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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.…


Mueller Lineage


The Frederich and Amelia Mueller (pronounced Mee-ler) family settled on a farm in Columbia, Monroe County, IL. As of  2007 the farm is still there. It is located off Hwy 158 on the left hand side just Southesast of the Farmers Inn building at Hwy 158 and Farms Rd.

The daughter of Frederich and Amelia Metzler Mueller, Aurelia Mueller, married Jacob T. Briesacher, who was the son of George Briesacher, Jr., who was the grandson of Johannes Briesacher.

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Rauch Lineage


The Rauch line came from Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany. They settled on a farm south of Centreville, St. Clair County , IL in the early 1800.   Maraget Rauch married a Lewis Metzler and their daughter Amelia Metzler married Fredrich Mueller  and their daughter Aurelia Mueller married Jacob T. Briesacher.

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Vollmer/Fullmer Lineage


Peter Vollmer (native was Fullmer), an immigrant from Germany, had a son named Wilhem, and Wilhem, had a son named William, who had a daughter named Virginia Mary Vollmer who married Clarence Briesacher in 1941.  Virginia and Clarence lived on the Brieacher Farm (as it was known before Old Oak Estate Farm).

Read more: Vollmer/Fullmer Lineage

Briesacher (Breysach) Lineage

 


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.  

Born into the family was a son named Johann Breysach, who was born 27th day of September in 1717 and according to records was christened the same day (6th Prairial in the 11th year of the Republic).


 

Johann Breysach grew into the occupation of "schneider" (tailor) and he was of Lutheran faith.  He found Catharina Fischbach to be his wife (after the passing of his first wife) and they resided in Offwiller, Alsace, France.  Catharina Fischbach was born on 10th day of January in 1742 in Menchhoffen, Alsace, France and was baptized on the 13th day of the same month and year.  Her parents are currently unknown.  She died the 14th day of June 1799 (26 Prairial in the 7th year of the Republic) in Offwiller.  However, she and Johann had a son whom they named Johann Briesacher.

Johann (Johannes) Briesacher was born on 5th of November 1775, was christened on the 8th of November the same year.  Not much is known about his growing years but on the 2nd of March in 1803 he married Christina Kopp in Offwiller.  Christina Kopp was the daughter of Georg Kopp, who was the son of Johann Kopp (Ackermann in Eckendorf -  a village in Lower Alsace now the the Departement of Bas Rhin, who built another village "Altdorf" and thus became "Alteckendorf").  Christina's father, Georg Kopp, was a worker at Hattmatt (another village in Lower Alsace). Georg married Christina Sohn in Offwiller. Christina Sohn, who was born 10th day of June in 1747 and baptized on the 13th day of the same month and year, was the daughter of Johann Niclaus Sohn, a cooper, and Anna Catharina Zill, both of which were of the Lutheran faith.

Johannes Briesacher and his wife, Christina Kopp, resided  at #7, #8, and #9 on Rue de Minueurs in Offwiller and in those houses were born 7 children, all sons.  Johannes was a tailor (schneider) in Offwiller, like his father, and Christina was a housekeeper, like her mother.  Their sons were, in order: Johann, Johann Georg, Johann Heinrich, Jacob (infant death), Jacob (toddler death), Philip, and Frederich.

In 1828, the family left Offwiller and traveling by ship arrived in New York.  Just two weeks later in a cover wagon, they arrived in St. Clair County, Illinois which itself started as a french fur trading post. By 1832, the sons of Johannes & Christina Briesacher had settled in the following towns in St. Clair County: Centerville, which is currently the charming town of Millstadt; Georgetown, which is currently the town of Smithton; Belleville Praire, which was annexed by the township of Smithton. The later, Belleville Prairie, is where Old Oak Estate Farm is located. One Briesacher son settled in Ashley which is located in Washington County, Illinios.

 


* All of the information above was a kind courtesy of Philip Brachet of Strasbourg, France and Les Amis du Musée d'Offwiller.  Both, freely shared the history, genealogy, and the lifestyle that the Briesachers would have lived while they lived in Offwiller.  Always gratitude to them for sharing.