Joseph Sommer b. 18 Sep 1775 Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR d. 4 Aug 1856 In Illinois?: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Joseph Sommer[1, 2, 3]

Male 1775 - 1856  (80 years)


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  • Name Joseph Sommer  [4
    Born 18 Sep 1775  Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Sommerhof
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1828  Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Immigration 16 May 1828  NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • Carolina Agusta with eight children (?)
    Residence 1828-1855  Paris Twp., Stark Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Residence 1855  Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 4 Aug 1856  In Illinois? Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    • or Paris, Stark Co., OH?
    Buried Mackinaw, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • Slabtown Cemetery ?
    Person ID I6417  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2019 

    Father Jean Sommer,   b. Abt 1731, Palatinate, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1805, Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Marie Rubi (Roby),   b. 17 Jun 1747, Riedelberg, Pirmasens, Palatinate, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1820, Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married Between 1767-1772  [8
    Family ID F4472  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anne Marie Schwartz,   b. 1777, Walbach, Haut-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 7 Aug 1796  Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Haut-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F10441  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anne Marie Goerig,   b. 14 Sep 1788, Bourg-Bruche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1859, Paris, Stark Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 15 Jan 1806  Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Sommerhof
    Children 
     1. Joseph Sommer,   b. 13 Feb 1807, Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1847, Springfield, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     2. Christian Sommer,   b. 7 Nov 1808, Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900, Allen Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     3. Peter Sommer,   b. 28 Apr 1811, Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1880, Gridley, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. John Sommer,   b. 24 May 1813, Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1893  (Age 80 years)
     5. Magdalena Sommer,   b. 2 Aug 1815, Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1902, Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     6. Catherine Sommer,   b. 19 Apr 1818, Dossenheim-Kochersberg, Lower Alsace, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1895, Leo, Allen Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Elizabeth Sommer,   b. 5 Jun 1821,   d. 26 May 1885  (Age 63 years)
     8. Barbara Sommer,   b. 1822
     9. Jacob Sommer,   b. 29 May 1825, Tours, Centre Val-de-Loire, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1892, Ashtabula, Ashtabula Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     10. Anna Sommer,   b. 1830, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F4468  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Sep 1775 - Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Aug 1796 - Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Haut-Rhin, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jan 1806 - Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1828 - Butler Co., OH Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 16 May 1828 - NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1828-1855 - Paris Twp., Stark Co., OH Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1855 - Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mackinaw, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The older children went to Illinois, the younger to Indiana and Ohio.

      Source , page 10, tells a different story of Joseph’s death and burial.
      “According to Bishop Samuel Gerber, Joseph Sommer, his great grandfather, one day walked from his place to son Peter’s, a distance of about six miles. On the way he became ill. He arrived at Peter’s home and passed away there a few days later, August 4, 1856. He is also buried in the Slabtown Cemetery . Later his widow, Anna, became ill and eventually was moved to Allen County, Indiana, where she died and is buried.”

      {Sommerhof was once embedded in woods. But the industrial consumption of its trees apparently led the family to relocate after 1815. (The farm was finally abandoned when the last of the extended family came to America in 1834).
      The Sommers resettled on Zellerhof farm above the Zinsel River west of Dossenheim, Lower Alsace (above Saverne). This location is about 40 miles north of Neuviller. Their civil records can be found at Dossenheim-sur-Zinsel.
      According to the Alsace Emigration Index, the family applied to emigrate at Dossenheim in 1828. They sailed from Le Havre on the Carolina Agusta. The passenger list for the ship’s arrival at New York May 16, 1828 has a number of errors. It lists Alsatian passengers John [Joseph] Somer, 52; Maria, 36; Joseph, 19; Peter, 17; Christiann, 19; John, 14; Madeline, 13; Cathena, 11; Elzabeth, 8; Barbe, 6; and John [Jacob], 2.
      From New York they went to Butler County, Ohio, where they lived until 1834. When the older children left to settle in Illinois, the remaining family members moved to Stark County, Ohio. } [1, 4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S453] Introducing the Members of my Extended Sommer Family: Joseph and Anna Mary (Gerig) Sommer, Donald W. Roth.

    2. [S920] The Family of Joseph Sommer (b. 1775) and Anne Marie Gerig: Documentation at the Sommerhof in France, Anne Augspurger Schmidt-Lange.

    3. [S495] Sommer Register Report, Ted Sommer.

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

    5. [S495] Sommer Register Report, Ted Sommer, Says Joseph died in Illinois.

    6. [S1076] Sommer Family Information, Gives death as 25 Sep 1837, in Mittersheim, Moselle, FR at 62 yrs.

    7. [S269] GeneaNet Family Tree of Jean François Lorentz , Gives death as 25 Sep 1837, in Mittersheim, Moselle, FR at 62 yrs.

    8. [S269] GeneaNet Family Tree of Jean François Lorentz .

    9. [S269] GeneaNet Family Tree of Jean François Lorentz , Gives month as May.


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