Name: John VONALLMEN
Birth: 10 DEC 1840 in Unterseen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Death: 1 JUN 1913 in near Rover, Oregon Co, Mo.
Burial: Jolliff Cem, Near Rover, Oregon Co, MO
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Change Date: 11 DEC 2015
His birth record in Switzerland says ?Johannes born Dec 10, 1840.?
One source on ancestry has his name as ?John Orville Von Allmen?, but this middle name was not on his birth record and I have never seen it anywhere else.
John is my great-grandfather
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John VonAllmen was Christened Dec 20, 1840. Witnessing his christening was his uncle Christian?s wife, Barbara (Steiner).
Family stories said that he was 16 years old when he joined the army during the Civil War--which would make his birth date in 1844.
The ship's passenger list in Dec 1850 says he was 5.
His tombstone says 1844.
He put on his pension application papers, filled out in 1913, that he was born Dec. 18, 1841, but other military records also show his birthdate as 1842 & 1843, so he seemed unable to remember his birth year.
But his birth record was finally found in Unterseen, Switzerland--Dec 10, 1840.
In 1850 when he was about 9 years old, he emigrated from Switzerland with his parents, settling in Richland County, Illinois. In 1847, previous to their immigration, the family lived through a short religious civil war in Switzerland. Perhaps they emigrated to escape the civil unrest. However, 10 years after moving to America, John & his brother, Jacob, were involved in another civil war.
1860 IL census - Richland Co, Olney twp, p 44:
Jac VanAlman - 51, b Switz, farmer, 1200/300
. . . . Marg't - 54, b Sw
. . . . Jac - 24, b Sw, laborer
. . . . Eliz't - 19, b Sw
. . . . Jno - 18, b Sw
. . . . Susan - 16, b Sw
. . . . Mary - 13, b Sw
John joined the Union Army Dec. 1, 1861 and served in Company I, 63rd Illinois Infantry. His military records describe him as 5'7", dark complexion, brown (or hazel) eyes, and black hair. He was discharged Dec. 31, 1863 in Huntsville, AL, then the next day, Jan. 1, 1864, he reenlisted as a veteran. During the War he was in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and in Nov-Dec, 1864, his company was with Gen. Sherman in his famous "March to the Sea" to Savannah, Georgia through Maryland, Virginia, North & South Carolina. At the end of the War his group passed in review in Washington, D.C. in May, 1865. He was discharged July 13, 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky.
John became acquainted with Mary Elizabeth Heral before the War. On Nov. 1, 1866 in Olney, Richland Co., IL they were married by Jacob Berry, Justice of the Peace.
Richland Co, IL, Claremont twp. HH# 136 -
Vanolman, John - 24 Switz, farmer
. . . . . Elizabeth - 23 IL
. . . . . Jacob - 2 IL
. . . . . Wesley O - 2 mos
(In the next dwelling is Elizabeth?s cousin, Jacob Leathers)
John & Mary VonAllmen made their home in Richland County, IL where their first children (Edward, Wesley, Mary Ellen, Alfred & Millie) were born.
In 1874 they buried 21-month-old Mary Ellen in Olney.
(newspaper: Richland County Republican, 1876--1883+]
In 1878, they moved to Oblong, Crawford Co., IL, where their remaining 5 children were born. The next year they buried 9-year-old Wesley.
[newspaper: Crawford County Democrat, 1879 only]
1880 Martin, Crawford Co, IL:
John Venalman - 34 (1846 Switz, parents b Switz) - farming
Mary E. Venalman - 31 (1849 IL, parents b OH)
Edward Venalman - 12 (1868 IL, parents b Switz/IL)
Riley Venalman - 4 (1876 IL)
Milley Venalman - 3 (1877 IL)
In 1884, 5-month-old David died. It looks like (below) that there were 3 unnamed babies of John VonAllmen (including David) at Oblong Cemetery. But if there were, 2 of them must have been stillborn because they were not included on the family?s framed chart of children, while 5-month-old David was.
These are the VonAllmen burials at Oblong Cemetery taken from the cemetery plot book:
Section 2, Row 14 (page 76) -
Space 12, grave #1190 - "child of John Van allman ... no monument ... central head of the grave east of the established line 1-2, south of the SE corner of the Daniel Kintner monument 34-2?
Space 12a, grave #1191 - "child of John Ping ... no monument ... (same as above) 37-8? [child of daughter-in-law Etta and her 2nd husband]
Space 15, grave #1192 - "Goldie Van allman ... no monument ... central head of the grave east of the established line 1-9 ... (rest as above) 51-4? [daughter of Edward]
Space 15a, grave #1193 - "Edward Van allman ... no monument ... (same as above) 55 ft?
Section 2 Row 11 (page 77) -
Space 8 - vacant or unknown
Space 8a, grave #1194 - ?child of John Van allman, no monument, central head of the grave west of the established line 6, south of the established lines? 99-7?
Space 8a, grave #1195 - ?child of John Van allman, no monument, central head of the grave west of the established line 6 in south of the established lines? 103 ft.?
Space 9, grave #715 - ?Wesley O. Von Alman, son of John and Mary E. Van alman, etc., monument small white marble slab (broken), dates unreadable, west of the established line 10 in, south of the ? R McLain momument 106-5?
They lived in Oblong for 18 years.
John was a small man in stature but fearless. As one story goes, one of the houses he bought in Illinois was supposedly haunted. One night after the family had moved in someone tried to scare them, but John was not to be run off. He jumped up and ran around the house in his longjohns with a shotgun.
In 1896 John traded his 80 acres in Crawford Co., IL for 200 acres in Oregon Co., Missouri. He wanted more land so he could give each of his sons a farm when they were grown, but having never seen the land in southern Missouri, he didn?t realize it was not nearly the quality of farmland that he had owned in Illinois. Leaving their oldest son Edward, who was married, behind, they moved to Oregon Co., MO. in 1896 and into a house on their new property which, unknown to them, had been occupied by a family with typhoid fever. Several of their children contracted the disease and Alfred died from it soon after their arrival.
In Feb. 1897 daughter Millie married in Oregon Co, Mo and soon moved to Iowa.
In Nov. 1897 John?s sister Mary died in Richland Co, IL.
In Oct. 1898 their son Edward died in Illinois.
1900 MO - Oregon Co, Highland twp, p 5b, June 6:
Vonalmen, John (head) - b Dec. 1844, age 55, m 34 yrs, b Switz, par b Switz
. . . . . Elizabeth (wife) - b Oct 1846, age 53, 10 ch/5 liv, b IL, par b OH
. . . . . Elmer F (son) - b Oct 1889, age 19, b IL
. . . . . Charley O (son) - b July 1885, age 14, b IL
. . . . . Harlin A. (son) - b Mar 1888, age 12, b IL
. . . . . Lilla E. (daug) - b July 1891, age 8, b IL
In about 1903 when Elmer married he bought (or was given) about 40 acres of John & Mary's farm. In 1909 they gave the rest of their farm to their son Harlin who was getting married, and they moved into West Plains. In the 1911-12 West Plains City Directory, they are listed as:
VanAlman, J., retired farmer, 515 Worchester Av.
VanAlman, Mrs. Mary Herl, 515 Worcester Av.
John died June 1, 1913. Right before he died he called again and again to his son Elmer, who was not a Christian at the time, "Elmer, come quick; the Lord's coming! Do you see him?" He also told Elmer, "You take your mother and keep her," so Mary lived with Elmer & Nora about 3 years before she died Aug. 10, 1917. Mary may have suffered from Altzheimer's before she died. John & Mary were buried at the Jolliff Cemetery, across the road from their old farm.
For map of Oregon Co, Mo. go to:
Jolliff Cemetery is off 160 hwy. halfway between the turn off to Rover and the turn off to Thomasville.
Find A Grave Memorial# 44294105
Father: Jakob VONALLMEN b: 19 MAR 1810 in Unterseen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Mother: Margarita (Margaret) VONALLMEN b: 31 MAY 1807 in Unterseen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Mary Elizabeth HERAL b: 14 OCT 1847 in Richland Co, IL
1 NOV 1866
in Olney, Richland Co, IL
- Edward Jacob VONALLMEN b: 21 DEC 1867 in Olney, Richland Co, IL
- Wesley O. VONALLMEN b: ABT 2 APR 1870 in Olney, Richland Co, IL
- Mary Ellen VONALLMEN b: 4 SEP 1872 in Olney, Richland Co, IL
- Alfred Riley VONALLMEN b: 6 AUG 1876 in Olney, Richland Co, IL
- Millie Ann VONALLMEN b: 27 FEB 1878 in Olney, Richland Co, IL
- Elmer Franklin VONALLMEN b: 9 OCT 1880 in Oblong, Crawford Co, IL
- David A. VONALLMEN b: 18 DEC 1883 in Oblong, Crawford Co, IL
- Charley Orey VONALLMEN b: 13 JUL 1885 in Olney, Richland Co, IL
- Harlin Albert VONALLMEN b: 28 MAR 1888 in Oblong, Crawford County, IL
- Lillie Rosetta VONALLMEN b: 20 JUL 1891 in Oblong, Crawford Co, IL