Johann "John" WELSCH was born in Germany in 1804. In 1839 he came to the United States with his wife Anna Marie WIERSCHEM and family. The family 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.
Some of the surnames being researched are: Albert, Bauer, Burns, Botzum, Büttner - Buettner, Comb - Kamm, Clendenin, Crook, Duhs - Duß - Duss, Fleetwood, Foster, Freeman, Gerock, Gerst, Gooding, Grebner, Hause - Haus - Haas, Heininger, Hess, Huston, Jackson, Johnson, Johnston, Kaltwasser, Kelley - Kelly, Kerker, Köppel - Koeppel, Krüger - Krueger, Lacey - Lacy, Lasiter - Lassiter - Lasater, Loomis, McNamara, Müller - Muller - Mueller - Miller, Mitchell, Moss, Paar, Piercy - Pearcy, Prill, Rankin, Reeder, Rice - Rhuys, Rossmann, Schneider, Scott, Simon, Staab, Stephenson - Stevenson, Stone, Theobald, Vincenz, Wacker - Walker, Wegstein, Weller, Welsch, Whitaker, Wierschem, Wolf, Zerwas.
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.
Please E-mail me for corrections to WFT Vol. 8, No. 1366, 1996. Some of the changes include 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.