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Frederick BACKS
Henry William BACKS
Louis BACKS

FREDERICK BACKS
      Fred was born 4 Apr 1839 in Prussia, Germany and died 29 Aug 1914 in Washington Co., IL.
He rests in the "Oelzweig Cemetery", also known as Olive Branch Lutheran Church Cemetery, Frogtown, rural Okawville, Washington Co., IL .
 
      On 20 Mar 1862 he married Louisa A. MARTELSMEYER or MARTELSMEIER.
It is uncertain the correct spelling of her last name as it has been spelled several different ways.
 
      She was born 6 Aug 1843 in Westphalia, Germany.
At the age of 16 years she came alone to the U.S. landing at New Orleans, LA.
She located in the vicinity of Okawville, Washington Co., IL.
She died 17 Nov 1933 in Irvington, Washington Co., Illinois.
She rests in the "Oelzweig Cemetery", also known as Olive Branch
Lutheran Church Cemetery, Frogtown, rural Okawville, Washington Co., IL.

 
Olive Branch Lutheran Church Cemetery
Tombstone Photos
To this union was born the following children:
  • 1) Infant son BACKS
  • 2) William BACKS 1863-1937.
          Married Louise Caroline KURTZ.
  • 3) Anna BACKS 1866-1920.
          Married Frederick BENING, JR.
  • 4) Henry William BACKS 1868-1956.
          Married Anna SCHMIDT & Caroline HELMKAMP.
  • 5) Augusta Sophia Anna BACKS 1871-1950.
          Married Fred SCHILLING
  • 6) Louis BACKS 1873-1960.
          Married Mary Louise KURTZ.
  • 7) Alvina BACKS 1879-1966.
          Married Martin F. GARLING.

  • LOUIS BACKS
          Louis was born 20 Mar 1873 in Covington, Washington County, Illinois and died 14 Mar 1960 in Okawville, Washington Co., IL.
    He was the son of Frederick BACKS and Louise MARTELSMEYER or MARTELSMEIER.
    He rests in the Oelzweig
    Cemetery, also known as Olive Branch Lutheran Church Cemetery, Okawville, Washington County, Illinois.
    His siblings were:
  • William BACKS 1863-1937
  • Anna BACKS [BENING] 1866-1920
  • Henry William BACKS 1863-1937
  • Augusta Sophia Anna BACKS [SCHILLING] 1871-1950
  • Alvina BACKS [GARLING] 1879-1966

  • On 25 Feb 1897, in the Olive Branch Lutheran Church in Okawville, IL he married Mary Louise KURTZ.
    She was the daughter of Herman KURTZ and Anna NOBE or NOBBE.
    She was born 7 Apr 1871 in Okawville,Washington Co., IL and died 13 Oct 1959 in Okawville, Washington Co., IL.
    She rests in the Oelzweig Cemetery, also known as Olive Branch Lutheran Church Cemetery, Okawville, Washington County, Illinois.
    Olive Branch Lutheran Church Cemetery
    Tombstone Photos
    To this union was born the following children:
  • 1) Richard BACKS: b. 1898 - d. Jan 1966.
          He married Margaret HORSTMANN.
  • 2) Edwin L. BACKS: b. 21 May 1900 - d. 6 Jul 1981.
          He married Bertha GOING.
  • 3) Edna L. BACKS: b. 29 Sep 1904 - d. 4 Apr 1988.
          She married Arthur HORSTMANN.

  • HENRY WILLIAM BACKS
          Henry was born 22 Oct 1868 east of Okawville, Washington Co., IL and died 22 Feb 1956.
    He was the son of Frederick BACKS and Louise MARTELSMEYER or MARTELSMEIER [uncertain how it is spelled].
    His siblings were:
  • William BACKS 1863-1937
  • Anna BACKS [BENING] 1866-1920
  • Augusta Sophia Anna BACKS [SCHILLING] 1871-1950
  • Louis BACKS 1873-1960
  • Alvina BACKS [GARLING] 1879-1966

  • FIRST WIFE: In 1894 he married Anna SCHMIDT.
          She died 1895.
    To this union was born the following son:
  • 1) Henry "Harry" F. BACKS, b. 9 Sep 1895 - d. 20 Mar 1984.
          He rests in St. Salvator Lutheran Cemetery, Venedy, Washington Co., IL.

  • SECOND WIFE: On 1 Nov 1896 he married Caroline E. HELMKAMP.
          She was born 30 Dec 1870 and died 12 Aug 1944.
    To this union was born the following children :
  • 1) Irene E. L. BACKS: b. 18 Jan 1898 - d. 27 Jun 1978.
          She married Albert STEINSIECK.
          She rests in St. Salvador Lutheran Cemetery, Venedy, Washington Co., IL.
  • 2) Armin R. W. BACKS: b. 19 Jun 1899, Okawville, IL - d. 24 Oct 1969, Nashville, IL.
          He married Emilie M. GOING b. 1897 d. 1977.
  • Henry and Caroline rest in St. Salvator Lutheran Cemetery, Venedy, Washington Co., IL.
    St. Salvator Lutheran Cemetery
    Tombstone Photos

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