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William Kordt and his daughter Maria Kordt emigrated to Jackson County, Illinois from Essen, Germany, province of Westphalia, around 1880.

He settled in Jackson County and on February 1, 1892 (source: county naturalization record book,  page # 257),  1892 is found the final certificate of naturalization for WILLIAM KORDT where he renounces allegiance to William II, Emperor of Germany; witnesses were Dominic Aimo & John McMahon.  At some time, Mr. Kordt intermarries with the BORGSMILLER family, also residents of Jackson county.  He is found in the home of  Henry Borgsmiller (census records 1910, 1920, 1930) as an elderly man and “stepfather,” for the last 30 years of his life.  William Kordt dies in 1932 and is buried at St. Andrew's cemetery in Murphysboro, Jackson, IL, row 9, North end, next to Gertrude Kordt ( possibly his second wife and  the mother of Henry BORGSMILLER).


Maria Kordt, daughter of William, was also born in Essen, Germany in 1871.  She married in 1887 to Mathias SORGMANN, a fellow German/Austrian immigrant to Jackson County, Illinois.  The couple resided in this county until 1890, where they welcomed the  birth of their first two children; later moving to the Belleville, St. Clair Co., of the state.


Mathias Sorgmann was born in 1845 Austria; emigrating to the United States on the 28th day of September, 1882.  Last place of residence was stated as being Austria, departing from the port of Antwerp on the ship “Pennland”; arriving in the United States at the Castle Garden, NY port.  Naturalization record: Sorgmann, Mathias, from Austria.  Declaration of Intention, 9 June 1887; Petition for Final Papers, 18 April, 1892; Final Oath, 18 April 1892. Witnesses, John, Stoelzle and Henry Borgsmiller.  [Source: Taken from the book  EXTRACTION FROM NATURALIZATION RECORDS OF JACKSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, page 523] Mathias was at first a miner in the county and later in life was known as a traveling salesman while living in St. Clair county.

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