I've pulled these off Familysearch.org (when it was working; having some issues now).
My goal now is confirming Casper's burial (place), confirming his death date (as you found it), and seeing if I can determine which Catholic church would have his records.
I have a strong suspicion that my Wilhelm (Jacob's dad), who was in Pittsburgh in 1869, may have been part of the reason Kaspar, et al. moved there.
Wilhelm (Wil/William) came over with his wife Catherine [Schmidt] Kirchhoff in 1864 and, outside of his first papers from Pittsburgh (1869), he is lost from 1864 till later 1869, when his daughter is born in Illinois.
Since he appeared before them in Pittsburgh, that marks his "known move" to Saint Clair Co., IL.
I'm hoping the church registries will clear up the parentage of Casper and even Philomena (though she is not related to me). I am beginning to think he was Wil's brother, but by another mom, thus a half-brother.
This is JUST a theory.
I believe Franz Kirchhoff in Prussia was the dad and Anna Maria Wenzel the mom; but find no entry for Casper, who was older than those [half-?]siblings.
But once I confirm more, I'll go the route of hunting down a copy of the will and, if found, obit(s).
NO ONE knows much of anything about this family, and I've found...well, I won't say loads, but a lot more than was heretofore made available. Started almost 20 years back in genealogy.
And if I can find the church with which they're [the Kirchhoff family] associated, I may find my Wil there in the 1860's.
I know of three children he had in Illinois, but per the 1900 and 1910 censuses, his wife had 10 or 11!
Since they came over in 1864 and disappeared till 1869, I'm guessing some kids were born and died in PA, maybe even Pittsburgh.
And I've found the Catholic registers to generally be very helpful.
Thanks one more time!
p.s.: Was the article on Casper that from which you discovered William and Kate were "co-inheritors" with Jacob? Just curious.
p.p.s.: The 1902 death date explains why he wasn't in the 1910 census... ha
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