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Frederick BACKS                     Henry William BACKS                     Louis BACKS


F R E D E R I C K           B A C K S

Fred was born April 4, 1839 in Prussia, Germany and died August 29, 1914 in Washington Co., IL.

He rests in the "Oelzweig Cemetery", also known as Olive Branch Lutheran Church Cemetery,

Frogtown, rural Okawville, Washington Co., Illinois

On 20 Mar 1862 he married Louisa A. MARTELSMEYER or MARTELSMEIER.
It is uncertain the correct spelling of her last name as it has been spelled several different ways.

      She was born August 6, 1843 in Westphalia, Germany.
      At the age of 16 years she came alone to the U.S. landing at New Orleans, LA.
      She located in the vicinity of Okawville, Washington Co., IL.
      She died November 17, 1933 in Irvington, Washington Co., Illinois.
      She rests in the "Oelzweig Cemetery", also known as Olive Branch
      Lutheran Church Cemetery, Frogtown, rural Okawville, Washington Co., Illinois

To this union was born the following children:

  • 1) Infant son BACKS

  • 2) William BACKS 1863-1937.
          Married Louise Caroline KURTZ.

  • 3) Anna BACKS 1866-1920.
          Married Frederick BENING, JR.

  • 4) Henry William BACKS 1868-1956.
          Married Anna SCHMIDT & Caroline HELMKAMP.

  • 5) Augusta Sophia Anna BACKS 1871-1950.
          Married Fred SCHILLING

  • 6) Louis BACKS 1873-1960.
          Married Mary Louise KURTZ.

  • 7) Alvina BACKS 1879-1966.
          Married Martin F. GARLING.


    L O U I S           B A C K S

    Louis was born March 20, 1873 in Covington, Washington County, Illinois and

    died March 14, 1960 in Okawville, Washington Co., IL.

    He rests in the Oelzweig Cemetery, also known as Olive Branch Lutheran Church Cemetery,

    Frogtown, rural Okawville, Washington Co., Illinois

    He was the son of Frederick BACKS and Louise MARTELSMEYER or MARTELSMEIER [uncertain how it is spelled].

    His siblings were:
          William BACKS 1863-1937;
          Anna BACKS [BENING] 1866-1920;
          Henry William BACKS 1863-1937;
          Augusta Sophia Anna BACKS [SCHILLING] 1871-1950;
          Alvina BACKS [GARLING] 1879-1966.

          On 25 February 25, 1897, in the Olive Branch Lutheran Church in Okawville, IL he married Mary Louise KURTZ.
          She was the daughter of Herman KURTZ and Anna NOBE or NOBBE.
          She was born 7 Apr 1871 in Okawville,Washington Co., IL and died 13 Oct 1959 in Okawville, Washington Co., IL.
          She rests in the Oelzweig Cemetery, also known as Olive Branch Lutheran Church Cemetery,
          Frogtown, rural Okawville, Washington Co., Illinois

    To this union was born the following children:

  • 1) Richard BACKS: b. 1898 - d. Jan 1966.
          He married Margaret HORSTMANN.

  • 2) Edwin L. BACKS: b. 21 May 1900 - d. 6 Jul 1981.
          He married Bertha GOING.

  • 3) Edna L. BACKS: b. 29 Sep 1904 - d. 4 Apr 1988.
          She married Arthur HORSTMANN.


    H E N R Y           W I L L I A M           B A C K S

    Henry was born 22 Oct 1868 east of Okawville, Washington Co., IL and died 22 Feb 1956.

    He was the son of Frederick BACKS and Louise MARTELSMEYER or MARTELSMEIER [uncertain how it is spelled].

    His siblings were:       William BACKS 1863-1937;       Anna BACKS [BENING] 1866-1920;
          Augusta Sophia Anna BACKS [SCHILLING] 1871-1950;
          Louis BACKS 1873-1960;
          Alvina BACKS [GARLING] 1879-1966.

    FIRST WIFE: In 1894 he married Anna SCHMIDT.
          She died 1895.

    To this union was born the following son:

  • 1) Henry "Harry" F. BACKS, b. 9 Sep 1895 - d. 20 Mar 1984.
          He rests in St. Salvator Lutheran Cemetery, Venedy, Washington Co., IL.
  • SECOND WIFE: On November 1, 1896 he married Caroline E. HELMKAMP.
          She was born December 30, 1870 and died August 12, 1944.

    To this union was born the following children:

  • 1) Irene E. L. BACKS: b. 18 Jan 1898 - d. 27 Jun 1978.
          She married Albert STEINSIECK.
          She rests in St. Salvador Lutheran Cemetery, Venedy, Washington Co., IL.

  • 2) Armin R. W. BACKS: b. 19 Jun 1899, Okawville, IL - d. 24 Oct 1969, Nashville, IL.
          He married Emilie M. GOING b. 1897 d. 1977.
  • Henry and Caroline rest in St. Salvator Lutheran Cemetery, Venedy, Washington Co., IL.


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