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Metzler Lineage

The beginning of the Metzler Lineage began in Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany with Louis Metzler and his wife Margaret (Rauch) Metzler of Centreville, now Milstadt, IL. 

The following is complied by Matilda M. Metzler in February 1948, the youngest daughter of Louis and Margaret Metzler and given to Warren Briesacher:


  "Complied by their youngest daughter, Matilda M. Metzler – February 1948. Louis Metzler was born in Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany, March 25, A.D. 1821. His parents where Mr. and Mrs. Christian Metzler nee Dorothea Hoereth.  To this union four children were born, namely; Louis, Dorothea, Lizzie, and John Metzler.   Louis received his education in Germany and when he was sixteen years of age he graduated from high school satisfactory to his teacher whose name was Phillip Brenner.  He took a great interest in this school boy his pupil because of his scholarly attainments and qualities. He tried to persuade him to become a Minister but young Louis had other ideas in view of distant expectations with regard to the future.


He had received reports of the great Country of America through his uncle and so decided that he would prefer the United States to his native land.  He communicated by letter with his uncle Louis Hoereth who already had preceded him to America quite some time ago and was located on a farm on High Prairie near then the little Hamlet of Georgetown and later its name was changed to Smithton.  His uncle informed him of all the better adventures he experienced in this his newly acquired country of freedom and liberty and of how the people of America showed their hospitality and kindness to them.

This was encouraging news to young Metzler and he immediately submitted a proposition to his parents and the rest of the family his brother John, his sister Dorothea and his sister Lizzie who passed away before his plans materialized.  His plans were in regard to his desire of sailing to this new Country knowing that he was of military training age and would have to become a soldier and his eagerness to sail became more forceful.  So, in A.D. 1837 the family set sail and were on the deep blue sea for ninety days until their distant voyage ended.

They landed safely in America and traveled by wagon with an ox team to located their uncle Louis Hoereth.  Arriving at his place after several days of travel they were thankful and happy knowing the worst was over.

Mr. Louis Hoereth had selected a farm consisting of 140 acres for the Metzler family, four miles south of Centerville and two miles north of Floraville, both small hamlets and Centerville was later named Millstadt.

The Metzler farm contained considerable timber which they considered fortunate because they wanted to build themselves a new house.  Help was scarce and so young Louis got busy and felled every tree necessary to construct the home they were to occupy, sawed each log the right length and took off the bark, hewed each log with an ax, made ready to build up the house.  To this day the old log rooms with the cellar under both rooms which the family dug and removed the earth were a spade to excavate the solid substance for the cellar.


The masonry which is of sandstone was performed by a mason.  As the years rolled around they added three more room and an up-stairs which were constructed of brick.  In the meantime the Metzlers and the Hoereth family visited back and forth quite frequently when finally the Metzlers met and made the acquaintance of a family by the name of Rauch , and they learned that this family like the Metzlers also came from Hesse Darmstadt. Naturally it is needless to say that the two families had a great deal to tell and talk about in common of their experiments and their discoveries and which gave them ideas and knowledge.

Now, Eva Rauch, the oldest daughter of the Rauch family like her brother Jake found work in St. Louis.  She worked for some time and later married the man of her choice by the name of Valenting Siegel.  They established a furniture store and undertakers business in Waterloo, Illinois.  They reared a family of four children, three sons and one daughter.

Eva Rauch Siegel was an invalid for a number of months due to an accident she experienced as she came home to her family form a visit to friends in St. Louis, Mo.  She came home in a coach carriage in which passengers were conveyed across the Mississippi River on a ferry-boat to the Illinois side.  While on the water the horses became frightened, made a sudden leap, vaulted over the rail of the ferry-boat into the river.  Fortunately all of the passengers were rescued from the perilous danger.  So from that time on Eva Rauch Siegel became ill from terrible shock and scare which left her disabled form which she never recovered.  She died about a year later leaving her bereaved family.

Now the youngest daughter, Margaret and baby of the Rauch family lived at home with her parents until she was married.  She and her brother George were young girl and boy together on the old Rauch home-stead, just real pals, had so much in common because of being together longer than with the rest of the brothers and sisters.  Margaret Rauch was quite a horse woman in her young days, was not afraid to ride any horse.  She and her brother George rode-back visiting relatives and friends which was chiefly their custom in general of traveling in those days.

Eventually Margaret Rauch met her young suitor who wooed her and won her.  He married her on November 21, 1850, and changed her name from Rauch to Metzler, as her young sweethearts name was Louis Metzler.

In the course of time when her brother George left for the great West, thus parting brother and sister, each gravely felt lonely for each others company.  However as the years rolled by, children came to brighten the life of Margaret and Louis Metzler.  The children kept her busy each day of the year because in the old days there were no modern conveniences as we have today.

She and her husband reared seven sons and daughters, all to man-hood and woman-hood.  The names of all the children in rotation are as follows:  Louis, Henry, George, William, Theodore, Alfred and John the daughters were Amelia, Louisa, Sophia, Margaret, Dorothy, Marie and Matilda.

Now there are only three sons and three daughters left out of the large family of children, namely, Theodore, 82 years of age; Alfred, 73 years of age; John 69 years of age; and Matilda, 66 years of age.

Margaret Rauch Metzler with husband settled on a farm four miles west of Smithton, Illinois.  The old home-stead where 7 sons and 7 daughters were born is still there and in a fine state of preservation.  Also the poster, rope bed in which all fourteen children were born was handed down to Margaret Rauch Metzler’s grand-daughter, Clara Heineke as an heir-loom and which is well preserved."



*******A note to Clara Heineke, her descendants, and/or the owner of the above poster bed******

We would love to have a picture of the bed to put on the website if it still exists.  Please contact us.

This story is copyrighted and may not be used on other websites or publications without the express written consent of the Briesacher-Hayes Farm. Copyrighted September 2007.