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All the information on this page is from a chart sent via email by the very helpful and generous  Mary Utschig Read. She labeled it, "Information gathered from several people who are related to these families: Alice Erdmann, Raymond and DeAnn Meysing, David Jann, CA, David M. Jann, Marion Melsheimer Czachor, John H. Traut, and personal research. I hope I have not left anyone out--everyone has been very helpful and happy to share with one another. This chart has been put together by Mary Utschig Read. It is not complete, but the best that could be done with the information had by January 2007. Any corrections and/or additions are welcomed and hoped for so that the family's histories can become more complete and accurate. THANK YOU again for everyone's help in gathering the information so far collected."

Additional information taken with permission from the website Voell.com, which has genealogical information galore, wonderful photographs including shots of Paul, Emma and Leona Voell, and current news about the extended Voell family.

Emma/Anna Merten Voell

born c. 1863 in Wisconsin




 Catherine Merten Bornhofen

 Margaret Merten Eck

 Theresa Utschig Gesellchen

 Maria Utschig Jann

 Veronica Juliana Bittner

 Anna Gertrude Utschig Jann

 Anthony Utschig

 Gertrude Utschig



Paul Voell








Members of this family

may be in a crowd

which includes

several of Uschig & Merten sisters in 1929.

To go to the labeled photo, click here:

Bornhofen's 50th


 Joseph Merten)


Gertrude Schmitz

(she remarried to August Utschig)

spouse's parents:

maternal grandparents:


step-paternal grandparents:

Franz Joseph Utchig & Katharine

(of Einseidl)


maternal aunts & uncles:


step-paternal aunts & uncles:

1822-Henrietta (Saitz); 1823?-Maria (Urban); 1824-Johann Norbert; 1826- Juliana Rosina; 1830-Albert Utschig & Anna Klapperich; 1833-Anna (died 1833); 1834-Anna Carolina ; 1837-Karl D.G.; 1840-Karl der grosse; 1843-Alfred Tobias


Going backward in time:

1983: Social Security Death index & Washington Death index combined

Leona Voell born 7-15-1892 died 12-7-1983 in Spokane City, Washington


5-28-1977 letter from Leona T. Voell (taken from the Voell Family Reunion booklet written by Donna Voell Bieser and John Fleischman, as posted on Voell.com, with permission): A Mrs. Bittner told us a bit of family history. She said the large altar in the center of the cemetery (at Mt. Calvary) was made possible by the sale of chances on pieced quilts made by the wife of Grandmother Eva's brother a number of years ago. Now she and her husband sleep nearby, if it is still there. My father said that the greatest pleasure of his declining years was the contribution that he and I (Leona) gave to the building of our new church, St. Augustines, on Spokane's South Hill." (Note: Mrs. Bittner is likely Emma Voell's sister, Julia.)


1930 census, Spokane County, Spokane City, Washington

Paul Voell, age 64, married at 24, born in Wisconsin of German parents, building contractor

Wife Emma, age 67, married at 29, born in Wisconsin of German parents

Daughter Leona T., age 37, single, born in Montana, principal of public school.


1920 census, Spokane

Paul Voell, age 55, same info as 1930, contractor--building

Wife Emma, 57

Daughter Leona T., age 28, born MT, teacher--grade school


Can't find them in the 1910 or 1900 census, however the Butte Montana directory of 1902 has Paul Voell, carpenter, 810 Dakota


1880 census, Fond Du Lac County, Marshfield, Wisconsin

Paul Voell (father of Emma's Paul), age 67, farmer, born in Prussia of parents born in Prussia

Wife Eva, age 52, born in Prussia of parents born in Prussia

Son Peter, age 29, farmer, born in WI (as are all the kids)

Daughter Mary, age 23

Daughter Katherine, age 18

Son Paul, age 14

Son Henry, age 11

Son Nicholas, age 8


I have never found Emma Merten/Utschig in the 1870 or 1880 census, much as I can't find her sister Catherine. Catherine & Margaret are listed in the 1860 census (see their pages) but then I lose them.


Wisconsin Marriages 5-22-1849 Fond Du Lac County: Paul Voell


Connection: Her niece, Gert Bornhofen Pfleger, was sister-in-law to Irene Pfleger Wachdorf