Caroline was born on the 8th December 1878 in Gurney, Illinois, the third child of Charles James Wiedhofft and his second wife Sarah Ann Wallace.We can see from the 1880 census she is born into a farming family with father Charles born in England and mother Sarah born New York of English parents. Also in the household are her brother Alexander and sister Olive, and half brothers Charles, Frederick and Walter.
|Census 1880 Warren, Lake, Illinois, United States|
|Name:||sex||Age||Occupation||Race||Ethnicity||Birthplace||birth||Dad Born||Mum born|
|Sarah Wiedhoff||F||42||Married||Keeping House||W||American||Wife||New York||1838||England||England|
|Charles Wiedhoff||M||17||Single||Works on Farm||W||American||Son||Illinois||1863||Charles||Sarah|
|Frederick Wiedhoff||M||15||Single||Works on Farm||W||American||Son||Illinois||1865||Charles||Sarah|
|Walter Wiedhoff||M||11||Single||At School||W||American||Son||Illinois||1869||Charles||Sarah|
the following year her mother (Sarah Ann) died from an epileptic seizure ( 11th November 1881). She was buried in the Wallis burial area at Fox Lake Cemetery. (Plot L58 Surname Wallis, Fox Lake Cemetery, Cook Co, Illinois. Age 45 wife of Charles Wiedhofft)
Her father married again on the 26th February 1883 to Mary G. Perry in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. USA (Source: Marriage Cert, Marriage Licence. Cook County Illinois. Charles J Wiedhofft of Warren age 55 & Mrs? Mary G Perry of Warren age 42). She was born in December 1842 in Pennsylvania.
Her half brother Walter died on the 24th of a month in 1892 and was buried in Gurnee Lake Village township, Illinois. He would have been about 23.
Half brother Frederick W married about 1894 (from 1900 census) to Illinois born Jennie M Piper? (1930 census widow with Mother-in-law Ella Piper). The 1900 census show Jennie as being born about 1877, having had 2 children, none surviving.
Sister Olive married James Walter White in Racine, Wisconsin on the 22nd October 1895. He was the New York born son of William & Mary Ann (O'Connell) White. They may have had a daughter Doris.
21st March 1900 at the age of 21 Caroline married 28 year old Farm labourer Charles Hartnell and moved to Salem Town, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Charles was from Newfoundland (Canada) but his parents were from England. Charles's family moved from Garia, Newfoundland, to Anticosti Island about the time he was born. Daryle believes they were trying to settle the island, but it didn't work out. A number of people were near starvation when the Canada Government moved them to Ontario.
The 1900 Census of Warren township, Lake County, Illinois finds 73 year old father Charles Wiedhofft (a white man born Feb 1827) with his wife of 17 years, Mary (a 57 year old white woman born Dec 1842). Mary and both her parents are listed as born in Pennsylvania. Mary is also shown as mother of 3 (2 surviving) children. Charles, and both of his parents are shown as born England. Immigration 1850, 50 years in America & not naturalised. Both can read, write and speak English.
The 1900 Census in Salem Town, Kenosha County Wisconsin shows John Wiedhofft age 23 (cannot read or write - it is believed that John had some learning difficulties) with sister Caroline and Hartnell family. (Note John seems to have dropped the Alexander part of his name).
19th September 1900 son Earl William Hartnell was born in Wisconsin.
Half brother Charles died aged about 39 on the 17th January 1902 in Cook County Hospital. He was buried in Oakdale Cemetery Newport Township, Lake County. Illinois. Named as Charles J Wiedhoff. (His mother (Ellen Caine) was buried with him about 8 years later).
1st June 1903 son Glen Roy Hartnell was born in Wisconsin.
|1905 Census Salem, Kenosha, Wisconsin|
|Name||Age||Birthplace||Relation||Race||Gender||Status||Parent 1||Parent 2|
|Earl W Hartnell||4y|
|Glynn R Hartnell||2y|
Her father (Charles James) died on the 4th December 1905 in Gurnee, Illinois, USA and was buried in Warren Cemetery.
27 June 1908 daughter Lucille Mae Hartnell born in Lawrence, Illinois.
Her father's first wife Ellen died in 1910 and was buried at Oakdale Cemetery, She (named as Ellen Caine) was buried with son Charles J Wiedhoff.
Brother John died on the 14th March 1919 and was buried with his father in Warren Cemetery.
Husband Charles Hartnell died on the 30th November 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (aged 83)
Caroline died on the fourth of July the following year aged 76 also in Milwaukee.
Charlotte Not Known
Isabella Not Known
Sophronia Charlotte 1861-1861
Frederick W 1866-1940+
Arthur A 1869-1870
Oscar B 1871-1872
Alexander John 1877-1919
Earl William Hartnell 1900
Glen Roy Hartnell 1903
Lucille Mae Hartnell 1908