From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 145-146, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Carl Traugott Jokisch, a good farmer and stock raiser of
sections twenty-eight and twenty nine, township eighteen, range eleven
west, was born in Germany near Bautzen, January 4, 1822. He is the
fifth of his father's children and the oldest one now living. He was
thirteen years of age when his parents left Germany for the United
States in the fall of 1834, coming on a sailing vessel and landing in
New Orleans, January 1, 1835. They came up the Mississippi and Illinois
rivers to Beardstown, landing February 2, 1835, and have as a family
since been identified with the history of the county. The mother died
in the latter part of January, 1835, at St. Louis, while the family
were on the way. She was only forty two years of age. She was always a
member of the German Lutheran Church, as was her husband who survived
Traugott has always been a farmer in the county to which he came
so many years ago. He was raised by an uncle, C. G. Jokisch, now
deceased, the father having died in 1851. The father had obtained new
lands in this county and here spent the remaining years of his life.
(See William Jokisch, this book.)
The farm of our subject has a beautiful location near Bluff
Springs, in the Illinois river valley, where he owns a fine and well
improved farm of 235 acres, with substantial farm buildings.
He was married, in this county to Mary Ellen Carls, born in
Hanover in 1834. She came with her parents to the Untied States and
Cass county in 1845 and has since lived here, being a true helpmate to
a good husband. She is an honest, good woman. She was the daughter of
John Frederick and Elizabeth Carls, natives of Hanover, who came with
their family to this country, but misfortune overtook them. Early after
landing the father was killed by an accident while building a house for
his family in Beardstown. A piece of timber fell on him and caused his
death. He was then in the prime of life, being then about thirty-eight.
He was a very skillful cabinet maker, a good citizen and devoted
Christian for many years. His wife survived him for four years and then
died, in Beardstown, in 1849, of the cholera, which was epidemic at
that time. She was a Christian woman.
Mrs. Jokisch has one sister and two brothers. The sister, a
widow, is Mrs. Elizabeth Kuhl, living in Pekin, Illinois; Henry is a
farmer in Montana; and John F. is a farmer in Cass county, Illinois.
They are both married.
Mr. and Mrs. Jokisch and family are members of the Methodist
Church, and are very good, moral, upright people. Mr. Jokisch is a
Republican in politics. Mr. and Mrs. Jokisch are the parents of twelve
children, four of whom are deceased: John W. died an infant; Edward,
married, left a wife and one child; Philipena died at the age of
thirty-six, leaving two children; Ida died in Montana when twenty years
of age. The living ones are: Louis, a teacher for more than twenty
years in central Illinois, and is single; Emme, wife of Charles Wilson,
farmer and fruit grower of Virginia; Elizabeth, wife of Adam Hegeman,
farmer in this county; Albert W., living near the homestead, farming;
George F., living in the east end of the county on a farm; Richard, at
home, helping on the farm; Cora and Tillie are also at home.