Michael Vossler (-4G)
*The asterisk marks direct-line ancestors. The (-3G), etc., after the names represents the number of generations before Erven Thoma and his siblings.
His father, Jacob (-5G), probably died in Prussia before May 1854 because he did not immigrate with his wife and three sons on 01 May 1854, nor with his son Chritoph's family in 1855. The father was evidently still alive in 1852 because he attended the wedding of his son Christoph (03 Sep. 1852).
He is on the passenger list of the ship Manchester that sailed from Havre, France to New Orleans arriving there on 01 May 1854. With him were his mother (64 years old), his brother Frederick (34 years old), Frederick's wife Wilhemina (Minah) (27 years old), and Jacob Vossler (28 years old) who is another brother. Michael is 24.
His brother Christoph Vossler (-4G) and Christoph's wife and daughter immigrated in 1855.
Son Edward Michael Vossler (-3G) was born ca. 1857 in St. Louis. Both Michael and his son Edward were cabinetmakers.
His brother Jacob Vossler (-4G) died in Oct? of 1859 in St. Louis. His mother Theresia Hecker (-5G) died on 09 March 1861 in St. Louis.
St. Louis City Dir. in 1861-63 has no Vossler households.
The final settlement of his father's estate yielded Michael and his two brothers $218.93 each in Dec. 1862. Michael had borrowed a sum from the estate (which amounted to $148.20) which was subtracted from his share of the estate.
There is a Michael Vossler who served in the Union Army, in particular as a private in Company B of the 2nd Missouri Light Artillery.
Son August L.Vossler (-3G) was born ca. 1864 in St. Louis.
St. Louis Dir. of 1864 lists only one Vossler, Christopher. The 1865 Dir. has no listing.
The final settlement of his mother's estate yielded Michael (on 23 June 1865) and his two brothers (Christoph and Frederick) $51.18 each, through the probate court in St. Louis.
The St. Louis City Circuit Court has Naturalization Records for Michael Vossler (Naturalization Cards, vol. A, p. 378) which are dated 02 Apr. 1866. Country of origina (Prussia) is given but no witnesses or address.
In the 1866 St. Louis Directory he is a cabinet maker at George Frank at the noth side of Warren, between 18th and 19th. Michael is not listed in 1867; only Christoph and Frederick are listed. In 1868 he is a carpenter at A. D. Seaman & Co. and is living at 1016 Brooklyn. In the 1869 Directory Michael is a cabinet maker for Vossler & Spiess at 810 W. Brooklyn and is living at 1016 W. Brooklyn. In the Directories of 1870 and 71 he is a cabinet maker living at 1016 Brooklyn. There is no Vossler listing in the 1872 Directory. The 1873 and 74 Directories list Michael Vossler as still living at 1016 Brooklyn. He is also listed in the 1875 and 1877 Directories at 1016 B'way [sic! Brooklyn?].
The 1880 Fed. Census for St. Louis, Missouri, First Enumeration (T9_723, FHL film 1254723, supv. dist. 1, enum. dist. 124, Ancestry.Com image 0483, hand-entered p. 35, printed p. 451C, lines 8-10, dwelling 194, family 330) shows Maria (40 years old) and Michael's two sons: Edward (23 years old) and August (16 years old). They are living at 1423 Salisbury St. in St. Louis. Mary is divorced and has no occupation. She was born in Prussia as were her parents. Edward is a cabinet maker. August's occupation is crossed out but was listed as stenographer. Both sons are single and were born in Missouri, their parents in Prussia.
His widow (Mary) applied (application #463051, certificate #319350) for the Union Army pension on 07 Aug. 1890. On this application Michael's service unit was given as Company B, 5th Battalion, Missouri Infantry.
The Directory of 1886 shows Mary, widow of Michael, living at 2019 Salisbury.
Created 08 June 2002. Updated 25 Apr. 2008.