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Henry W. Gerdes - Germany>Illinois>Nebraska

Posted: 27 Apr 2000 9:28PM GMT
Edited: 28 Jun 2001 2:36AM GMT
I am searching for information on this line of the Gerdes family.

Henry W. Gerdes married Martha Franssen. Henry was born July 1849 (census says in Friesland, Germania). In 1878 he married Martha Franssen. Henry died in 1932 in St. Libory, Nebraska.

Henry and Martha had 11 children:

Annie Gerdes 1879-1951 m: John Cronin
Herman Gerdes 1880-1946 m: Katherine Pels
William Gerdes 1882-1960 m: Agnes Buresch
Heinrich Gerdes 1884-1885
Martha Gerdes 1886-1887
John Gerdes 1888-1955 m: Hattie Buresch, Lottie Buresch
Martha Gerdes 1891-1963 m: John Volkl
Gesinam Gerdes 1893-1983 m: Martin Petersen
Henry Gerdes 1896-1945 m: Erna Kosemund, Rudy Hargen
Rose F. Gerdes 1900-1979 m: Frank Schafer

They adopted Florence (birth/surname unknown) Gerdes 1909-? m: Ignatius Kocian. Family information says that Florence came on an orphan train from ?

All these children were born in St. Libory, Nebraska with the exception of Annie and Herman the first two children who were born in Freeport, Illinois.

I will gladly share any information I have.

Thank you.

Gerdes - VOLKL

Wayne E. Volkl (View posts)
Posted: 10 May 2000 3:03PM GMT
Hey there.......I am starting to search my family tree and ran across this bit of information. Would you have any knowledge about John VOLKL? Looking for info.......
Thanks.......Wayne E. Volkl


Posted: 11 May 2000 8:44PM GMT
Edited: 28 Jun 2001 2:36AM GMT
I have a John Anthony Volkl born May 15, 1888 died March 26, 1933. John married Martha Gerdes. Does this information match your John Volkl?
You can e-mail me at

gerdes germery-ill-neb

Dolores (View posts)
Posted: 13 Aug 2000 6:22PM GMT
My Great Granddad Came to the USA in 1873 with a wife and brother. they got seperated
I came from the Rieke Gerdes family. Can you help me?


JWilcox (View posts)
Posted: 25 Aug 2000 8:21PM GMT

family history

Kristy (View posts)
Posted: 13 Jan 2001 5:57PM GMT
Hi- My father is Robert Gerdes, Urbana ,Il- His fahter is Lysle Gerdes born in 1938 from Il.-any connection?


Jjwilcox (View posts)
Posted: 14 Jan 2001 9:58AM GMT
I will check these names out with my friend. She is the Gerdes.
I really hope so as she would like to find some living relatives.

Re: Gerdes

Posted: 14 Jul 2001 6:45PM GMT
Edited: 3 Mar 2002 3:10AM GMT
Surnames: Gerdes
GGrandpap Rieke came grom Whittmund, Germany. I have found some names over there so I am going to try and get a hold of them. Then maybe we will have a better idea about my family.
His father was Harm. Mother was Hilka. Have one picture of his sister and family taken in Hamburg,Steindamm.
contact me at

Re: Gerdes - VOLKL

Posted: 9 Aug 2001 3:32AM GMT
Edited: 18 Apr 2002 12:39AM GMT
Surnames: Volkl/Schmidt/Eder/Bowman/Stephenson
Sorry to intrude, but do know if your "John Volkl" was related to a Nicholas Volkl, (Illinois/Inidana) married to an Anna Schmidt? If so please contact me.


Re: Gerdes - VOLKL

Posted: 17 Apr 2002 6:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Apr 2005 2:50AM GMT
Hi Bev,
I am looking into the connection with the Howard Co., NEBR Volkl's and the Volkl's in Ill/Ind.
John Volkl's father was Jacob Volkl. I think he may be the son of Nicholaus or maybe Paul. Email me please, I would love to discuss this matter futher.
This is my Step-Dad's family line, he is Paul Volkl...funny, huh?

Karla Archhuleta
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