Monday, March 13, 2017

52 Ancestors: William Fred Eichorn

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start.  In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.

Me > My Mom > Robert Casell > Lillian Eichorn > William Fred Eichorn

No picture for William.  If anyone out there has one, please let me know.  I’d love to see it!

William Fred Eichorn (also spelled Eichhorn) was born 22 June 1874 in Chippewa, Welland, Ontario, Canada to Charles Herman Eichorn and Katherine Weiß (Weiss).  He was the first of, as far as I know, eight children.

The family crossed the border and lived in Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York by 1878 and were enumerated there in the 1880 census.  By 1884 they had moved to south to Buffalo, Erie, New York and lived there the rest of their lives.

William married  Augusta Tross 14 June 1899 in Buffalo.  Their witnesses were his brother, Fred Eichhorn, and her sister, Katharina Tross.  They had six children, Kathryn V., Clara Evelyn, Marie A., Edna L., Lillian L., and William Tross, who was probably a bit of a surprise being born six years after Lillian in 1914.

William worked for the Erie Railroad and from 1900 until his death he was an office clerk.  According to his obituary, he was a member of Parish Lodge No. 290, F. & A. M. [The Masons], and Walden Tent 115, The Maccabees
Eichhorn William tombstone
William died 9 March 1931 and was buried in the plot owned by his daughter Clara and her husband Friendly Amidon at Acacia Park Cemetery in North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York.

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