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Henry Joseph (Joe) Geile & Anna Marie (Mary) Hennecke| John Frederick Geile & Mary Sophia Baudendistel | Edward Henry Geile & Olga A. Reitz | Robert Geile & Marie Elizabeth Ida Finlay

Theodore Joseph Geile, Sr. (brother of Henry Joseph "Joe" Geile)

SCHUMER LINE Johannes Schumer & Maria Agatha Koch | Anton Schumer & Anna Maria Kluppel | Johannes Christoph Schumer & Maria Catherine Schulte | Franz Anton "Anthony" Schumer & Anna Marie Mertens | Ferdinand Baudendistel & Maria Sophia Schumer (Mary Sophia Baudendistel Geile's parents)

BAUDENDISTEL LINE Peter Baudendistel & Barbara | Martin Baudendistel & Magdalena Steimers | Michael Baudendistel & Kunigunda Klumpp | Anton Baudendistel & Anna Maria Wilhelm | Johann Karl Baudendistel & Gertrud Birck | Franz Joseph Baudendistel & Maria Elizabeth Busam | Joseph Anton Baudendistel & Maria Katharina Hund | Ferdinand Baudendistel & Maria Sophia Schumer (Mary Sophia Baudendistel Geile's parents)

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Henricus Josephus Geile (Joe) Geile & Anna Marie (Mary) Hennecke


Henricus Josephus (Henry Joseph) Geile was born October 1, 1827, in Arnsberge Westfalen, Prussia, Germany (possibly Arnsberg, Hochsauerlandkreis, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) to Johannes Geile and Anna Marie Joergens. His mother was possibly born in Stockum, Sundern, Hochsauerlandkreis, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (still researching). [Note: There is a baptism record in Roemisch-Katholische, Stockum Balve, Westfalen, Prussia, baptism 01 Nov 1827, birth 31 Oct 1827 to get.]


Anna Marie (Mary) Hennecke was born October 15, 1829, also in Amsberge or Arnsberg, so Joe and Mary would have grown up together. I do not have Mary's parents names.


From History of Southeast Missouri, The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1888: Joseph H. Geile, was a native of Prussia, born in 1827. In 1851, having learned the blacksmith's trade, he came to America, and until 1855 worked at his trade at Mine La Motte. He then bought a farm in Perry County, where he remained until 1874, when he removed to Silver Lake, and for eight years was engaged in farming and blacksmithing. Since 1882, he has devoted his entire time to agricultural pursuits. His wife, Mary Henneken, was born in Prussia in 1829, and is the mother of eight children.

In 1851, Joe came to America at the age of 24 years. He would settle in Mine La Motte, Missouri, which is about 6 miles north of Fredericktown, Missouri.

Joe and Mary were married on January 11, 1852, in St Michael's Catholic Church, Fredericktown, Madison County, Missouri. The above is their marriage record. Joe's parents are listed as Johan Geile and Mary Joergens. Mary's parents are listed as Henry Hennecke and Frieda Lopes(?). Note: reference to two publications; find them.


On February 1, 1853, Joe and Mary had a daughter, Mary Catherine (Katie) Geile, in Mine La Motte, Missouri. She would marry John Wengler (June 22, 1871 in Mine La Motte, Fredericktown, Madison) and have four children. She would die February 13, 1877, at the age of 24 years. The above image is Katie's baptism record on March 13, 1853, at St Michael's Catholic Church in Fredericktown, Missouri. The sponsors are John Baudendistal and Mary C. Henica.

Sons of Mary and Joe Geile: Frank, John, & Henry Geile

On December 9, 1854, Joe and Mary had a son, Francis John (Frank) Geile at Mine La Motte, Missouri. He would marry Fannie Schindler and have 8 children. He would die April 26, 1923, at the age of 68 years and be buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Perryville, Missouri. Fannie was the cousin of Nellie Schindler. The above is John Francis Geile's baptism record of January 1, 1855, at St Michael's Catholic Church in Fredericktown, Missouri. Click to read Frank's obituary.

From History of Southeast Missouri, The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1888: Frank J. Geile, of the firm of Geile & Larenz, Silver Lake, Mo., was born in Madison County in 1854. Frank J. Geile was educated in the common schools, and served an apprenticeship at the wagon maker's trade. In 1880 he built a shop at Silver Lake, which he conducted until 1885, when, owing to an injury, he was compelled to abandon his trade, and has since been engaged in his present business. From 1883 to 1885 Mr. Geile was postmaster at Silver Lake, and during that time was in business in partnership with his father. In 1880 he married Fannie Schindler, a native of Perry County, born in 1852, by whom he is the father of four children: Clara, Frederick B., Henry and William.

In 1854, his obituary reads that he moved to White Water, Perry County, Mo. This is not the same as today's Whitewater which is in Bollinger County, 44 miles from Yount. there is a Whitewater church just 4.5 miles from the location of his land grant as shown below. His land grant is 6 miles from Yount, so they lived between Yount and this Whitewater community in Perry County.

In 1855, Goodspeed's history above indicates the family moved near the Yount area that he would purchase below in 1859.

Joe's youngest brother, Theodore Joseph Geile, Sr. was born October 31, 1836, making him 9 years younger. Theodore came to America in 1856 at the age of 20 years. Theodore stayed in Joe and Mary's home until he enlisted in the Civil War and bought land from his brother in 1863.


On November 26, 1856, Joe and Mary had a son, Theodore (Theo) Geile, born at Yount. He would marry Lizzie Schindler and move to Witchita Kansas. He would die in 1920 at the age of 64 years.


On January 3, 1858, Joe and Mary had a son, Joseph (Joe) Geile, born at Yount. He would never marry.


One September 1, 1859, Joe purchased a land grant to land near Yount, Missouri. On the above map, we see circled in red the location of YOunt and the location of Silver Lake where the family would move, as well as the block of land purchased near Highway 51. Legal description: Northwest quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 35 and the Northwest Quarter of Section 36 in Township 34 north of Range 9, east in the District offlands, subject to sale at Jackson, Missouri, containing 80 acres.

A closer look at the area in red shows a farm located on the property. The family would remain here until 1874 when they moved to Silver Lake. They would live here 19 years.


On May 31, 1860, Joe and Mary had a son, John Frederick Geile, born at Yount, (read more on his page). He would marry Mary Sophia Baudendistl and upon her death, her sister, Katherine Baudendistel. He had twelve children and died March 03, 1938, at the age of 77 years and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Perryville, Missouri.


In the August 28, 1860 census, St. Mary's Township, Perry County, Missouri, Joseph (34) is a farmer with a real estate value of 1000 and personal property value of 800, born in Prussia. Also in the home are his wife Mary (31), and his children Mary (7), Francis (5), Theodore (4), Joseph (2), and John (3/12). We know from John's records that the family was living in Yount, Missouri. Joe's brother, Theodore (20), is living next door as a laborer with the Brocker family.


On December 15, 1861, Joe and Mary had a son, Henry Marion Geile., born at Yount. He would marry Mary Henrietta Cissell and have six children and move to Santa Gabriel, California where he died in 1957 at the age of 96 years.

From History of Southeast Missouri, The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1888: Henry M. Geile, a merchant at Silver Lake, Mo., and a brother of Frank J. Geile, was born in Perry County in 1861. He was educated in the common schools and in St. Mary's Seminary. At intervals for several years he was employed as a salesman, and in 1887 purchased his father's interest in the store owned by Geile & Townsend. The business is now conducted under the firm name of H.M. Geile & Co. Mr. Geile was married in October, 1877, to Henrietta Cissell.

On October 15, 1863, Joe and Mary had a daughter, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Geile., born at Yount. She would marry Frank Joe Hunold and have two children. She would die January 14, 1946, at the age of 82 years and is buried in Silver Lake Missouri, St. Rose Lima Cemetery.


In March 1865, Joe and Mary had a daughter, Setta Geile, born at Yount. She would die October 18, 1868, at the age of 3 years.

The entries in this ledger from Silver Lake are believed to be Joe’s blacksmith shop. The entries are in German. The entries appear to be from about 1867 to 1870. More pages of Silver Lake Blacksmith Ledger. The first pages have recipes glued to them as if someone was going to reuse the book as a recipe collection.

On August 7, 1867, Joe and Mary had a daughter, Louesa (Louise) Geile, born at Yount. She would marry Henry J. Doll and have four children. She would die September 23, 1953, at the age of 86 years and is buried in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Silver Lake, MO


In the August 4, 1870 census, St. Mary's Township, Perry County, Missouri, the family's ages are: Joseph Geile (43) and Mary (40), and the children Mary (18), Francis (15), Theodore (13), Joseph (11), John (9), Henry (7), Elizabeth (5), and Louisa (3). Joseph is a blacksmith, with real estate valued at 2000 and personal property valued at 500. He is from Prussia and his parentage is listed as father and mother of a foreign birth. Mary is keeping home.

From son John's obituary, and from Joe's obituary, in 1874, the family moved to Silverlake. Both Yount and Silver Lake are in St. Mary's Township, Perry County, Missouri.


In the 1876 Missouri State Census, Perry County, Saint Marys Township, (Joe is listed, but I cannot make out where yet.)


On May 24, 1877, Joe and Mary had a daughter, Jane "Jennie" Geile, born at Silver Lake. She would marry Andrew J. Doll and have no children. She would die January 04, 1924, at the age of 46 years and is buried in Silver Lake MO, St. Rose Lima Cemetery.


In the June 4, 1880 census, Missouri, Perry County, Saint Marys Township, 095, Joe (54) is farming and is born in Arnsberg, as well as both of his parents being born in Arnsberg. Mary (51) is keeping house and she and her parents are also born in Arnsberg. John (19) is an apprentice blacksmith. Henry (17) is working "clerking store." Other children in the home are Elizabeth (16), Louisa (13), and Jannie (8). Alphonse Milphelty (18) and Lewis Buben (24) are farm laborers living in the home.


This photo was taken about 1890. Front Row: Jane, Fannie Schindler (standing, Frank's wife), Louise, Joe, Mary, and Lizzie
Back Row: Joe, Frank, John, Henry,Theo, and Lizzie Schindler (Theo's wife)
Katie passed away in 1877. [I'm still studying photos, I may have the girls mixed up in this photo.]


Joseph Geile died September 10, 1895, at 6 a.m., at the age of 67 years, 11 months, and 9 days, and is buried in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Silver Lake, Missouri. His cause of death was T.B.

Joe's obituary reads: On Tuesday morning, September 10th, just as the 6 o'clock bell was tolling, the angels in the little town of Silver Lake was bereaved of its oldest citizen and greatest benefactor by the death of Joseph Geile, aged 67 years, 11 months, and 9 days. The deceased was born in Westfalia Germany October 1, 1827. He emigrated to America in 1851 and located at Mine LaMotte, Mo. In 1852 he was united in united in the holy hands of matrimony to Miss Anna Mary Hennecke who was also a native of Westfalia. In 1854 he moved to White Water Perry County, Mo. and in 1874 he purchased a farm where now _______ little town of Silver Lake. Here he had his children, through their industry and economy, aided by the community, have built a thriving little town. The deceased was a strict member of the Catholic Church and received his last sacrament before departing. His remains were laid to rest in the little in the little cemetery he donated to the church. Father Hannes and Father Moenig sang a _____. He leaves his wife, eight children, and twenty-six grand-children, and ____ a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. ___ kind friend, thy toils are o'er, we know thou 'rt blessed, and ___ more.


The Will of Joseph Geile, August 3, 1985, reads as follows:

Joseph Geile, Will to, Anna Maria Geile, Frank J. Geile, Theodore Geile, Joseph Geile, John Geile, Henry Geile, Lizzy Hunold, Louisa Doll, Jennie Doll )

In the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, Amen. I, Joseph Geile, of the County of Perry and State of Missouri, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and considering my age and lingering sickness, I make, publish, and declare this to be my last will and testament as follows: First, I wish that my wife has a monument erected on my grave. Second, I give, devise, and bequeath to my wife, Anna Maria Geile, who has been a good and faithful wife to me, all my real estate: my farm on which we now reside, situated at Silver Lake, Perry County, Mo, and containing 295 acres, or thereabouts, the store house, situated at aforesaid place, and rented at present to C. Hayden. I also give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary Geile, the house in which we now reside situated on aforesaid farm, the farm, in short all the buildings by me now owned. Also all the household furniture and all the farming implements, the stock, cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and all other items not particularly named. To say it once more in a short way: I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife all that I now possess. I give and devise and bequeath all that I own to my beloved wife in such a way that she may sell and dispose of it in part or in whole except the land.


Second, I give devise, and bequeath the aforesaid during the natural life of my wife, in order that she may have the controlling of everything. After the death of my beloved wife, it is my will that the real estate as dived into five sections, as I had it done by the county surveyor, Thomas H. Layton, and which I have annexed to this my last will and testament. And it is further my will and desire that these sections are sold to my legal heirs and that the proceeds thereof are divided in equal parts among my children as follows: 1/8 part to Frank J. Geile, 1/8 part to Theodor Geile, 1/8 part to Joseph Geile, 1/8 part to John Geile, 1/8 part to Henry Geile, 1/8 part to Lizzie Geile wife of F. Hunold, 1/8 part to Louisa Geile wife of H. Doll, 1/8 part to Jennie Geile wife of Andrew Doll. To the children of my first daughter Maria K. Geile, wife of Mr. Wengler, I wish that 100 dollars are paid to Joseph Wengler and 100 dollars to Elizabeth Wengler. These 200 dollars are to be paid before before the aforesaid distribution is made.


Third, the reason for dividing my real estate into five sections is because I wish that those of my children living now here at Silver Lake get each a portion of my land. And in order that all be treated alike. I wish that those sections are sold one by one to 8 of my heirs and the one who pays most gets it.


Forth, in case my wife gets sick or otherwise unable to manage the farm to an advantage, it is my will that my two sons, Frank and John, will do the same for her.


Fifth, all that which my wife makes on the farm during her life after my death is hers and as I have said already, may do with it what she pleases. And lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint my said wife, Anna M. Geile, and my son Frank Geile, and my son John Geile, to be executrix and executors of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former Wills by me made and ratifying and confirming this, and no other, to be my last Will and Testament. Joseph Geile (seal) Signed and for his Last Will and Testament, in presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have signed as witnesses to the same this third day of August in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five. P.J. Morandville, Geo. A. Hayden Subdivision of land mentioned in and connected to the above will.

(legal descriptions on this page)

Proof of Will State of Missouri, County of Perry } ss  In the Vocation of the Probate Court.  In the matter of proving the last Will and Testament of Joseph Geile late of Perry County deceased.  On this 30th day of September 1895 before me Judge of the Probate Court within and for the County of and State aforesaid personally came Thomas J. Moranville and George A. Hayden, who being by me duly sworn, on their oats say that they were present and saw Joseph Geile sign the foregoing instrument, purporting to be his last will and testament and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament, and that at the time of signing and publishing the same the said Joseph Geile was of sound and disposing mind, and that these deponents subscribed their names thereto as witnesses to the same, in the presence and at the inquest of the testator, and in the presence of each other.  They further state that the said Joseph Geile departed this life in Perry County Missouri on the 10th day of September 1895.  TJ Moranville, Geo A. Hayden.  Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30th day of September 1895.  In Testimony whereof witness my name and sale of office hereto affixed.
SS Chas A Weber, Judge of Probate

Certificate of Probate.  State of Missouri County of Perry } ss  In the vocation of the Probate court I Chas A Weber, Judge of the Probate court of Perry County, Missouri, having examined the foregoing instrument purporting to be the last will of and signed and executed by Joseph Geile who departed this life at and in the county of Perry in the State of Missouri on the 10th day of September A.D. 1895 and having heard the testimony of Thomas J. Moranville and George A. Hayden the subscribing witnesses thereto in relation to the execution of the same, do declare and adjudge said instrument to be the last will and testament of the said Joseph Geile, late of Perry County, deceased.  In testimony whereof I have hereto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said court as office in Perryville, county and State aforesaid this 30th day of September A.D. 1895.  SS Chas A. Weber, Judge of Probate Recorded Oct 22nd at 4 p.m.1 895.  The erasures of the words from “and to” “inclusive appear same as in original.  Jas F. Fenwick, Record By J F Cashon Deputy


Mary died December 13, 1897, at the age of 68 years, and is buried in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Silver Lake, Missouri.



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