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Herbst - Grimm Photo Album

Second Great Grandfather, Friederich Wilhelm Herbst born in 1821 Bavaria, Germany married Catherine Schildknecht born 1823 in Gossniedershiem, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany.

Great Great Grandmother

Catherine Herbst nee Schildknecht

10 Jan 1823 - 26 Apr 1908 Shilo, St. Clair, Illinois. Buried Shilo Cemetery, Shilo, Illinois

  • From this union were born:

  • Friederich W Herbst 18441913 Germany
  • Conrad Herbst 18451883 Germany
  • Katherina Herbst 18471860 Germany
  • Martin Herbst 18501922 Germany
  • Peter Abraham Herbst 18521898 Germany
  • On May 1, 1853 Friederich, Catherine and their five children left Germany. They boarded the SS Clinton at Le Havre, France and immigrated to America, arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 20, 1853. They then ascended up the Mississippi River arriving in St. Louis, Missouri. Then driving by oxen pulled wagon, they traveled another 30 miles to Madison County, Illinois. After settling in Blackjack, Jarvis Township, Maidson County, Illinois, Mr. Herbst erected a building and opened a blacksmith shop.

    They had three more children born in this area:

  • Leonhardt Herbst 18571938 Blackjack, Illinois
  • Louisa Herbst 1857? Blackjack, Illinois
  • Carl Charles F Herbst 18601926 Blackjack, Illinois
  • On September 27, 1861 Friederich left his home and mustered in the Union Army of the 43rd Illinois Infantry Company B. He mustered out of the 43rd in Little Rock, Arkansas. No record has been found of his whereabouts after this date.


    Elizabeth Grimm wife of Martin Herbst

    First Great Grandparents Martin and Elizabeth Grimm Herbst

    The Herbst Homstead and Blacksmith Shop. His shop is the outbuilding in back of the house.

    Blackjack, Jarvis County, Illinois abt. 1916

    Check out Grandfather Herbst and Grandmother Herbst nee Grimm's biography at the MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS TRAILS HISTORY AND GENEALOGY PAGE

    Second Great Parents Joseph Grimm 1816-1879 and Christine Fells Grimm 1820-1860 were Elizabeth's parents. Both born in Germany and both died in Illinois. Joseph was a Carpenter by trade.

    Joseph mustered into the Missouri Infantry, 5th Regiment, Company I in 22 Nov 1862 and mustered out at the end of the war.

    They are both buried in the Old Blackjack Cemetery, Madison County, Illinois.

    Grandmother Clara Anna Herbst-Geschwend,

    April 16, 1890 - May 1980

    This Picture taken about 1912, during the time my grandmother worked as a Housekeeper in Collinsvill, Illinois for Dr. & Mrs. Wadsworth. She worked there from age 13 until she married my granfather when she was 23 years old.

    Grandfather William John Geschwend

    22 Jan 1886 - 29 Sep 1961

    William John Geschwend worked as a Mechanic for the American Railway Express in Detroit, MI

    Clara and William were married in Collinsville, Ill on January 2, 1913 as the certificate below indicates.

    From this Union four children were born:

    Meta Anna - April 26, 1914 - May 1, 2006

    Gottlieb Martin - June 9, 1916 - April 12, 1973

    Carolyn May - May 2, 1920 - April 6, 2005

    Russell William - May 11, 1922 - Jan 9, 1923