I am looking for additional information on my GGG-Grandfather and his family, particularly his arrival in the United States and any early information. Additionally, the 1880 census does not appear to have this family enumerated.
My GGG-grandfather's name was Carl Heinrich STEPHAN and he was born in Prussia/Germany in December 1834 and married Sophia LOUG (uncertain spelling). Sophia arrived in the United States in 1863 with her father Herman LOUG (uncertain spelling) but the port or exact date is uncertain.
Carl H. Stephan (1834-1900) and Sophia Loug? Stephan (1836-1917), both were from Germany; both began in Kane County, Illinois, and both died in southern Missouri. They had three children, Reinhardt (1866-1950), Carl Heinrich (1868-1954), and Herta (1872-1874). Herta died young and was buried in Elgin, Illinois.
In 1870, Carl and Sophia are located in Elgin City, Elgin, Kane County, Illinois (Listed as "Chas. Stephens) age 35, Stone Mason, estate worth $100, not able to read or write, parents both foriegn born, and a US citizen of 21 years of age or older; Wife- Sophia, age 30, at home; Son- Reinhard, age 2; Son- Chas. age 1."
I have not been able to find this family in 1880- either in Illinois or Missouri- searching every county along the railroad line from Elgin, Illinois to Strafford, Missouri. The family does not show up again until 1900, where they are dealing with Carl's suicide in Strafford, Greene County, Missouri. At this time wife Sophia lives with her son Carl in Springfield, just a few miles west of Strafford and about a month after her husband's death.
Hopefully this is enough information to spark someone's interest and help me find some additional informaiton. Thanks for whatever anyone can do. I appreciate it!
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