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From "Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company", published 1886, Portrait and Biographical Album of Knox County, IL:
Prominent among the self-made men of Knox County, who started with nothing except their own indomitable perseverance and energy, and who have made a financial success in life, and who were born in the great Empire of Germany, is the gentleman whose name heads this biographical sketch, who is living on his farm on section 12, Sparta Township.  Mr. Gehring was born Feb. 9, 1825, his parents being Bennet and Elizabeth (Closman) Gehring, likewise natives of the "Faderland."  His father was a farmer in the old country, and there raised a family of nine children, five of whom are living, namely, Joseph, Anthony, Xaver, Barbara and Caroline.  Joseph and Barbara yet continue to reside in their native land, and there the father died in 1857, and the mother in 1842.  Xaver Gehring was an inmate of the parental household until he was 18, having in the meantime received an education in the common schools.  On leaving home he worked out for two years, when he was drafted into the German army and served his country for three and a half years.
In 1849, Mr. Gehring, hoping to better his financial condition, set sail for the United States, arriving in safety at New York.  In the latter State, for four and a half years, he worked out by the month at whatever labor he could procure that would bring him in a fair remuneration.  In 1854, he came to this State and settled on the identical place on which he at present resides.  He purchased, on coming to the county, 815 acres of land, and has followed the vocation of a farmer until the present time, meeting with success.
Mr. Gehring was married in 1853, just prior to his coming to this county, to Miss Elizabeth Hemminger, and their family circle has been blest by the birth of three children -- Joseph, Henry and Amelia.  The wife and mother died in 1878, and Mr. Gehring formed a second matrimonial alliance in 1879, at which time Mrs. Mary Stephenson, the accomplished daughter of William Leighton, became the wife.  She had a family of five children by her former marriage -- William, George, James, Isabell and Helen.  Politically, Mr. Gehring is a Republican.  He has held the office of School Director for 15 years, and is one of the large land-owners, successful farmers, and honored and respected citizens of Knox County.

     Another version of Xaver's biography was included in the biography of his son, Henry, in "The Historical Encyclopedia of IL": 1899 (Knox County):

In part reads:
       "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...."


From "The Historical Encyclopedia of IL" 1899 (Knox County):
".....(See Zaver Gehring bio for full text from this source) 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."
End (Note: Original spelling preserved as it was published)

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 "Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company", published 1886, Portrait and Biographical Album of Knox County, IL:


Foremost in the ranks of wealthy and substantial men and leading citizens of Knox County stands the subject of our biography.  He is a farmer whose desirable and attractive home is located on section 33, of Sparta Township.  He may be called in a great measure a self-made man, as he worked his way industriously and ambitiously, from the age of 13 up to the present prosperous and enjoyable position in life which he now fills.
Mr. Gehring was born Dec 1, 1844, in Baden, Germany, and is the son of Anthony and Mary (Moser) Gehring.  They were natives of Germany.  Anthony Gehring was born March 12, 1824, and Mary (Moser) Gehring was born June 24, 1824.  In 1857 they emigrated to America, and, coming to Illinois, then known as the "Far West", settled in Knox County, on section 14.  At this place they purchased 40 acres of land, which they occupied and cultivated until 1873, at which time they added 100 acres to the original homestead.  He moved into Oneida village, prosperity having crowned his effort toward success, and purchased a house and two lots, where he is now living a retired life.  Two of their pleasant little family of three children now survive -- our subject and Martin.
The subject of this sketch began active labor at the age of 13, as previously stated.  He worked by the month until he reached the age of 20, having in this interval received an ordinary common-school education.  He rented a farm on section 13, Sparta Township, which he worked until one year later, when he rented one on section 28.  Here he remained one year, and they rented the farm on which he now lives, including 90 acres.  His wife will inherit this homestead at her mother's death.
Mr. Gehring was united in marriage in 1867, with Miss Jerusha, daughter of Ira and Caroline (Stewart) Squires.  Mrs. Gehring was a native of Trumbull County, Ohio, and was born Aug. 1, 1847.  Her father was born June 21, 1822, and died May 6, 1850.  Mr. and Mrs. Gehring have a family of four children, by name as follows:  Mary A., who was born Oct. 29, 1871; Sarah L., born Oct. 9, 1874; Carrie L., born April 7, 1877, and Ira A., born Dec. 15, 1879.  Mr. Gehring is a live man in public affairs, and holds the office of School Director.  He is a Republican in politics, watching with vivid interest the affairs of the nation.  He is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he is Steward and Trustee, and has a word of cordial sympathy and courteous kindness for one and all.  Both himself and wife are popular and pleasant people.  She is a member of the same church to which her husband belongs.
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.


Anne Wallace McSkimming, b. 03 Oct 1845 Katrine, Ayrshire, Scotland

                       d. 21 Dec 1924
Married in Knox County 13 Jan 1864
William A Gehring, b. Dec 1864
Mary A, b. Abt. 1866
Anna Wallace Gehring, b. 03 Sept 1869
Frank B Gehring, b. Apr 1870
Son Gehring b. bet. 1871-1880
Son Gehring b. bet. 1871-1880
Harry Gehring, b. Dec 1881
Mabel Gehring, b Oct 1882

Christian's father was Anton Gearing, mother was Mary Albejar
Christian's immigration date was 1856
Anna's father was Hugh McSkimmings 1811-1893, mother was Annie Wallace 1815-1902 - Anna and her parents immigrated in 1850.

OK, Foxie....here goes on the bios. 
Also, if you find yourself risking a cemetery trip again someday, you'll note some folks that may also be in Oneida Cemetery, as follows:
1) GEHRING, Alexander, b. 1844 and Jerusha, b 1847        Answer: in index of surnames it says Alexander is buried in the Sparta Twp., page 32A.  There is no page number in the book with 32A on it.  Have to check at the library. Jerrisha inf. son Sparta Twp, page 32A. Maybe they have no Tombstones????? have to check....
2) GEHRING, Henry b. 1858 and Carrie b. 1864      answer:  Buried in Galesburg Twp.  Have to check Galesburg Twp Cemetery listings.
3) GEHRING, Earl R, b. 1889 and Gertrude, b. 1888 both in  a Galesburg Twp., Cemetery.  Possibly the Linwood or Hope.
4) GEHRING, Webster, b. 1893 and Velma, b. 1893 both in Galesburg Twp. Cemetery
5) GEHRING, Joseph, b. 1856 and Cora died 1895 and Harriet (second wife) 

answer: Wataga Cemetery, Sparta Twp., Knox County, IL.                        Gehring, Harriett   1867-1919, Joseph 1856-1942, Cora 1859-1895, Edna M. 1882-1960, Arthur J. 1885-1973, Nina 1889-1966.


6) PARKINSON, James, b. 1863 and Mary A, b. 1872
7) PARKINSON, Archie, b.1893 and Carrie, b. 1894
8) PARKINSON, Frank Donald, b. 1896 and Pauline, b. 1898

9) SQUIRES, Ira b. Abt 1823 and Caroline, b. 1817 and Sarah b. 1818 (2nd wife) and Albert L. b. 1845 (only son of Ira and Caroline)

Note: Gehrings all lived in Sparta township.  Likely burials in Oneida? Nope if they lived in Sparta Twp., the likely place is the Wataga Cemetery. Oneida Cemetery is in Oneida Twp., Knox County, IL.  

Parkinson's may all have died in around Phelps County, MO -- may be too long a trip to return to Knox County for burial?  You will know best on all of these.

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