When I began my history research, I did exactly what the experts tell you "not" to do. I started looking for everything I could find about every branch of my family and my husband's as well. When you can only afford "trial" or very short term memberships to websites, you have to pull out what you can as quickly as you can and then hopefully, go back and sort through it all when the dust settles! My husband knew very little about his "Hellmund" branch, so I was eager to discover anything I could. (And thereby, maybe, hopefully, get him interested in my new venture as well!) Amazingly enough, I discovered his great grandfather almost immediately in the 1860 and 1880 census records and things begin to fall into place. Here is what I have learned:
Ernest Hellmund was born in Saxony in 1826. We do not know a great deal about his life before he landed on the United States shore sometime around September, 1860.
When he arrived in his new country, he and his wife, Maria, had two children, Caroline Christine, and August Ernest. For some reason, they chose to settle in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. During the period between 1860 and the year of her death in 1872, Maria gave birth to five more children, Mariah (also known as Mella or Mollie), Joseph, twins Henreich (Henry) and Othilda (Matilda) and Eliza.
On November 20, 1861, Ernest joined the Union Army and according to the Muster and Descriptive Roll of Company C, 45th Illinois Infantry, he was 5 ft 7 3/4 inches tall, had dark hair and blue eyes and was of a fair complexion.
He was discharged from the service on April 4, 1862 due to tuberculosis. He also served in the Union Infantry 12th regiment for a 3 month period of time in 1861.
As I wrote about in my previous post, Ernest and Maria's daughter, Eliza died on August 29, 1872, at the tender age of only 3 months. Maria followed her daughter in death on September 12, 1872. Ernest then lost his son, Joseph Frederick on November 28, 1872 at 9 years of age. It seems that his grief along with possibly his own illness, may have caused Ernest to begin drinking.
Joann Schultz, historian for Jo Daviess County, Illinois, sent me the following information from the Scales Mound, Illinois newspaper: (Note the differing spellings of the last name and also that in one of the articles, Ernest is referred to as "Dr. Ernest Hellmund")
8/21/1874: People vs. George Anschutz on complaint of Ernest Hellmund, assault and battery. Defendant discharged and case dismissed at complaintants cost.
8/23/1877: Married at SM by John Moore at the residence of the bride's father, Dr. Ernest Hellmund, David G. Boyer to Carrie A. Hellmund. Dr. Hellmund was one of the first volunteers of the 75,000 under Lincoln and was wounded in the late rebellion.
8/7/1878: Almost a tragedy in Scales Mound. On Saturday evening last, a shoemaker by the name of Klenke, residing at S M, while under the influence of liquor, fired a revolver at Dr. Heiman, of that village, who was seated on a beer keg in from of Henry Wigley's saloon, directly opposite Klenke's house, in front of which the latter was standing at the time of the firing. The ball fortunately missed Heiman, and breaking a hole in the window, but a few inches from his head, passed through the building and lodged in the back door. Klenke was arrested and brought to Galena, remaining in the custody of Sheriff Barner over Sunday. On Monday morning he was taken back to SM and was examined before Esquire Moore who fined the defendant $10. and costs.
8/7/1878: The Scales Mound Shooting Affair. Mr. Henry Klenke was not the offending party in the SM shooting affray, as inadvertently stated in our report of the affair in yesterday's Gazette. Dr. Helmunt was the man who did the shooting, firing his revolver, while in a state of intoxication, at Mr. Klenke, who was lying on the ground in his front yard on the opposite side of the street. The ball passed through a window and out of the open door in the back part of the house, grazing the casing somewhat in making its exit. Helmunt was arrested and taken before Esquire Adams, who fined him $10. and costs, in default of which he was lodged in the jail at this city. He was released at noon today, and was immediately rearrested on a peace warrant sworn out by Mr. Klenke. The case comes up before Esquire Metzger at 2 o'clock this afternoon, and after hearing the witnesses on both sides, his honor placed the defendant under bonds to the amount of $200, to keep the peace for three months. Mr. Klenke is a quiet, temperate citizen of SM, while the defendant, Helmunt is said to be quarrlesome and reckless under the influence of liquor. The latter had been drinking hard of late, having come into the possession of considerable money through the death of a nearer relative in Germany. He is a well educated, intelligent man, and when sober, is said to be a peacable citizen.
It is interesting to note that the final article describes Ernest as a "well-educated, intelligent man" and also that he had come into a considerable amount of money through the death of a relative in Germany.
Sometime after these incidents, Ernest and all of his children except August, moved to the Miami County, Ohio area. Ernest died on 19 March, 1890 and his will was probated on 22 March, 1890. His will was probated on March 22, 1890 in the Miami County court. His son-in- law, Job Laird, TC Bon, and J.W. Means were the administrators. They posted a bond of two hundred dollars to administer the estate. His survivors were listed as the following: Carrie Boyer, August Hellmund, Moley Shellenbarger, Henry Hellmund, and Tillie Laird. Ernest's personal estate was listed as amounting to $200.00. The Application for Letters of Administration was signed by Henry Hellmund, Mollie Shellenbarger, and Tilda Laird.
Ernest was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, Ohio in the Civil War Veterans section. His daughters, Mariah and Caroline rest nearby.
I'm happy with all that I have found....but I know there is more to discover!