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.

Surname Saturday | ROMOND

My 2nd great grandmother, Marie Felicitee “Sadie” Romond, came to America on May 27th, 1857. She and her husband, Joseph Voiland, started their journey soon after they married in Essert, France. After arriving in New York, they traveled to Buffalo, and remained there until passage through the Great Lakes could be obtained. They finally arrived in Little Wolf Township, Waupaca Co., Wisconsin in Dec. 1857.

Sadie grew up in Urcerey, in the Territory of Belfort, France. Her parents, Jean Pierre Romont and Marguerite Ancla’eier Eglin, both died when she was a teenager. So, her brother Charles gave her away in marriage. Joseph and Sadie settled on an 80 acre farm in Little Wolf Township, and then retired to the village of Royalton in 1903.

The Romond surname has also been spelled Romont, Romon and Roman.

Further reading can be found here.

Surname Saturday | HEINKE

My 2nd great grandparents, Heinrich (Friedrick) Heinke, and his wife Eliese (Schroebke), along with their two daughters, landed in New York at Castle Garden on October 27, 1860.  The ship’s record indicates that they had been living in Bretwisch (West Pomerania) Prussia (later a part of East Germany) before going to Hamburg to board the ship, “Deutschland”.  They arrived in Eldorado Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI in the fall of 1860.  Three children, including my great grandmother Laura, were born to them while living there.  In 1879, they moved to the farm in Royalton Township, Waupaca Co.  Laura would have been 17 at the time. Four years later she married Frank Weller.

We have been unable to trace the Heinke line farther back than Heinrich. His father may have been name Karl, but that hasn’t been substantiated. Heinrich and Eliese are buried in Little Wolf Cemetery – Manawa, Waupaca Co.

Today’s Tidbit | January 18, 1858

On this day, in 1858, my great grandfather, Frank Weller, was born in Little Wolf Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. He was the oldest child of Joseph and Sadie Voiland. Frank cleared and established an 80 acre farm in the town of Royalton, in about 1879, more than three years before he married Laura Sophie Heinke.

They sold the farm in 1907 and moved to Clintonville with the intention of retiring. But soon after, he bought a large farm and dairy and operated it until the fall of 1916, when he purchased a hardware store. He operated Frank Weller Hardware Co. until his death in 1935. His son, Russell, continued to operate the store until 1972.

c. 1880

c. 1934

Today’s Tidbit | October 27, 1860 – Heinrich and Eliese Heinke

On this day, 149 years ago, my 2nd great grandparents, Hienrich and Eliese (Schroebke) Heinke along with their 2 daughters, Caroline and Amelia, arrived at Castle Garden in New York City. The ship’s record indicates that they had been living in Bretwisch (West Pomerania) Prussia (later, part of East Germany) before traveling to Hamburg to board the ship, “Deutschland“. E. Wesselhöft was the ship’s master.

"Deutschland" passenger list showing Heinke family

"Deutschland" passenger list showing Heinke family (click to enlarge)

The Heinkes arrived in Eldorado Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI in the fall of 1860. Three more children, Laura, Elisabeth, and Reinhard were born to them while living there. In 1879, they settled on the farm in Royalton Township. The location of their farm can be seen on this 1890 plat map.

Heinke property in Royalton Twp., Waupaca Co., WI (click to enlarge)

Heinke property in Royalton Twp., Waupaca Co., WI (click to enlarge)

This Heinke Rd. sign marks the way to the former location of the Heinke farm.

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Sign for street leading into former sight of the Heinke farm in Royalton Twp.

In 1883, their daughter, Laura, married Frank Weller, who had a farm nearby.

Heinrich and Eliese Heinke are both buried in Little Wolf Cemetery, Manawa, Waupaca Co., WI