Wolfgang Sebold, 1856

stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org on Tue, 13 Feb 2001


Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge

WOLFGANG SEBOLD, proprietor of a farm of ninety-eight acres in section 1, Mayville Township, was born in Germany, Aug. 17, 1856, son of Wolfgang and Mary (Derigel) Sebold. The father died when the subject this sketch was quite young, and his widow, marrying again, came to the United States with her second husband and her son Wolfgang in 1880, the family living five months in Milwaukee. They then came to Clark County and bought the farm now owned by Wolfgang. Building a log cabin, in which they resided for some ten years, Mr. Buehner, the stepfather of our subject, broke and cultivated the land with oxen, and at the end of the period above mentioned erected the present residence. He died in 1901.

A brother of Wolfgang, named Frank, now resides in Marshfield, Wis. Wolfgang Sebold has always resided on this farm since coming here thirty-seven years ago. He raises the usual crops, including oats, rye and hay, and for the last ten years has done a profitable dairy business, milking sixteen cows. He was a member of the township board from 1901 to 1904 and also served ten years on the sc'hool board.

Mr. Sebold was married Nov. 6, 1890, to Annie Skerbeek, who was born in Austria in October, 187? daughter of Frank and Mary Skerbeck. She came to America with her parents in 1881, her father being a farmer who located at Deer Creek, Taylor County, Wis.; but he and his wife are now residing at Dorchester.

They had twelve children, of whom eight are now living: Antonnette, Joseph, Gustof, Clara, Amanda, Paulina, Frank and Annie. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Sebold are: Mary, now Mrs. Herman Burns [SEE NOTE BELOW], of Winchester, Wis.; Annie and Tilly, residing in Oshkosh, and Joseph, Helen, Amanda, Louis, Edith, Max and Herman, all of whom reside at home. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

This is the biography of my grandfather. I am 86 years old. Our family name was Behrens, pronounced like barrens, but people were always changing it to Burns. I don't know why they did that.

This biography was written when I was three years old. My mother was Mary Sebold, daughter of Wolfgang Sebold and Annie Skerbeck. She is mentioned toward the end of the article as being married to Herman Burns, but his name wasn't Burns it was Behrens. EMAIL from Ruth (Behrens) Spigarelli. (rgreer@uplogon.com )



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