Mystery Monday | Charles Francois Xavier Voiland

My 3rd great grandfather, Charles Francois Xavier Voiland, emigrated to the United States from Essert, France. He, his wife Adelaide (Perrin), and 5 of their children arrived at Castle Garden, on board the William Tell, on December 3rd, 1857. Charles’ name has also appeared in family records as Jean Baptiste Voiland. It seams that he used both names.

I’m trying to find out where Charles and his family eventually settled. I believe they initially made their way to Buffalo, NY. Daughters Celia, Philomene, Adel and Magdalena are listed in the 1860 Census as living in Buffalo. Another daughter, Julia, is listed in the 1879 Buffalo Census. I can’t find Charles in the Buffalo census.

I do believe that Charles (Jean Baptiste) and Adelaide came to, and lived in, Wisconsin. There is a John and Adiel Welling in the 1870 US Census for Royalton, Waupaca Co., WI. I believe that this may be Charles and Adelaide. They are living next door to Magdalena (Voiland) Roman, who would be their daughter. The name “John” is the English spelling of “Jean”. The ages listed also make sense with the birth dates I have for them.

Most of the Voiland family changed their names to “Weller”. Charles’ son Joseph went by the names of Joseph Voiland and Joseph Weller. I can imagine a census taker trying to decipher a Frenchman pronouncing Voiland or Weller.

So, if John and Adiel Weller are indeed Charles (Jean) and Adelaide Voiland, what happened to them? I wonder when they died and where they are buried. Magdalena, and her brother, Joseph, who also lived in the area, are both buried in nearby Manawa. I haven’t found a record of Charles and Adelaide there or anywhere else in the area.

Mystery Monday | February 21, 2011 – Asahel Cleveland

Today’s mystery involves my 3rd great grandfather, Asahel Cleveland.

Asahel was born in Worthington, Hampshire Co., MA on April 6, 1793. He was the youngest child of Newcomb Cleveland and Abigail Willis. Asahel and Priscilla Benjamin married on March 7, 1815 in Pierpont, OH.

The information I have states that Asahel died in Hancock County, IL on December 5, 1845. There is an Asahel Cleveland in the 1842 Illinois Tax Index for Nauvoo, which is in Hancock Co.

I would like to know where Asahel is buried. Priscilla is buried in the Old Burying Grounds in Pierpont.

Asahel is my 3rd great grandfather.

Mystery Monday | August 16, 2010

Like most people who are researching their family history, I have a lot of unanswered questions about many of my ancestors. Where did they live? What was their occupation? Why did they move to a certain area of the country? Who is in this picture? Where are they buried? The questions never end!

I’m starting a Monday’s Mystery post that will ask some of these questions about specific people. Maybe some of my readers will have information to help solve a few of these many mysteries.

Today’s mystery involves some photos of unknowns. The pictures were given to me by the Daniels family in Shawano, WI. They may have once belonged to my great aunt, Helen Weller, who lived in Clintonville, WI.

I’m particularly interested in the gentleman on the left in the above photo. He appears in both of these pictures. I’m guessing the the lady in the second picture is his wife, but I don’t know that for sure.