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German Evangelical or Aurand Cemetery
Hampshire Township, Kane County, Illinois

Original Transcription of this cemetery was done by Sharry Blazier (©2000) and is displayed here with her permission.
Additional Biographical Information and Obituaries were added by Laurie Selpien

In the northwest corner of Kane County in Hampshire Township, one of the first settlements was "Henpeck" or the Old Village of Hampshire, later dubbed "Pigeonwoods" for the large number of birds in the area. This area started seeing settlers around 1836. In this time friendly Pottawattomie Indians roamed. There were two roads in the township, Old state road, which ran from Chicago to Galena and another road that ran from St. Charles to Marengo. The settlement was basically a wide spot in the road. There were times where over 200 wagons a day would travel these roads - they were the main thoroughfares of the time. It was said that fifty to sixty wagons would camp overnight at the settlement in the summer. William Seymour saw it as an opportunity to make money and opened the first saloon for the thirsty travelers. He drove two posts in the ground, put a board across the top for a counter under a shade tree, brought out his jug of whiskey and opened for business. Traveling in those days left few options - ox cart, horse or walk.

Many of the early settlers in this community were of German descent, originating out of the Pennsylvania and Ohio regions of the country. By 1842, the German Evangelical society was started and in 1852, they had built their first church, the German Evangelical Church. Near the church out of necessity was a cemetery, which was called German Evangelical Cemetery or the Aurand cemetery after John Aurand Sr., who donated the land for the church and cemetery. The church and cemetery became abandoned when the present town of Hampshire was established in November of 1876. The cemetery over time fell into neglect was vandalized. Some of the family members of the ancestors buried in the cemetery took headstones and placed them in their backyards as a memorial. In 1976 as part of the Hampshire Village's Centennial celebration, the little cemetery was cleaned up and the remaining twenty-two headstones were embedded into a layer of cement in the center of the cemetery. Written records of who were buried in the cemetery have long been lost, but here are some of the stories of the ancestors we know are buried there…..

Elgin News: Mrs. Frances Ann Andrews, widow of N. L. Andrews, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Isaac V. Homes, of Beloit. Wisconsin, April 26 at 4:40 p.m., aged about 60 years. This announcement will surprise most of her friends, although they knew she had for more than a year been in poor health. Her death, probably occasioned by heart disease, was one year to a day after that of her husband in Elgin. Mrs. Andrews went to Beloit about two weeks ago. She was a sister of Mrs. Dr. H. T. Hardy, of Kaneville, formerly of Elgin. The remains were brought to Elgin on Friday, on the 12:55 train. Milwaukee road and taken at once to the old cemetery. Mrs. Andrews was a sister of Miss Mamie Buzzell, who is staying with Mr. and Mrs. F. Rowell also a cousin D. D. Buzzell.
[Hampshire Register - May 5, 1891]

Aurand / Gift Families
John Aurand Sr. the first Aurand to move to "Pidgeonwoods" or Old Hampshire was born 1808 in East Buffalo, Union Co., Pennsylvania. He was the son of General John Yost Aurand . The Aurand family can be traced back to colonial times when Johann Aurand (Aurandt) first entering this county in 1753 aboard the ship Edenburg. He settled East Buffalo Township, Northumberland County Pennsylvania.
John Aurand Sr. is the grandson of Johann. He married Catherine Reams and had 7 children. Catherine, Betsy, Abraham, John W. Nancy, and Henry. The Aurand family settled in Hampshire in 1845 and was prominent in the German Evangelical Society. John Aurand Sr. was for a time a Justice of the Peace. His two sons became well know, prominent farmers in the area. His son Abraham Aurand was in the Civil War. John Aurand Sr., date of death is unknown, as is his wife Catherine, he and his wife are most assuredly buried in this cemetery although no stone is visible.

Aurand daughter of the above headstone had remained intact she died February 6 1853. She was 13 years, 9 months and 20 days old.

Aurand another daughter of above, died April 3, 1852, she was 1 year five months, and 4 days old.

Aurand, daughter of John Aurand Sr. was born in 1832 in Union Co., Pa. Hampshire Township, and was married to Samuel Gift before arriving to Illinois. Catherine and Samuel had 6 children James W., Charles Ellis, and three who died as infants Edgar, Mary and Agnes Gift. Catherine Aurand Gift died September 28, 1863 her headstone is one of the remaining stones.

Mary A.
Gift daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Aurand) Gift 1859-1860

Barbara (Frederick)
Gift daughter of Mathias and Dora Fredrick married Samuel Gift January 5, 1865 in Kane County Illinois becoming his second wife. They would have two daughters:
· Emma who married James Kemmerling
· Dora who married Rueben Wright.
Gift died in 1872, her headstone still stands today.

Lusetta (Klick)
Gift, third wife of Samuel Gift she was born 1844 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. The daughter of John and Katherine (Decker) Klick. They had one son Edwin Henry Gift.

Samuel J.
Gift was born in May 22, 1832 in Union Co. Pennsylvania the son of Daniel and Sophia Hassinger Gift. He was one of eight children- two of his brothers served in the Civil War, one died during the war in Kentucky. His sister Margaret married George Dibbler a farmer in Hampshire. Samuel worked on the family farm until age eighteen. He learned the trades of bricklaying, tanner and farming. He had a dairy farm and sold his milk to the local creamery. He was a member of the United Evangelical church. Samuel served the township as a school director, road commissioner and various other official positions. He married three times as mentioned above. Samuel Gift died in 1903 his stone is one of the remaining stones in the cemetery.

Gift family ancestry also dates back to Colonial times, Daniel Gift father to Samuel was born in Snyder County, Pennsylvania July 18, 1811, and died there June 6, 1879. Daniel married Sophia Hassinger daughter of Jacob Hassinger. Daniel Gift's father Jeremiah Gift was born in Berks Co., Pennsylvania and died there in 1843.

John Adam Gift, father of Jeremiah arrived in settled on the left bank of the Middle Creek Valley Pennsylvania in the year 1771 he was of German descent. He had three sons with him Jacob, Anthony and Jeremiah. In those days Indian uprisings made it mandatory to serve in the Militia. Drawings were held annually on who would serve in the militia. Jacob Gift had already served one term in the Militia, when in 1779, the next drawing his father John Adams was chosen to serve. Jacob had insisting on serving for his father. While serving in the militia this time in Fort Freeland, Jacob and his party of Militia were taken by surprise by 30 hostile Indians. Jacob tried to escape and failed - he was tomahawked and scalped. John Adam Gift had taken the death of his son hard stating "It was my lot to go, but my son went and gave his life for mine."

Baker Family
The Bakers originated in Germany, first settling in this country in colonial times. The first known Baker was Samuel Baker. Samuel had one known son Peter. Samuel's wife died when Peter was five, and so, Samuel brought his son to Peter's uncle and then moved on to Ohio, where he died at age eighty, in 1858.
Peter Baker was born in 1823 near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and raised by his uncle who lived near Green Springs, Ohio. At an early age Peter learned the trade of a shoemaker. Peter married Magdalena Cook in Richland county Ohio on December 27, 1842. Peter and Magdalena moved to Hampshire, Kane County, Illinois in November 1845. It had taken three months to make the trip by wagon. They first built a log cabin that was later replaced by a frame home. They cleared the land and started farming. Peter continued his craft as a shoemaker, working nights and on days where the weather was too severe to farm. It is said that he had earned enough making shoes to pay off the farm. Peter and Magdalena had seven children, George, Jacob, John, William, Harrison, Lydia and Sarah Ann. Peter died, in December 7, 1870 at age forty-seven.

Mrs. Magdaline Baker, who's death occurred Wednesday A. M. November 28, 1894, was born in Lancaster county, Pa. In 1825 she moved with her parents to Richland County, Ohio, where she married Peter Baker. They came to Illinois in 1846, and spent the remainder of their lives in this township. Mr. Baker's death occurred in 1870. Eight children; one who died in infancy, seven are among the living; Mrs. Sarah Aurand, Mrs. Lydia Baumann, George, Jacob, John, William, all of Hampshire and Harrison of Clyde Ohio. Buried in Old Evangelical Cemetery (Old Aurand)
Special note:
Magdalena was the daughter of John George Cook, who left Europe after the Napoleonic wars. Magdalena stayed on their farm until her death November 28, 1894, she was seventy-five. [Hampshire Register, Thursday December 6, 1894, Hampshire.]

Eliza Jane
Baker is the infant daughter of Peter and Magdelana Cook Baker. She died May 29, 1850 at 3 months, 28 days old.

BLAZIER, Barbara [nee Boehm or Ber]:

wife of
July 6, 1880
Aged 63 ys 3 ms

BLAZIER was born in the village of Diefenalern, Bavaria, May 28, 1819 he is the son of Wolf Blazier of French descent. Wolf Blazier fought in the Napoleon wars, and worked as a revenue officer in Germany.
John Blazier learned the trades of a cooper and Brewer while he lived in Bavaria. He served three years in the Bavarian army before making his way to America. His plan was to fight in the Mexican war but the war ended before he got there. He sailed from Hamburg to New York taking 47 days to complete the voyage. Once reaching America he found work in New Jersey in a tile factory. John traveled to New York where he married Barbara Ber from this marriage they had seven children. Henry, Carrie, George, Mary John, Maggie and one unknown. In 1860 the Blazier family crossed the lake to Chicago and continued on to settle in Hampshire, Kane County, Illinois. John found work in Belvidere as a cooper and on farms in the neighborhood. During the Civil War he bought land in Hampshire Township and continued to add more land as the years went on. In the fall of 1881 he moved to Hampshire, rented his farm out and retired. John Blazier died May 1, 1901

BLAZIER, Maggie:

dau of J & B Blazier
Died Nov. 8, 1864
5 yrs 3 ms 1 day

[died May 13, 1872; no stone, but veterans' records show he is buried here]

BRIER, Michael* [name originally Preuer; husband of Theresia]:
Michael Brier Sr.
Died June 14 1880
Aged 75 yrs

BRIER, Theresia* [prior married name Mueller, maiden name unknown]:
Theresia Brier

DIEDRICHS, Mary [first name broken off, but confirmed by newspaper obituary;
father's first name Frederick]:
[daughter of] F & H Diedrichs
gestorben den 5 Mai 1885
alter 26 jahre

Mrs. Conrad Ebert, Subject to Fits, Wanders From Home and Dies
Mrs. Conrad
Ebert, wife of a well to do farmer, residing five miles northeast of here, wandered from home Friday evening and was found dead at daylight the next morning in Charles Getzelman's cornfield, where she was found by Mr. Getzleman at a distance of about 100 rods from the house. The body was face down, and she evidently died in a fit. The face and hands bore some bruises, which were probably encountered during the struggle that accompanied the fit. The body was frozen stiff. Friday evening Mrs. Ebert was unusually well apparently and insisted upon doing the supper dishes. She was last seen in the house about 6:30 o'clock, but was soon after missed and a search was at once instituted. Neighbors were notified and a party was engaged in searching throughout the entire night, with no results until daylight. County Coroner Mead of Geneva came up Sunday and conducted an inquest, Dr. R. R. Dewitt also being present. The inquest disclosed the fact that Mrs. Ebert had for thirty-five years been subject to epileptic fits and that she had numerous times wandered from home in the same way. It was decided that she came to her death while in the clutches of a fit, and the extreme cold probably hastened the end. Mrs. Ebert was about 75 years of age and well preserved physically. The family used every precaution to prevent any mishap and always kept a diligent watch over her ailments, but upon this occasion fate was against them. The family has resided in Hampshire Township 40 years. The husband, two daughters and a son survive. Mrs. Wm. Tyson is the oldest daughter. The son Charles and the other daughter live at home. The Funeral was held from the house Monday afternoon, Rev. J. H. Gamber officiating. The remains were entered in the cemetery at Old Hampshire. (Aurand Cemetery) [Hampshire Register- January 4, 1900]

FREDRICK, Barbara -- see GIFT


wife of Mathias Fredrick
Feb 1 1881
62 yrs 4 mos 11 da

FREDRICK, Helena [or Selena?; daughter of Mathias & Dora]:

Mar 3 1858
7 yr 8 mo 4 da

FREDRICK, Mathias:

Mathias Fredrick
Died Jan 9 1886
67 yr 11 mo 21 da

HAUSLEIN, J. Michle:

J. Michle Hauslein
Feb 5 1884
AGED 79 yr 5 mo 4 da

HAUSLEIN, Maria Dorothea [nee Thoma]:

Maria D. Hauslein
Oct 19 1891
AGED 91 yr
11 mo 19 da

Mary D.
Hauslein was born at Wertsburg, Germany, Oct. 31, 1799, was married to Mr. Hauslein, Feb. 6th 1835. She came to this country 42 years ago. She leaves two sons Malachi and Martin Hauslien and two daughters. Mrs. Geo. Daun, Sr., of Elgin and Mrs. M. Brier, of Sunset, grandchildren and many friends. "Mother Hauslein" reached the high age of 91 years.11 months and 19 days. The funeral services were held at the Evangelical Church, at half past twelve. Wednesday afternoon, where a large number of friends met and followed her to her last resting place in the cemetery near Old Hampshire, the funeral services were conducted by the pastor. C. F. Dissmeir. Com. [Hampshire Register- Thursday October 22, 1891]

HEMRICH, Doradea [nee Hauslein]:

wife of Michael Hemrich
Apr 7 1881
AGED 60 yr 6 ds

HEMRICH, William [son of Michael and Dora]:

William Hemrich
died Jul 16 1878
25 yr 4 mo 5 da

HUBER, Catherin [nee Fofoo]:

Catherin Huber
Born Nov 13 1826
Died Feb 13 1905

HUBER, Charles Sr.:

Huber, Charles Sr.
Died Nov 2, 18[broken]
Aged [broken]

HUBER, Julia -- see PHILLIPS

HUBER, Margaret -- see WIDMAYER

KAHLER, Lydia M. [on same stone as Remetus but relationship unclear]:

Oct 19 1862 - Mar 3 1879

KAHLER, Remetus:

Dec 30 1858 - Jan 5 1894

KLICK, Caroline [nee REAM, dau. of Samuel & Salome (nee AURAND) REAM]:

Born Feb 14 1830
Died Feb 24 1900

KLICK, Catharine [nee Decker, dau. of Jacob & Elizabeth (nee Brandt) Decker]:

wife of John Klick
Mar 18 1884
Aged 76 yrs [?] da

KLICK, John:

DIED Dec 13 1892
Aged 86 yrs

KLICK, William:

Born Nov 17 1829
Died Dec 25 1907

MUNSCH, George:

son of P & M Munsch
May 26[?] 1849
2 yrs 1 mo

MUNSCH, Magdalena [nee SCHEURER; dau. of Johann George & Magdalena]:

wife of P Munsch
Apr 19 1887
Aged 72 yrs

MUNSCH, Philipp:

July 30 1888
78 yrs

MUNSCH, Philipp [also listed in veterans' records]:

son of P & M Munsch
28 Jan 1854
16 yr 1 mo

PHILLIPS, Julia [nee HUBER; dau of Chas. & Catherine]:

wife of Lewis Phillips
died Jan 28 1883
age 25 yrs 6 mo 11 days


[...son] of Wm and Abigail
Dec 26 1861
9 yr 17 da

REAM, Caroline -- see KLICK

Ream Family History
REAM, Infant Sons:
Infant Sons of
B F & L Ream
Benjamin Ream

Levi Ream is the son of Susannah Aurand (sister to John Aurand Sr.) and Benjamin F. Ream, was born in Buffalo Valley, Union County, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1826, and with his parents moved to Ohio in 1832. In 1846 they came further west to Kane County. Levi preceded his family's arrival by two years and worked for an uncle Henry Decker. Levi learned the carpenter's trade, which he used to secure employment. He saved his money and purchased land. He bought and sold several tracts, each time bettering himself. During the Civil War he enlisted for the Union Army. After serving his term returning and purchased one hundred acres of land in Hampshire township, near Harmony, which he cultivated ten years, sold and bought one hundred and twenty four acres two miles from Harmony, which he owned until 1884, when he sold and moved to Chicago. He only lived there six months, then came to the village of Hampshire and built his home. Levi Reams has a creditable record in the Army. He enlisted February 1, 1846, and served faithfully until July 6, 1865. He was sent first to Pulaski, Tennessee, then to Atlanta, his first battle being at Dallas, which was followed by Resaca, Buzzard's Roost, and ten other battles of the campaign around Atlanta. He was on Sherman's famous march to the sea. He received his first mail for many weeks at Cape Fear River. At Rossville, North Carolina, he first heard of Lee's surrender. With his regiment he later participated in the Grand Review at Washington. He returned through Wheeling, West Virginia and Louisville, Kentucky, to Chicago, where he was discharged. Of his father's family, he and his brother Thomas alone survive. His elder brother John died in service during the Mexican War and is believed buried there. His brother Samuel, who died in Hampshire, also served with credit through the Civil War.

Levi Ream first married Madalane Schumacher daughter of Peter and Margaret Schumacher (Shoemaker) June 3 1847 in Kane County, Illinois. There were nine children born to this marriage. Margaret died June 6 1884. Levi then married Catherine Storck in 1885. There are no known children from that marriage. Levi died February 2, 1901. Veteran records record Levi, as being buried in this cemetery but there is no headstone for him.

Magdalane (SCHUMACHER)
Ream a native of Alsace, born Dec 10 1826, and who came to America in 1829, with her father, Peter Shoemaker, (Schumacher) who was by occupation a farmer. Magdalane married Levi Reams June 3, 1847 They had nine children as follows:
· Louise, wife of Charles Wiedmeyer, of Jackson, Illinois;
· George, who lived in Hageman, New Mexico;
· Israel, was a business owner in the village of Hampshire;
· Lydia, who married Frank Nicholas, of Chicago;
· Matilda, who married Earnest Weismeyer, of Virginia City, Illinois
Madalane died June 6, 1884. She has a an existing headstone

RUDOLPH, Eva [nee Eichler]:

Feb 14 1814
Dec 7 1881
67 yr 9 mo 23 da

RUDOLPH, George:

April 11 1811
June 10 1864
53 ys I M 29 DS

SCHEURER, Magdalena -- see MUNSCH

SCHEURER, Magdalena [nee Graf]:

Jan [or Jun] 30 1871 [or 1874]

SCHUMACHER, Anna Catherine [dau. of Peter & Margaret]:

Anna Catherine, their dau
Died Jan 23 1867
Aged 45 yrs 6 mo

SCHUMACHER, Magdalane -- see REAM

SCHUMACHER, Margaret [wife of Peter]:

Margaret, his wife
Died Apr 25 1867
Aged 70 yrs 8 mos


Died Oct 2 1870
Aged 71 yrs


DIED Ju [or Jy] 1870
AGED 76 yrs

WEIDNER, Eve Mary [wife of Adam]:

DIED Apr 3, 1868
AGED 64 yrs

WIDMAYER, Louise [nee Gerbing; second wife of Wm. C. WIDMAYER]:

Louise Widmayer
Gre[broken] Frau
Wm. C. Widmayer
gestorbenden 6 Januar 1885
age [broken]

WIDMAYER, Margaret [nee Huber, daughter of Charles and Catherine]:

Margaret Widmayer
Gullin von Wm. C. Widmayer
Gest. 3 Mai 1880
im alter von
27 Jah 11 mo 21[?] d


[broken] ZENDORFER
Died [broken] 23, 1888

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