Louise Keil Nelding Drees
Photographs by: Pat Drees
Mrs. Louise Keil Nelding was 7 months pregnant with daughter Lillian at the time of the 1871 Peshtigo Fire. Her first husband died sometime after the birth of their second child Emil in 1875. In 1877 she became the second wife of Henry Drees.
Henry Drees and first wife Mary M. were also survivors of the fire along with daughters Jennie and Hattie.
born 1800 in Preussen (Prussia, now Germany)
immigrated between 1852 and 1860
died before 1870 in Peshtigo, Oconto, Wisconsin
+ Catherine - wife of Thomas
born 1807 in Preussen (Prussia, now Germany)
married in Prussia
died after 1870 in Peshtigo, Oconto, Wisc
Note on Catherine Drees - widowed head of household at the time she survived the 1871 Peshtigo Fire.
Children of Thomas and
(all living in
Peshtigo, Wisconsin in 1860)
1. John Drees b. 1833, in Prussia; Married Mary Iickman March 3, 1863 in Oconto County, saloon keeper in Peshtigo in 1870 and both age 38 with no children .
2. Henry Drees b. 1836, in Prussia Married Mary M. Kratz and had 5 children; married Louisa (nee: Keil) Nelding and had 5 children, adopted 2 Nelding children.
3. Joseph T. Drees b. 1838 in Prussia - Laborer married # 1 Elizabeth ? who died in the 1871 Peshtigo Fire with sons John age 5 and Edward age 2; married # 2 Augusta ? born in Germany May 1838 in 1872; seven children all born in Wisconsin were: Edward born April 1872 married LuLu Eliot October 15, 1890 in Marinette County, Edwin married May 20, 1889, Charles born October 1875, Bertha born September 1877, Gusta born September 1879, Ida born September 3,1881 died January 9, 1877 in Los Angeles, California, married Homer Kintrea Flitton
Drees b. 1840,
in Prussia; blacksmith in Peshtigo;
married Mary ? December 1869 but this wife died
before 1880. Children of E. & M. Drees buried in Peshtigo Cemetery
William E. Died June 9. 1879 Aged 7 yrs 3m 25 dys
Odiliah H. Died June 9. 1879 Aged 5 yre 5m 29 ds
Married Rose E. age 19 no children on 1880 census
5. Eugene Joseph Drees b.
1846, in Prussia married
Adolina Martin August 14, 1877 in
; Children Adolf 1881 (married Alvina? 1891 - 1963 and had 5 children
Grover, Marinette County, Wisconsin), Henry 1884 (married Mary; son
Harold Feb 8,
1909 - July 18, 1989 Peshtigo married Ethel England born July 13,
1910), Arthur 1891
6. Emily (Mary) Drees b. 1852 in Prussia..
Mary M. (nee: Kratz)
wife of Henry Drees
Died March 1, 1877
age 31 years
son of H. & M M Drees
Born April 12, 1872
Died April 29, 1872
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