Before I move on to Michael Anthony and Augusta Wilhemina (Erxleben) Ruslers’ children I must do a post on Augusta’s siblings. This is hard for me because I like to be fairly sure of my facts and the Erxleben’s have been kind of elusive. The best information I have for them is from Samuel (Frederick’s) will. So here goes with what I have and I am hoping that someday I will have some better information on these ancestors.
Carl Erxleben was born June 7, 1834 in Prussia, probably in the parish of Schermen. He married Anna there and they immigrated to America with their children in about 1869 as all of their children were born in Prussia. William (1852), Albert (1855), Charles (1859), Carl (1860), Alvina (1862), Bertha (1864), Anna (1866), and Alma (1868). Carl Erxleben was a farmer in Ogle County, Illinois and he died there December 5, 1907.
August Adolph Erxleben was born in Moeser, Schermen, Prussia July 6, 1837. He stayed in Prussia after his family emigrated. The reason I know that much about him is that he had to proved his relationship to Samuel (Frederick), his father in probate to receive his inheritance.
Herman C Erxleben was born September 3, 1848 in Prussia. He immigrated with the family January 7, 1859 and lived with them in Ogle County, Illinois where he grew up and married Rosina P June 7, 1877. Their children were born there; William F (1879), Edward J (1880), George F (1886), Albert R (1888), Clara R (1894). Herman was a farmer and inherited 80 acres from his father along with his watch and clothes. He died June 5, 1924 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.
Mary Wilhemina Erxleben was born July 31, 1851 in Prussia. She immigrated with the family and grew up in Ogle County, Illinois. She married William G Erffmeyer in 1877. Their children were Oliver (1873) and Emma (1876) who may have had a different mom. Ida (1879), Frank (1880), and Ruth I (1894).
Augusta Wilhemina I have already written about in a previous post. And that is what I know so far. There are other children listed on the passenger list but I have been told that those were Frederick’s second wife’s children from her first marriage.