Monroe County, Illinois Funeral Cards: Wenkel, Kraus, Lepp
The ancestors of Esther (Kraus) Mabry (1905-1986) lived in and around Columbia in Monroe County, Illinois for several generations. The Monroe County Genweb site has added a lot of material recently. Among the interesting items are scanned funeral cards. There are a number for our relatives, including:
• Ida (Kraus) Schmidt - sister of Esther (Kraus) Mabry. [neither Esther, nor her sister Edna (Kraus) Baker]
Esther's maternal aunts (sisters of her mother Katie (Wenkel) Kraus):
• Pauline (Wenkel) Eckert
• Mathilda (Wenkel) Stumpf and her husband John Stumpf.
• Emma (Wenkel) Stumpf and her husband William Stumpf.
• Bertha (Wenkel) Landgraf and her husband Edmund Landgraf.
[not included: Esther's mother, Katie (Wenkel) Kraus; and aunts Clara (Wenkel) Schmidt and Ida (Wenkel) Eschmann.]
Esther's paternal aunts and uncle (siblings of her father Fred Kraus):
• Elizabeth (Kraus) (Payne) Penn
• Louisa (Kraus) Harres, and her husband William Harres.
• Annie (Kraus) Stumpf and her husband Philip Stumpf.
• Henry Krauss
[not included: Esther's father, Fred Kraus, and his siblings Clara (Kraus) Schroeder, John Kraus, George Kraus, Bertha Kraus, Bill Kraus, and Emma (Kraus) Wingate)
• Sophia Margaretha (Lepp) Wenkel - mother of Katie (Wenkel) Kraus, grandmother of Esther (Kraus) Mabry. Also her twin brother Fred Lepp, Sr.
• William Lepp, Sr. - father of Sophia Margaretha (Lepp) Wenkel (listed with his third wife, Caroline Haller, who is not our ancestor).
I will post more links to information from this site!