Lee County Biography

Margaret (Schmall) Vaupel
Steward Twp.

Margaret (Schmall) Vaupel, widow of John Vaupel, farmer, Steward, was born in Baden, Germany, March 25, 1833. She went to school till thirteen years of age, then for nine years was employed as house servant in different homes, remaining from one to three years in a place.

She emigrated and arrived in the city of New York July 1855, going directly to Mendota [La Salle county, Illinois]. Here she remained a short time and then went to Amboy [Lee county] and remained for one year employed in a hotel, going then to Binghamton, near Amboy, where she was employed in a hotel, where she married Mr. Vaupel, who was employed in a plow shop.

After marriage, Mrs. Vaupel took in washing, beside her household duties. They remained between two and three years, and a short time at Sublette, then removed to Bradford township and rented a small farm, remaining about five years. He then came to Reynolds and bought eighty acres near the Evangelical church, living there about five years. Here Mr. Vaupel died in 1868. Previous to his death he sold the eighty acres and bought 160 acres about four miles directly east in Reynolds at $50 per acre.

Mrs. Vaupel being left with seven small children from three months to twelve years of age, and fearing payments could not be met, sold back eighty acres at $40 per acre, leaving the eighty costing $60 per acre. The first two years after her husband's death she kept hired help during the summer. After this, Mrs. Vaupel with the children struggled alone until all of the $2,800 debt was paid. She then bought 160 acres more at an average of $45 per acre. She has paid $1,600 on one 80, and on the other $800.

Her second son is tax collector. They are members of the Evangelical association and are amoung the industrious and worthy farmers of this township.

Children of John and Margaretha Schmall Vaupel

1. John Vaupel, b. abt 1857. Married 13 Jun 1880 to Mary Anna Schafer at Bradford, dau of George Schafer, Sr. and Willemina Aschenbrenner, of Lee county.

2. Jacob Vaupel, b. 28 Nov 1858, d. 11 Oct 1933 in Lee county. Married Christena J. Bowers 14 Dec 1882 in Winnebago county, dau of Wolfgang and Christena Bowers.

3. Mary Vaupel, b. 28 Apr 1860 at Bradford, Lee county; d. 23 May 1890 in Lee county. Married George W. Bolei on 12 Mar 1885 at Reynolds.

4. Katharina M. Vaupel, b. 3 Oct 1861 at Reynolds, d. 6 May 1920 at Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. Married Friedrich Glawe 14 Aug 1880 in Winnebago county.

5. Christena J. Vaupel, b. July 1865 at Bradford. Married 11 Jan 1887 at Steward to Lucius C. Fuller, b. Sep 1863 at Viola township, Lee county.

6. Louisa Vaupel, b. 22 Feb 1867, d. 21 Feb 1928 at Steward.

7. Emma Vaupel, b. 27 Jun 1868, d. 19 Mar 1920 at Reynolds. Married 19 Mar 1887 in Winnebago county to Joseph Peter Andes.

History of Lee County: Chicago: H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers. 1881.


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