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Re: Jacob & Augustine Eckhardt Kentucky ILL
Posted by: Brad Eckhardt Date: August 31, 2001 at 22:54:04
In Reply to: Re: Jacob & Augustine Eckhardt Kentucky ILL by George Eckhardt of 333

No problem. Actually, I descend from Jacob who was my great grandfather. His story is interesting. It seems that the Eckhardts were wagon-makers by trade. Jacob lost a leg at age nine when he slipped in the snow and fell in front of a horse-driven sleigh. He couldn't do the heavy labor associated with wagon making so he became a tailor and travelled Europe learning the various styles. Eventually he met and married Augustine Krause and emigrated to U.S. in 1882.

Jacob's sister Barbara married Johan Eberhardt on May 6, 1890 in Dettingen Germany. They had one child Georg, born on October 13, 1890. The family home is now occupied by Georg's daughter Emma Eberhardt, who is unmarried, and without children. My father visited Emma in August 2001 and learned that the Eckhardt family has continuously occupied the property since the 1640s. Unfortunately it appears that Emma will be the last, as she is quite old and the house/shop/barn/etc are in disrepair.


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