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Grebner - Welsch Genealogy

Updated December 3, 2013

Marjorie Grebner Welsch

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Johann "John" WELSCH was born in Allenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany in 1804, a son of Bernhard Welsch and Anna Maria Henn. He married 1826 in Allenz to Anna Marie WIERSCHEM born in Kollig, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany in 1804, a daughter of Willibrord Wierschem and Elisabeth Rincker. In 1839 the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Monroe County, Illinois. Their children were Maria Anna, John Joseph, Maria Catherine, Peter, Nicholas, and another child who died sometime before 1894. His grandson, Joseph WELSCH,a son of Peter Welsch and Gertrude ZERWAS, was born in Monroe County, Illinois, moved to Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois where he married Minnie Theresa BURNS. Joseph had a bakery and restaurant in Nokomis, Montgomery County, Illinois.

Mathew (STEVENSON) STEPHENSON was born in 1773 (1778) probably in North or South Carolina. He lived in North Carolina in 1804. From there he moved to Tennessee then Caldwell County, Kentucky where he married third wife, Delilah FREEMAN. Mathew and Delilah moved to Franklin County, Illinois where he was a blacksmith. Later Delilah moved to Jefferson County, Illinois. Mathew's known children from previous marriages were Robert, Jane B. and William Jefferson Stephenson and 8 others. His children with Delilah were Laurin, John, Eliza, Amanda, Mathew James, aka James M., Henry and four infants. Henry's son, Frank Lincoln STEPHENSON, and Frank's wife, Anna Amanda PIERCY, were born, lived in Jefferson County, Illinois.

Jakob GREBNER, son of Caspar GREBNER a winegrower and Elisebeth WEGSTEIN, was born in 1804. He married Barbara GERST, daughter of Peter GERST and Susanna ALBERT in Hörstein Bavaria in 1833. In 1846 Jakob and Barbara along with their four children Eva, Friedrich, Anna, and Kilian immigrated to the United States. By 1852, they had settled in Woodford County, Illinois. Frank GREBNER, a son of Kilian GREBNER and Veronica MÜLLER, married Angelina SCHNEIDER a daughter of Lorenz SCHNEIDER and Katharina SIMON. They lived in Worth Township in Woodford County, Illinois.

August PRILL, son of Karl PRILL, emigrated from Linde, West Prussia with his wife and children and settled in Cook County, Illinois in 1877. August was married to Amellia KRÜGER, daughter of William KRÜGER. August and Amellia's children were Louise, August Jr., John, Emilie, Augusta, and Martha. About ten years later his son, John moved to Peoria, Illinois where he married Emilie WOLF. Their son J. Elmer Prill married Emma DUHS. Elmer and Emma livedin Peoria, Illinois. Emma was the daughter of Ludwig DUHS (DUSS) and Elisa Katherina "Kate" HESS.

I would be glad to exchange information with other family member researching these surnames, but request that information on living people not be published on the internet.

If you own WFT Vol. 8, No. 1366, 1996. There are changes to the the ancestors of Judith Anne Fleetwood, David Reeder, Mindwell Aurilla Johnston, Anna Magdalena Bernhardin Gerock and Benjamin Johnson which are not correct in the tree. Please check the -Grebner Welsch McBeath Schlipf Kinhart Genealogy- link below for the correct information.

Family Photos

  • Elisa Katherina Hess (113 KB)
    Kate Hess Duhs as a young girl.
  • Jakob Grebner Passport, 1846 (224 KB)
    It also names Jakob's wife Barbara and children Eva, Friederich, Anna Marie and Kilian.
  • Jakob Grebner Passport, 1846 [back] (151 KB)
    This is the reverse side of same passport.
  • Kilian Grebner (16 KB)
    Born in 1845, Kilian came to the United States with his parents, Jakob and Barbara Gerst Grebner, in 1846.
  • Anna Marie Grebner (38 KB)
    Born in 1842, Anna Marie [Maria Anna] came to the United States with her parents, Jakob and Barbara Gerst Grebner, in 1846.
  • Johann Adam Müller (114 KB)
    Born in 1811, Johann Adam Müller arrived in Woodford County Illinois with Nikolaus and Michael Müller in August of 1841.
  • Frank & Angelina Schneider Grebner Family 1914-15 (204 KB)
    At their farm in Worth Township, Woodford County, Illinois, USA. In the back: Josephine, Pauline, Hilarius and Isidor. In the front: Alfred, Frank, Leo, Herman, Angeline and Lawrence
  • Ludwig Duhs and Kate Hess Duhs (87 KB)
    Ludwig Frederick Duhs and Elisa Katherina Hess both born in Germany were married Jan. 20, 1898 in Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois.
  • John Prill and Emilie Wolf Prill (86 KB)
    Johann Frederick Prill and Emilie Louisa Wolf both of Germany were married Aug. 30, 1894 in Peoria, Illinois.
  • Katharina Simon Schneider (18 KB)
    Charcoal drawing of Katharina Simon Schneider wife of Lorenz Schneider.

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