Alexander County

Biography - William Alba

WILLIAM ALBA, deceased, was a son of Daniel Alba (barber), who was born in Grosenbuseck, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, on the 28th day of February, 1807. He grew to manhood in Germany, and married a woman whose name cannot now be known, by whom he had five children; William, late of Cairo, is the only one ever represented in the United States. She died in the old country, and Mr. Alba was again married in Germany to Miss Margretta Doring, who is still living with her daughter in Cairo, Ill. This marriage was blessed with twelve children, of whom four are now living, viz.: Conrad Alba, barber at Cairo; Henrietta Klee, of Cairo; Catherine, wife of Edward Leffern, of St. Louis, and Maria, wife of Albert Niemuth, of St. Louis. Daniel Alba died in St. Louis on the 7th day of September, 1857. William Alba was born in Grosenbuseck, Hesse-Darmstadt, on June 13, 1837, and emigrated to the United States with his father's family, and settled in St. Louis in 1857. He there married, on the 25th of February, 1872, to Miss Minnie Lohmeier. She was born at Minden, Westphalia, Prussia, on the 15th day of May, 1835, and came to the United States in 1857, with a sister, Caroline, wife of Fred Dunker, of South Carondelet, Mo. She is a daughter of Christopher Lohmeier, and the mother's name is unknown, both parents having died when she was a small child, leaving a family of eight children, five of whom came to the United States — Frederica (deceased), Lizzie, Louisa, Caroline and Mrs. Alba. Mr. Alba raised a family of five children, viz.: Bertha, born in Cairo July 12, 1863; Matilda, born May 12, 1865; Itta, born August 1, 1867; Benito, born October 20, 1869; Minnie, born July 7, 1874, and died September 17, 1878. Mr. Alba died in Cairo on the 9th of November, 1882. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, I. O. O. F., Knights of the Golden Rule, and of the Fire Department. He was buried with the honors of these several societies.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 3.

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