacher. She drove a horse and buggy, accompanied by a tiny revolver! to country school. She left teaching in 1922 to marry Harry William Meier - their many descendants live mainly in Illinois.
- Josephine Dessery Mulloy Walsh, ca1885 photograph (12 KB)
Josephine Dessery Mulloy Walsh - she was named for her aunt Josephine Dessery Linton and was given her mother's maiden name for a middle name. Born 19 November 1862 Ashkum, Illinois to Charles Mulloy and Athenaisse Dessery she married 18 May 1886 to Thomas Walsh. She wrote to him, "To dear Tomey from Josie - yours till death."
- Descendants of William Yarham and Mary Williamson (607 KB)
William Yarham and Mary Williamson married 24 April 1815 East Barsham, County Norfolk, England. They were parents of John born 1815; James born 1818 who died in Tama County, Iowa; Charles born 1820 who died Cuyahoga County, Ohio and Mary Ann born 1822 who died near Scottsville,Jewell County, Kansas.
- Rokohl descendants in Clifton, Illinois (404 KB)
Johann Heinrich Rokohl and Anne Marie Giesselmann, born about 1750 in Herford-Radewig, Westfalen, Germany were the great great grandparents of Henry Meier who died 2 November 1952 in Clifton, Illinois.
- Ancestors and descendants of Harry Vimpeny (73 KB)
A Vimpeny database giving the ancestors and descendants of Harry Vimpeny who was born 1875,Joliet, Illinois and died 1950 in Aroma Park, Illinois.
- Heinrich Dornbrok and Friederike Schmidt (59 KB)
Heinrich Dornbrok and Friederike Schmidt (b1780, died 26 August 1845) lived in Wrechen, Mecklenberg, Germany; they were parents of Heinrich b1806; Johann Friederich (whose descendants live in Iroquois County, Illinois)born between 1799-1807; Johann Gottfried born 1 December 1814; George Friederich b1817 and Caroline Charlotte Dorothee born 6 February 1818.
- Christoph Genschow descendants (1716 KB)
Christoph Genschow, who was born about 1700 in Weggun, East Prussia (Mecklenburg, Germany)has numerous descendants in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties, Illinois.
- Dessery Descendants in Illinois, Kansas and Calif. (1 KB)
Jacques Dessery, born 12 October 1817, Grandvelle, Haute-Saone,France,is great grandson of Pierre Francois Dessery who was born 19 October 1737 in Grandvelle. There are numerous descendants living in Iroquois County,Illinois,the area of Tonganoxie, Kansas, and in California.
- Joachim Friedrich Theodor Strahl & Sophia Bahk (642 KB)
Joachim Friedrich Theodor Strahl (son of Karl Strahl) was born 15 December 1816 in Blankenhof, Germany; he married 6 November 1840 in Lapitz, Mecklenberg, Germany to Sophia Dorothea Christina Bahk. There are many descendants in area of Clifton, Iroquois County, Illinois.
- Louis Jean Francois Chevalier and Jeanne Chement (61 KB)
Louis Jean Francois Chevalier and Jeanne Chement are parents of Jean Francois Chevalier b1778, died 2 May 1832 Neuville-les-la-Charite, Haute-Saone, France. He married 23 February 1807 to Claudine Dufourg. Descendants live in Iroquois County, Illinois and across United States.
- Ernst D. Vanselow/Fanselow & Catherine D. F. Gentz (126 KB)
Ernst Diedrich Vanselow/Fanselow was born 1777 in Gross Flotow, Mecklenburg, Germany and Catherine Dorothea Frederika Gentz was born 1775 in Wilderg, Mecklenburg, Germany. Some of their descendants settled in Milks Grove Township, Iroquois County, Illinois.
- Meier descendants of Franz Heinrich Meyer (540 KB)
Franz Heinrich Meyer, born ca1750, Schildesche, Westfalen, Germany is the ancestor of Henry Meier who died in Clifton, Iroquois County, Illinois 2 November 1852. There are numerous descendants still in Clifton and throughout Illinois.
- Herringerbaumer descendants in Clifton, Illinois (390 KB)
Johann Gerhard Herringberbaumer's daughter married Johann Friedrich Meier; there are many Meier descendants in Clifton, Illinois area.
- Holtkamp descendants in Clifton, Illinois (411 KB)
Johann Heinrich Holtkamp and Anna Margaretha Louisa Elisabeth Kruger were the great great grandparents of Henry Meier who died 2 November 1852 in Clifton, Illinois.
- Descendants of James Walsh who died 1884 Lima, NY (338 KB)
James Walsh and Catherine Doyle, both born ca1832 Ireland, were parents of Joseph; Edward b1855; Mary Rose b1857; Thomas b26 March 1858; Elizabeth b1862, John b1862; Margaret b3 March 1865; Patrick bMarch 1867; James b1869 and Mary b20 October 1871. Thomas went to Iroquois County, Illinois; Patrick or Richard to Colorado.
- Hoeke descendants in Clifton, Illinois (338 KB)
Johann Carl Hoeke and Johanna Catharina Wilhelmina of Sieker, Westfalen, Germany were the great great grandparents of Henry Meier who died 2 November 1952 in Clifton, Illinois.
- William Purdy and Mary Anne Yarham Descendants (825 KB)
William Purdy born 1817 England and Mary Anne Yarham born 1821 England were parents of 16 children born in Toronto, Canada, near Cleveland, Ohio and Tama County, Iowa. They have numerous descendants in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kansas. William and Mary died near Scottsville, Jewell County, Kansas.
- Graefe descendants in Clifton, Illinois (312 KB)
Johann Heinrich Graefe and Marie Ilsabein Potthoff, both born ca1740 in Herringhausen, Westfalen, Germany, were the great great grandparents of Henry Meier who died 2 November 1952 in Clifton, Illinois.