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George Johann Rheude

Johann George Rheude was born October 21, 1839 in Sondernheim, Germany. It is known that Geroge had a brother, Heinrich and that their father's name was Johann.

At the age of 23, on July 14, 1863, George Rheude married Elisabeth Rund (born 11 JUL 1841 in Germany). George and Elisabeth had the following children:


1. Anton - born 17 DEC 1863 in Sondernheim, Germany. He passed away 19 JUN 1944. He is buried in St. Josephs Cemetery, just South of Kentland, Indiana

2. Anna Marie - born 13 MAY 1870 in Germany

3. Elizabeth - born 13 OCT 1872 in Germany. Elizabeth died 29 JAN 1923 in Madison County, Indiana

4. Mary Anna - born 19 JUL 1875 in Germany

5. Adam James - born 15 JAN 1878 in Sondernheim, Germany. Adam died 17 FEB 1967.

6. Charles Frank - born 7 JUL 1879 in Germany. Charles passed away 1 JUL 1968.

The S.S. Rotterdam left the port Rotterdam and landed in New York at Castle Gardens on March 10, 1880. After the immigration process, it is believed that George then made his way to Pesotum, Illinois where two uncles (possibly) of his wife, Elisabeth, lived and farmed. Less than a month later, on June 2, 1880, the ship Herder landed in New York. On board were Georg's wife and children.

Elisabeth went into labor on October 29, 1881. Eight days later, on November 6, 1881, Elisabeth and the baby died. Elisabeth's Death Record states that she died at 5:00 a.m. with the cause listed as "purporal peritonitis follwing difficult labor, with shoulder presentation." Elisabeth's physician was S.S. Salisbury, the undertaker was L.C. Burr. Elisabeth's place of burial is listed as the "Catholic Cemetery" in Tolono, Illinois, buried on November 7, 1881.

The Rev. Dennis H. O'Riley sent a not to me saying:


"Because of a fire in 1929, any records that go back to 1880 and after that were destroyed. It is very possible that Elzabeth Rheude was buried here, but we have no record"

Because of the fire, it will be impossible to find out exactly where Elisabeth is buried. I was told she never had a grave marker.

Georg remarried in 1882 to Claire. Claire was born in February of 1860 in Germany, having come to America in 1880. Georg and Claire lived at 13088 Holloway Street in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. They had no children. See the 1900 Census.

March 16, 1883, Georg renounced all allegiances to William, Emperor of Germany. Georg became a citizen of the United States of America on September 4, 1888. He was a shoemaker by trade and also Sexton for the Jewish Cemetery. His obituaries state that he was an officer in the German Army and had served in two wars before coming to the United States. He was a member of Saint Boniface Catholic Church.

On June 21, 1901 at 2:00 p.m., Georg died at home. Services were held at the St. Boniface Church in Lafayette at 9:00 a.m. His obituaries state that he was to be sent to Illinois to be buried - possibly next to his first wife, Elisabeth. Georg is buried in St. Boniface Cemetery, Lafayette, Indiana.




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