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Jacob Guth

b. 1802 Alsace, France
m. Unknown
d. 1881 Woodstock, Illinois U.S.A.

Spouse:

Theresa () Guth

Children:

1. George Guth (b. December 04, 1836 Alsace, France; d. October 18, 1915 Woodstock, Illinois U.S.A.)
2. Dora Guth (b. 1848; (never married); d. 1902 Woodstock, Illinois U.S.A.)

Biography:

Jacob was born in Alsace, France, which is a region near the German border. It is most likely that he is of Alsatian ethnicity, which is essentially German. This is inferred due to him having a distinctively German surname consistent to the region of Alsace and due to the ethnic make-up of the majority in the region of Alsace.

In the early 1800s the population of Alsace grew rapidly, leading to starvation, housing shortages, and unemployment. This led to a mass emmigration to multiple locations including the United States. The majority of Alsatian immigrants to the United States arrived in 1843 and 1844 through New York, and nearly all of them eventually settled in northern Illinois or northern Indiana to farm.

Jacob Guth and his family though immigrated to the United states when his son, George was 14 years old so they immigrated in either 1850 or 1851, long after the original immigration, but to the same region most earlier immigrants moved to.

France

Illinois 

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References:

-History of McHenry County, Volume II. 1922.
-1880 United States Federal Census Record
-Saint Patrick Cemetery - Woodstock, Illinois U.S.A.