Lerch Family Genealogy Forum
My gr-grandmother was Carrie Lerch, born in Freeport, IL in 1883. Her siblings were Frank, Frederick, Arthur and Kitty, and her mother's name was Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). I have long searched for Carrie's father and now believe that he might be John Franklin Lerch of Freeport, IL.
Carrie's mother, Elizabeth, was married to George Shafer when the 1900 census was taken and it shows that they were married in 1894. Elizabeth's oldest living child was Frank J. Lerch, who was born in 1880. Since the 1890 census was destroyed by fire, I only have the 1880 census to locate Carrie's father. The 1880 census shows John F. Lerch living in Freeport and married but doesn't show his wife's name. Apparently John F. died between 1885 and 1894 (youngest child is born in 1885 and Elizabeth remarries in 1894).
Does anyone have any information on John Franklin Lerch and his family? I have been up against this brick wall for quite some time and feel like I might be able to knock it down – with some help.
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