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Edwin LeGrand Williams

M, b. January 17, 1894, d. August 5, 1940

Family: Elizabeth Marie Verhagen (b. May 3, 1889)

Biography

  • Birth: Edwin LeGrand Williams was born on January 17, 1894 in Indiana.
  • Marriage: He and Elizabeth Marie Verhagen were married on August 22, 1922.
  • Death: Edwin LeGrand Williams died on August 5, 1940, at age 46, in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co, Wisconsin.

George Albert Verhagen

M, b. July 24, 1892, d. September 4, 1962

Parents

Family: Alma Ethel Aldridge (b. October 15, 1903, d. September 15, 1976)

Biography

  • Birth: George Albert Verhagen was born on July 24, 1892 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on July 28, 1892 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Alma Ethel Aldridge were married on August 22, 1920.
  • Death: George Albert Verhagen died on September 4, 1962, at age 70.
  • Burial: He was buried in Lawrence Cemetery, Town of Lawrence, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Alma Ethel Aldridge

F, b. October 15, 1903, d. September 15, 1976

Parents

Family: George Albert Verhagen (b. July 24, 1892, d. September 4, 1962)

Biography

  • Birth: Alma Ethel Aldridge was born on October 15, 1903 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and George Albert Verhagen were married on August 22, 1920.
  • Death: Alma Ethel Aldridge died on September 15, 1976, at age 72, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Lawrence Cemetery, Town of Lawrence, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Beatrice Blodgett

F, b. October 7, 1926, d. May 24, 2010

Family: Robert Ervin Verhagen (b. September 28, 1922, d. June 27, 2002)

Biography

  • Birth: Beatrice Blodgett was born on October 7, 1926 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Robert Ervin Verhagen were married on May 19, 1951 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Beatrice Blodgett died on May 24, 2010, at age 83, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Albert Verhagen

M, b. November 28, 1868, d. 1945

Parents

Family: Mary Elizabeth Hurkens (b. November 22, 1871, d. July 10, 1955)

Biography

  • Birth: Albert Verhagen was born on November 28, 1868 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on November 28, 1868 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Mary Elizabeth Hurkens were married on January 29, 1889 in Champion, Marquette Co, Michigan.
  • Death: Albert Verhagen died in 1945, at age ~77.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Paul Cemetery, Combined Locks, Wisconsin.

Gary Stiebs

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Adrian Verhagen

M, b. circa 1901

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Adrian Verhagen was born circa 1901.

Raymond Plzak

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Parents

Anton Schuh

M, b. November 6, 1855, d. January 16, 1932

Parents

Family: Mary Anna Miller (b. October 1862, d. 1947)

Biography

  • Birth: Anton Schuh was born on November 6, 1855 in Slinger, Washington Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Mary Anna Miller were married on November 5, 1881 in Waupaca, Waupaca Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anton Schuh died on January 16, 1932, at age 76, in Elcho, Langlade Co, Wisconsin.

Caroline Schuh

F, b. September 4, 1865, d. November 9, 1935

Parents

  • Father: Jacob Schuh (b. September 17, 1839, d. July 23, 1889)
  • Mother: Mary Sommer (b. July 2, 1846, d. July 13, 1909)

Family: Cornelius DeJong (b. June 11, 1857, d. December 14, 1927)

Biography

  • Birth: Caroline Schuh was born on September 4, 1865 in Addison, Washington Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Cornelius DeJong were married on June 12, 1888 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Caroline Schuh died on November 9, 1935, at age 70, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.

Cornelius DeJong

M, b. June 11, 1857, d. December 14, 1927

Parents

  • Father: John DeJong (b. November 7, 1811, d. November 7, 1870)
  • Mother: Johanna Voets (b. May 4, 1828, d. April 7, 1904)

Family: Caroline Schuh (b. September 4, 1865, d. November 9, 1935)

Biography

  • Birth: Cornelius DeJong was born on June 11, 1857 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: He was baptized on June 24, 1857 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Caroline Schuh were married on June 12, 1888 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Cornelius DeJong died on December 14, 1927, at age 70, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Freedom Pioneer Lived On Same Farm All His Lifetime
    By W. F. Winsey
    The first shanty on our farm in the town of Freedom," said Cornelius De Jong was 16 feet by 20 feet in size and had a partition extending crosswise that divided it into two equal parts. One of the rooms thus formed was used by the family and the other, similar to a custom prevailing in Holland, was reserved exclusively for the cows. I was born in that shanty 66 years ago and have lived on this farm all my life.
    "My father, John De Jong, a miller, by trade, influenced by letters written him by Lawrence Vandenberg, Freedom, set sail from Amsterdam in the summer of 1856 an landed in Castle Garden, New York in October. From New York, he traveled by rail to Fond du Lac and from the latter city to Hollandtown by stage. As Lena Venable who accompanied the De Jongs to America, had relatives in Hollandtown, the party remained there a month before pushing on into the woods of Freedom."
    When the De Jongs finally arrived at their destination, P. Pennings, Theodore VanRixel, John Vandenberg, John Hermes, Nicholas July and Martin Van Dyke, from the same village in Holland as were the De Jongs, with their families were the only people living in and about what is not the village of Freedom. Nicholas July owned the south side of the village of Freedom and from his land, he afterword donated land for a cemetery, church and school.
    Started Under Difficulties
    As De Jong was a miller by trade, he knew nothing about clearing land, planting and harvesting crops when he bought his farm. Neighbors had to show him how to chop trees, plant and harvest grain. He had no horse team nor ox team at first and had to do everything on the farm by hand. He used a grub hoe to plant potatoes, corn and grain and, when the time came, he cut his grain with a Holland sickle and Mrs. De Jong bound the grain with straw bands. Mr. and Mrs. De Jong carried the grain on two long poles to the stack and Mr. De Jong threshed it with a flail on a threshing floor made of blue clay baked in the sun. To have them ground into flour or meal, Mr. De Jong carried wheat and corn on his back eight miles to the grist mill in Little Chute.
    The only road to Appleton was a trail blazed through the woods along the ridges that finally developed into the Apple Creed-Freedom road; the only road to Little Chute was another blazed trail through the woods, and the only road from the De Jong farm to the village of Freedom was a foot-path made of logs hewed on one side and layed across the intervening bogs and swamps. To make the corduroy road that came later, the men had to carry many of the logs on their backs or roll them into place. Over such roads as these through the woods, Mr. De Jong had to carry provisions for his family on his back from Little Chute.
    Rolled Logs by Hand
    Mr. Cornelius De Jong's father and mother, because they had no team, had to roll the logs in piles by hand when they were clearing the land, to burn them. They were on the farm only one year before they had their first cow, but it was seven years later that they bought their first yoke of oxen. As they did not know how to drive oxen, their yoke often ran away.
    With the introduction of the oxen, some sort of a rolling vehicle was sorely needed to do the work on the farm. To supply such contrivance, Mr. De Jong cut two wheels from a gigantic log. He took these to Henry Swindles, Little chute, who used them in making a cart entirely out of wood. That cart was used for years for drawing grain, hay and other produce on the De Jong farm. The next contrivance for the oxen to draw was a sled or jumper with nine-foot runners.
    De Jong never ventured forth on the trails with his ox cart but when the Northwestern road was in process of construction, he used the sled to haul ties to Little Rapids and other points where ties were needed.
    The mother bought wool, spun it and from the yarn made stockings and clothing for the family. For the most part in early days, the DeJong family lived on corn bread, mush and milk and port and potatoes.
    Packs of wolves could often be heard howling on trails at night in the woods or be seen on bright nights prowling about the buildings, and bears could be seen at work in the berry patches, in the corn patch or investigating the pig pen.
    In early days the De Jongs often attended church in Little chute, but sometimes a priest would come from Little Chute to freedom and say mass in the house of Nicholas July or that of John Hermes.
    Indians Near By
    In the Snell woods, a mile and a half east of the De Jong farm, the Menominee Indians used to go into camp in the fall and remain all winter to hunt deer. In the spring, they returned to the northern lakes to fish. This practice was too troublesome to early settlers about Freedom but it was kept up for years.
    "Logging bees and raisings were held very frequently," says Mr. De Jong, and the people who attended always had a good time. The refreshments consisted of bountiful meals, lots of tobacco and all the 'schnapps' that was good for a man who had to make his way home after dark through the woods. At night after a bee, the men remained and the neighborhood women came in and all danced till late at night.
    "There was very little sickness in Freedom in early days," says Mr. De Jong. "When a doctor was necessary, Dr. Bungers who lived on the road between Appleton and Little Chute usually worked his way through the woods in some manner and appeared where his services were needed in freedom."
    Cornelius De Jong was born in the little old log shanty on his father's farm in 1857. The other children were Peter, now deceased, and Mary. His father died in 1870 and his mother in 1906. After his father died, Cornelius at the age of 14 years began working the farm for his mother. In 18??, he was married to Caroline Schuh. They have two children, John and Jacob, both at home with their parents.
    The education of Cornelius began in July's home where the first public school in Freedom was opened. Mary Brady was the teacher and she taught in the July house one year. Then another school which continued one year was opened in the house of John Hermes. The third year, a site was bought, a school building erected and school opened with Mary Primrose as teacher in 1867. In this new buiding, Margaret Abbott taught four terms, and Fred Hougton and J. Hursh were among the early teachers. Cornelius attended school under these and succeeding teachers.
    When he was married, Cornelius bought the homestead from his mother. Since that purchase was made, the De Jongs have added 160 acres to their original farm and the 200 acres now are being worked by father and sons.
    Cornelius De Jong was one of the organizers of the Freedom State bank, he was president of the bank six years and is one of the directors at the present time. He served as town clerk for two years, town treasurer two years and clerk of the school district twenty years. He was school clerk when the Freedom high school was organized and when the school building was erected.
    According to his statement, no man now living began life earlier in freedom than did Cornelius De Jong and no man in that town, now living, has occupied on farm as long as Mr. De Jong.

Johanna Voets

F, b. May 4, 1828, d. April 7, 1904

Parents

Family: John DeJong (b. November 7, 1811, d. November 7, 1870)

Biography

  • Birth: Johanna Voets was born on May 4, 1828 in Berlicum, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: She and John DeJong were married on September 4, 1856 in Berlicum, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Death: Johanna Voets died on April 7, 1904, at age 75, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.

John DeJong

M, b. November 7, 1811, d. November 7, 1870

Parents

Family: Johanna Voets (b. May 4, 1828, d. April 7, 1904)

Biography

  • Birth: John DeJong was born on November 7, 1811 in Geffen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Johanna Voets were married on September 4, 1856 in Berlicum, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Death: John DeJong died on November 7, 1870, at age 59, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.
  • Immigration: He immigrated in 1856.

Mary E DeJong

F, b. October 1, 1858, d. 1943

Parents

  • Father: John DeJong (b. November 7, 1811, d. November 7, 1870)
  • Mother: Johanna Voets (b. May 4, 1828, d. April 7, 1904)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary E DeJong was born on October 1, 1858.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on October 13, 1858 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died in 1943, at age ~85.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.

John Jacob DeJong

M, b. April 25, 1889, d. November 16, 1969

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: John Jacob DeJong was born on April 25, 1889 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on November 16, 1969, at age 80, in Town of Grand Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.

John Adrian Broeks

M, b. July 8, 1857, d. January 26, 1923

Parents

Family 1: Elizabeth Tocks (b. March 21, 1863, d. January 14, 1907)

Family 2: Wilhelmina Josephs (b. January 19, 1877, d. July 13, 1966)

Biography

  • Birth: John Adrian Broeks was born on July 8, 1857 in Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Elizabeth Tocks were married on July 30, 1887 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John Adrian Broeks died on January 26, 1923, at age 65, in Town of Woodville, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Francis Cemetery, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Tocks

F, b. March 21, 1863, d. January 14, 1907

Parents

Family: John Adrian Broeks (b. July 8, 1857, d. January 26, 1923)

Biography

  • Birth: Elizabeth Tocks was born on March 21, 1863.
  • Marriage: She and John Adrian Broeks were married on July 30, 1887 in Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Elizabeth Tocks died on January 14, 1907, at age 43, in Town of Woodville, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Francis Cemetery, Hollandtown, Wisconsin.

Mary Genevieve Kempen

F, b. April 25, 1915, d. October 20, 1966

Parents

Family: Joseph Simon Schuh (b. January 11, 1905, d. April 7, 2004)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Genevieve Kempen was born on April 25, 1915.
  • Marriage: She and Joseph Simon Schuh were married on April 23, 1936 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Mary Genevieve Kempen died on October 20, 1966, at age 51, in Oconto, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: America
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Libra
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Mary Margaret Theresa Schuh

F, b. April 12, 1896, d. September 7, 1896

Parents

  • Father: Simon Schuh (b. September 16, 1868, d. November 21, 1945)
  • Mother: Julia Young (b. April 5, 1870, d. May 5, 1934)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Margaret Theresa Schuh was born on April 12, 1896 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on September 7, 1896, at age 0, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Margaret Anna Schuh

F, b. April 12, 1870, d. January 1, 1927

Parents

  • Father: Jacob Schuh (b. September 17, 1839, d. July 23, 1889)
  • Mother: Mary Sommer (b. July 2, 1846, d. July 13, 1909)

Family: John Joseph Young (b. August 26, 1865, d. January 2, 1934)

Biography

  • Birth: Margaret Anna Schuh was born on April 12, 1870 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and John Joseph Young were married on September 8, 1896 in Oconto, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Divorce: Margaret Anna Schuh and John Joseph Young were divorced on September 18, 1924.
  • Death: Margaret Anna Schuh died on January 1, 1927, at age 56, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

John Joseph Young

M, b. August 26, 1865, d. January 2, 1934

Parents

Family: Margaret Anna Schuh (b. April 12, 1870, d. January 1, 1927)

Biography

  • Birth: John Joseph Young was born on August 26, 1865 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Marriage: He and Margaret Anna Schuh were married on September 8, 1896 in Oconto, Oconto Co, Wisconsin.
  • Divorce: John Joseph Young and Margaret Anna Schuh were divorced on September 18, 1924.
  • Death: John Joseph Young died on January 2, 1934, at age 68, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.

Mary (Sister Calixta) Schuh

F, b. February 11, 1872, d. February 6, 1929

Parents

  • Father: Jacob Schuh (b. September 17, 1839, d. July 23, 1889)
  • Mother: Mary Sommer (b. July 2, 1846, d. July 13, 1909)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary (Sister Calixta) Schuh was born on February 11, 1872 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on February 6, 1929, at age 56, in Elm Grove, Waukesha Co, Wisconsin.
  • Occupation: She was a School Sister of Notre Dame.

John H Scholl

M, b. June 14, 1848, d. September 30, 1910

Parents

Family: Helena Barbian (b. December 28, 1848, d. November 30, 1924)

Biography

  • Birth: John H Scholl was born on June 14, 1848 in Belgium, Ozaukee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Helena Barbian were married on May 27, 1873 in Port Washington, Ozaukee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John H Scholl died on September 30, 1910, at age 62, in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.

Helena Barbian

F, b. December 28, 1848, d. November 30, 1924

Parents

Family: John H Scholl (b. June 14, 1848, d. September 30, 1910)

Biography

  • Birth: Helena Barbian was born on December 28, 1848.
  • Marriage: She and John H Scholl were married on May 27, 1873 in Port Washington, Ozaukee Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Helena Barbian died on November 30, 1924, at age 75.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Nicholas Cemetery, Freedom, Wisconsin.

Margaret Ann Paltzer

F, b. December 22, 1905, d. April 26, 1991

Parents

Family: Clarence Joseph Schuh (b. July 2, 1903, d. June 22, 1987)

Biography

  • Birth: Margaret Ann Paltzer was born on December 22, 1905 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Clarence Joseph Schuh were married on August 22, 1928 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Margaret Ann Paltzer died on April 26, 1991, at age 85, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.