Theodor J. Vossler (Sr.) (-3G)
The * marks direct-line ancestors. The (-3G), etc., after the names indicates the number of generations before Erven Thoma.
Does his middle initial mean that "Johann" is his middle name, after his brother?
Siblings born before Theodor are: Johanna Sibilla Vossler (-3G; b. 4 Aug. 1853); Cecilia Vossler (-3G; b. 13 May 1857); Theresia F. Vossler (-3G; b. 29 1861 or 1862); Christoph H. Vossler (-3G; b. ca. 1862); John Wm. Vossler (-3G; b. ca. 1864). Theodore's middle name might be Johann (John) (a brother's) or Jacob (his grandfather's).
The 1866 St. Louis City Directory shows the father, a tailor working for Ticknor & Co., and living on 13th St. between Cass Ave. and Mullanphy. The 1867 Directory lists the father, a tailor, living at 1516 N. 13th St. Since Theodore is a small child, we can say that he is living at those addresses too. The 1868 and 1869 St. Louis Directories do not list a Vossler family. Since the father and his family are in the 1870 Fed. Census for St. Clair County, IL, they probably moved there in 1867 or 1868.
He is listed in the 19 Jul. 1870 Illinois Census-St. Clair County, O'Fallon P. O., Township 2, (Series M593, film roll 280, p. 514 [p. 32]) with his parents and siblings. They are living in house #229 where the real estate is valued at $800 and the personal property at $400. The surname is misspeller "Vosseler". The father of Theodore, Christoph, is 45 years old, born in Prussia. His mother, Sibilla, is 44, also born in Prussia. His siblings are: Johanna (17), Cicilia (13), Theresia (10), Christopher (8), John (6), and Sophia (2). Theodore is 4 years old at the time.
The family is not listed in the 1870-1873 St. Louis Directories; presumably they are still in Illinois. When his sister Johanna married Eugene Thake (8 Nov. 1872), she (and presumably, the whole Vossler family) is living in St. Clair County, IL. In the 1874 St. Louis City Directory his father is listed as a tailor, living at 1929 N. 16th St. In the 1875 Directory the family is at 1315 N. Spring St.; the father is still a tailor. Since Theodore is still a child, we can assume that he is living with his father. The 1876 St. Louis City Directory shows the father, a tailor, living at 1303 Exchange St. (in the same block as Eugene Thake's family. Since Theodore is still a child, we can assume that he is also living at that address. There is no listing in the 1877 Directory. The 1878 and 1879 St. Louis City Directories show the father, a tailor, living at 1220 N. 8th St. Since Theodore is a boy at this time, we can assume that he is also living at that address. The 1880 St. Louis City Directory shows the father, a tailor, living at 2119 N. 13th St. I assume Theodore is also living there.
In the 1880 Fed. Census for Missouri (St. Louis, Natl. Archives T9-0732, p. 123A, second enumeration) we see the family, but the surname is misspelled "Vossla". I discovered the listing by using the LDS National Census Index at a Family History Center and searching on the name "Christopher", the first letter of the surname, and Missouri. The father of Theodore, Christopher, is 53 years old, born in Germany. His mother, Sebilla, is also 53, born in Germany. Theodore's siblings, all born in Missouri, are sisters Cecelia (23) and Theresia (21), and brothers Christopher (18) and John (17). Theodore is 15. [Sister Johanna is married, living elsewhere, and sister Sophia died in 1874 at the age of 6.] We can assume that they are living at 2119 N. 13th St. as indicated in the 1880 Directory.
In the 1881 and 1882 St. Louis City Directories, Theodore is listed separately as a lithographer, but living with his parents and siblings at 2119 N. 13th St. In the 1883 and 1884 Directories, he is listed as an engraver, living at 2119 N. 13th St. with his mother and brother John (at least). I have not yet researched the 1885 St. Louis Directory. The 1886 Directory has Theodore Vossler, engraver, living at 4330 N. 19th St. with his brother John. The 1887 Directory has one Theodore Vossler, engineer, res. at 4330 N. 19th St. at the same address as his brother John.
I have not researched the 1888 and 1889 Directory listings. He is listed in the 1890 St. Louis City Directory as an engraver boarding at 2110 College Ave. in St. Louis. In the 1891 and 1892 Directories, Theodore, engraver, is living at 5202 Blair Ave.
Son Lawrence Vossler (-2G) is born ca 1892.
He is not listed in the Directories after 1892, but Frances, his widow, is listed a few times. (She died in Oct. 1904.)
He did not live very long, just ca 27 years. He died on 02 Aug. 1893 in Denver,CO according to records in St. Louis County Library. He was buried 8 Aug. 1893 in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis County, MO in section 011, lot 0462, grave 9002, next to his parents. I have not found his obituary or burial notice indexed in the St. Louis Pub. Lib. Obit. Index for Aug. 1893.
The St. Louis Pub. Lib. Obituary Index lists a Theodore Vossler on 9 Feb. 1910 and gives 10 Feb. as the date of burial or funeral but that is probably the son of the Theodore of this page. The son is also buried in Calvary, in section 021, lot 0261, grave 9001.
In the St. Louis Dir. of 1894 his wife, Francisca Vossler, is identified as the widow of Theodore.
Son George Vossler (-2G) married Olivia Carr ca. 1914 and they adopt a son, Harold. They moved to St. Clair County, IL where George died in Sept. 1977.
Son Lawrence Vossler (-2G) married to a Mary and moved to Detroit, MI. There they had four children, one of whom died in WW2. Lawrence died after 1941 and before 1954.
Created Mon, Apr 24, 2000. Updated 16 May 2007.