Peter Sommer b. 28 Apr 1811 Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR d. 29 Mar 1880 Gridley, McLean Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Peter Sommer[1, 2]

Male 1811 - 1880  (68 years)


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  • Name Peter Sommer 
    Born 28 Apr 1811  Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Sommerhof
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1828 
    • With his parents, according to History of McLean Co.
    Occupation Farmer And Stock Raiser 
    Religion Amish Mennonite Then Apostolic Christian  [2, 3
    Residence 1828  Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1834  Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1866  Gridley, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 29 Mar 1880  Gridley, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6419  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2019 

    Father Joseph Sommer,   b. 18 Sep 1775, Neuviller-la-Roche, Bas-Rhin, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1856, In Illinois? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother 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  [4
    • Sommerhof
    Family ID F4468  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Schertz,   b. Aug 1816,   d. Aug 1874, Gridley Twp., McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married 13 Jul 1834  Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Magdalena Sommer,   b. 1835,   d. Bef 1879  (Age < 43 years)
     2. Infant Sommer,   b. 1836,   d. 1836  (Age 0 years)
     3. Catherine Sommer,   b. 1838,   d. 26 Jan 1913  (Age 75 years)
     4. Infant Sommer,   b. 1840,   d. 1840  (Age 0 years)
     5. Mary Sommer,   b. 28 Jul 1842,   d. 29 Nov 1929, Gridley, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     6. Barbara Sommer,   b. 4 Mar 1844,   d. 29 Jan 1914  (Age 69 years)
     7. Elizabeth Sommer,   b. 31 Jan 1846,   d. 18 May 1927, Gridley, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     8. Joseph Sommer,   b. 1848
     9. Christian Sommer,   b. 13 Nov 1850
     10. Infant Sommer,   b. 1852,   d. 1852  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F4469  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Apr 1811 - 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 MapsResidence - 1834 - Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Jul 1834 - Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1866 - Gridley, McLean Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Mar 1880 - Gridley, McLean Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • This couple lived in Woodford Co. for 32 years, and resettled at Gridley in 1866 where they farmed 160 acres.

      The History of McLean County (1879): “Peter Sommer, farmer and stock-raiser: Post Office at Gridley; has been a resident of Illinois since 1834. He was born near Strasburg, Alsace, France, April 24, 1811. He came with his parents to the United States in 1828; they settled in Butler County, Ohio; there he lived till his removal to Illinois in 1834; he was one of the pioneers of Woodford County, the Indians not having yet left their hunting grounds on the Mackinaw, when Mr. Sommer took up his claim form the Government, built his log cabin, and began to carve himself a home in the wilderness. After living there thirty-two years he settled on his present farm in 1866. He owns a fine farm of 160 acres, well improved, his set of buildings being among the best in the township. His success in life is due entirely to his own exertions. He is emphatically a self-made man. Has held no political offices, giving all his attention to his legitimate business of farming. He is a leading member of the Apostolic Christian Church and was prominent in the building of the church in Gridley. He was first married in August 1834 to Miss Catharine Schertz of Woodford County. She came with her parents from Alsace, France in 1832. She was born in August 1816, and died in August 1874. They had ten children, four of whom are living: Catherine, wife of John Ehresman of Livingston County; Barb
      Barbara, wife of Peter Ehresman of Gridley Township; Mary; and Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Rich of Gridley Township.” [2]

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

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

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

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


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