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Reckel Gen 8

Descendants of Hans Röckel

Generation No. 8

8.  MATHAIS8 RÖCKEL (NIKOLAUS7, JOSEPH6, JOHANNES5, JOHANN GEORG4, JOHANN NIKOLAUS3, JOHANN2, HANS1)6 was born Abt. 1858 in Trulben, Germany7, and died 16 Nov 1886 in Trulben, Germany7.  He married ANNA MARIA WAGNER8 07 Oct 1880 in Trulben, Germany8.  She died 08 Apr 1926 in Trulben, Germany8.

Notes for MATHAIS RÖCKEL:

Letters from Nicholas Roeckel II in Germany talk at length about Mathias the son living at the family farm in Germany and serving in the army.

Children of MATHAIS RÖCKEL and ANNA WAGNER are:

                  i.    ANNA MARIA9 RÖCKEL9, b. Abt. 1881, Trulben, Germany10.

                  ii.    EMIL RÖCKEL11, b. Abt. 1883, Trulben, Germany12.

                 iii.    KATHARINA RÖCKEL13, b. 1886, Trulben, Germany14.

 

9.  ANDREAS8 RÖCKEL (NIKOLAUS7, JOSEPH6, JOHANNES5, JOHANN GEORG4, JOHANN NIKOLAUS3, JOHANN2, HANS1)15 was born 11 Sep 1860 in Trulben, Germany15, and died 03 Jul 1918 in St. Joseph Cemetary, Indianapolis, Indiana16,16.  He married JULIA ANN BACH17 30 Jun 1885 in Sacred Heart Church; Indianapolis, Indiana18,19.  She was born 29 Jan 1857 in Indianapolis, Indiana20, and died 21 Oct 1895 in St. Joseph Cemetary, Indianapolis, Indiana21.

Notes for ANDREAS RÖCKEL:

Andreas Röckel Americanized his name to Andrew Reckel.  He changed his name sometime after his marriage.  The marriage records at Sacred Heart Church reference him as Andreas Roeckel, but all his children were Reckel and his tombstone says Andrew Reckel.

Andreas and his brother, Jacob, lived in Germany.  Andreas had served a hitch in the army.  The country was gearing up for war and he was going to have to go back into the army.  Andreas was 19 and Jacob was 14 at the time.  Andreas's son, John Reckel, related that his father said he and Jacob were sitting under a tree watching a column of soldiers march by.  He said they were sweating like race horses.  They decided it was time to go.  The two swam across a river to get to France.  They eventually made their way to England.  Andreas worked his way over on a cattle boat as a stockman to get to America.  Jacob stowed away on the boat and was caught.  He was made to wash dishes to pay his way.  (Note: Ruth Barbara Roeckel Atkins stated "Jacob was a stow away & sent money to Andreas to come over).

At the port of entry in Philadelphia, it was required for immigrants to have $100.00 before the could gain entry.  This was apparently to keep out the indigent.  Between the two, they had only one hundred.  One brother took all the money and gained admission.  He then handed the money through the fence to the other brother who then used it again to gain his entry. 

They ended up in Indianapolis, Indiana where Andreas and Jacob worked as a stable hands at the Fletcher estate (of the American Fletcher National Bank family). 

Somehow Andreas ended up with a small "truck garden" farm on Bluff Road.  The farm is said to be 20 or 30 acres.  The farm now lies under the I-465 interstate highway.

Andrew worked the farm where they raised vegetables and trucked them to the Farmer's Market (some say the one on Market Street, others say the one on Virginia Street) in Indianapolis and sold them.

According to stories told to Francis Reuter (a grandson), Andrew was a very strong person.  It is said that he could pick up a 3-bushel pickle barrel and set it in the back of a farm wagon. 

Robert Lawrence Reckel, Sr. has told the author, John Everett Reckel that Andrew and his brother Jacob paid their taxes by hauling gravel for the roads.  While others were using spade-type shovels, the brothers used scoop shovels, getting the task done much more quickly. 

Andrew's son John Reckel, was of the same sturdy stock.

Andrew died of cancer.  A barber removed a mole on the back of his neck.  It never healed.  Francis Reckel Niedenthal Spitznagel said she was 10 at the time and remembers sitting with her grandfather when he was very sick while the rest of the family was out working the farm.  She remembered that at the funeral (held in the family living room) the formaldehyde leaked from the cancer wound and dripped on the floor.

Andrew is buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in a different location than his wife.  Elizabeth Bach (Andreas' sister-in-law) is buried at his foot.  In fact, the foot of his casket had to be cut off in order to fit Elizabeth's casket in the ground.  Francis Spitznagel said that she was told that his feet looked pretty good considering he had been in the ground for 16 years.

Andrew's brother, Jacob Roeckel, is buried about 40-50 feet NNE of Andrew.

Ed. Note by John Everett Reckel.

I know that Jacob and Andreas are brothers from testimony from Ruth Barbara Roeckel Atkins and from reading translations of letters from the family in Trulben, Germany. 

The Indianapolis, Indiana Directories, 1887-90 show Jacob, Anton, and John Reckel all residing at 595 Madison Avenue in 1889 and 90.  Letters from Andreas' parents in Germany ask about the well-being of brother Hans, which is further evidence that John (Johann) Reckel was a brother to Andreas and Jacob.

Antonio (Anthony) Reckel was Jacob's best man at his wedding.  See Marriage Scrapbook.

More About ANDREAS RÖCKEL:

Burial: 1918, St. Joseph's cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana22

Name Change: Abt. 1890, Americanized name to Andrew Reckel

Notes for JULIA ANN BACH:

Died at 38 years of age.  Leaving children of 2, 4, 6, and 8 years of age.

Died of appendicitis.

She is buried with her parent's family group in the Northeast corner of St. Joseph's Cemetery.

More About JULIA ANN BACH:

Burial: 1895, St. Joseph's cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana22

Children of ANDREAS RÖCKEL and JULIA BACH are:

14.              i.    ELIZABETH9 RECKEL, b. 12 Sep 1886, Indianapolis, Indiana; d. 26 Jun 1952, Indianapolis, Indiana.

15.             ii.    JOHN RECKEL, b. 18 Mar 1889, Marion County, Indiana; d. 05 Sep 1966, Danville, Indiana.

16.            iii.    MARY ANN RECKEL, b. 26 Aug 1891, Indianapolis, Indiana; d. 24 May 1964, Calvary Cemetery, Rush County, Indiana.

17.            iv.    JULIA ANN RECKEL, b. 20 Feb 1894, Indianapolis, Indiana; d. 12 Dec 1982, Shelbyville, Indiana.

10.  JACOB8 RÖCKEL (NIKOLAUS7, JOSEPH6, JOHANNES5, JOHANN GEORG4, JOHANN NIKOLAUS3, JOHANN2, HANS1)23 was born 1865 in Trulben, Germany24, and died 01 Jan 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana25.  He married PHILLIPPINE LICHTENAUER25 10 Sep 1889 in Sacred Heart Church; Indianapolis, Indiana26.  She was born 187127, and died 01 Nov 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana28.

Notes for JACOB RÖCKEL:

St. Joseph Cemetery Lot Card - See Jacob Lichtenauer Scrapbook entry 1.

Jacob was 14 or 15 when he immigrated to America with his brother, Andreas.  He stowed away on a boat to America and was caught.  He was made to wash dishes to pay for his passage.  For additional information about this subject, see the notes under Andreas Röckel.

Per Ruth Barbara Roeckel Atkins:

Grandpa worked at the bank (American Fletcher National Bank) estate until he got a job at, I think the name was Indianapolis Brewing then he got a job at Lansikamp Brassworks (in Fountain Square in Indianapolis, Indiana).  The brass caused his hands to turn green and his hands would get cracks and bleed.  He worked for the Brassworks until he retired.

Grandpa owned three lots on Shelby St. at McDougal St.  He built a big house on the middle lot and a smaller house on one of the other lots.

After Grandma died he rented out the "big house".  He had to sell "The little house" and the empty lot to pay the doctor Bills.  Grandpa slept in the attic for a time then went to live with Uncle Lou.  The people who bought the house were kind enough to let Grandpa do that.  He didn't want to live with us because we didn't live close to a Catholic Church.  When he got old, he would crawl on his hands and knees to get up the steps and into the door of Sacred Heart Church to attend services.

Grandpa was a very strong man.  He could lift a beer keg from a wagon.  His son, Herman, was made of the same sturdy stock.

Indianapolis, Indiana Directories, 1887-90

Name:                   Jacob Reckel

City:                      Indianapolis

State:                    IN

Occupation:         laborer

Year:                     1889

Location 2:          b 595 Madison avenue

Ed. Note by John Everett Reckel.

I know that Jacob and Andreas are brothers from testimony from Ruth Barbara Roeckel Atkins and translations of letters from the family back in Trulben, Germany.

The Indianapolis, Indiana Directories, 1887-90 show Jacob, Anton(Anthony), and John Reckel all residing at 595 Madison Avenue in 1889 and 90. 

Antonio (Anthony) Reckel was Jacob's best man at his wedding.  See Marriage Scrapbook.

Per Ruth Barbara Roeckel Atkins: My Dad, Herman, and Grandpa, Jacob, talked about Uncle Tony (Anthony).

More About JACOB RÖCKEL:

Burial: 1938, St. Joseph's cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana

Notes for PHILLIPPINE LICHTENAUER:

St. Joseph Cemetery Lot Card - See Jacob Lichtenauer Scrapbook entry 1.

Per Ruth Barbara Roeckel Atkins:

When Phillippine (Beana) was in her late 40's, she had severe head aches.  She had beautiful hair.  One day, she cut all the hair from the top of her head.  Women had long hair in those days.  She left the sides to pull up in a knot.  It didn't help the headaches.  She went to the doctor.  She went so much, she insisted on an operation.  She died from the operation.  Grandpa had to sell 2 of the lots on Shelby St. to pay the bills.

Grandma (Phillippine Lichtenauer Roeckel) would go over to our house nearly every day and talk with my mother.  Grandma told my mother that she (Phillippine) didn't have a father.

When Phillippine was a young girl, she lived close to a brickyard.  She had a small wagon in which she hauled bricks and stacked them.  A man would sometimes help her.  "Beana" (her nickname) thought he was her father.

I don't know if it was Katherine or Margaret who was Dad's Grandma.  Guess Dad was a handful.  His Grandma lived with them (Jacob and Phillippine) and stood up for him.  He could do no wrong in her eyes.

The area around Shelby St. and Carson Ave. was McClainsville.  In the summer, the young men got up a baseball team.  Back then, the Germans settled together; the Irish on Irish Hill: the Italians were around Merrill St. and Manuel High School.  The ball teams would play Sunday afternoon on a vacant lot.  Lou Roeckel was a pitcher.  Herman (fatty) was the manager.  The families all turned out for the games.  Women would carry umbrellas to keep the sun off.  Phillippine would argue the plays.  Sometimes she would go clear out to the pitcher's mound, carrying her umbrella and tell him off.

Editor's note: Note to Ruth Atkins: Phillippine's mother was Catherine Lichtenauer.  I don't know her maiden name.  Aunt Mag was probably Catherine's sister and, thus, Phillippine's aunt and your great-aunt.  Does that sound like a reasonable guess?  Additionally, I found a burial card showing Jacob Lichtenauer as the father and Catherine Lichtenauer as the mother of Phillippine Lichtenauer Roeckel.  Jacob Lichtenauer died when Phillippine was 18.  He may have angered her or deserted her mother.  That could explain why she said she had no father.

Ruth's answer to the above Editor's note:  She could get mad and tell you off in a split second.  Aunt Frances could to.  They both loved my Mom so she never got her pedagree read.

More About PHILLIPPINE LICHTENAUER:

Burial: 1923, St. Joseph's cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana

Marriage Notes for JACOB RÖCKEL and PHILLIPPINE LICHTENAUER:

Title:                     Index to Marriage Record 1886 - 1890 Inclusive Volume 9 Letters A to Z Inclusive

Record Location:               Marion County, Indiana

                Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Indianapolis W. P. A. Compiled by                 Indiana Works Progress Administration 1939

Spouse 1:             Phillipine Lichtenauer

Spouse 2:             Jacob Reckel

Marriage Date:    10 Sep 1889

County:                Marion

Book:                    170

Birth Date:           22

 

Title:                     Index to Marriage Record 1886 - 1890 Inclusive Volume 9 Letters A to Z Inclusive

Record Location:               Marion County, Indiana

                Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Indianapolis W. P. A. Compiled by                 Indiana Works Progress Administration 1939

Spouse 1:             Jacob Reckel

Spouse 2:             Phillipine Lichtenauer

Marriage Date:    10 Sep 1889

County:                Marion

Book:                    170

Birth Date:           22

       

Children of JACOB RÖCKEL and PHILLIPPINE LICHTENAUER are:

18.              i.    HERMAN9 ROECKEL, b. 12 Nov 1892, Indianapolis, Indiana; d. 03 Oct 1964, Indianapolis, Indiana.

                  ii.    LOUIS ROECKEL29, b. 15 Aug 1893, Indianapolis, Indiana29; d. 05 May 1976, Indianapolis, Indiana30; m. ELIZABETH RUBY MEAD31, 22 Jul 1915, Sacred Heart Church; Indianapolis, Indiana; b. 08 Nov 1896, Indianapolis, Indiana32; d. 20 Apr 1990, Indianapolis, Indiana33.

Notes for LOUIS ROECKEL:

St. Joseph Cemetery Lot Card - See Jacob Lichtenauer Scrapbook entry 1.

Per Ruth Barbara Roeckel Atkins:

Mother (Barbara Houser) had a friend Gertrude McClain.  Her brother-in-law, Lewis Roeckel, fell in love with her, but Gertie died before they could marry.  Louis was heart broken.  He was sick in bed before he could get over it.

A few years later he married Ruby.  They had no children.

Louis and Herman were on the McClainsville Baseball team. Lewis was the pitcher.  Herman (fatty) was the manager.  Grandma would go to the games.  They were played on a vacant lot.  She would argue the plays.  Sometimes she would be on the field out to the pitcher's mound.

Uncle Lou was a fireman.  His job was to drive the chief to the fire.  Every November, he would come to the farm with another fireman.  They went rabbit hunting.  Grandpa spent lots of time at the firehouse.  When he came to visit us he would bring cigars for my brother George Jacob Roeckel.  He said the firemen gave them to him.  But one time, he slipped and said he got them at the drug store.  My brother was only about 10 years old at the time.

Soc. Sec. Death Index

Name:                           LOUIS ROECKEL

SSN:                             306-16-5206

Last Residence:              46201  Indianapolis, Marion, IN

Born:                            5 Aug 1893

Last Benefit:                    

Died:                             May 1976

State (Year) SSN issued: IN (Before 1951 )

 

Draft Card WWI

Name:                           Louis Roeckel

City:                              Indianapolis

County:                         Marion

State:                            Indiana

Birthplace:      Indiana

Birth Date:     05 Aug 1893

Race:                            Caucasian

Roll:                              1613147

DraftBoard:                   7

 

More About LOUIS ROECKEL:

Burial: St. Joseph's cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Notes for ELIZABETH RUBY MEAD:

St. Joseph Cemetery Lot Card - See Jacob Lichtenauer Scrapbook entry 1.

 

Soc. Sec. Death Index

RUBY E ROECKEL

SSN:                             308-26-4959

Born:                            8 Nov 1896

Last Benefit:                    

Died:                             26 Apr 1990

State (Year) SSN issued: IN (Before 1951 )

 

More About ELIZABETH RUBY MEAD:

Burial: St. Joseph's cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Marriage Notes for LOUIS ROECKEL and ELIZABETH MEAD:

Title:                             Index to Marriage Record 1911 - 1915 Inclusive Volume 14 Pt. 2 Letters L to Z         Inclusive

Record Location:           Marion County, Indiana

                     Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Indianapolis W. P. A. Compiled by                                  Indiana Words Progress Administration 1939

Spouse 1:       Elizabeth R Mead

Spouse 2:       Louis Roeckel

Marriage Date:              22 Jul 1915

County:                         Marion

Book:                            81

Original Source Page: 698

Birth Date:     08 Nov 1896

 

Title:                             Index to Marriage Record 1911 - 1915 Inclusive Volume 14 Pt. 2 Letters L to Z         Inclusive

Record Location:           Marion County, Indiana

                     Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Indianapolis W. P. A. Compiled by                   Indiana Words Progress Administration 1939

Spouse 1:       Louis Roeckel

Spouse 2:       Elizabeth Mead

Marriage Date:              22 Jul 1915

County:                         Marion

Book:                            81

Original Source Page: 698

Birth Date:     15 Aug 1893

 

19.            iii.    FRANCES CATHERINE ROECKEL, b. 11 Apr 1903, Indianapolis, Indiana; d. 22 Jul 1993, Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

11.  FREDERICK8 RÖCKEL (NIKOLAUS7, JOSEPH6, JOHANNES5, JOHANN GEORG4, JOHANN NIKOLAUS3, JOHANN2, HANS1)34 was born 02 Jun 1865 in Trulben, Germany35, and died 24 Jul 1926 in Trulben, Germany35.  He married MARGARETHE RUGGER35,36 15 Feb 1890 in Trulben, Germany37.  She was born 14 Dec 1862 in Trulben, Germany37.

Notes for FREDERICK RÖCKEL:

Letters from Nicholas Roeckel II in Germany mention Frederick as a son living at the family farm in Germany.

Children of FREDERICK RÖCKEL and MARGARETHE RUGGER are:

                  i.    ANNA9 RÖCKEL37, b. Trulben, Germany37.

                  ii.    FRIEDA RÖCKEL37, b. Trulben, Germany37.

 

12.  BALTHASAR8 RÖCKEL (NIKOLAUS7, JOSEPH6, JOHANNES5, JOHANN GEORG4, JOHANN NIKOLAUS3, JOHANN2, HANS1) was born 08 Dec 1868 in Trulben, Germany37.  He married KATHARINA POLSCH37 12 Jan 1895 in Trulben, Germany37

Notes for BALTHASAR RÖCKEL:

Letters from Nicholas Roeckel II in Germany talk at length about Balthaser as the son living at the family farm in Germany and serving in the army.

Child of BALTHASAR RÖCKEL and KATHARINA POLSCH is:

20.              i.    HERMANN9 RÖCKEL.

 

13.  JOHANNES8 RÖCKEL (NIKOLAUS7, JOSEPH6, JOHANNES5, JOHANN GEORG4, JOHANN NIKOLAUS3, JOHANN2, HANS1)38 was born Abt. 1869 in Trulben, Germany, and died  in St. Joseph Cemetary, Indianapolis, Indiana39.  He married ANNA HAMMES 20 Jul 1897 in Sacred Heart Church; Indianapolis, Indiana40.  She was born Abt. 1869.

Notes for JOHANNES RÖCKEL:

Indianapolis, Indiana Directories, 1887-90 

Name:                   John Reckel

City:                      Indianapolis

State:                    IN

Occupation:         laborer

Year:                     1889

Location 2:          595 Madison avenue

 

Name:                   John Reckel

City:                      Indianapolis

State:                    IN

Occupation:         laborer

Year:                     1890

Location 2:          595 Madison avenue

 

Ed. Note by John Everett Reckel.

I know that Jacob and Andreas are brothers from testimony from Ruth Barbara Roeckel Atkins.

The Indianapolis, Indiana Directories, 1887-90 show Jacob, Anton(Anthony), and John Reckel all residing at 595 Madison Avenue in 1889 and 90.  Letters from Andreas' father and mother in Germany mention Andreas' brother Hans, Johann, Johannes which provides additional evidence that this Johannes Röckel is the son of Nicholas Roeckel II.

New York City Immigrants (Austria, Galicia, Poland), 1890

Given Name:        Johanne

Family Name:      RECKEL

Ship:                     683

NY Arrival:          435

Soundex:              548

Roll#:                   Italia

Ship#:                   May 19, 1890

Abbr:                     30829

 

Note that Johanne was on the 1889 Indianapolis Census.  This is inconsistent with the Immigrant date. Additionally, there is the marriage record at Sacred Heart Church, Indianapolis, Indiana of 20 Jul 1897.  Obviously the immigration record depicts he had made a trip back to Germany and was now returning to USA. 

Clara Reckel was bridesmaid at John's wedding.

Francis Reuter states that he went to St. Joseph Cemetery with his mother and saw a cross-shaped marker with John Reckel on it.  One of the arms of the cross was broken off.  His mother told him that that was his grandfather's brother who no one talked about much.  She said that he had 2 daughters.

Marriage Notes for JOHANNES RÖCKEL and ANNA HAMMES:

Title:                     Index to Marriage Record 1896 - 1900 Inclusive Volume 11 Letters A to Z Inclusive

Record Location:               Marion County, Indiana

                Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Indianapolis W. P. A. Compiled by                 Indiana Works Progress Administration 1939

Spouse 1:             John Roeckel

Spouse 2:             Anna Hammes

Marriage Date:    20 Jul 1897

County:                Marion

Book:                    563

Birth Date:           28

 

Title:                     Index to Marriage Record 1896 - 1900 Inclusive Volume 11 Letters A to Z Inclusive

Record Location:               Marion County, Indiana

                Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Indianapolis W. P. A. Compiled by                 Indiana Works Progress Administration 1939

Spouse 1:             Anna Hammes

Spouse 2:             John Roeckel

Marriage Date:    20 Jul 1897

County:                Marion

Book:                    563

Birth Date:           28

       

Children of JOHANNES RÖCKEL and ANNA HAMMES are:

                  i.    DAUGHTER ONE9 RECKEL41.

                  ii.    DAUGHTER TWO RECKEL41.