My Gehring Heritage
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.
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
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
4) GEHRING, Webster, b. 1893 and Velma, b. 1893
both in Galesburg Twp. Cemetery
, Joseph, b. 1856 and Cora died 1895 and Harriet
answer: Wataga Cemetery, Sparta Twp., Knox
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
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)
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
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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