John & Maria (Long) Roggendorff

York Township

Carroll County Biography

This very capable and intelligent lady owns and occupied a finely cultivated farm of 200 acres, on seciton 2, in York Township, which has been under her supervision since the death of her husband, John Roggendorff, who departed this life March 19, 1881. He was then in the prime of life, having been born Oct. 8, 1828 in Mecklenburg, Germany.

The subject of this sketch, a native of the Kingdom of Wurtemburg, Germany was born July 28, 1829 and was the youngest child of Baltus and Catherine (Hamm) Long, who were also of German birth and parentage, and traced their ancestry to pure German stock for generations back. Besides their daughter Maria they had five other girls, namely: Barbara who married George Henkle of Germany; Katie who for her second husband married a Mr. Schryer; Madeline who married John Scheiterle; Margaret who for her third husband, married Henry Ehrensberger; and Regina who died in Germany. The girls, with the exception of Mrs. Roggendorff were all married in the Fatherland. The Ehrensberger family came to America about 1855. As they were enroute from New York City to Charleston SC where they expected to locate, MR. beckhert, the second husband of Margaret, together with their two-years old child, were stricken with cholera and died at Columbus Ohio where Mrs. Berkhert remained about 15 months, then came to Galena IL where she was married to Mr. Ebrensberger and they now live in Jackson County Iowa.

The subject of this sketch came with her father to the US landing at NY in May 1856 and located in the vicinity of Savanna where she was married to John Roggendorff on the 7th of December 1856 (I can't find this marriage on the IL Archive list). Her father only survived eleven days after their arrival at Savanna, dying of cholera. Mr. and Mrs. Roggendorff sojourned in Savanna about 5 years, then Mr. Roggendorff purchased 50 acres of raw prairieland in York Twp., put up a house and took up his abode there, where he lived with his family until the fall of 1863 when he removed to the present residence of the family. In the meantime he was greatly prospered in his labors and remained there until his death. By a course of prudence and industry, Mr. Roggendorff accumulated a fine property, and left at his death an estate consisting of about 500 acres of land, besides livestock and machinery. Mrs. Roggendorff was appointed administratrix, and settle dup the estate in an admirable manner, and after paying off all liabilities, has 250 acres, with its improvements, free from incumbrance.

She was reared in the doctrines of the Church as demonstrated by Martin Luther, of which her ancestors for generations were adherents, as were also those of her husband; although they were born and reared in different provinces.

To Mr. and Mrs. Roggendorf were born six children - Charles F., a resident of this township Maggie the wife of Norman Leavens; Eber, at the old homestead; Frankie D now Mrs. Augustus Leavens; Belva M, at home with her mother; Lydia now Mrs. Dorus Atherton of this township. The family is well known adn highly respected throughout their township and the subject of this sketch has made for herself a record, of which she may well be proud, as a first class financier and the able manager of one of the best farms in York Township. During his life Mr. Roggendorff was Republican, and also a member of the Society of Odd Fellows.

Portraits and Biographical 1889 Pg 889 Directory 1878 Carroll County: Jonathan ROGGENDORFF - Farmer. Sec. 2; P. 0. Thomson; born in Germany Oct. 8, 1828; came to the U. S. in May, 1853, and to this Co. 24 years ago; owns 400 acres land, valued at $8,000; married Mary Long, Nov. 7, 1856; she was born in Germany, July 28, 1829; have six children: Charles, Albert, Maggie, Dennis Mary and Lida.
(the names of the chilren differ).

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