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Henry White Farm…

Henry White Farm…

The White Experimental Farm, located on Hwy 158 between Belleville and Millstadt (part of the old Belleville Prairie) was owned by Henry White who had built the old White Schoolhouse, and that Virginia Vollmer Brieasacher, prior resident of Old Oak Estate Farm, lived at the White Farm as a girl and went to the White Schoolhouse.  Virginia's family rented the White farmstead from Henry's sister, Mi…

Native American Camp…

Native American Camp…

Old Oak Estate Farm rest on what was once an Native American camp, mostly likely belonging to the Tamaroa or Cahoika Tribes. Nearby natural creeks and ponds made the land good for hunting and agriculture.…

Once Called Belleville Prairie…

Once Called Belleville Prairie…

Did you know that Old Oak Estate Farm was situated in an area that was once called Belleville Prairie? It was southwest of Belleville and northeast of Millstadt, west of Roachtown, and northwest of Smithton (formally Georgetown). George Briesacher bought the farmland from John Teeter in 1854.…

Subject to Four Governments…

Subject to Four Governments…

The land that now makes Old Oak Estate Farm has been historically a subject to four government: Illiniwek Confederation (1500s to 1673), France (1673 to 1763), Great Britain (1763 to 1783), and the United States (1783 to Present).…

Union Hill Cemetery…

Union Hill Cemetery…

Union Hill Cemetery, located between Belleville and Millstadt off of Hwy 158, interns many founding members of Millstadt, Belleville Prairie, and Roachtown.  It's the oldest cemetery in the area.  The ancestors of Old Oak Estate Farm (iesacher, Vollmer/Fullmer, Hatfields..)  are interned there as well as the ancestors of the famous mid-century billionaire, ard Hughese…

Vetted Odonata Records…

Vetted Odonata Records…

Great news! Old Oak Estate Farm now has three (3) vetted records with Dragonfly Society of the Americas' OdonataCentral website. Odonata is the species name for dragonflies and damselflies. Learning about these fantastic fliers has been a wonderful education.…


Offwiller, Alsace, France


Offwiller, pronounced (Off-vee-ler) in french and (Off-vi-ler) in german, is located in the Alsace (Al-sayce) region of France.  Alsase is located in the southeastern part of France along the border of Deustchland (Germany).  Offwiller is situated on the south piedmont of the Offwiller National Forest.  The land can be classified somewhere between high hills to low mountains.  The scenery is outstanding! Most of the buildings in Offwiller are made from local stone (Sandstone).  It is of good quality. The sandstone has been requested and shipped to Hagenau, France to build their church.

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Les Amis du Musée d'Offwiller


Les Amis du Musée d'OffwillerLes Amis du Musée d'Offwiller means "Friends of the Offwiller Museum" in the romantic language of French.  However, Les Amis du Musée d'Offwiller finds itself in the midst of an once bi-lingual history of both French and German. The museum, Maison du village d'Offwiller (Offwiller Village House), is located at 42 Rue de la Liberation in the heart of Offwiller in southeast France.

 

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History of the Family



The ancestry of the residents of Old Oak Estate Farm primarly attains itself from the northeast region of France, called Alsace, beginning at the small quiet village of Offwiller.  There, a family with the surname of Breysach resided.  The Briesacher (Breysach) Lineage is the main genealogy line for it was this line that kept the farm (Old Oak Estate Farm) in the family for over a century and a half. 


 

After the Briesachers immgrated to America, they married with the families of the Vollmer, Fischer, Oldendorf, Hatfield, and others.  The Vollmer/Fullmer Lineage was the most active with the Briesacher Lineage.  On two separate occasions a Briesacher married a Vollmer and in the same direct line (grandfather & grandson). 

Vollmers Lineage, as currently known, had its beginning in Germany when Peter Fullmer married Eve (surname unknown) before they immgrated to American.  The Vollmer surname, it is believed, was originally Fullmer, thus a few of the descendants preferred the used of Fullmer surname and not that of Vollmer.

The last Briesacher/Vollmer marriage was when Clarence Briesacher married Virginia Vollmer on the 20th day of November 1940, which happened to be Virginia's parents 25th wedding anniversary.  Her father was William Vollmer and her mother was Mamie Moyle of the Moyle Lineage.  Thus there were two cakes that day.   Clarence and Virginia had two daughters, Patricia Ann and Kay Marie, to which end that line of the Briesacher surname.

Patricia Briesacher married Robert Hayes, from the Irish Hayes Lineage, on 27 July 1963 at Scott AFB in Illinois. Robert was a descendant from Paul and Mary (Downey) Hayes from County Limerick in Ireland, who married in the early 1800s. Their son Thomas and his new bride, Margaret (Frawley) left for America a few days after they were married on 12 April 1861. They settled in Black Hawk County, Iowa and there raised a family and had many descendants. Robert and Patricia (Briesacher) had two chldren, Michael and Christina. Christina later married Richard Schmidt of Hamel, Illinois in 1991.

On 10 October 2003, Michael Hayes, son of Robert and Patricia, married Gisela Borawski of the Borawski Lineage in Belleville, Illinois. From this union they had a daughter, born in 2005. Michael, also had two daughters from a previous marriage, born in 1991 and 1992. 

*This genealogy database has been a labor of love for Mrs. Gisela Borawski-Hayes, the farm's current resident, and incorporates the work of many hours of research, hunting, mailing & emailing, and expending funds for information.  However, she could have not done it alone if is was not for the help and generosity of distant cousins and family members from France, Poland, England, and within this great United States.   Old Oak Estate Farm Genealogy Database is a quality database in which is an complete record, to date, on the anestors of the residents of Old Oak Estate Farm.

 

Hayes Lineage

 


Old Oak Estate Farm's ancestral Hayes lineage starts in the beautiful Limerick County in Ireland at the beginning of the 19th Century.  County Limerick is located on the western south side of Ireland in the province of Munster. The county has a long history and it's highlights can be read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Limerick.  

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