Minnie Igle was born 23 Aug 1852, on a ship, as her family immigrated from Germany. Who her parents are, I’ve been unable to confirm. I’m still searching for immigration records for Minnie, and I hope to confirm parentage from those records. Based on census data, I know only of two siblings: Kathrine: b. 1847 in France, and Andrew: b. 1849 in Germany.

(*Update: additional Igle sibling Fannie b. 1845; read about here. From Fannie’s marriage record to Nathaniel Sheldon, discovered Igle parent names to be: Maurice and Catharine.)

Where Minnie and her family originally settled in America is still a mystery. When Minnie was 13, she lost most of her hand feeding cane into a sorghum mill. So they must have lived on or near a farm at that time.

By the 1870 census, Minnie and her brother Andrew had moved to Union, Fulton, Illinois, where they lived in the Kutchler household. Her soon-to-be husband, John Wesley Wildrick lived next door with another Kutchler family. 

On 31 Dec 1870, John Wesley and Minnie were married in McDonough County, IL. The young couple lived in Illinois at least for the next two years where their first child, Fannie, was born on 30 Oct 1871. But by 1874, they had moved to Clinton, MO where George Earl Wildrick was born on 8 Jan 1874. A third child, Abbie, was born in 1875, but she passed away shortly after her birth.

By 1880, the family had moved to Western, Buffalo County, NE. They did not remain there long. By 1885, they had moved to Iowa to Fremont County. How long they lived there, I’m not certain. But by 1900, John had purchased land near present day Hendley, Furnas County, NE. They lived on the homestead for the next twelve years, until John Wesley’s death in 1912.

After her husband’s death, Minnie moved to Long Beach, CA to live with her widowed sister, Kathrine McBride.  She remained with her sister until her own passing in 1934. Minnie was laid to rest in St. John’s Catholic cemetery, a part of Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge, Furnas County, NE. John was buried there, and possibly Abbie. Her name is listed on the family tombstone, but the family did not reside in the area at the time of her death, so I have to wonder if she is indeed in the family plot.



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