Great-great-great grandfather Karl Gotthelf Jockisch who was a son of Johann Gottlieb Jockisch and Johanna Richter Jockisch, He married great-great-great grandmother Marie Elizabeth Jacob in May, 1815, in the town of Halbendorf, in the German state of Sachsen. Halbendorf is near what are currently borders Germany shares with Poland and with the Czech Republic. Their children were:
  • Karl Christian Gottlieb (b. March 11, 1816, d. bef 1880), married to Margaret
  • August Karl Gottlieb (b. April 8, 1816, d. Dec. 31, 1887), married to Susan Lehman
  • Johanna Christiana (b. Dec. 17, 1818), d. unknown), married to Carl August Krohe
  • Karl Frederick Gottlieb (b. Feb. 22, 1820, d. bef. 1880), married to Mary Ellenora
  • Karl Trangott (b. Jan. 5, 1822, d. unknown), married to Mary Ellen Carls
  • Frederika Ellenora (b. March 19, 1823, d. unknown)
  • Ernst (b. Feb. 6, 1825, d. March 4, 1898), married Margaret Ziegmeier
  • Ellenora Karolina (b. Nov. 16, 1826, d. unknown)
  • Karl William (b. March 1, 1829, d. Oct. 19, 1905),
  • Henry Gottlieb (b. Oct. 25, 1832, d. May 29, 1898), married to Louisa Eckhardt
  • Karl Lebrecht (b. Jan. 2, 1835, d. March 22, 1835)

In 1834 the entire family immigrated to the U.S., probably for reasons similar to those of William Henry Sleeter. Henry Gottlieb Jockisch, their tenth child (their ninth surviving child at the time), was two years old at that time. By the 1830s, according to Tolzmann, over ten thousand Germans were immigrating to the U.S. per year, some of whom were liberal intellectuals known as the Dreissiger (Thirtyers) who wanted to establish the kind of society in the U.S. that seemed impossible to do in Germany.

According to Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Karl Gottfelf Jockisch had been a farmer and distiller in Sachsen. The family may have left not only because German states were moving toward revolution, but also because of agrarian reforms in the context of shifts toward urbanization and socialism in Sachsen during the 1830s. The voyage across the Atlantic to New Orleans took about 8 weeks. At that time, German immigration through New Orleans was growing rapidly. The family then traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, a city that was becoming a major distribution center for German immigrants to the Midwest, according to Tolzmann. The Jockisch family had not been in St. Louis long before their last child was born. He died two and a half months later; wife and mother Marie died three months after that. Karl Gotthelf and the family stayed in St. Louis a short time, then went on to Cass County, Illinois. There, Karl Gotthelf married his second wife, Christina Long; they had two daughters:

  • Louisa (b. March 13, 1837, d. unknown)
  • Marie Paulina (b. Nov. 17, 1842, d. unknown)
Karl Gotthelf Jockisch arrived in Illinois at a time when the U.S. government, having just finished driving out the indigenous peoples, opened up land for sale to Europeans and Euro-Americans. (See Sleeter-Fahrenhorst page for a more detailed discussion.) The book History of Illinois: Cass County reports that Karl Gotthelf Jockisch initially purchased 160 acres of land in what became Arenzville Precinct, then later an additional 320 acres. It appears that when he died, his heirs each inherited 40 acres. Most of the Jockisches stayed in Cass County, mainly in the town of Beardstown, but Henry Gottlieb and his wife Louisa Eckhardt did not; they went to Blue Mound County.


Book of the Uhlers and their Related Families, 1909 with update added in 1943.

Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois. (1892). Chicago: Biographical Review Publishing Co.

Perrin, W. H. (1882). History of Cass County, Illinois. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers.

Tolzamann, D. H. (2000). The German-American Experience. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books.