Hi Larry~ I'm interested in any info you have on Gus & Gussie Shoger who lived in Oswego,IL. I'm told Gus sold farming implements.He & wife Gussie took in/adopted? some children. One of those kids was the daughter of my G-G-Grandparents, John VonReeden & Eliz.Kath.Thalman, who were supposedly from Cincinnati,OHIO.
Apparently they married (where/when?), or so the family thinks. Elizabeth was quite young. Shortly after they wed(?) Eliz. had a son, John VonReeden (jr.),supposedly born in OH. Then, on 14 Feb.1880,Eliz. gave birth to a daughter, Caroline(Carrie)VonReeden.This birth was supposed to have taken place in Chicago. Shortly after that, John (the dad) disappeared from the scene...jail? military?another woman? death? alien abduction?
So, Elizabeth has 2 young kids & no hubby? At this point she leaves daughter, Carrie, with the Shoger family, who take Carrie in, changes her last name to "Reeden", & she lives with them 'til she marries. (There are other kids there too,who the Shogers apparently adopted, because their last names were changed to "Shoger".)
How did Eliz.Kath.Thalman VonReeden know the Shogers?? (Eliz. sometimes went by Elise or Alice)
Elizabeth took son John, & they moved to Atlanta,GA. They moved back & forth between Atlanta & Birmingham,AL. She lived with son,John, even after he married. Elizabeth died in Atlanta & is buried there.
I've never been able to locate ANY info on the Ohio VonReeden/Thalman story (families,birth dates/places,etc.) I'm told they were German from the Alsace-Lorraine area. (My mom remembers her granddad swearing in German at Hitler on the radio.) But for some reason, the VonReedens seemed to be very closed about their history.
If you have ANY info to share about the Oswego Shogers,I would LOVE to hear it.
Thank you for your time! Warm Regards, Patti Lucas