William Much gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)
B. January 5, 1903 in Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holsteinm, Germany
M. Army Air Forces Veteran (September 24, 1942-August 5, 1944); Private
D. October 8, 1974 (last known residence in Round Lake area, Lake County, IL
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- Wife: Maria Francesca “Mary” (Bayer) (Kokaron) (Mludek) Much born August 24, 1902 in Austria daughter of Valentin Bayer (1858-1909) and Margaretha “Margita” (Schnaderbeck) Bayer (1856-1948); married William Much on October 24, 1948 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Maria died September 15, 1977 in Ferguson, St. Louis County, MO (See section pertaining to Maria Francesca “Mary” (Bayer) (Kokaron) (Mludek) Much buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
According to the Illinois, Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991: United States of America – Declaration of Intention: State of Illinois, County of Cook, In the Superior Court of Cook County.
“I, William Much, age 24 years, occupation carpenter, do declare on oath that my personal description is: Color white; complexion fair, height 5 feet 10 inches, weight 155 pounds, color of hair brown color of eyes brown, other visible distinctive marks none. I was born in Lauenburg, Germany on the 5 day of Jan., anno Domini 1903. I know reside at 3232 N. Seminary Ave., Chicago, Ill. I emigrated to the United States of American from (blank) on the vessel Thuringia; my last foreign residence was Germany; I am not married;… It is my bona fide intention to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to The German Reich of whom I am now a subject; I arrived at the port (blank) in the State of (blank), on or about the 11 day of June, anno Domini 1925; I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therein: So Help Me God. Signed Oct. 13, 1927”
According to the Illinois, Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991: United States of America – Petition for Citizenship:
“To the Honorable the District Court of The United States of Chicago, Illinois. The petition of William Much, hereby filed, respectfully shows: (1) My place of residence is R. #2. Box 41, Lake Villa, Ill. (2) My occupation is Caretaker & Farmer (3) I was born in Lauenburg, Germany on January 5, 1903 My race is German (4) I declared my intention to become a citizen of the United States on October 13, 1927 in the Superior Court of Cook County, at Chicago, Illinois (5) I am not married…I have no children… (6) My last foreign residence was Neu Hammerstein, Germany. I emigrated to the United States of American from Hamburg, Germany. My lawful entry for permanent residence in the United States was at New York, N. Y., under the name of Willi Much on June 11, 1925, on the vessel Thuringia as shown by the certificate of my arrival attached hereto. (7) I am not a disbeliever in or opposed to organized government or a member of or affiliated with any organization or body of persons teaching disbelief in or opposed to organized government. I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy. I am attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States. It is my intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to The German Reich of whom (which) at this time I am a subject (or citizen), and it is my intention to reside permanently in the United States. (8) I am able to speak the English language. (9) I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of five years at least immediately preceding the date of this petition, to wit, since June 11, 1925 and in the County of Cook this State, continuously next preceding the date of this petition, since June 1, 1930, being a residence within said county of at least six months next preceding the date of this petition. (10) I have not heretofore made petition for citizenship. Signed January 25, 1933”
According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Warren Township, Lake County, IL, the household members were: Herman Much, head, age 39, single, highest grade completed: 8, born in Germany, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: gardner – country estate; William Much, brother, age 37, single, highest grade completed: 8, born in Germany, lived in rural Lake Couny, IL in 1935, occupation: carpenter – building construction.
According to the U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
“Name: William Much; Age: 39; Birth Date: 5 Jan 1903; Birth Place: Germany; Residence Place: Wadsworth, Lake, Illinois; Registration Date: 16 Feb 1942; Registration Place: Illinois; Employer: H E Ericsson; Weight: 156; Complexion: Light Brown; Eye Color: Brown; Hair Color: Brown; Height: 5 9; Next of Kin: Paul Wildermuth”