Yes, I had seen that family file on ancestry.com.
I think it is interesting that the children of Joseph and Otilia Windenberger are Xavier (possibly Samuel), Louis and Louisa since the 1860 census for Palos, Cook Co., IL, and we also find Samuel and Louis and Louisa living with the John Lahmond family who were also from France. It has Samuel (could be Wurtenberger or Windenberger) age 24 born France along with his brother Louis (age 21) and sister Louisa (age 16). That is a lot of coincidence.
Omigosh, something else just struck me. Here is the census listing for 1860 in Palos:
John Lahmond 53 M (b abt 1807) b France
Otillia Lahmond 56 F (b abt 1804) b France
Samuel Windenberger 24 M (b abt 1836) b France
Louis Windenberger 21 M (b abt 1839) b France
Louisa Windenberger 16 F (b abt 1844) b France
I wonder if Ottilia Lahmond was the widow of Joseph Windenberger and that is why the Windenberger children are living with them. If that is the case, there should be a record of the marriage, possibly in Illinois.
There is also the possibility that this is Joseph Windenberger's brother Xavier, and that would make his parents Sebastien and Margarethe [nee Roth] Windenberger.
|Name:||Francois Xavier Windenberger |
|Birth Date:||05 Jul 1812 |
|Father's Name:||Sebastien Windenberger |
|Mother's Name:||Marguerithe Roth |
|Paternal Grandfather's Name:|
|Paternal Grandmother's Name:|
|Maternal Grandfather's Name:|
|Maternal Grandmother's Name:||Barbe Kientzel |
|Indexing Project (Batch) Number:||M82777-6 |
|System Origin:||World Miscellaneous-ODM |
|GS Film number:||717103 |
Herbsheim is in Alsace.
However,as much as we may want to speculate (and I do windenbergerthink Joseph and Otilia are probably the correct parents), the point is that without a death record for Joseph and Otilia, there is no way to really prove that it is the correct couple. I've found no record online of the death of either of them anywhere in the US. Since the children landed in Palos, IL, that is where I would look for a death record for their parents. One or the other of them may also have been a will.
Naturalization records for the brother Lewis/Louis are dated 28 April 1886 in Independence, Buchnan Co., IA. They state he was born 03 Jan 1839 in Strassbourg. The last name is XXXXX XXXXX