Drexl Project – Ursula Eggert (1860-1946)

Ancestor Biography – Ursula Eggert (1860-1946)

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.The mother of thirteen, Ursula Eggert Drexl immigrated from Germany with her husband and children in 1884. Her youngest child died on the ship during the crossing. She worked as a jeweler for a short time but primarily raised her children.

Drexl Project – Ancestor #13

List of Grandparents

  • 6          Grandfather:                          Nicholas Edward Drexl
  • 12       Great-grandmother:           Ursula Eggert
  • 24       2nd Great-grandfather:         Johann Baptist Eggert

Ursula Eggert (1860-1946)

Ursula was born in September 1860 to Johann Baptist and Ursula (Hohenadel) Eggert in Bavaria, Germany.

Childhood

Her father, Johann Baptist Eggert died when she was only nine years old, on 23 May 1870. It appears that her first child, Nicholas Edward Drexl, was born on 29 November 1880 in Bavaria, Germany, almost a year before her marriage to Frank Xaver Drexl.

Marriage

She married Frank Xaver Drexl on 25 October 1881 in Petzenhausen, Baveria, Germany.

Children of Frank Xaver and Ursula (Eggert) Drexl

Birth Marriage Death
Nicholas Edward 1880, Germany 1904 – Hedwig Frances Stoeger 1939, Missouri
Christina Innocencia 1882, Germany 1902 – Frank Matschinger 1963, Minnesota
Edward 1883, Germany N/A 1884, at sea
Franz Xaver 1884, Kansas N/A 1886, Kansas
Anna 1885, Kansas N/A 1899, Minnesota
Francis Theresia 1886, Kansas 1911 – [?] Wallace 1949, California
Katherine Agatha 1888, Kansas 1910 – [?] Wikstrom 1961, Minnesota
Marie Barbara 1890, Kansas 1909 = Michael J. Gallagher 1975, Minnesota
Joseph Peter 1893, Minnesota ? – Violet Gertrude Weldon 1966, Minnesota
Charles Mathias 1894, Minnesota ? – Catherine Classen 1970, California
John 1896, Minnesota N/A 1899, Minnesota
Frank John Joseph 1899, Minnesota ? – Bernice Frances ? 1969, Minnesota
Anthony John 1902, Minnesota ? – Louise Opperman 1955, Minnesota

Immigration

The young family, Frank and a very pregnant Ursula along with their three children immigrated to the United States in 1884. Their youngest, Edward died on the voyage and was buried at sea. The family located to Leavenworth, Kansas, where their son Franz Xaver was born on 29 April 1884.

1886 was a tough year. Ursula’s mother, Ursula, died on 11 February. Also, the death of two-year-old Franz in 1886 must have been devastating. The family moved from Leavenworth twenty-five miles NW to Atchison, Kansas that year. Francis Theresia was born on 4 August in Atchison, Kansas.

Minnesota

Sometime between 1888 and 1893 the family located to Minnesota.

In 1895, Frank and Ursula lived at 258 Custer Street, Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota with 7 of their children, Nick, Christina, Francis, Katie, Mary, Joseph, and Charles.

In 1900, Frank and Ursula lived at 260 Custer Street, Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota with 8 of their children, Nicholas, Christina, Francis, Katherine, Marie, Joseph, Charles, and Frank.  Ursula was working as a jeweler.

In 1905, Frank and Ursula lived at 46 Robie, Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota. Francis, Catherine, Mary are shown in the 1905 census. The other children were apparently left off the census report

In 1910, Frank and Ursula lived at 26 Winifred Street, Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota with six of their children, Francis, Kate, Joseph, Charles, Frank, and Anthony.

Photo of 35 West Isabel (Oct 2016) per Google Maps
35 West Isabel (Oct 2016) per Google Maps

In 1920, Frank and Ursula lived at 35 W. Isabel, Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota, with three of their children, Joseph, Frank, and Mari (now Gallagher) and Mari’s daughter, Catherine Gallagher.

Urusla’s husband, Frank Xaver Drexl died on 4 November 1929 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Saint Paul.

In 1930, Ursula sill was living at 35 W. Isabel, Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota, however, now her son, Joseph, his wife Violet, and Ursula’s daughter Frances (now Wallace) were living with her.

 

In 1932, Ursula moved to 1576 Goodrich Ave, Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota.

Ursula moved to 535 Hall Ave. Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota sometime before 1944.

Death

Ursula died on 16 May 1946 in Ramsey County Minnesota. Her burial location is unknown.


Sources

  • 1895 Minnesota State Census, 1895, Drexl, Frank – St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota.
  • 1900 US Federal Census (FS), Frank Drexl – Head – Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota – Sheet 8.
  • 1905 Minnesota State Census, Frank Drexl – Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, ED 27, Sheet 40 – #76.
  • 1910 US Federal Census (FS) (n.p: NARA, n.d), Frank Drexl -Head – St Paul Ward 6, Ramsey, Minnesota, ED 84, Sheet 2B, Line 70        .
  • 1920 US Federal Census (FS), Frank Drexel (Drexl) – Head- Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota.
  • 1930 US Federal Census – Ursula Drexl – Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota – ED 62-67 – Sheet 11B – (AA), Line 53 – Ursula Drexl – Head.
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822­1995: Saint Paul, MN (N.p.: R. L. Polk & Co., 1928), ; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2469/13165605 ).
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822­1995: Saint Paul, MN (N.p.: R. L. Polk & Co., 1929), Page 387, Drexl; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2469/14281703 ).
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822­1995: Saint Paul, MN (N.p.: R. L. Polk & Co., 1931), Page 371, Drexl; digital img, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2469/14900466).
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822­1995: Saint Paul, MN (N.p.: R. L. Polk & Co., 1932), Page 337, Drexl; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2469/14900466 ).
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822­1995: Saint Paul, MN (N.p.: R. L. Polk & Co., 1934), Page 285, Drexl; digital img, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2469/14660986 ).
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822­1995: Saint Paul, MN (N.p.: R. L. Polk & Co., 1935), Page 290, Drexl; digital image, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2469/15032341 ).
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822­1995: Saint Paul, MN (N.p.: R. L. Polk & Co., 1944), Page 260, Drexel/Drexl; digital image, Ancestry (http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=USDirectories&h=803751586 ).
  • Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-­1980, [Frank J] Drexl – 16 Sep 1899.
  • Ancestry Family Trees, M A Heintz Family Tree – Owner: mavendegna.
  • Family Search Family Trees – Ursula Eggert – KLX8-S2T https://familysearch.org/tree/person/KLX8-S2T

 

Biography: Frank Xaver Drexl (1856-1929)

By Don Taylor

Absent other sources, I usually trust the 1900 Census as being the most accurate for the date because it provides both a month/year and age for the individual. In the case of Frank Xaver Drexl the 1900 Census record shows his birth as Dec 1857 and his age as 42.

screen shot of Frank Drexl's Birth information i- 1900 Census
Frank Drexl’s Birth information i- 1900 Census

A very close look at his age suggests that it once said his age was 43 and was “corrected” to read 42. I set his birth year as 1857 based upon this record. However, all the other census records I found were inconsistent with that date. In the 1910 Census he was 53; in the 1920 Census, he was reported as 63. Even the 1885 Census suggested the birth year of 1856. After finding every other record I could find for him indicated his birth in 1856, I decided to change my records to indicate an 1856 birth.

Reminder to self: Don’t become so attached to a bit of information and be unwilling to change something when presented with alternate evidence.

Darling/Drexl Project  2017 – Ancestor #12

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Nicholas Edward Drexl
  • 1st Great-grandfather: Frank Xaver Drexl
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Matthias Drexl[i]

Frank Xaver Drexl (1856-1929)

Birth

Frank Xaver Drexl was probably born on 3 December 1856 in Dünzelbach, a municipality in the district of Moorenweis in the Bavarian county of Fürstenfeldbruck.[ii] The 1910 and 1920 Census records both confirm his birth in Bavaria in 1856.

Marriage

Some researchers indicate that Frank Xaver Drexl married Ursula Eggert on 25 Oct 1881 in Petzenhausen, Bavaria. I think an 1879 or 1880 marriage is just as likely. Their eldest known son, Nicholas Edward Drexl was born in November 1881 only a month after the other researcher’s suggested date.  Also, the 1900 and 1910 Census records indicate the couple had been married for 20 and 30 years respectively suggesting an 1879 or 1880 marriage date.

Adulthood

The 1900 Census shows the heartbreak the family had to have experienced. According to the Census, Ursula had had 12 children, only 8 of whom were still living and the 1910 Census indicated 13 children with nine still living.

We know of the following children:

Children: Sex Birth Age Gap
Nicholas Edward Drexl M Nov 1881 Germany Eldest
Christina Drexl F Apr 1882 – Germany 5 Months – Impossible **
Francis T Drexl F Aug 1886 – Illinois 4 years, 4 months *
Katherine Drexl F Oct 1888 – Kansas 2 years, 2 months
Marie Drexl F Nov 1890 – Kansas 2 years, 1 month
Joseph Peter Drexl M 22 Jan 1893 – Minnesota 2 years, 2 months
Charles Mathias Drexl M 30 Nov 1894 – Minnesota 1 year, 7 months
Frank J Drexl M 16 Sep 1899 – Minnesota 4 years, 10 months *
Anthony John Drexl M 18 Apr 1902 – Minnesota 2 years, 7 months
1st Unknown Drexl ? (Probably about 1884) Bef. 01 Jun 1900
2nd Unknown Drexl ? (Probably about 1896) MN Bef. 01 Jun 1900
3rd Unknown Drexl ? Bef. 1900
4th unknown Drexl ? Bef. 1900

* The age gap between Christina and Francis suggests that one of the missing children was probably born about 1884 about the time of their immigration to the United States. Another gap between Charles and Anthony suggests that another of the missing children was probably born about 1896. The other two would be pure speculation as to possible birth dates.

** The 1900 Census indicates that Nicholas was born in 1881, however, the 1895 Minnesota Census indicates that Nicholas was likely born in 1880. If so that would put the cap between him and Christina 1 year 5 months.

Immigration

The family came to the United States from Germany in 1884 and located in Illinois where Francis was born.[iii]

Move to Kansas

By 1888, they had relocated to Kansas where Kate and Mary were born.[iv]

Another Move – This time to Minnesota

By 1892 the family located to Minnesota.[v] Where they lived until his death in 1929.[vi]

Wright DeCoster Ad

The 1895 Census indicates Frank with Ursula and five children living at 258 Custer Street in Saint Paul’s 6th District, Ramsey County, Minnesota.[vii] This location appears to have been renamed because there is no longer a Custer Street in Saint Paul. However, Frank was working as a Cabinetmaker at De Coster & Clark which was at 375-379 Jackson Street, Saint Paul. Frank worked for them, and Wright De Coster until at least 1926 and probably until his death.

The 1900 Census and 1900 city directory show the family still on Custer Street.[viii]

By 1910 the family had located to 46 East Robie.[ix] Again, that location appears to be gone. It is probably now a baseball field that is part of El Rio Vista Recreational Center.

 

35 Isabel, Saint Paul, MN

By 1920, Frank had purchased a house at 35 West Isabel, Saint Paul.[x] Both Realtor and Zillow dot com indicate the house at 35 West Isabel was built in 2001. However, it appears to be a house much earlier than that.  The 1910s seems quite possible based on the architecture.

Frank Xaver Drexl died on 04 Nov 1929 in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.  I have not been successful in finding a burial location for him.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Find Frank Xaver Drexl’s immigration record.
  • Find Frank Xaver Drexl’s Naturalization record.
  • Research Frank Xaver Drexl’s death records.

Endnotes

[i] Based entirely upon other individual’s public trees. See: Ancestry Family Trees, Ancestry.com, M A Heintz Family Tree – Owner: mavendegna. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/30918613/person/430043963958/facts.

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] 1900 Census (FS), Family Search, Frank Drexl – Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota – Sheet 8. Accessed: 26 July 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M93F-NM2.

[iv] Ibid.

[v] Minnesota State Census, 1895, Family Search, Drexl, Frank – St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. Accessed: 27 July 2016.

[vi] Minnesota Death Index, 1908­-2002, Family Search, Frank K. Drexl – 4 Nov 1929. Accessed 18 May 2017. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4H-V­45.

[vii] Minnesota State Census, 1895, Family Search, Drexl, Frank – St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. Accessed: 27 July 2016.

[viii] 1900 Census (FS), Family Search, Frank Drexl – Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota – Sheet 8. Accessed: 26 July 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M93F-NM2.

[ix] 1910 Census (FS) (NARA), Family Search, Frank Drexl – St Paul Ward 6, Ramsey, Minnesota, ED 84, Sheet 2B, Line 70. Accessed 18 May 2017. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2PC-18Z.

[x] 1920 Census (FS), Frank Drexel (Drexl) – Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. Accessed 18 May 2017. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW19-J77.

A Genealogist’s Nightmare or a Census Taker’s Confusion?

Four Mary Stoeger’s in the 1900 Census.

It was hard for me to tell if I was looking at an ‘80s sitcom or if the 1900 Census was true. I kept thinking, “Hi, I’m John Stoeger, and this is my wife Mary, and this is my daughter Mary, and this is my other daughter, Mary. Oh, by the way, this is my other daughter, Mary.  Yes, the 1900 Census shows that John’s wife and three of his daughters are all named “Mary.” Either the census taker got it all mixed up or there are several stories to uncover suggested by this census record. I needed to figure out which.

John Stoeger is my wife’s half-aunt’s grandfather.  Not a direct ancestor to my wife, but still a person of interest.  I wanted to see if I John really had three daughters named Mary.

Other records indicate that John’s children immigrated about 1885, so they aren’t going to be in the 1880 Census (and they weren’t).  The Minnesota 1895 census does show John, but that census shows no information about his children.  I couldn’t find in him the 1910 Census so, I thought that I might be at a wall of some sort.  Then I found him, Johann Stoeger in a 1908 wills and probate records on Ancestry. Sure enough, this Johan had a daughter Hattie Drexel (Hedwig Drexl) and the ages of the other children all fit my 1900 John Stoeger family.

The first “Mary” was Barbara.

The second “Mary” was Marie.

The third “Mary” is still unknown but appears to have died between 1900 and 1908.  That is because in 1900 Mary, the mother, had eleven children, six of whom were living. The 1908 probate records show five of the six children living.

I was a little but surprised to see that John (Johann) and three of his children had all moved to Stillwater. So, I wondered if I had the wrong John Stoeger; however, I became certain that It was the right John Stoeger when I saw that the estate included property on Water Street in Saint Paul, where he lived during the 1900 Census and one of his daughters was Hattie Drexl. Everything fit into place.

Finally, that third Mary child, I suspect was actually John Stoeger, Jr.  I haven’t proven it to my satisfaction, yet, but I’m pretty sure I am right. I need to do a little more research on John Jr. to prove it. I think the Census taker was a bit confused.


Sources:

  • 1900 Census (A), John Hoeger [Stoeger] – Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, Ward 6, ED 0105, Page 15B.
  • Minnesota, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1925, Ancestry.com, Johann (John) Stoeger – Page 1517

 

 

 

 

 

Ancestor PD-3 – Florence Lillian Drexl (1920-1996)

Project Drexl 2017

By Don Taylor

I decided to go back and document the first person in my Drexl project, Florence Lillian Drexl. Florence was born in Minnesota, grew up in Missouri. She married in Missouri, divorced, and went to California during World War II. There she met Harry Darling and married him.  The couple moved to Michigan raised two kids and divorced. Some time later, Florence married a third time who remained her husband until her death in 1996.

Birth

Florence Lillian Drexl[i] was born at 3:45 p.m., on 04 Apr 1920 in St. Paul Hospital, in St Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.[ii] She was the fourth child of Nicholas E. Drexl and Hedwig Frances Stoeger.[iii]

Childhood

Her three older siblings were Clarence Nick Theodore6 (15 years older), Raymond F (11 years older), and Marie (3 years older).

In the 1930 Census, Florence was living with her father and mother, her brother Clarence with his wife, Ruth, their son Donald, and her sister, Marie at 2425 Coleman Street in St. Louis.[iv] Her 21-year-old brother, Raymond, had moved out of the home by then. Today, 2425 Coleman is vacant.

Florence completed the 8th grade, probably about 1934.

Marriage #1

Washington Citizen (Washington, Missouri) · Fri, May 6, 1938 · Page 6
Washington Citizen (Washington, Missouri) · Fri, May 6, 1938 · Page 6 – via Newspapers.Com

On May 6th, 1936, the 16-year-old Florence took out a marriage license to marry Carl Starbeck. I presume they married because they were living as husband and wife by the 1940 Census.

The 1940 Census shows the young couple (Carl was 26 and Florence was 20) living 3608 South Compton Ave., St. Louis. Carl was a machinist at H+H Shops earning 1900 per year. [v] Florence was keeping house. Today, 3608 South Compton is boarded up.

Marriage #2

It is not clear how or why Florence and Carl Starbeck separated. However, by 1944 Florence was in San Diego, California, where she married Robert Harry Darling. Robert was the son of Rufus Harry Darling and Hannah McAllister.

The couple had two children. First a daughter, who is living and then a son, who is also living.

In 1957, Florence and Robert were living at 19628 Salisbury,[vi] which was a small basic single family home built in 1955.  It is likely they bought the house new. Robert was working in Real Estate at the time.

Marriage #3

I’m not sure when Florence and Robert separated, but she married Leland B. Eldridge in 1972.[vii]

Florence and Leland lived in Harrison township, Macomb County, Michigan at 29586 Old North River Rd. from April 1993 until her death on 23 October 1996.[viii]

Death

Marker of Florence L. Eldridge
Marker Florence L. (Drexl) Eldridge Apr 4, 1920 Oct. 23, 1996

She was buried in Saint Peter Cemetery, Clinton, Macomb, Michigan.[ix]

She was survived by her husband, Leland, who died in October 1997 and her two children. She was also survived by her brother Raymond. I am not sure of the death date for her sister Marie.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Investigate property records to determine when Florence and Robert purchased the house at 19628 Salisbury, St. Clair Shores, MI.
  • Determine life events for Florence’s sister Marie.

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Endnotes:

[i] Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.Com, Florence Lillian Drexl. http://search.ancestry.com/search/collections/Numident/31447030/printer-friendly?x=bdc4d7dc-772f-4404-9f67-e6761d5a6d0e&title=Possible+matches+for+Florenc.

[ii] Michigan, Division of Vital Statistics, Birth Certificate, Florence Lillian Drexl – Certificate #51391. http://people.mnhs.org/finder/bci/1920-51391?return=brand%3Dpeople%26q%3DFlorence%2520Lillian%2520Drexl.; Minnesota Historical Society.

[iii] 1940 U.S. census, population schedule, NARA microfilm, ED 96­250, sheet 13B, line 68, family 351. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K74R­FLN.

[iv] 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Missouri, St. Louis (Independent City), ED 0526, Page 21A – Line 8 – Drexl Florence.; NARA microfilm publication , roll 1243; digital image,  (http://ancestry.com).

[v] 1940 U.S. census, population schedule, NARA microfilm, ED 96­250, sheet 13B, line 68, family 351. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K74RFLN.

[vi] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.Com, Michigan, East Detroit, Page 125, Column 2. Darling Robt H (Florence) real est h19628 Salisbury (St CS)

[vii] Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.Com, Florence Lillian Drexl – xxx-xx-2183. http://search.ancestry.com/search/collections/Numident/31447030/printer-friendly?x=bdc4d7dc-772f-4404-9f67-e6761d5a6d0e&title=Possible+matches+for+Florenc.

[viii] US Public Records, 1970-2009, Family Search, Florence L Eldridge – Record Number 160637223. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KTTP­KST.

[ix] Find a Grave, Florence L. Eldridge – Memorial #156432818. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=156432818.

A brief look at my wife’s aunt’s grandfather – Nicholas Edward Drexl

 Darling/Drexl Line

In May, I was visiting family in Michigan and had the opportunity to get to know my wife’s aunt much better. While I was there, we chatted about genealogy (surprise, surprise) and I learned she didn’t know much about her maternal grand-grandfather, Nicholas Edward Drexl. (She and my wife’s mother share a common father but different mothers.) My wife’s aunt knew her grandfather was born in Germany, lived in Saint Paul, MN and Saint Louis, MO, and died before she was born. While I was there, I helped her learn a few more things, thanks to the Ancestry App, but, I knew I really wanted to help her learn a lot more.

After I returned home and had a chance take the time to research Nicholas’s life, I quickly learned that he was born in Germany and came to the US as a child. As is so often the case, one fact leads to two new questions. In this case, I knew he immigrated and was naturalized; the questions arose in my mind, exactly when and on what ship did he immigrate. I did learn that his naturalization was the result of his being a minor when his father became a citizen, but, I’ve been unsuccessful proving when and where that occurred. (Naturalization records often provide detailed birth information, so I might learn exactly where in Germany the family came from.)

I’ve searched, and searched, and searched to no avail. So, those questions are still out there and I’m sure I’ll find the answer someplace, but it will just have to wait until I have more time. I did learn a lot about Nick Drexl’s life though.

Nicholas E. Drexl (1880-1939)

Nicholas E. Drexl was born in Germany on 29 November 1880[1] to Frank Xaver and Ursula (Eggert) Drexl. He is the oldest of the known children of Frank and Ursula. However, it is possible that he had one older sibling. The 1900 Census provides clues to many facts. First of all, it identifies that Ursula had had 12 children, 8 of whom were living. It also indicates that they had been married for 20 years. If that is the case his parents were married between June 1879 and June 1, 1880. That would have left a 17 to 29-month gap between his parent’s marriage and his birth; enough time for there to have been an older sibling who died as a child.

Looking at the children of Ursula, there were two large gaps where children could have been born and could have died before the 1900 census was enumerated.

Child
Birth
Place Born
Time
Nicholas
29 Nov 1880
Germany
17 Months to Christina
Christina
Apr 1882
Germany
52 Months – One certainly, two likely.
Francis
Aug 1886
Illinois
22 Months to Katie
Katherine
Oct 1888
Kansas
25 Months to Mary
Mary (Marie)
Nov 1890
Kansas
26 Months to Joseph
Joseph
22 Jan 1893
St. Paul, MN
34 Months – One likely
Charles*
Nov 1895
St. Paul, MN
46 Months – One likely, two possible
Frank
16 September 1899
St. Paul, MN
Census 8 months later
Anthony
1902
Minnesota
Not applicable
* Minnesota Census of 1895 indicates Charles was six months old, (born Nov 1894) however, the 1900 Census indicates Charles was born in Nov 1895.

In any event, when Nickolas was about three-years-old (1884), he, his parents, and his sister immigrated to the United States[2]. Childhood must have been difficult. His parents were Germany speaking immigrants that were constantly on the move. We know he lived in the following locations as a child:

1884 – Germany
1886 – Illinois
1888 – Kansas
1890 – Kansas
1892 – Minnesota
1895 – Minnesota (St. Paul)
1900 – Minnesota

In 1900, his father was a cabinet maker and his mother was a jeweler[3]. It was probably during his childhood that he learned jewelry making from his mother, because he would be a jeweler during the rest of his life.

On 17 May 1904, Nick married Hedwig Frances Stoeger, who was also a German immigrant. Hattie, as she was known, had immigrated with her parents in 1885. They were married by Rev. Peter Schuririer, a Roman Catholic priest. The marriage was witnessed by George Bleckhinger and Frances Drexl (probably Nick’s sister Francis).

Their first child, Clarence T. was born eight and a half months later, on 31 January 1905.

Raymond F was born on 15 May, 1908.

595 Stryker Avenue, Saint Paul – Today
Photo via Google Maps

The 1910 Census shows the young family living at 595 Stryker Ave., Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Living with Nick and Hattie is a 17-year-old niece of Nick’s. Her name was Marie T Markert. I haven’t determined exactly how she is related yet. Further research needs to be done on Nick and Hattie’s siblings to determine.Their daughter, Mary (possibly Marie), was probably born in 1917.

Sometime before 1918, the family moved to 604 Winslow Ave., Saint Paul. While there, Nick worked as a jeweler at E. Schmalz & Sons, 87 E. 6th St., Saint Paul. His draft registration card indicates that he was tall, medium build, gray eyes, and light hair.

In April, 1920, another daughter, Florence, was born.

The 1920 census-taker found the family still living at 604 Winslow Ave and Nick still working as a jeweler[4].

In 1926, the family moved to Saint Louis, Missouri.

Marker: Nicholas & Hedwig Drexl
Source: Find-a-Grave Memorial 50475159

The 1930 Census finds the Drexl family living at 2425 Coleman Street, Saint Louis. Living with Nick and Hattie is their son Clarence, Clarence’s wife (Ruth), and Clarence’s son, Donald. Also in the household is thirteen-year-old Marie and ten-year-old Florence.[5]

Nicholas Edward Drexl died on 13 October 1939[6]. He was buried on 17 October at Section 25, Lot 2212 in Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, MO[7].

Further Actions:

Determine Immigration and Naturalization facts for Nick & family.
Search for records regarding unknown siblings of Nick.
Research the siblings of Nick and Hattie and determine the relationship of Marie T Markert who is a niece of Nick.

List of Greats

Frank Xaver Drexl

Contact

If you are related to Nicholas Edward Drexl, or anyone else in this Drexl line, my wife’s aunt and I would love to hear from you. Please contact us using the contact form below.

ENDNOTES

[1] Ancestry.com; U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; Nick Edward Drexel (Drexl).
[2] The 1900 Census indicates 1884; the 1910 Census indicates 1888; the 1920 census indicates 1886.
[3] Family Search; 1900 Census; Frank Drexl; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M93F-NM2
[4] FamilySearch.org; 1920 Census; Nicholas Drexl – St Paul Ward 6, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW1M-B3J
[5] Family Search; 1930 Census; Nick (Nicholas) Drexl; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHVM-3MJ
[6] Ancestry.com; U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Nicholas Drexl

[7] Find a Grave; Nicholas E Drexl – Memorial# 50475159; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50475159;

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