1899 Historical Encyclopedia Illinois  Knox County, IL


These were typed by Linda Kestner.   I mailed her the bios on the Gehring family of Knox County, IL, that came from Germany thinking they were all somehow related and by Gosh.... She found the common link and they are related.... Now am getting tombstone photos for her.  Some are alsready online at the Oneida Cemtery Photo Gallery page.


Henry Gehring

"Henry Gehring, is the son of Zavier and Elizabeth (Heminger) Gehring, both natives of Germany, the former having been born near Baden, February 9, 1825.  Zavier Gehring was one of a family of nine children, and his parents were Bennet and Elizabeth (Closman) Gehring.  He received an education in the common schools of his native land, and left home to work out when he was eighteen years old.  He continued in this position two years, when he was drafted into the German army and served three and one-half years.  In 1850, when he was twenty-five years old, he came to the United States, landing in New York City with only one dollar in his pocket.  There he worked as a coachman and in other positions four years, and there, in 1853, he married Elizabeth Heminger.  In 1854, he came to Knox County and began farming, buying thirty acres of land on which he now resides.  He was a good farmer and stockman, one of the most successful in the county, and increased his holdings to about eight hundred acres of land, which he partially divided among his three children.  He has been School Director, and has taken a great interest in education.  He has lived an honest and upright life, and is an example to his posterity.  His first wife died July 2, 1878.  Afterwards he married Mrs. Mary A. (Leighton) Stevenson.

Henry Gehring was born August 29, 1858, in the old Gehring homestead, then a log house, and received his education in Knox County.  His home is in Sparta Township.  He is a successful stock-raiser, and now owns four hundred and eleven acres of land.  On his farm is located the famous Gehring Coal Bank, from which hundreds of families derive their supplies of fuel.
In Knox County, March 3, 1887, Mr. Gehring married Carrie Benson, who was born March 4, 1864.  They have two children: Earl Raymond, born January 5, 1889; and Webster Henry, born August 9, 1893.  In religion, Mr. Gehring is a Methodist.  In politics, he is a republican.  He is a School Director and Road Commissioner, having held the latter office for eight years.


From "The Historical Encyclopedia of IL" 1899 ( Knox County):
Farmer; Sparta Township; born March 16, 1856, in Knox County, where he was educated.  His father, Xavier Gehring, was an early settler.  He was married January 29, 1880, to Cora, daughter of O. Peterson.  Four children were born to them: Adella Maud, Edna May, Arthur J. and Myrtle Irene.  Their mother died May 15, 1895.  Mr. Gehring's second marriage occurred March 25, 1896, with Harriet, daughter of Peter Knight, a native of England.  They have one son, Frank Earl.  Mr. Gehring has a valuable farm of one hundred and seventy-seven acres besides one hundred acres of pasture and timber land.  He has been School Director in Wataga for twelve years.


From "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois" 1899 (Knox County) :
GEHRING, ALEX: Farmer; Sparta Township; born December 1, 1844, in Germany; educated in Germany and the United States; his parents, Anthony Gehring, born March 12, 1821, and Mary (Mosier) Gehring, born June 24, 1823, came from Germany to Sparta Township in 1857; his paternal grandparents were Bennet and Elizabeth (Closman) Gehring; his great-grandparents, Mattice and Susan Gehring, and his maternal grandparents, Jacob and Mary Mosier.  Mr. Gehring was married May 30, 1867, in Sparta Township, Section 33, to Jerusha, daughter of Ira and Caroline (Stewart) Squires of Ireland and Scotland, respectively.  Mrs. Gehring was born August 1, 1847, in Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio.  The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gehring are: Mary Alice, born October 29, 1871; Sarah Luella, born October 9, 1874; Carrie Lenora, born April 6, 1877, and Ira Anthony, born December 15, 1879.  Mary Alice was married June 11, 1890, to James Parkinson; they have two sons, Archie, born January 30, 1893; and Frank Donald, born September 10, 1896.  Mr. Gehring is a member, and has been a Trustee and Steward of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He is a republican and has been School Director and Pathmaster.

There is also another bio on Alexander Gehring on the Portrait & Biographical Page.

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