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 | FUHRMANN, FUHRMAN

My 2nd great grandfather on my mom’s side, Anton Fuhrmann, came to America from Germany in about 1845. Anton and his wife, Maria Katherine Michels settled in Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, where they farmed. They had ten children together. Their oldest daughter, Elizabeth, married John Hau in 1900.

Surname Saturday | HELLER

My grandmother on my mom’s side is a Heller. Passenger list records show that Lorenz, his wife Elizabeth (Fleming), and their children Anna, Andreas and Rosalia arrived at Castle Garden in New York City on May 16, 1866, on the ship Johanna. They were from Sossnow, Prussia. They lived in Neshkoro, Marquette Co., WI in 1870 and by 1880 had moved on to Princeton, Green Lake Co. In 1881, they moved to South Dakota. My direct line stayed in Wisconsin.

My great grandfather, Frank worked on farms at Fox Lake and in the lumber camps at Ashland.  After several years, he came to Montello and worked for the Montello Granite Company for about 45 years. His daughter, Florence married Raymond Hau in 1933.

Today’s Tidbit | June 2, 1857 – Leonhard and Katherine Seybold

On this day, 152 years ago, Leonhard Seybold and his wife, Katherine (Protz) Seybold arrived at Castle Garden in New York City from Germany. They were passengers on the ship “New Orleans”, and may have been married on-board ship.

Only six days earlier, on May 27, 1857, Joseph Voiland and Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond, arrived in New York City from France. They were married shortly before their emigration.

Leonhard and Katherine Seybold’s granddaughter, Dorothy Louise Harris, would marry Joseph and Felicitée Voiland’s grandson, Russell Bernard Weller, on July 15th, 1929. They are my grandparents.

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"New Orleans" Passenger List

Tuesday Treasure | May 26, 2009

This is a copy of the marriage record for my 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Voiland and Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond. They were married on March 26, 1857 in Essert, Belfort, France. Shortly thereafter, they emigrated to America.

It was photocopied for me at the Archives Departementales Du Territoire De Belfort by a RAOGK volunteer.

I’d like to know what the entire record says. I’m not sure if it’s written in French or Latin. If anyone out there can help, please let me know!

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Tuesday Treasure | April 21, 2009

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My great grandparents, Orville and Katherine (Seybold) Harris brought this parlor clock with them to Appleton, WI when they moved from Waldo, FL in 1895. The clock is a Waterbury and was manufactured in about 1874. It was handed down to my grandparents and then to me in the late 1980’s. The clock still runs and, with periodic maintenance, keeps pretty good time.

The Waterbury Clock Company was located in Connecticut and was a major clock producer in the late 1800’s. In 1942, it was bought by Norwegian investors and, soon after, became known as United States Time Corporation. The company introduced the popular “Timex” watch shortly after the WWII.