White County, Illinois


Philipp Weiskopf (1850-1916), moved to the United States, supposedly, as a small child. It is not known who he came with, but it is believed that he came with several members of his family. He married Charlotte Louisa Haas (1851-1892) in 1871 in Boonerville, Warrick County, Indiana. She was the daughter of Johann Carl and Charlotta Louise (Jost) Haas. She was born on 09 Nov 1851, in Birkenfeld, Oldenburg, Germany, and supposedly came to America with her family as a young child on the same ship as her husband’s family. Together, Philipp and Louise Weiskopf had 11 children, only 10 of which are known (as some birthdates are not known, the children are not listed necessarily in chronological order):

1. Margaret Ann Weiskopf, born 21 Sep 1877, in Carmi, White, Illinois. She became a nurse for awhile, and lived for a time in Louisville, Kentucky, with her sister, Louise. Both sisters apparently had sizable insurance policies naming the other as a benefactor. When Louise died young, Margaret gained some financial security. She met and married Mayes Parsons in Louisville. She was about 50 or older when they married. They then moved to Jacksonville, Florida. It is not known when Mayes died, but in 1936, her nephew, Thomas William Baine, III, moved to Jacksonville to live with her. He took care of her in her later years. She died on 05 Apr 1963, in Jacksonville, Florida. No children.

2. Barbara Weiskopf, born 14 Dec 1882, in Boonerville, Indiana, she was raised by Charles Weiskopf after their mother's death. She became a nun (Sister Mary Julitta) with the Sisters of Providence convent at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana (near Terre Haute, Indiana). She entered the community on 07 Sep 1899, and was professed on 15 Aug 1902. Final vows were taken on 15 Aug 1910. She died of tuberculosis on 18 Jul 1927, which developed from a heavy cold. She is buried in the cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. The account of her death speaks of her great kindness to children, especially the poor. She taught in an Italian school that the convent had earlier in Indianapolis (Holy Rosary School) and was very devoted to the Italian children. Her last misson was at St. John, Loogootee, Indiana, where she contracted the cold that led to her early death. She was a good and faithful Sister. She wrote a lovely poem for Ruby Baine and Thomas Ridgeway when they were married.

3. Charles Weiskopf, born in late 1870s or early 1880s, worked in a U.S. Post Office in Chicago, Illinois. He married Marcella (last name unknown). He died in December, 1932. 4. Phillip Weiskopf, born in Late 1870s or early 1880s, was a street car conductor and worked in the Lincoln Park Zoo in San Diego, California. He remained single and died in March, 1946. He remained in close contact with his brothers, John and Bill, throughout his life.

5. William Weiskopf, born in late 1870s or early 1880s, became an officer in the Merchant Marine and was drawn into the U.S. Navy for both World Wars. He married Hilda (last name unknown) and had a daughter. He died in 1950, and his wife and daughter moved to Phoenix, Arizona.

6. Katrien Elizabeth Weiskopf, born 09 September 1884, in Carmi, White, Illinois. After her mother died, she and her brother, William, were raised by Henry Hendrick's family, probably near Pulaski, Illinois. The Hendricks were relatives through the Haas family. She married Thomas William Baine, Jr., in 1903.

7. Joe Weiskopf, born 12 Apr 1887, in Carmi, White, Illinois. Dr. J.M. Minnick was there.

8. Louise C. Weiskopf, born 22 Nov 1888, in Carmi, White, Illinois. Never married, and died childless. She became a nurse (City Health Nurse) with sister, Margaret, in Louisville, Kentucky, for a while, and died young, on 04 Jan 1923, from arterio sclerosis. She was buried in the Mapleridge cemetery in Carmi, Illinois, with her father and mother. She was raised by Fred Hendrick with her brother, John.

9. John Sherman Weiskopf, born February 10, 1891, in Carmi, White, Illinois, and was raised by Fred Hendrick's family. He left the southern Illinois area with them when he was between twelve and fifteen and went to Rocky Ford, Colorado, where the Hendricks had a ranch. He was a "cowboy" on the ranch. Prior to World War I, some of the Hendrick family moved to Osage county, Oklahoma, where the grass, water, and climate were more conducive to cattle-raising, and John went with them. Fred Hendrick and an Osage Indian named Ed Fox were in the cattle business, and John (with Ed's son Alec) entered into the filling-station and auto/oil field equipment repair business after World War I. John and Dutch Hendrick also owned a dairy for several years. He met and married Zella Johnson in June, 1932, and died in March 1955. They had two sons, John S. Weiskopf, Jr. (14 Mar 1935 - present), and William Joseph Weiskopf (14 Oct 1947 - present). Zella, John, and Joe still live in Skiatook, Oklahoma.

10. George Weiskopf, born 05 Jul 1892, and died on 24 Aug 1892 (1 month, 19 days old), in Carmi, White, Illinois. Little is known about Philip's and Louisa's life together. Philip seems to have had a drinking problem. He apparently was a well-educated, successful man. He taught school for 19 years. In 1883, he moved to Carmi, White, Illinois, to take over the marble works business formerly owned by his deceased brother-in-law, Mr. Ferd Preher. The shop was on a brick street. Philip was a resident of Carmi for 16 years, and served as Supervisor of Carmi Township for one term. Louisa died on 28 July 1892, apparently from complications in childbirth. As was the custom of the day, Philip placed his young children in the homes of various relatives after Louisa died. He remarried shortly thereafter to Lucinda Caroline Hughes (1849-1935). It has been said that the first time Philip came home drunk, Lucinda locked him out of the house for the night, and he never drank again. Philip and Lucinda moved to Eldorado, Illinois, in 1899. Philip died "after a brief illness of congestion and heart trouble" on Tuesday, 28 March 1916, in Eldorado, Illinois. His body was brought back to Carmi, and he was buried there on Friday, 31 March 1916, in Mapleridge Cemetery in the family lot, by the side of his his first wife, Louisa. Funeral services were held at the 5th Street Baptist Church at 11:00 that morning.

Written by Thomas W. Baine, V. (great-great grandson of Phil and Louisa Weiskopf) Also, see http://members.aol.com/lindabaine/weiskopf.html (for photo of entire Weiskopf family of Carmi)
Submitted by Tom Baine

Fredrick B. Wheeler was born in Binghamton, Broome Co., N.Y., Sept. 3, 1855, where he lived till eleven years of age, when he went to Milford, Del., and lived four years; then went to WilliamstownpMass., and lived a year, and from there to New York, and shi1)ped on a Norwegian brig bound for Londonderry, Ireland. After a rough passage of twenty-two days landed at Londonderry, where he remained three weeks, and then went to Bristol, England. From there shipped on an American ship, and after passage ofsixty-two days landed at Mobile, Ala. From there he went to Sagua la grande, Cuba, on the American brig Elizabeth. He then went to Boston. Mass., and after five years' sailing to different parts of the world, he went to Cario, Ill., where he procured a job as fireman on the Cario & Vincennes railroad, and remained three years. He was then promoted to engineer, and ran between Cairo and Vincennes till the fall of 1881, when the road went into the hands of the Wabash Road. He is now running between Cairo and Danville, under the employ of the Walbash Road. He was married Sept. 23, 1876, to Ella E. Creo, born in North Adams, Mass., Aug. 8 1856. They have two children-Benjamin S., born Aug. 3, l877, and Frederick II., in May, 1879. He is a member of Lodge No. 47, K. of P., Vincennes, INd. He is also a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Danville. Ill.

Source: History Of White Co 1883
Submitted By: Misty Flannigan

From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – Bear Creek Township (ca 1882-1884), P.  969

William H. Walters, son of Charles and Nancy Walters, was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., March 21, 1849.  His parents came to Illinois in 1861.  Mr. Walters received a common-school education.  He is one of Gallatin County’s most industrious farmers.  He has served very acceptably as Constable five years, and Deputy Sheriff three years.  He resides on his farm one-half mile west of Omaha.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

Source:  History of White County, IL, Phillips Township (ca 1882-1884) P 936

William Whitting, farmer and stock-raiser; post office, Phillipstown; son of Benjamin and Mary (Spring) Whitting, natives of England.  They came to the United States in 1844, being sixty-three days on the voyage, and located in Indiana; from thence to Illinois, where Mr. Whitting died.  Mrs. Whitting married John Jones and moved to Iowa, where she died.  They are both buried on the farm of William, in Illinois.  William was born in England, Sept. 18, 1841; he was educated in Illinois, and has followed farming.  He now owns 149 acres of fine land on section 31, under fine improvement; he has the best frame house in the county, and it is a good one.  His specialty in farming is stock-raising, buying and selling, and making money.  In 1865 he married Margaret, daughter of John and Jane (Nelson) Butler, natives of Illinois and Indiana respectively; they died in Illinois.  Margaret was born April 15, 1846.  By this union there is one child – Cora Belle, born Aug. 4, 1866.  Mr. Whitting has held several of the township offices and has faithfully performed his duties.  he votes the Democratic ticket.  Mr. Whitting enlisted in the army Aug. 15, 1862, in the Eighty-seventh Illinois Infantry, Company K, and served about three years.  He was discharged July 23, 1865; being sick soon after enlistment, he was retained at home, in the North, doing provost duty.  Mr. Whitting now lives on the old family homestead, where he has been thirty-two years.  He has bought out all the other heirs and has one of the finest farms in the country.  His crops all command the highest market prices and frequently more.  He has one of the finest orchards in the county – his fruit is premium fruit.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

Source:  History of White County, IL, Phillips Township (ca 1882-1884) p 936-937

W. H. Williams, tile manufacturer, son of Simon and Lavina (Wells) Williams, natives of Indiana.  His father died in Indiana.  W. H. was born in Indiana, March 25, 1845, and was educated in his native State; he has followed farming, and in 1877 engaged in the manufacture of tile, and is now doing an extensive business in company with Robert Rudolph.  In 1866 he married Ellen, daughter of George and Delilah (Graves) Finch, natives of Kentucky and Virginia respectively.  She was born in Vandenburg County, Ind., Oct 25, 1850.  By this union there were four children, three living – George F., born Aug 30, 1869; Junius M., April 14 1873; Hattie, June 1, 1874.  Mr. Williams has been Justice of the Peace one term.  He votes the Democratic ticket.  Mr. W. is a member of the A.F. & A.M. fraternity.  In 1864 he enlisted in the Eightieth Indiana Regulars, Company F, and served til the end of the war.  he was in the battle of Nashville, Tenn., also on Cape Fear River and several other skirmishes; he was mustered out in North Carolina, in August, 1865.  After returning home he was married and went to Kansas and remained five years, engaged in farming.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

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