Descendents of Henry George Grabenhorst
Descendents of Dorothea Auguste Elizabeth Grabenhorst Fisher Wolf
Jennie Johanna Fisher *
1-Jennie Johanna Fisher, daughter of Jacob Ferdinand Fischer and Dorothea (Dorothea Auguste Elizabeth) Grabenhorst, was born on 7 Nov 1860 in Dayton, Webster, Iowa, died on 26 Sep 1910 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 50 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Jennie married Jacob John Wolf, son of Jacob Wolf and Ann Margarethe Schafer, on 19 Feb 1880 in Henry County, Illinois. Jacob was born on 17 Jan 1859 in Yorktown, Henry, Illinois and died on 9 Jun 1923 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 64 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery. They had eight children: Herman Elmer, Albin Henry, Leroy Jacob, Alma Ethel, Frederick William, Vernon L, Ruth Elizabeth, and Dorothy Margarethe.
2-Herman Elmer Wolf was born on 6 Mar 1882 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois, died on 1 Mar 1953 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois at age 70 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Herman married Lillie Louise Berge, daughter of Charles Berge and Catherine Witzel, on 8 Sep 1904 in Henry County, Illinois. Lillie was born on 17 May 1877 in Henry County, Illinois, died in a car accident on 25 Aug 1958 in Wyanet, Bureau, Illinois at age 81 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery. They had one daughter: Rose Anna Mundt.
2-Albin Henry Wolf was born on 16 Nov 1883 in Henry County, Illinois, died on 9 Aug 1972 in Prophetstown, Whiteside, Illinois at age 88, and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Albin married Jessie Elnora Lewis, daughter of John W and Delia Frances Lewis, on 14 Feb 1906 in Calvary Church, Hooppole, Illinois. Jessie was born on 16 Feb 1886 in Illinois and died on 17 Sep 1962 in Henry County, Illinois at age 76. They had two children: Lucille and Bernice Elnora.
2-Leroy Jacob Wolf was born on 13 Dec 1885 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois, died on 2 Oct 1937 in Loraine, Henry, Illinois at age 51 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Leroy married Celia Anderson, daughter of Henry Anderson and Albertina Swanson, on 23 Feb 1910 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois. Celia was born on 10 July 1888 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, died on 1 Jul 1962 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 74 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery. They had two children: Geraldine Estine and Darlene Mardell.
2-Alma Ethel Wolf was born on 9 Sep 1890 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois, died on 18 Jun 1968 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 77, and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Alma married Michael Henry Houch, son of Philip Houch and Rosa Kurfiss,. Michael was born on 29 Aug 1887 in Illinois, died on 5 Aug 1977 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 89, and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery. They had four children: Lowell, Genevieve, Melvin, and Barbara Jean.
2-Frederick William Wolf was born on 14 Apr 1893 in Henry County, Illinois, died on 28 Feb 1966 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 72 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Frederick married Winifred Greenwood, daughter of Henry Tennyson Greenwood and Nevada Montana Fox,. Winifred was born on 1 May 1900 in Henry County, Illinois, died on 31 Aug 1984 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 84 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery. They had two children: Ceola W and Milo F.
2-Vernon L Wolf was born on 3 Dec 1896 in Yorktown, Henry, Illinois, died on 8 May 1927 in Yorktown, Henry, Illinois at age 30 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Vernon married Marie E Johnson, daughter of Frederick Johnson and Margrete Jacobsen,. Marie was born on 29 Jan 1903 in Illinois, died in Jun 1974 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois at age 71 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery. They had two children: Gerald Frederick and Verbetta Alma.
2-Ruth Elizabeth Wolf was born on 4 Jul 1900 in Henry County, Illinois, died in Mar 1977 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 76 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Ruth married Joseph Polson. Joseph was born on 31 Mar 1891 in Princeton, Bureau, Illinois, died in Sept 1966 at age 75 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery. They had six children: Clifford, Lester Jacob, Dorothy E. L., Roger, Josephine, and Shirley.
2-Dorothy Margarete Wolf was born on 30 Sep 1902 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois, died on 1 May 1908 in Hooppole, Henry, Illinois at age 5 and was buried in Hooppole Cemetery.
Documents and Articles
by Audrey Polson
Jennie Fisher Wolf
Jennie Fisher (Fischer) was born November 7, 1860 at Dayton, Iowa to Jacob and Dorothea Grabenhorst Fischer. Her father died when she was young. When her mother married Barnhart Wolf on March 7, 1871, Jennie moved to Yorktown Township, Henry County, Illinois with her family. Jennie married Jacob Wolf Jr., son of Jacob and Ann Margarethe Schafer Wolf on February 19, 1880 in Hooppole, Illinois. Jennie and Jacob lived on the family farm west of Hooppole. Jennie and Jacob had 9 children; 2 children preceded them in death. Jennie died September 26, 1910 after a prolonged illness. Jacob married Louise Schafer on May 1, 1913 and died May 9, 1923.
Jacob Wolf Jr
Jacob Wolf was born January 17, 1859 to Jacob Wolf, Sr. and Ann Margarethe Schafer Wolf in Yorktown Township, Henry County, Illinois. He grew up on the family farm west of Hooppole, Illinois. Jacob was married to Jennie Johanna Fisher on February 19, 1880 in Henry County. When his parents moved to Geneseo, Illinois, Jacob and Jennie moved to the family farm where they were engaged in farming. Jacob and Jennie moved to the village of Hooppole in 1905. Jacob sold insurance for Mutual Insurance Company. Jennie died September 26, 1910. Jacob then married Louise Schafer on May 1, 1913* in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Louise was born March 24, 1885 in Farmdale, Illinois to Conrad and Barbara Oertle Schafer. After Jacob’s death, she married Christian S. Mathison in 1933. Christian was born February 22, 1874 in Norway and died June 21, 1942 in Rensselaer, Indiana. Louise died March 24, 1970 in Rensselaer, Indiana. Jacob died May 9, 1923 at his home in the Village of Hooppole.
Wolf Family Genealogy by Helen Theobald
Geneseo Republic: Friday, May 9, 1913 & Friday, May 18, 1923,
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana) March 25, 1970
Louise Schafer Wolf
Louise Schafer was born to Conrad and Barbara Oertle Schafer on March 24, 1885 in Farmdale, Illinois. Louise married Jacob Wolf, Jr. in Milwaukee on May, 1, 1913 and they lived in the Village of Hooppole, Illinois. Jacob was born January 17, 1859 to Jacob and Ann Margarethe Schafer Wolf and died May 9, 1923 at his home in the village of Hooppole. Louise then married Christian S. Mathison in 1933 in Peoria. Christian was born February 22, 1874 in Norway and died June 21, 1942 in Rensselaer, Indiana. Louise died March 24, 1970 in Rensselaer, Indiana. Louise was buried in Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer, Indiana.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), March 25, 1970, page 6
The Geneseo Republic (Geneseo, Illinois), May 9, 1913 and May 18, 1923.
Jennie Johanna Fisher Wolf
Passing of Mrs. Jacob Wolf
Mrs. Jacob Wolf, one of this community's most esteemed and respected women, passed away Monday, September 26, 1910, following a prolonged period of illness. For about seven years Mrs. Wolf has been in feeble health. Every effort to bring restoration of health and strength was unavailing and the best medical skill failed to stay the progress of her illness. Mrs. Wolf, throughout her long period of illness, suffered much but was uncomplaining, and patiently and with fortitude submitted to the will of Providence, being strengthened and sustained in her affliction by her faith in God and His promises. Mrs. Wolf, when still a young girl was converted during the ministration of Rev. A. Fuessel in Geneseo, about thirty years ago. She united with the Evangelical church and until the end of her years was faithful to the vow then made. She was a devout Christian and always had great pleasure in the study of the Bible and in doing her part in carrying forward the work of religion. She was a fond and loving mother, a devoted wife and true in her friendships. Deep sorrow is felt for the sorrowing household and the relatives of Mrs. Wolf.
Mrs. Jennie Fisher Wolf was born at Dayton, Iowa, November 7, 1860. Her father dying when she was still very young, her mother, Mrs. Dorothy Fisher, married Barnhardt Wolf and deceased accompanied the family to Hooppole which has since been her home, She was married to Jacob Wolf February 19, 1880, and to this union were born nine children of whom two preceded her in death, one child dying in infancy and a daughter, Dorothy, passing away at the age of five years, a year ago last May. The children surviving with the father are, Herman E., Albert H. and Leroy J. of Hooppole, Alma E., Frederick W., Vernon L. and Ruth, at home. There survive also two grandchildren, also the mother and the following sisters and brothers, Mrs. J.J. Holzinger of Geneseo, Mrs. Loretta Baker of Washington state, Henry Fisher of Ogden, Utah, and Max Fisher of Hooppole; also the following half sisters: Mrs. Edward Seyller of Hooppole; Mrs. C.F. Wolever pf Geneseo, and a half brother, Benjamin Wolf of Hooppole. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Calvary church by Rev. ? Banman, assisted by
The Geneseo Republic
Friday, May 18, 1923
Jacob Wolf, son of Jacob Wolf, Sr. and his wife Margaret, was born in Yorktown Township, January 17, 1859 and passed away at his home in the village of Hooppole May 9, 1923 at the age of 64 years 3 months and 22 days. The entire village and community was shocked by the sudden departure of our brother which was caused by a stroke of paralysis. His early life was spent upon the farm until about eighteen years ago when he moved to the village of Hooppole where he resided until death. He gave his heart to God early in life under the ministry Rev. A. Fussels and was a faithful worker in the church of his (choice?) until the very end. He filled the following offices in the church; class leader, trustee, steward, and Sunday school teacher. He was always very faithful in attendance at all the church services. Mr. Wolf served in some of the township offices and for eighteen years was an agent for Mutual Insurance Company of Phenix, Loraine and Yorktown townships. On February 19, 1880 he was united in holy wedlock to Miss Jennie Loretta Fisher at Geneseo, Rev A Fuessels officiating. To this happy union 9 children were born. Two preceded the father in death. Who remain are Herman, Albin, Leroy, of near Hooppole, Mrs. Alma Houch of near Hooppole, Frederick of near Annawan and Vernon of near Tampico and Mrs. Ruth Polson of Rockford. In September 1910 the Heavenly Father saw fit to call home the loving wife and mother leaving the father and seven children. In May 1, 1923 (note marriage date is actually 1 May 1913) he was again united in marriage to Miss Louise Shaffer and they lived happily together until the end came. He leaves bereaved by his departure one brother William G Wolf of Geneseo and one sister Mrs. Henry Ott also of Geneseo, a widow, seven children, thirteen grandchildren, many other relatives and a best friend. There is no prison for this soul …(The remainder of the obituary is not legible due to poor quality of the copy)
Louise Shaffer Wolf Mathison
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana)
March 25, 1970
RENSSELAER – Mrs. Louise S. Mathison, of Rensselaer, died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in George Ade Memorial Hospital, on her 85th birthday. She had been in failing health three years and seriously ill two weeks. Mrs. Mathison was born in Farmdale, Ill., and was first married in 1913 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Jacob Wolfe who died in 1923. In 1933 in Peoria, Ill. She married Christian S. Mathison and he preceded her in death in 1942. She attended the Christian Church in Rensselaer and was a member of Phoebe Circle of the church and also a member of the James Ladies Aid. Surviving are two stepdaughters, a stepson, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Sand of Spokane, Wash.
News clips from The Geneseo Republic
March 18, 1904: Jacob Wolf, of Hoop Pole, accompanied by his wife and daughters Misses Ruth and Dorothy took the train here Wednesday evening to go to Ogden, Utah. Mrs. Wolf’s health has been poor of late and the stay in Utah it is hoped will be of benefit. She has a brother near Ogden, Henry Fisher, who with his family formerly resided in Yorktown Township.
March 25, 1904: Last Wednesday Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wolf departed for Ogden, Utah, for a stay of indefinite length in the expectation of benefiting the health of Mrs. Wolf, which has for some time been in a precarious state, caused by an affection of the lungs and asthma.
May 13, 1904: Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wolf have returned from Ogden, Utah where they have been spending the past few months for the benefit of Mrs. Wolf’s health, which we are pleased to note, is much improved.
March 10, 1905: Last Monday was moving day in our village. Wm Smith moved into the A. Miller house; W.L. Miller moved into the Reuben Ott house and Jacob Wolf has moved into the John Luther house recently purchased by him.
May 26, 1905: Jacob Wolf is making improvements to his house and barn in the village.
July 21, 1905: Jacob Wolf made a trip over in Phenix Township one day recently in the interest of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Co of which he is the secretary. He wrote eleven policies on his trip. Besides being a good farmer and a good thresher man, it will be noted that Mr. Wolf is also a pretty fair insurance solicitor.
February 2, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wolf went to Peoria Wednesday to consult a specialist in regard to Mrs. Wolf’s health.
December 28, 1906: Jacob Wolf has gone to Chicago to see how his wife and little daughter are getting along. Mrs. Wolf and Dorothy have been at Augustana (?) Hospital about three weeks. So far the reports as to their conditions have been fairly favorable.
March 1, 1907: Jacob Wolf is in Chicago this week with his wife and daughter. Mrs. Wolf and Dorothy are both improving.
December 25, 1908: Letters from Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wolf at present at Enid, Oklahoma, a state that Mrs. Wolf’s health is very much improved by that climate and they are seriously thinking of making that country their home.
February 19, 1909: Miss Allie Wolf and her brother Vernon started to join their mother in Enid Oklahoma, where for the present the family of Jacob Wolf will make their home.
May 9, 1913: Jacob Wolf, one of Hooppole’s foremost and best citizens went away last week without letting it be known wherefore. Now comes the gladsome word that he was married on May 1st to Miss Louise Shafer of Rensselaer Ind. The bride has for the past year lived at Prophetstown and having visited here does not come among us as a stranger. Mr. and Mrs. Wolf returned this Wednesday from a brief honeymoon enjoyed in visiting Milwaukee, Peoria and Chicago. The Republic joins in the congratulations being extended.
Jacob Wolf age 21 born in Illinois farmer
Jennie age 19 born in Illinois
brother Aaron age 15 born in Illinois laborer
Yorktown, Henry, Illinois; Roll: T9_213; Family History Film: 1254213; Page: 515D; Enumeration District: 124; Image: 0592.
Jacob Wolf age 41 born Jan 18 1859 in Illinois married 20 years farmer
Jennie age 39 born Nov 1861 in Iowa married 20 years 6 children born/living
Herman age 18 born March 1882 in Illinois helping on farm
Alvin age 15 born Nov 1884 in Illinois helping on farm
Leroy age 12 born Dec 1887 in Illinois at school
Alma age 9 born Sep 1891 in Illinois at school
Fred age 7 born April 1893 in Illinois at school
Vern age 4 born Dec 1897 in Illinois
Yorktown, Henry, Illinois; Roll: T623 305; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 1.
Jacob Wolf age 51 born in Illinois married 30 years occupation: own income
Jennie age 49 born in Iowa married 30 years 9 children 7 living
Alma age 19 born in Illinois
Fred age 17 born in Illinois occupation: works out
Vernon age 13 born in Illinois occupation: works out
Ruth age 9 born in Illinois
Yorktown, Henry, Illinois Series: T624 Roll: 291 Part: 2 Page: 298A
Jacob Wolf age 61 born in Illinois
wife Louisa age 35 born in Illinois
Yorktown, Henry, Illinois Roll: T625_371 Page: 1B ED: 149 Image: 1126
Illinois Death Record
Name: Jacob Wolf
Birth Date: 17 Jan 1859
Birth Place: Illinois
Death Date: 9 May 1923
Death Place: Yorktown Twp, Henry, Illinois
Burial Date: 11 May 1923
Cemetery Name: Zion
Death Age: 64
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Marital Status: M
Father Name: Jacob Wolf
Father Birth Place: Germany
Mother Name: Margrete Shafer
Mother Birth Place: Germany
Spouse Name: Louise Wolf
FHL Film Number: 1557115
There is some question as to Jennie's actual middle name. Some sources report it as Jennie Joanna, some as Jennie Loretta, some as Jennie Joanna Loretta, some as Jennie LF and some as Jennie Joanna Loretta Ferdindina or Jennie Joanna Loretta Ferdindiva.. For the sake of brevity and consistency the name Jennie Joanna is being used on this web site.
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