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Christian Springer b. 15 Oct 1792 Sarrebourg, Moselle, FR d. 8 Oct 1879 Stanford, McLean Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Christian Springer[1]

Male 1792 - 1879  (86 years)


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  • Name Christian Springer  [2
    Born 15 Oct 1792  Sarrebourg, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Mattmuhl
    Gender Male 
    Census 1830  Madison, Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Neighbor to Christian Augsburger
    Census 1860  Mosquito Grove, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Later Allin Township in about 1867
    Died 8 Oct 1879  Stanford, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Stanford, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Mount Pleasant Cemetery
    Person ID I10510  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2019 

    Father Georges (Jörg) Springer,   b. Abt 1753, Lorraine, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1813, Hoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Madelaine Verkler (Wurkler),   b. 8 Jul 1760, Bebing, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mattmille, Sarrebourg, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4769  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Magdalena Engel (Ingle),   b. 24 Feb 1798, Lorraine, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1870, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1822  [6
    Children 
     1. John Springer,   b. 27 Jan 1815, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1897  (Age 82 years)
     2. Joseph Engel Springer,   b. 24 Dec 1824, Sarrebourg, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1907, Pierce Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Peter D. Springer,   b. 5 Sep 1828, Lorraine, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1916, Stanford, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Andrew Jackson (A. J.) Springer,   b. 24 Apr 1836, Hamilton, Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1915, Cleghorn, Cherokee Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. Christian W. Springer,   b. 25 Oct 1828, Sarrebourg, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1881  (Age 52 years)
     6. Catherine Springer,   b. 15 Aug 1839, Hamilton, Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1915, Saybrook, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F7412  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Oct 1792 - Sarrebourg, Moselle, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1830 - Madison, Butler Co., OH Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Oct 1879 - Stanford, McLean Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Stanford, McLean Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • {A biography of a son in The History of McLean County, Illinois describes his father Christian Springer: "From 1812 to 1815, he was in the service of, and member of the body guard of Napoleon the First." The Sequicentennial History of Washington says, "The Springers came from France, where a brother, Christian, served as a personal bodyguard to Napoleon Bonaparte and was in the memorable battle at Waterloo." Portrait and Biographical Album of McLean County says: "Christian Springer was a miller by trade, and with four other brothers, served under Napoleon in the War of 1812, in his native country, for a period of four years and then deserted, for the third time, finally coming to the United States."

      On Dec. 21, 1822 at Destry Christian married Magdalena/Magdeleine Engel in a double ceremony with sister Anne Springer and Jean Engel. The civil entry said that he was living at Hoste. Witnesses included Gaspard Gerber, 78, and Joseph Schwendi, 44. She was born Feb. 24, 1798, a daughter of Joseph Engel and Magdalena Gerber.

      Portrait and Biographical Album of McLean County gives the birth date Feb. 2, 1796.
      The History of McLean County says that the Springers "...came to the United States, and landed at New Orleans June 12, 1830; went to Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio, July 5, the same year."

      Portrait and Biographical Album of McLean County says Christian "...purchased 206 acres of land, where he resided for sixteen years." Christian appears on the 1830 census of Madison Township as a neighbor of Christian Augspurger, and on the 1840 census of Fairfield Township next door to brother-in-law Christian Gerber ('Christian Garver') who married his oldest sister Catherine.
      The Butler County Records Center in Hamilton, Ohio holds a naturalization Declaration of Intent from the September 1840 court term for Christian Springer, 48, from France; and sons Joseph, 16; Peter, 13; Christian, 11; John, 6; and Andrew, 4.

      Christian and Magdalena are absent from the 1850 census of Fairfield, Butler County, Ohio. It shows a household with only their children: farmer Joseph Springer, 25, France; Peter, 22, France; Christian, 20, France; Magdalena, 17, Ohio; John, 12, Ohio; Andrew, 10, Ohio; Catharine, 7, Ohio; and Mary, 5, Ohio.
      In 1853 sons Joseph and Peter Springer ran a dry goods store at Hamilton, Butler County. It was destroyed by fire in February 1954. Joseph remained in Butler County, while his parents and siblings moved on to McLean County. They arrived at Danvers Nov. 10, 1854, and resettled at Allin in 1856.
      On Sept. 26, 1865 three of the younger brothers obtained public land in Allin. The names Christian W., John S., and Andrew J. Springer appear on the purchases of two parcels in Section 10: 107 acres and 53 acres, at $10 per acre.
      On the 1870 census of Allin, McLean County Christian is described as an 82-year-old retired farmer from France and 'Magdaleine' as a 77-year-old from France; the household also includes Andrew, 34, Ohio; Mary, 24, Ohio; and servant Mary Sherbine, 16, Ohio.

      Magdalena/Magdeleine Engel died at Stanford Sept. 29, 1870. Gospel Herald, November 1870: "On the 29th of September, in McLean county, Illinois, Magdalena Springer, aged 72 years, 2 months and 7 days. She lived 48 years in the bonds of matrimony, and leaves a deeply afflicted husband, 8 children, and 11 grand-children. She was a member of the Mennonite church since she was 14 years old, and trusted in God unto the end. She was buried on the 2nd of October, and many friends and relations followed her to the grave. Funeral discourses were delivered by Pre. Harris and the writer in English, and by Michael Linsinger in the German language. Chr. Gingerich."

      Christian Springer died at Stanford Oct. 3, 1879. They are buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Stanford.

  • Sources 
    1. [S134] Descendants of Christian Birky, Page 203, family line of Brenda Sue Springer-Halseth.

    2. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/57692107/christian-springer.

    3. [S809] Schertz-Grieser-Birkdy-Wick-Girdler Family Tree.

    4. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker, 10 Oct 1792.

    5. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker.

    6. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker, abt 1823.


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