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The Merten Family
of
Clinton and Marion Counties, Illinois


Chapter 4

Herman Heinrich Abraham &
Anna Maria Elisabeth (Eilers) Merten

Second Generation in America

Herman and Mary Merten

Herman Heinrich Abraham MERTENborn 27 Jul 1827, Aachen, Westphalia, Prussia (now Aachen, Germany), son of Hermann Heinrich and Carolina Sybilla (HULLENHUTTER) MERTEN. He died 2 Jan 1908, Villa Ridge, Missouri.
    Herman married Anna Maria Elisabeth "Mary" EILERS 4 Mar 1851, St. Peters German Evangelical Church, St. Louis, Missouri. (She was Catholic and he was not, so they married in a Protestant Church.) She was born 4 Dec 1831, Hanover, Hesse, Prussia, the daughter of Bernhair Alber and Mary Gertrude EILERS. She died 10 Jan 1909, Villa Ridge, Missouri.
    On 11 Aug 1850, the census shows Hermann MERTEN age 21 living in St. Louis, Missouri. Also with him was his sister, Caroline MERTEN age 21. Also living with them was Frederik BRUCE age 19. All three born in Germany. Hermann and Frederik were listed as Wagonmakers.
    In 1860, I can't find Herman and his family in any census record.
    On 16 Jun 1870, the census shows Herman (42) and Mary (39) MERTEN living in Meridian Township, Clinton County, Illinois. With them were their children Edward age 16; Emily age 14; Gustavus age 11; Caroline age 9; George age 7; and Herman age 3. Herman was listed as a farmer. His real estate was valued at $450.00. His personal property was valued at $350.00. Edward, Emily and Gustavus were born in Missiouri. Caroline, George and Herman were born in Illinois. They had a Carlyle Post Office.
    On 1 Jun 1880, the census shows Herman (52) and Mary (48) MERTEN living in East Fork Township, Clinton County, Illinois. With them were their children Edward age 26; Gustavus age 21; Caroline age 18; George age 17; Herman age 13; Adolph age 9, and Clara age 6. Herman was a farmer. The census shows that Herman was born in Achens. It shows his father born in W. Failia and his mother in Achens. It shows that Mary was born in Hanover, as well as her parents. This census differs from the 1870 census in that it shows Edward, Gustavus, Caroline and George having been born in Missouri. In the previous census it showed Caroline and George having been born in Illinois. It shows Herman, Adolph and Clara having been born in Illinois.
    On 16 Jun 1900, the census shows Herman (72) and Mary A. (68) MERTEN living in Central Township, Franklin County, Missouri. With them was their daughter Clara G. age 22, born Jul 1877 (Note: family records state that she was born 15 May 1874. SF). The census states that Mary had given birth to 10 children and that only 6 were still living. It shows that Herman came to this country from Germany in 1839. It shows that Mary came in 1844. Herman was listed as a farmer. The census showed that Herman owned his own farm. It also showed that he had not worked in the last 12 months.
    Herman, as his father, engaged in the mercantile business. He first lived in St. Louis and later Sandoval. He moved his family to Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois. The first of the Merten family to live in Marion County. He was a merchant.
    During the Civil War, he was a Sergeant of the Marion County Division, Co. E, 62nd Ill, Vol Inf. Regt. Helping to lead the Union to victory over oppression and division.


Herman and Mary's Home
Villa Ridge, Franklin County, Missouri


Children of Herman Heinrich Abraham and Anna Maria Elisabeth (EILERS) MERTEN:

1. Julia Christina Maria MERTEN, born 24 Feb 1852, St. Louis, Missouri. She died 29 Jan 1855, St. Louis.

2. Edward Wilhelm MERTEN, born 10 mar 1854, St. Louis, Missouri.
    Edward married Wilhamenia C. “Minnie” (WEDEL) MERTEN.
    ( See Chapter 13 - Edward Wilhelm and Wilhamenia C. “Minnie” (WEDEL) MERTEN)

3. Emily Louise MERTEN, born 13 Jul 1856, St. Louis, Missouri.
    (See #3 following)

4. Gustave Herman MERTEN, born 29 Oct 1858. He died 5 Jul 1897, Anna, Illinois He is buried in Sandoval Cemetery.

5. Caroline Josephine MERTEN, born 10 Dec 1860.
    (See #5 following)

6. George Henry MERTEN, born 15 Feb 1863, Illinois.
    (See #6 following)

7. Robert Allen MERTEN, born 17 Apr 1865 and died 13 Jun 1866.

8. Herman Henry MERTEN, born 10 Feb 1867 and died 31 Oct 1882.

9. Adolph Ernest “Dolphie” MERTEN, born 5 Oct 1870.
    (See #9 following)

10. Clara Gertrude MERTEN, born 15 May 1874.
    (See #10 following)




#3
Emily Louise Merten Hoffman


Emily Louise MERTEN, born 13 Jul 1856, St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of Herman Heinrich Abraham and Anna Maria Elisabeth (EILERS) MERTEN. She died 10 Aug 1933. Emily and John are buried in Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois.
    She married John HOFFMANN 18 Feb 1880, Clinton County, Illinois. Born 15 Feb 1855. Baden, Germany. Son of Matthias & Anton (GOELL) HOFFMANN. He died Feb 1940.

Children of Joseph and Emily Louise (MERTEN) HOFFMANN:

3-1. Adolph William HOFFMANN, born 14 Nov 1880. He died 18 Jul 1882. Sandoval Cemetery.

3-2. Hilda Siscealia HOFFMANN, born 3 Feb 1883. She died 1 Jun 1961-Hillcrest Cemetery.
    She married William AHLF 14 Feb 1904.

    Child of William and Hilda Siscealia (HOFFMANN) AHLF:

    3-2-1. Ruby Viola AHLF, born 16 Apr 1910. She married Richard Steven BAUMAN 20 Sep 1933. Two children



3-3. Clara Mertie HOFFMANN, born 18 May 1885, Illinois, daughter of Joseph and Emily Louise (MERTEN) HOFFMANN. She died 1 Dec 1960.
    Clara married John Garet COPELAND 1905/06. He was born 1875/76, Missouri. John died 6 Oct 1928, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
    On 19 Apr 1910, the census shows John G. (34) and Clara M. (24) COPELAND living in Union Township, Franklin County, Missouri. With them were their children Benton age 3; Clyde age 2; and Lloyd 1 month. Clara had given birth to 3 children with all still living. John was a Retail Merchant with a grocery store. He was renting the store.

On 12 Jan 1920, the census shows John (44) and Clara M. (34) COPELAND living in Ashley, Washington County, Illinois. With them were their children Benton age 13; Clyde age 11; Lloyd age 9; and Viola age 7. They owned their home. John was an overseer.
    On 18 Apr 1930, the census shows the widowed Clara COPELAND age 44, living in Ashley, Washington County, Illinois. With her were her children Benton age 23; Clyde age 22; Lloyd age 20; and Viola age 17. Clara owned her home free of morgage. It was valued at $1,000.00. She owned a radio. Benton was a truck driver for the telephone company. Clyde worked at the milk plant. Lloyd was a saleman at a grocery store.

Children of John and Clara Mertie (HOFFMANN) COPELAND:

3-3-1. Benton COPELAND, born 1906, Missouri. 23 Feb 1906 Nov 1968 Hawley, Jones, Texas
    Benton married Sally ___?___. They had two children.

3-3-2. Clyde COPELAND, born 1908, Missouri.
    Clyde married Clarise ___?___. They had no children.

3-3-3. Lloyd COPELAND, born 1910, Missouri.
    Lloyd married Marge ___?___. They had one adopted son.

3-3-4. Viola COPELAND, born 1913, Illinois.

Viola married William STEURMAN. They had two children.



3-4. Emily Louise HOFFMANN, born 20 Apr 1888. She died Wednesday, 22 Jan 1986, age 97 years. Lived in Shattuc, then Addison.

Emily married Herman HENNING, 12 Jul 1910.

Children of Herman and Emily Louise (HOFFMANN) HENNING:

3-4-1. Florence HENNING, born 1 Aug 1912.
    Florence married Erwin HEINKE 1 Jun 1940.
    Florence and Erwin had two children.

3-4-2. Clarence HENNING, born 27 Jan 1914.
    Clarence married Wilma TRAPP 20 Nov 1940.
    Wilma and Clarence had two children.



3-5. Lena Myrtle HOFFMANN, born 9 Jan 1891. She died 19 Dec 1978. Last place of residence was Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois. She is buried in Sandoval Cemetery.
    Lena married 1st Charles “Charley” TROUTT 9 Jan 1913. He was born 1886/87, son of John and Nancy A. TROUTT of Carrigan Township, Marion County, Illinois. Lena and Charley had two children.
    Lena married 2nd Charley’s brother, John Henry TROUTT 24 Sep 1921. He was born 1883/84, Illinois.

Children of Charles and Lena Myrtle (HOFFMANN) TROUTT:

3-5-1. Fern Evelyn TROUTT, born 30 Apr 1914.
    Fern married Orville HESTER 7 Dec 1932.
    Fern and Orville had three children.

3-5-2. Lester Mervin TROUTT, born 9 Nov 1916. He died 12 Feb 2005. Last place of residence was Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois.

Lester married Irma Jean HEINRICH 8 Mar 1941.
    Lester and Irma had two children.

Child of John Henry and Lena Myrtle (HOFFMANN) TROUTT:

3-5-3. Vernon Dean TROUTT, born 13 Apr 1923.
    Vernon married Rebecca ATCHISON.
    Vernon and Rebecca had three children.



3-6. Frank Herman HOFFMANN, born 31 Dec 1893, Shattuc, Clinton County, Illinois. He died Tuesday 17 Dec 1985, St. Mary's Hospital, Marion County, Illinois.

Frank married Florence TROUTT 25 Mar 1913. She was born 17 Nov 1895, Illinois, daughter of John and Nancy A. TROUTT. She was the sister of Charley and Henry TROUTT who married Frank‘s sister Lena. She died 9 Dec 1983. Last place of residence was Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    Frank was the last surviving charter member of Fairman Co-op, Inc. He was a farmer. He had been president and board member of the Sandoval Schools.

Children of Frank Herman and Florence (TROUTT) HOFFMANN:

3-6-1. Alma Louise HOFFMANN, born 21 Apr 1913, daughter of Frank Herman and Florence (TROUTT) HOFFMANN.
    Alma married Leo HUBER 27 Feb 1935.
    Alma and Leo had four children.

3-6-2. Howard Franklin HOFFMANN, born 27 Jan 1916, son of Frank Herman and Florence (TROUTT) HOFFMANN.
    Howard married Tenny JACKSON 11 Aug 1940.
    Howard and Tenny had no children.

3-6-3. Orville John "Mickey" HOFFMANN, born 22 Mar 1919, son ofFrank Herman and Florence (TROUTT) HOFFMANN.
   Mickey married Elva Lee JACKSON, 8 Mar 1941.
    Mickey and Elva had one child

3-6-4. Raymond Wayne HOFFMANN, born 14 Jun 1924, son of Frank Herman and Florence (TROUTT) HOFFMANN.
    Ray married Donna Dee BELL 30 Sep 1945. They had four children.

Children of Raymond Wayne and Donna Dee (BELL) HOFFMANN:

    3-6-4-?. Melissa Jane HOFFMANN.

3-6-5. Carl Dean HOFFMANN, born 26 Nov 1929, son of Frank Herman and Florence (TROUTT) HOFFMANN.

3-6-6. Robert Harold HOFFMANN, born 30 Sep 1936, son of Frank Herman and Florence (TROUTT) HOFFMANN.
    He married Carolyn VELLER 23 Dec 1957.
    Robert and Carolyn had two children.

3-6-7. Herman John HOFFMANN, born 10 Jan 1900, son of Frank Herman and Florence (TROUTT) HOFFMANN. He died 25 Jan 1900. Buried in Sandoval Cemetery, Marion Co., Illinois.




#5
Caroline Josephine Merten Geiger


Caroline Josephine MERTEN, born 10 Dec 1860, daughter of Herman Heinrich Abraham and Anna Maria Elisabeth (EILERS) MERTEN. She died 1931.
    She married John B. GEIGER 8 Feb 1888. He was born 5 Mar 1857, Meridian Township, Clinton County, Illinois, son of George & Augusta GEIGER.
    At the age of 22, John began farming on his own.
    The photo at right is the home of John and Caroline GEIGER in Meridian Township, Clinton County, Illinois. The photo was taken by my grandmother, Beatrice MERTEN.
    John and Caroline settled on 88 acres on section 1 of Meridian Township, land that was given to him by his father. He was a prosperous farmer.
    In Jun 1900, the census shows John (43) and Caroline (39) GEIGER living in Meridian Township, Clinton County, Illinois. With them were thier children John C. age 9; George H. age 7; Olive age 5; and Walter age 4. John was a farmer and owned his farm free of morgage.
    On 30 Jan 1920, the census shows John (63) and Caroline (59) GEIGER living in Meridian Township, Clinton County, Illinois. With them were their sons Walter age 23; and Adolph age 18. John owned his own home and farm free of morgage.
    On 12 Apr 1930, the census shows John (73) and Caroline (69) GEIGER living in Meridian Township, Clinton County, Illinois. With them was their son Adolph age 29. John owned his own home and it was valued at $6,000.00. He was listed as a retired farmer.
    John was Catholic and Caroline was a Lutheran.
    John belonged to the Democrat Party.

Children of John B. and Caroline Josephine (MERTEN) GEIGER:

5-1. John Clarence GEIGER, born 7 Jul 1889, Clinton County, Illinois, son of John B. and Caroline Josephine (MERTEN) GEIGER. He died 1950.
    John married Mae Bell Miller. No children.

5-2. George Herman GEIGER, born 14 Jul 1891, Clinton County, Illinois, son of John B. and Caroline Josephine (MERTEN) GEIGER.
    George married Anna Stacia MUELLER 10 Dec 1919. She was born 1899/1900, Missouri.
    On 30 Jan 1920, the census shows George (28) and Annastatia (20) GEIGER living in Meridian Township, Clinton County, Illinois. George was a farmer. They were living with and renting from Philip and Lizzie NAGEL.



Child of George Herman and Anna Stacia (MUELLER) GEIGER:

5-2-1. Wilber A. GEIGER.



5-3. Olive Esther GEIGER, born 6 Apr 1894, Clinton County, Illinois, daughter of of John B. and Caroline Josephine (MERTEN) GEIGER.
    Olive married Robert DUNBAR Dec 1914. Four children.

5-4. William Walter GEIGER, born 11 Aug 1896, Clinton County, Illinois, son of of John B. and Caroline Josephine (MERTEN) GEIGER. He died 17 Sep 1976. Walter and Nellie are buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    Walter married Nellie G. WEBBER 19 Oct 1927, Union, Missouri. She was born 6 Nov 1897, Bardwell, Kentucky, daughter of William Thomas and Augusta Emma (BRIDGEMAN) WEBBER. (The Webbers were living in Morehouse, New Madrid, Missouri in 1900 Census with five of their children: Harry, Daisy D., Walter W., Nellie G. and Carl J. with three children having already died. Emma died before 1910 and the children were put in an orphanage in St. Louis. Twin of Carl, Clyde, had died at about age 2. Herman had also died. 8th child‘s name not known.) Nellie was raised by Clara MERTEN (See # 10 following) Nellie died Thursday, 27 Mar 1997, Sandoval, Illinois at the age of 99.
    On 12 Apr 1930, the census shows Walter (32) and Nellie (31) GEIGER living in Meridian Township, Clinton County, Illinois. With them was their daughter Dorothy Louise age 1. Walter was a farmer.
    Nellie was a member of the Sandoval Christian Church. She taught Sunday school for 36 years.
    The photo below is that of Walter GEIGER by his car in front of his home in Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois. The photo was taken by my grandmother, Beatrice MERTEN.


Children of William Walter and Nellie G. (WEBBER) GEIGER:

5-4-1. Dorothea Louise GEIGER, born 5 Dec 1929.

She married Harold CRAIG. They live in Tucson, Arizona.

Children of Harold and Dorothea Louise (GEIGER) CRAIG:

    5-4-1-1. Alice CRAIG.
    Alice married Ted BACH.
    They live in Olathe, Kansas.

Children of Ted and Alice (CRAIG) BACH:

       5-4-1-1-1. Craig BACH.

       5-4-1-1-2. Amy BACH.

       5-4-1-1-3. Joshua BACH.

    5-4-1-2. Dan CRAIG.
    Dan married Debbie ___?___.
    They live in Tucson, Arizona.

5-4-2. Walter GEIGER, JR., born 29 Apr 1936, son of William Walter and Nellie G. (WEBBER) GEIGER.
    Walter married Jane SOUDERS 7 Nov 1957.
    They live in Sandoval.

Children of Walter and Jane (SOUDERS) GEIGER, Jr.:

    5-4-2-1. Tanya GEIGER.
    Tanya married Samuel BUNDY.
    Tanya and Sam live in Centralia, Illinois.

Son of Samuel and Tanya (GEIGER) BUNDY:

       5-4-2-1-1. Ryan BUNDY.

    5-4-2-2. Patricia GEIGER. Daughter of Walter and Jane (SOUDERS) GEIGER, Jr.
    Pat married Mr. WILLIAMS.
    Pat lives in Sandoval, Illinois.

Children of ___?___ and Patricia (GEIGER) WILLIAMS:

       5-4-2-2-1. Leah WILLIAMS.

       5-4-2-2-2. Rachel WILLIAMS.

       5-4-2-2-3. Sarah WILLIAMS.

       5-4-2-2-4. Kristin WILLIAMS.

    5-4-2-3. Tim GEIGER. Son of Walter and Jane (SOUDERS) GEIGER, Jr.
    Tim married Barb ___?___.
    Tim and Barb live in Sandoval, Illinois.

Daughter of Tim and Barb (___?___) GEIGER:

       5-4-2-3-1. Amanda GEIGER.



5-5. Adolph Merten GEIGER, born. 8 Apr 1901, son of of John B. and Caroline Josephine (MERTEN) GEIGER.
    Adolph married Winifred POOL Apr 1936.

Son of Adolph Merten and Winifred (POOL) GEIGER:

5-5-1. James Allen GEIGER, born 3 Jun 1937.
    James married Mary Catherine MINER 6 Jun 1959.

Children of James Allen and Mary Catherine (MINER) GEIGER:

    5-5-1-1. child GEIGER.

    5-5-1-2. child GEIGER.

    5-5-1-3. child GEIGER.




#6
George Henry Merten

Boles Township, Franklin County, Missouri


George Henry MERTEN, born 15 Feb 1863, Illinois, son of Herman Heinrich Abraham and Anna Maria Elisabeth (EILERS) MERTEN. George died 4 Sep 1938, Union Township, Franklin County, Missouri. Burial 6 Sep 1938 Pacific Cemetery, Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri.
    George married Martha J. "Mattie" COPELAND 1881/82. She was born 25 Sep 1862, Cuba, Crawford County, Missouri, daughter of D. J. and I. J. (WITSETT) COPELAND. Mattie died 14 Jun 1929, Union, Franklin County, Missouri. Burial 17 Jun 1929 Pacific Cemetery, Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri.
    On 28 Jun 1900, the census shows George H. (37) and Mattie (36) MERTENS were living in Boles Township, Franklin County, Missouri. George was said to have been born Jan 1863, Illinois and his parents in Germany. Mattie was said to have been born in Missouri, father in Georgia and mother in Virginia. George was a Merchant of General Merchandise. They owned their home free of mortgage. They were said to have been married 18 years and that Mattie had given birth to 3 children with 3 living. With them were their children: Bessie MERTENS age 8, born Feb 1892, MO; Earl MERTENS age 7, born Apr 1893, MO; and Gordon MERTENS age 1, born Mar 1899, MO. Also with them was their nephew Carlos CAPEHART age 21, born Mar 1879, Missouri, father in Pennsylvania and mother in Missouri. Carlos was a Farm Laborer.
    On 3 May 1910, the census shows George H. (47) and Martha (46) MERTEN living in Boles Township, Franklin County, Missouri. George was said to have been born in Illinois and his parents in Germany. Martha was said to have been born in Missouri, father in North Carolina and mother in Tennessee. George was a Merchant. He had a General Store. They owned their home free of mortgage. They were said to have been married 28 years and that Martha had given birth to 3 children with 3 living. With them were their sons: Earl B. MERTEN age 17, born MO, Salesman at the General Store; and Gordon B. MERTEN age 11, born MO. They also had a servant living with them, Hallah HESSANK age 18, born MO.
   


Merten Store in Boles Township, Franklin County, Missouri.

    On 28 Feb 1920, the census shows George H. (57) and Martha (57) MERTEN living in Boles Township, Franklin County, Missouri. George was said to have been born in Illinois, father in Prussia and mother in Hanover, Germany. Martha was said to have been born in Missouri and her parents in Missouri. They owned their home free of mortgage. With them was adopted son, Robert CRIGLEY age 11, born Missouri. They also had a boarder living with them, John COLEMAN age 40, born Missouri, Bookkeeper at the flour mill.
    On 17 Jun 1930, the census shows George H. MERTEN age 67, living in Boles Township, Franklin County, Missouri. George was said to have been born in Illinois, father in Germany and mother in Holland. George was a Notary Public. He was living with his friends William (55) and Addie (51) SCHAFFERKOETTER.

Children of George Henry and Mattie (COPELAND) MERTEN:

6-1. Bessie MERTEN, born Feb 1892, Franklin County, Missouri, daughter of George Henry and Mattie (COPELAND) MERTEN.
    Bessie married William WELLS, 1907/1908. He was born Jan 1887, Missouri, son of Stephen and Louisiana WELLS. He died before 1920.
    On 18 Apr 1910, the census show William (23) and Bessie (21) WELLS living in the 22nd Ward, St. Louis, Missouri. With them were thier two children Ethel age 1 and William, Jr. age 1 month. William was a Streetcar Conductor in St. Louis.
    In 28 Feb 1920, the census shows the widowed Bessie WELLS age 31, living in Boles Township, Franklin County, Illinois. With her were her daughters, Ethel age 10 and Mildred age 8. Bessie was renting.

Children of William and Bessie (MERTEN) WELLS:

6-1-1. Ethel WELLS, born 1909/10, Missouri.
    Ethel married Leo HAMM. The had no children.

6-1-2. William WELLS, Jr., born Mar 1910, Missouri. He died before 1920.

6-1-3. Mildred WELLS, born 1911/12, Missouri.
    Mildred married Earnest ___?___.



6-2. Earl B. MERTEN, born Apr 1893, Franklin County, Missouri.
    Earl married Flora ___?___.
(See #6-2 following)


6-3. Gordon Bennett MERTEN, born Mar 1899, Franklin County, Missouri.
    Gordon married 1st Irene A. JONES.
(See #6-3 following)


6-4. Robert CRIGLEY MERTEN, born 1908/09, Missouri. Adopted son of George Henry and Mattie (COPELAND) MERTEN. (Note: Not sure the spelling of CRIGLEY is correct. The name was hard to make out on the census record.)




#6-2
Earl Byron Merten

Franklin County, Missouri


Earl Byron MERTEN, born Apr 1893, Franklin County, Missouri, son of George Henry and Mattie (COPELAND) MERTEN. Earl died 9 Oct 1962. Burial in Pacific Cemetery, Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri.
    Earl married Flora L. DISHAROON. She was born 26 Jul 1890, Grays Summit, Franklin County, Missouri, daughter of Fergus F. and Ella (FRANCIS) DISHAROON. Flora died 29 May 1972, Villa Ridge, Franklin County, Missouri. Burial in Pacific Cemetery, Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri.
    On 5 Jun 1917, Earl's World War I Draft Registration Card has, Earl Byron MERTEN age 24, born 25 Apr 1893, Villa Ridge, Franklin County, Missouri. He was living in Village Ridge. He was a salesman for a grocery company. He had a wife and child to support. He was medium height and slender. He had blue eyes and light color hair.
    On 28 Feb 1920, the census shows Earl (26) and Flora (29) MERTEN living in Boles Township, Franklin County, Missouri. He and his parents were said to have been born in Missouri. Earl was a Commercial Tender of Groceries. They owned their home free of mortgage. With them were their children: Margarette MERTEN age 5, born MO; and Ruth MERTEN age 1 year and 6 months, born MO.
    On 12 Apr 1930, the census shows Earl B. (37) and Flora (40) MERTEN living in Union, Franklin County, Missouri. He and his parents were said to have been born in Missouri. Flora and her parents were said to have been born in Missouri. Earl was a Traveling Grocery Salesman. He was not a veteran. They owned their home, valued at $2,500. They owned a radio. With them were their children: Margery MERTEN age 15, born MO; Ruth MERTEN age 11, born MO; and Bobby MERTEN age 1 year and 9 months, born MO.
    On 13 May 1940, the census shows Earl (47) and Flora (48) MERTEN living in Boles Township, Franklin County, Missouri. Both said to have been born in Missouri. They were said to have been living in the same place in 1935. Earl was a Farm Laborer. They owned their home, valued at $1,000. Earl had an 8th grade education. Flora had 1 year of high school. With them was their son, Bobby MERTEN age 11, born MO.


Children of Earl B. and Flora L. (DISHAROON) MERTEN:

6-2-1. Marjorie Elizabeth MERTEN, born 8 Sep 1914, Franklin County, Missouri. Marjorie died 18 Mar 1985, Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Wythe County, Virginia. Burial in Pacific Cemetery, Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri. She is on grave stone with her infant brother, Earl MERTEN. (Note: Informant on death certificate was her daughter VaDon SHELTON.)
    Majorie married Henry Marvin GRAHAM.

6-2-2. Ruth Eugenia MERTEN, born 23 Jun 1918, Franklin County, Missouri. Ruth died 14 Jan 1990.
    Ruth married 1st ___?___ HAGGARD.
    Ruth married 2nd ___?___ OBERG.

6-2-3. Earl Everett MERTEN, born 9 Oct 1926, Franklin County, Missouri. Earl died 28 Dec 1927, Franklin County, Missouri. Burial 29 Dec 1927 Pacific Cemetery, Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri.

6-2-4. Bobby Donald MERTEN, born 29 Nov 1928, Union, Franklin County, Missouri. Bobby died 10 Oct 1950, St. Francis Hospital, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri. Burial 12 Oct 1950, Pacific Cemetery, Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri. Residing in Villa Ridge, Franklin County, Missouri at time of death.




#6-3
Gordon Bennett Merten

Missouri


Gordon Bennett MERTEN, born Mar 1899, Franklin County, Missouri, son of George Henry and Mattie (COPELAND) MERTEN. Gordon died 29 May 1974, St. Louis, Missouri.
    Gordon married Irene A. JONES 9 Aug 1921, Marion County, Illinois. They divorced. She was born 1899, Missouri. (Note: Irene married 2nd Frank CRAWFORD.)
    On 12 Sep 1918, Gordon's World War I Draft Registration Card has, Gordon Bennett MERTEN age 19, born 25 Mar 1899, was living in Villa Ridge, Franklin County, Missouri. He was attending school and was also a clerk in a drug store. His nearest relative was George H. MERTEN of Villa Ridge. He was medium height and build and had blue eyes and light color hair.
    On 7 Jan 1920, the census shows Gordon MERTEN age 20, boarding in Union City, Union Township, Franklin County, Missouri. Gordon was said to have been born in Missouri and his parents in Missouri. Gordon was a Salesman at a drug store.
    On 11 Apr 1930, the census shows Gordon B. (31) and Irene A. (31) MERTON living at 7721 Weaver Avenue, Maplewood, St. Louis County, Missouri. Gordon was said to have been born in Missouri, father in Illinois and mother in Tennessee. Irene was said to have been born in Missouri and parents in Illinois. Gordon was a Pharmacist at a Drug Store. He was not a veteran They were renting their home at $40 a month. They owned a radio. Both said to have been age 21 when they married. With them were daughters: Marian F. MERTON age 7, born MO; and Alice A. MERTON age 2 years and 1 month, born MO.
    On 12 Apr 1940, the census shows Frank (64) and Irene (41) CRAWFORD living in Springfield, Green County, Missouri. They were said to have been living in the same place in 1935. Frank was said to have been born in Ohio. Irene was said to have been born in Missouri. Frank was a New Worker. He had 2 years of college. Irene had 4 years of high school. They owned their home, valued at $2,250. With them were Irene's daughters: Marian MERTEN age 16, born MO; and Alice MERTEN age 12, born MO.
    On 18 Apr 1940, the census shows Gordon (41) and Hazel (38) MERTEN living in St. Louis, Missouri. Both said to have been born in Missouri. They were said to have been living in the same place in 1935. Gordon was a Pharmacist at a Drug Store. Hazel owned a Gift Card Shop. Gordon had 2 years of college. Hazel had 1 year of high school. They were renting their home at $25 a month.

Children of Gordon B. MERTEN:

6-3-1. Marian F. MERTEN, born 1922/23, Missouri.

6-3-2. Alice A. MERTEN, born 1927, Missouri.
    Alice married Robert Earl Bob GILMORE.






#9
Adolph Ernest Merten


Adolph Ernest “Dolphie” MERTEN, born 5 Oct 1870, son of Herman Heinrich Abraham and Anna Maria Elisabeth (EILERS) MERTEN. He died 27 Aug 1942.
    Dolphie married Nancy MITCHELL 1993/94. She was born Sep 1863, Missouri.
    On 16 Jun 1900, the census shows Adolph (29) and Nancy (36) MERTEN living in Central Township, Franklin County, Missouri. Nancy had given birth to 2 children and both had died before the date of the census. Adolph was a farmer and he owned his farm free of morgage.
    On 29 Apr 1910, the census shows Adolph E. (39) and Nancy (46) MERTEN living in Central Township, Franklin County, Missouri. Living with them was Carl WEBER age 10. Adolph was a farmer and he owned his farm free of morgage.
    On 27 Jan 1920, the census shows A. E. (49) and Nancy (56) MERTEN living in Central Township, Franklin County, Missouri. With them was Carl WEBBER age 20. They owned their own home and farm free of morgage.
    On 3 Apr 1930, the census shows A. E. (59) and Nancy (66) MERTEN living in Union, Franklin County, Missouri. They owned their own home and it was valued at $4,000.00. Dolphie's sister, Clara MERTEN age 55 was living with them.
    They raised Carl T. WEBBER, as his parents died when he was young.
    Dolphie was a farmer.

Children of Adolph Ernest and Nancy (MITCHELL) MERTEN:

9-1. a twin MERTEN. Died in infancy.

9-2. a twin MERTEN. Died in infancy.

9-3. Carl T. WEBBER, born Jun 1898, Kentucky, son of William Thomas and Augusta Emma (BRIDGEMAN) WEBBER.
    Carl married Wilma ___?___, 1921/22. She was born 1901/02, Missouri.
    In 1910, the census shows Carl living in Central Township, Franklin County, Missouri. He was the brother of Nellie (WEBBER) GEIGER, wife of William Walter GEIGER, Adolph’s nephew. (See #5-4 and #10-1)
    On 7 Apr 1930, the census shows Carl (31) and Wilma (28) WEBER living in Central Township, Franklin County, Illinois. They had two daughters living with them Lois age 4 years and 3 months; and Elianor age 2 years and 2 months. John was a merchant. He had a shoe store in Franklin County, Missouri. Carl owned his home and it was valued at $2,500.00. He owned a radio.
    Carl was a twin. His twin brother, Clyde, died at about age 2.

Children of Carl T. and Wilma (___?___) WEBBER:

9-3-2. Lois WEBBER, born 1926, Franklin County, Missouri.
    Lois lived most of her life in Union, Franklin County, Missouri. She moved to Panama City Beach, Florida later.

9-3-2. Elianor WEBBER, born 1928, Franklin County, Missouri.




#10
Clara Gertrude Merten


Clara Gertrude MERTEN, born 15 May 1874, daughter of Herman Heinrich Abraham and Anna Maria Elisabeth (EILERS) MERTEN. He died 2 Nov 1970.
    Clara raised Nellie WEBBER, who married Clara’s nephew, William Walter GEIGER.
    (Nellie and Carl WEBBER were just two of eight children who were orphaned with the death of their mother. Their father put them into an orphanage in St. Louis.)
    Clara had a poultry farm in Central Township, Franklin County, Missouri.
    Clara and her brother, Adolph, had connecting farms. They later moved into Union and built homes next to each other so that Nellie and Carl could be raised together.
    On 29 Apr 1910, the census shows Clara MERTEN age 35 living in Central Township, Franklin County, Missouri. With here was Nellie Weber age 12. Clara owned her own farm free of morgage.
    On 22 Jan 1920, the census shows Clara G. MERTEN, age 45, living in Central Township, Franklin County, Missouri. With her was Nellie WEBER age 22. Clara owned her own home and poultry farm free of morgage.
    In 1930, the census show Clara living with her brother, Adolph MERTEN.
    Clara later move in with Nellie and Walter GEIGER in Marion County, Illinois.
    Clara raised:

10-1. Nellie WEBBER, born 11 Aug 1896. (See #5-4)


Clara Merten, standing,
    and her parents, Herman and Mary Merten





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Genealogical Sources


***United States Census Records 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
(NOTE: I transcribe the census information as it is on the document, including all mistakes, which will explain the incorrect spelling of names at times and wrong ages at other times.)
***United States Social Security Records.
***World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
***Find-A-Grave.
***Birth Records of Illinois.
***Marriage Records of Illinois.
***Death Records of Illinois and Missouri.
***Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002.
***History of Clinton and Marion Counties-1881.
***Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton, Washington, Marion, and Jefferson Counties, Illinois - 1894.
***Land Records of Illinois.
***Newspaper Obituaries from Centralia and Salem.
***Information and photos from Aaron Michael Elliott.
***Virginia Death Records, 1912-2014.




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