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Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

My ggg grandfather was Adam Frederick Ernest Sanders.  I was recently back in Galena Illinois and was able to find his obituary that was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on 9 Oct 1891.  I also went to the Galena courthouse, but there is no death certificate on file.  His wife Catherine (Fuch) is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, so he’s probably buried there.

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

Transcription of obituary:

A.F.E. Sanders

After a long illness with dropsy of the heart Mr. A. F. Sanders passed away this morning, at his home on Hill street. His demise had been expected, and all of his family save one sone and one daughter, who live in the West, were with him when he died. Deceased was born in Germany, May 3, 1827. He came to this country when a young man, and located in Galena forty years ago. Ten years later he engaged in the grocery business which followed from that time until his death. At one time he was in business down town but of later years he has had a store on the hill. He was an honest, upright citizen, a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran church and of the German Benevolent society.

Mr. Sanders was married in the East forty-two years ago and his wife survives with five children – Edward, who lives in the West,; Ernest, of Dubuque; Margaret, who is the wife of City Marshal Fairweather; Henry, who lives at home, and Sarah, who is married to Al Hanson, and lives in Calumet, Wash.

Obituary: Henry John Wulff Sr

Henry John Wulff Sr

I was researching Henry Wulff Sr, who is my 3rd great grandfather.

He was born in Germany and died in Schapville, Illinois.  His wife was Maria Sophia Schumacher and they had three children, Carolina Sophia, Henry Jr., and Anna Marie.

I found this obituary in the Freeport Journal-Standard. It was published January 3, 1929.

Henry Wulff Sr Obituary

Transcription of obituary:

Elizabeth, Ill., Jan. 2 – Funeral services were conducted at Schapville, a few miles north of this city, on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock at the Schapville Lutheran church at the Schapville Lutheran church for Henry P.[sic] Wulff, aged resident of that community for the past 45 years, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 84 years. The services were conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Otto C. Moke, and burial was made at the Lutheran cemetery adjoining the church.

Henry John Wulff was born at Jarmstorf, Mecklenburg, Germany, on July 15, 1844 and had reached the age of 84 years, 5 months and 12 days at the time of his death. He remained in Germany to receive his education and before coming to this country in 1883 he was united in marriage to Miss Marie Schumacher.

Upon their arrival in America the young couple came directly to this community, Mr. Wulff working as a laboring man for a time and later acquiring a farm which he operated until 17 years ago when he retired and moved into the village of Schapville. He was well known in this section of the country and especially in Schapville where he had resided for the past 45 years.

The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hermann Bohnsack of Elizabeth, Miss Anna Wulff at home and one son Henry Wulff who aslo resides in this vicinity. Six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren are also left to mourn his departure besides other relatives and many friends. His wife passed away just about 10 years ago this time when the 1918 epidemic of influenza was current throughout the country.


His daughter, Mrs. Hermann Bohnsack, aka Carolina Sophia or Lena, was my great-great grandmother.  Her husband’s full name was Carl Herman Bohnsack.  I think it’s interesting that they say his wife, Maria (Schumacher), died “when the 1918 epidemic of influenza was current throughout the country.”  I wonder if this means she died of influenza?  Something I’ll have to explore.