We are researching the same line!Your Joseph was the son of Matthias HERTEL, b. 27 Feb. 1802 in Germany.Matthias emigrated to America abt 1847 with his sons and married Mary E. LEE, b. abt. 1824 in TN.Mary's parents came from KY and died in Springfield.I have been trying to find them, but no luck yet.I am researching their son, George HERTEL who married Lizzie TEAL.Below is the census info from 1860: Cheryl
1860 CENSUS: - HERTEL Town of Elkhart, IL - Sangamon County, census enumeration 1860: HERTEL, MATTHIAS Matthias was 50, M, shoe & boot maker, b. in Germany HERTEL, Mary, 33, F, b. KY(Other census and children's parent info shows TN) Hertel, GEORGE, 11, M, b. IL Hertel, Mary, 9, F, b. IL Hertel, Jos., 6, M, b. IL(This would be abt. 1854) Hertel, Thos., 6, M, b. IL Hertel, Sarah, 1, F, b. IL LEE, CORDELIA, 25, F, b. KY (Mary LEE was George's mother) Boggs, Jos., 28, M, shoemaker employee, b. Penn.