Joseph, Sr. Oyer b. Abt 1774 Wilgartswiesen, Palatinate, GR d. Abt 1845 Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Joseph, Sr. Oyer

Male Abt 1774 - Abt 1845  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name Joseph, Sr. Oyer  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1774  Wilgartswiesen, Palatinate, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Hermersbergerhof, near Landau. Calculated date from marriage document. (30 years at the time)
    Gender Male 
    Residence Abt 1807-1830  Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Miller at Niderhoff
    Immigration 12 Dec 1830  New Orleans, LA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Ship Superior
    Residence 1831  Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In 1838 To IL
    PURC 20 Aug 1838  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • From Peter Ringenberg, brother-in-law
    Died Abt 1845  Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Listed as a Farmer, age 42, with wife Ann, age 33, both born in France, and children all born in Illinois:
      Joseph age 15; Catharine 14; Ann 12; Peter 10; John 8; Christian 6; Madaline 4; Mary 1; and Catharine Shrock age 64, widow born in France.
    Occupation Miller at Hemersbergerhof near Landau (compagnon meunier)/Farmer in America 
    Buried Farmdale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In a plot at the edge of the property line of his brother Jacob’s farm.
    Person ID I342  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 

    Father Johannes (Hans) Oyer,   b. Abt 1750,   d. 1833, Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Mother Jakobine Regle’ (Ruschli, Roeschly),   b. Abt 1750, Scheppach, Haut-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1820, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Family ID F157  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Catherine Schrag,   b. Abt 1783, St. Avold, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1823, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married 27 Dec 1804  Gondrexange, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    • 10 Nivose 13 - at Ketzing?
    Notes 
    • In her marriage record, Catherine’s surname is spelled “Schrack.” A rough translation of the vital statistic is: This record 6 (10?) nivo an 13 is the mariage of Joseph Oyer 30 years old born compagnon (companion or comrade) miller living in Gondrexange son of Jean Oyer and Jacobine Regle, and Catherine Schrack 21 years old born Oderfang, living in Gondrexange, major (of majority years) daughter of deceased Gaspard Schrack, miller and of deceased Marie Blazer (Blaser) living in Rhodes before death. Witnesses: Joseph Schrag born 1772/1773 son of Gaspard Schraque and Barbe Rouvenac, married 13 Aug 1798 with Marie Engel (1772-1819).

      Another marriage document on file is “extrait du registre des actes de mariage de la commune de Gondrexange”--meaning it is a copy made (it could be 12 Oct 1823). This second record could be with regard to some census taken, as there is a seal on the record that includes the word census.

      Joseph Oyer was 30 years old and living in Gondrexange at the time of his marriage.
      Catherine was 21 years old (majeur fille, majority years), born in Oderfang, living in Gondrexange. Her parents had died before her marriage.

      Witnesses:
      Jean-Claude T(?)acotte
      Joseph Schrock, age 32, brother of Catherine, living at Gondrexange.
    Children 
     1. Magdalena Oyer,   b. 31 Aug 1805, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1888, Milford, Seward Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Catherine Oyer,   b. 4 Oct 1807, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1808, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Catherine Oyer,   b. 15 Oct 1809, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1897, Eureka, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     4. Anna Oyer,   b. 29 Nov 1811, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1855, East Peoria, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     5. Joseph, Jr Oyer,   b. 29 Jan 1814, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1866, Farmdale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     6. Johannes (John) Oyer,   b. 9 Sep 1816, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1872, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     7. Peter Oyer,   b. 15 Oct 1818, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1890, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     8. Christian Oyer,   b. 11 Dec 1820, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1904, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     9. Marie (Mary) Oyer,   b. 16 Apr 1823, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1893, Deer Creek, Washington Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Magdalena Litwiller,   b. 30 Mar 1801, Kerprich-Aux-Bois, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1861/2, Livingston Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1823  Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Joseph’s brother Jacob was a witness to the marriage.
    Children 
     1. Barbara Oyer,   b. 20 Aug 1824, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1881  (Age 57 years)
     2. Andrew Oyer,   b. 27 Feb 1829, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1916, Sterling, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. Elizabeth Oyer,   b. 23 Apr 1828, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1896, Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     4. David Oyer,   b. 26 Apr 1830, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1891  (Age 61 years)
     5. Veronica (Fannie) Oyer,   b. 1834, Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1872, Gridley, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     6. Josephine (Phoebe) Oyer,   b. 1 Aug 1838, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1929  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F149  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1774 - Wilgartswiesen, Palatinate, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Dec 1804 - Gondrexange, Moselle, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Nov 1823 - Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1807-1830 - Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 12 Dec 1830 - New Orleans, LA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1831 - Butler Co., OH Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPURC - 20 Aug 1838 - Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1845 - Groveland, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1860 - Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Farmdale, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Joseph lived near Turquestein, in the village of Niderhoff, where he was the community's miller. Joseph was married first to Catherine Schrag. Joseph Oyer and family and his brother Jacob Oyer and family and their 85-year-old father, Johannes Oyer, along with others came to America in 1830. He made the voyage with his wife and twelve children: Magdalena, Catherine, Anna, Joseph, John, Peter, Christian, Mary, Elisabeth/Barbara, Andrew, Elise/Elisabeth, David. Eight of these children were born to Joseph's first wife, Catherine. They sailed from the port of LeHavre, France, and after a 53-day trip across the ocean landed at the port of New Orleans in November. After living a while in Butler County, Ohio, the Joseph Oyer family moved to Tazewell County, Illinois. [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S199] The Oyer Family Comes to America, Verle Oyer.

    2. [S354] Closing the Circle:The European Journey of a Father and Son, Part II, Gordon Oyer.

    3. [S312] Closing the Circle: The European Journey of a Father and Son, Gordon Oyer, 1776.

    4. [S143] Amish Emigration Through Le Havre, Verle and Gordon Oyer.

    5. [S181] The Rinkenberger Family, Ardys Serpette.

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

    7. [S175] Marriage Record of Catherine Schrag and Joseph Oyer, Sr.

    8. [S1053] Les anabaptistes de l’arrondissement de Sarrebourg, Jean-Claude Koffel, (Self-published).


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