From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 357-358, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Christian Duchardt was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, June
25, 1818. Both his parents and grandparents were natives of that
country and passed their lives there. His father, Karl Duchardt, was a
butcher by trade and carried on that business. Of his eight children,
four came to America, viz.: John, who settled in Beardstown and died
there; Christian; William, a resident of Beardstown; and Mary who was
married and died in that place.
Christian Duchardt attended school until he was seventeen years
of age, at which time he came to America, sailed from Hamburg in
September, 1836, on the Franklin, and six weeks later landed at New
York, from whence he came direct to Beardstown, Illinois, landing here
a poor boy. The journey from New York to this place was made via the
Hudson river, Erie canal, the lakes and canal, and the Ohio,
Mississippi and Illinois rivers. At that time Beardstown was a small
place and Cass county was sparsely settled, much of the land being
owned by the Government and for sale at $1.25 per acre.
Mr. Duchardt worked at his trade, that of butcher, until his
marriage, where he bought eighty acres of land, in section 22, township
18, range 10, covered at the time of purchase with a growth of brush.
He bought a log cabin in Virginia, moved it to this place, and
commenced at once the work of clearing and improving his farm, and here
he has since lived. He has bought other land at different time,
prosperity has rewarded his efforts and he is now regarded as one of
the substantial men of his vicinity. Nor has his whole time and
attention been given to making money. He devotes much time to reading
and is well posted on the general topics of the day; is public-spirited
and generous, always supporting those measures that tend to advance the
best interests of the community where he lives.
In 1846 Mr. Duchardt married Mary A. Nellsch, a native of
Wittenberg, Germany. They have two children, John and Lizzie. John was
born February 28, 1851. He has the management of the home farm. Lizzie
was married March 21, 1882, to William Needham, and has one child, Mary
Mr. and Mrs. Duchardt and their daughter, Mrs. Needham, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.