ABIGAIL JANE “ABBIE” (CONVERSE) VOGT

B. July 21, 1879 in Volo, Lake County, IL
D. October 6, 1956 in Pistakee, McHenry County, IL
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  • Father: Cyrus R. Converse born June 1851 in Fremont Center, Lake County, IL son of Jason S. Converse (1821-1901) and Jane L. (Lamphere) Converse (1830-1913) (See section pertaining to Jason S. Converse buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Jane L. (Lamphere) Converse buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); married Belle C. Parks on September 26, 1878 in Lake County, IL; Cyrus died July 13, 1922 in Deuel County, SD; buried in Grandview Cemetery, Gary, Deuel County, SD
  • Mother: Belle C. (Parks) Converse born about 1862 in Illinois; Belle died January 21, 1938 in Yankton County, SD
  • Husband: Joseph August Vogt born June 2, 1877 in Germany son of Joseph Vogt (1845-1910) and Johanna (Scholz) Vogt (1849-1919); married April 5, 1901 in Lake County, IL; Joseph died October 27, 1958 in Lake Villa, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Joseph August Vogt buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Ethel C. (Vogt) Benwell born September 15, 1901 in Illinois; married Clifford George Benwell (1892-1953) about 1920 as his second wife, son of George C. Benwell (1857-1939) and Adell M. (Claxton) Benwell (1864-1920); Clifford married (1) Jennie V. Potter (1894-1918) daughter of Charles Potter and Mary (Barrus) Potter; Ethel’s last residence in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; Ethel died December 1986
    2. Edward Charles “Chub” Vogt born September 16, 1903 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; Edward died June 30, 1978 in Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Edward Charles “Chub” Vogt buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    3. Bernard W. Vogt born July 10, 1906 in Fremont Center, Lake County, IL; married Mary E. Beckey (1907-1983), daughter of William James Beckey (1877-1943) and Eda Belle (Snyder) Beckey (1885-1942); Bernard died June 9, 1977 in Kenosha, Kenosha County, WI; Bernard and Mary are buried in Warren Cemetery, Gurnee, Lake County, IL; according to the Daily Sentinel (Woodstock IL) Monday, June 13, 1977, page 8:

“BERNARD W. VOGT – ANTIOCH – Bernard W. Vogt, 70, Camp Lake, Wis., died Thursday, June 9, in Kenosha Memorial Hospital, Kenosha, Wis.  He was born July 10, 1906, in Fremont Center, and moved to Camp Lake four years ago.  He farmed in the Round Lake area for many years.  Survivors are his widow, Mary; a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Joe) Weidman, Salem, Wis.; a granddaughter, Keri; a brother, Edward Vogt, Island Lake; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Benwell, Round Lake.  Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Strang funeral home, Antioch, with burial in Warren cemetery.”

  1. Mary Vogt born January 11, 1909 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; Mary died March 15, 1939 in Grant Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Mary Vogt buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  2. Frank Vogt born August 4, 1911 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; married Mary Reba McKenzie on May 22, 1940, daughter of Hugh Hamilton McKenzie (1878-1945) and Mary Rebecca (Matthews) McKenzie (1881-1970); Frank died May 18, 1960 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Frank Vogt buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  3. George Vogt born about 1914 in Illinois
  4. Frederick Nelson Vogt born January 23, 1917 in Illinois; Frederick died February 9, 1917 in Fremont Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Frederick Nelson Vogt buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Siblings:
    • Harry Converse born November 1881 in Illinois; Harry died 1905; buried in Gary, Deuel County, SD
    • John B. Converse born about 1886 in South Dakota
    • Cynthia A. Converse born about 1887 in South Dakota; married William James Battensby (1858-unknown) on August 15, 1908 in Deuel County, SD; in 1900 William Battensby lived with William Robert and Nancy Paddock in Wauconda Township, Lake County, IL as a laborer; in 1930 and 1940 Cynthia and several daughters lived in a home for the feeble minded in Redfield, Spink County, SD; Cynthia died April 2, 1959 in Spink County, SD.
    • Fred Converse born June 27, 1887 in South Dakota; died April 1955; According to the Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls SD) Wednesday, April 27, 1955, page 5:

“Gary, S.D. – Converse, Fred, 67.  Funeral services to be held at Ft. Snelling, Minn., Thursday.  Died in North Dakota.  Born at Gary, June 27, 1887.  Resident of Gary community most of his life.  Single.  Veteran of World War I.  Survivors are four sisters and three brothers.”

    • Alma L. (Converse) Stangeland born September 3, 1889; married Robert Martin Stangeland (1875-1961) on January 14, 1908 in Codington County, SD; Alma died August 18, 1972; Alma and Robert are buried in Grandview Cemetery, Gary, Deuel County, SD
    • Cora Ann Converse born July 12, 1895 in Fremont Center, Lake County, IL; Cora died February 14, 1974 in Clear Lake, Deuel County, SD; buried in Grandview Cemetery, Gary, Deuel County, SD; According to the Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls SD) Monday, July 27, 1908, page 6:

“A VERY UNUSUAL CASE AT CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake, July 27. – (Special to the Argus-Leader.) – An unusual case was that of Cora Converse, aged 15, who as the result of a hearing in the probate court in this city has been committed to the state home for the feeble-minded at Redfield.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Converse, well known residents of Gary.  There are ugly rumors afloat to concerning the girl and a certain man who resides in this (Deuel) county, and it was expected an arrest would be made.  It was announced that a warrant would be sworn out for his arrest, but this plan seems to have been changed as no arrest has yet been made and it now is likely that nothing further will be done.”

    • Delbert Austin Converse born December 21, 1896 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL; Delbert died January 23, 1967
    • James Converse born in 1900 in South Dakota; James died December 5, 1907 in Gary, Deuel County, SD; buried in Grandview Cemetery, Gary, Deuel County, SD
    • Clarence Lansing Converse born May 19, 1902 in South Dakota; married Florence Isabell Hoy (1912-2004) on May 8, 1929 in Codington County, SD daughter of Peter Hoy (1877-1951) and Lena K. (Kettleson) Hoy (1892-1960); Florence married (2) unknown Buege; in 1950 Clarence and Florence lived in Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA; Clarence died December 4, 1963 in Stearns County, MN; Clarence and Florence are buried in Foster Cemetery, Bayview, Mille Lacs County, MN

Additional Information:

According to the 1880 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were: Cyrus Converse, age 29, married, occupation: farmer, born in Illinois, father born in Vermont, mother born in New York; Bell P. Converse, age 19, wife, married, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; Abigail Converse, age 10/12, daughter, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1905 South Dakota, State Census:
Cyrus Converse, age 54, born 1851 in Illinois, parents born in Vermont; Belle Converse, age 44, born 1861 in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; Abbie Converse, age 26, born 1879 in Illinois; Harry Converse, age 23, born 1882 in Illinois; John Converse, age 21, born 1884 in South Dakota; Cynthia Converse, age 18, born 1887 in South Dakota; Fred Converse, age 17, born 1888 in South Dakota; Alma Converse, age 15, born 1890 in South Dakota; Cora Converse, age 10, born 1895 in Illinois; Delbert Converse, age 9, born 1896 in Illinois; Clarence Converse, age 3, born in 1902 in South Dakota; Almer Converse, age 2, born 1903 in South Dakota.

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Fremont Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Joseph Vogt, head, age 32, married once for 9 years, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated 1884, occupation: farmer – general farm; Abigaio (sic Abigail), wife, age 30, married once for 9 years, 4 children born, 4 children living, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois; Ethel Vogt, daughter, age 8, single, born in Illinois; Edward Vogt, son, age 6, single, born in Illinois, Bernard Vogt, son, age 4, single, born in Illinois; Mary Vogt, daughter, age 1, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Fremont Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Joseph Vogt, head, age 42, married, immigrate 1888, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, occupation: farmer – general farm; Abbie Vogt, wife, age 40, married, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; Ethel Vogt, daughter, age 18, single, born in Illinois; Edward Vogt, son, age 16, single, born in Illinois; Bernard Vogt, son, age 13, single, born in Illinois; Mary Vogt, daughter, age 11, single, born in Illinois; Frank Vogt, son, age 8, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Grant Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Joseph Vogt, head, age 52, married first at age 24, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated in 1885; occupation: farmer – general farming; Abigail Vogt, wife, age 50, married first at age 22, born in Illinois, parent born in Illinois; Edward Vogt, son, age 26, single, born in Illinois, occupation: laborer – farm; Bernard Vogt, son, age 24, single, born in Illinois, occupation: laborer – farm; Mary Vogt, daughter, age 21, single, born in Illinois; Frank Vogt, son, age 18, single, born in Illinois; George Vogt, son, age 16, single, born in Illinois.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Grant Township, Lake County, IL on  Russell Road the household members were: Joseph Vogt, heat, age 62, married, highest grade complete – 0, born in Germany, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: farmer –  farm; Annie (sic Abbie) wife, age 60, married, highest grade completed – 5, 5 children born, 5 children living, born in Illinois, lived in same house 1935, Edward Vogt, son, age 37, single, highest grade completed – 7, born in Illinois, lived in same in house in 1935, occupation: laborer – farm; Bernard Vogt, son, age 34, single, highest grade completed – 8, born in Illinois, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: laborer – farm; Frank Vogt, son, age 29, married, highest grade completed – C1, born in Illinois, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: Proprietor – tavern; Mary Vogt, daughter in law, age 25, married, highest grade completed – H4, born in Ohio, lived in same place in 1935

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, October 11, 1956, page 1:

“Rites Conducted Tuesday For Mrs. Joseph Vogt – Friends were sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Joseph Vogt, 77, at the Villa Rest home on Saturday, Oct. 6.  She was a native of Volo and had lived in Round Lake in recent years.  Her husband, one daughter and three sons survive.”

According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Name: Vogt, Abigail Jane; Birth Date: 21 Jul 1879; Birth Place: Volo; Death Date: 06 Oct 1956; Date Place: McHenry Co.; Cause of Death: Myocarditis; Married; Burial Place: Fort Hill; Next of Kin: Cyrus Converse-Father; Bellvie Parks-Mother”