Bio: Vollrath, John (1814 - 1897)


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Surnames: Vollrath, Vanderhoff, Decker, Schwarze Zocher, Kremer, Kassel


----Source: Greenwood Public Library, original copy owned by Jean Rolstad

John Vollrath (11 Dec 1814 - 8 Nov 1897)

The Vollrath Farm

The original 80 acres was purchased in the summer of 1868 by John Vollrath and his son, Phillip. Before them, the 80 acres was owned by a V. Vanderhoff.

John Vollrath came to Greenwood from Sheboygan, where the family located for a short time after leaving their German homeland. With him were two others whose names are numbered among the pioneers of Clark County; Henry Decker and Henry Schwarze A 50-year history of the west side church traces the movement of these three families into the Greenwood area, and tells how they arrived on June 1, 1868. All three lived together in a "little block house" on the Vollrath farm property. Living a typical frontier life, the Vollraths, Deckers, and Schwarzes had to clear land before they could start farming.

The Henry Vollrath family made their home on the farm until 11 years ago. Then they built a house in Greenwood and left the place on which Henry had been born and on which he had lived without interruption for 65 years. They turned the farm over to a son, Dale, who was called into the service in 1952.

The farm since has been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Zocher of Westchester, Illinois.


Family Notes


1880 Federal Census, Warner, Clark, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 477


John Volrath, white, widowed male
occupation : Farmer
ethnicity (standardized) : American
father's birthplace : Germany
mother's birthplace : Germany

Household Members
self John Volrath M 66 Germany
son William Volrath M 22 Germany


Wisconsin Death Records


John Vollrath
gender: Male
burial date: 1897
burial place: Warner, Clark, Wisconsin
death date: 08 Nov 1897
death place: Warner, Clark, Wisconsin
age: 82
*birth: 11 Dec 1814
location: Germany
occupation: Farmer
race: White
marital status: Married
spouse's name: Mary Vollrath
father's name: Vollrath
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's name: Vollrath
mother's birthplace: Germany


*Immannuel & Reformed Church Records, Warner Twp., Clark Co., Wisconsin say Johannes Vollrath was born 11 Fed 1814, the son of John and Othilie (Kassel) Vollrath.  He narried Elisabeth Kremer 13 Jun 1846.



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