Thurtell and Related Families
Notes for Emma BECHTEL
Emma Bechtel Thurtell is shown as Emma Thurtell in the 1900 U.S. Census
for Jo Davies County, Illinois (Vol. 100, ED 32, Sheet 12, Line 64). She
is shown as age 40, born in April 1860 in Iowa. She is shown as head of
the household, married for 19 years, and the mother of three children,
all of whom were still living. No occupation is shown for her. This
census record shows both her parents were born in Germany and that she
owned her own home but had a mortgage. No street address or city is
shown, and the area where she lived was apparently unincorporated in
Dunleith Township, Jo Davies County, Illinois. Her children were living
with her, and the census records for all three children show their mother
was born in Iowa and their father was born in Wisconsin. George
Thurtell, her son, is shown as age 18, born in September 1881 in Iowa,
employed all months of the year as a salesman in the Butcher Shop. Emma
Thurtell, her daughter, is shown as age 16, born in November 1883 in
Iowa, employed all months of the year as a shirtmaker in the Overall
Factory. Barbara Thurtell, her daughter, is shown as age 13, born in
October 1886 in Iowa, and in school. All four members of the family are
shown as able to speak, read, and write English.
Emma Thurtell is shown in the 1920 U.S. Census Soundex for Iowa (Vol. 25,
ED 124, Sheet 25, Line 35) as living at 264 Longworthy Avenue, Dubuque,
Dubuque County, Iowa. She is shown as white, age 58, and born in Iowa.
She is enumerated with Joseph C. Garland, and her relationship to him is
shown as servant.
Information received from Cynthia Kerman shows Emma Bechtel Thurtell was
born April 23, 1860, in Dubuque, Iowa, and died April 26, 1951, in Holt,
Michigan. Her father was Justus Bechtel, who was born June 7, 1820; and
her mother was Barbara Becker, born July 18, 1825. They were married in
Germany February 6, 1849, and arrived in New York August 22, 1849.
Justus Bechtel died before 1866, when his daughter was born. Barbara
Becker Bechtel died in 1914.
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