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Adam William Scheidel was born April 25, 1843, in the town of Giriviller, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Alsace, France, and died September 4, 1919, on his farm in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI, at age 76. Buried in Union Protestant Cemetery, Milladore, Wood Co., WI. He is the son of Michal M. Scheidel Sr. of Croettwiller, Bas-Rhin, Lorraine, France, and Marguerithe Heil of Alsace-Lorraine, France.

Lucinda Matilda Abbey was born September 20, 1848, in Hope Twp., Durham Co., Canada West, and died February 26, 1926, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI, at age 77. Buried in Union Protestant Cemetery, Milladore, Wood Co., WI. She is the daughter of Charles Oliver Abbey of Hope Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada, and Phoebe Elizabeth Searle of Bodmin, County Cornwall, England.

Adam William Scheidel and Lucinda Matilda Abbey were married April 2, 1866, in her mother's home in South Byron, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI.

Adam William Scheidel and Lucinda Matilda (Abbey) Scheidel had eleven children:

  1. Emma Jane Shidell: Born December 24, 1866, in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died August 5, 1929, in Woodland, Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA (age 63). Buried in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. Married September 4, 1882, in Portage Co., WI, to George Washington Hollingshead: Born December 22, 1855, in South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN; Died December 7, 1935, in Woodland, Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA (age 79). Buried in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.
  2. William Abbey Shidell: Born February 22, 1869, in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died June 14, 1954, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI (age 85). Buried in Valhalla Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI. Married May 6, 1902, at the bride's home at 3036 Locust Street (or Fond du Lac Ave.?), Milwaukee, WI, to Emma Dora Marie Heinrichs: Born December 15, 1880, in Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI; Died March 7, 1957, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI (age 76). Buried in Valhalla Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI.
  3. John Jacob Shidell: Born October 7, 1870, in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died February 24, 1959, in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR (age 88). Buried in Greenwood Hills Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR. Married (1) September 7, 1909, in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, to Charlotta Elizabeth "Lottie" (Anderson) Tempest: Born January 1866 in French Canada or Ontario, Canada; Died May 4, 1941, in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR (age 75). Buried in Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR. Married (2) after 1941 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, to Harriett "Hattie Unknown: Born Unknown; Died January 26, 1958, in Multnomah Co., OR (age Unknown).
  4. Isaac E. Shidell: Born December 15, 1872, in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died November 19, 1874, in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI (age 1).
  5. Wallace Ira Shidell: Born October 27, 1876, in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died January 24, 1955, in Schofield, Marathon Co., WI (age 78). Married April 11, 1908, in the parsonage of the Wausau Presbyterian Church, Wausau, Marathon Co., WI, to Barbara Catherine Finch: Born February 1889 in Wisconsin; Died April 18, 1966, in Wausau, Marathon Co., WI (age 77).
  6. Anita Maude Shidell: Born June 18, 1879, in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died May 26, 1949, in Chesterton, IN (age 69) (age 69). Buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, Marathon Co., WI. Married May 1, 1899, in the Village of Sherry, Wood Co., WI, to Charles Henry Shorey: Born May 15, 1874, in Centralia, Grand Rapids Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died November 11, 1936, in Rothschild, Marathon Co., WI (age 62). Buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, Marathon Co., WI.
  7. George A. Shidell: Born November 14, 1882, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died April 18, 1883, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI (age Infant).
  8. Ida Belle Shidell: Born September 18, 1884, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died November 3, 1966, in Inglewood, Los Angeles Co., CA (age 82). Buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles Co., CA. Married November 28, 1907, at the Adam Shidell house, Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI, to Otto Matthew "Matt" Paulson: Born September 8, 1879, in Copenhagen, Denmark; Died May 6, 1948, in San Gabriel, Los Angeles Co., CA (age 68). Buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles Co., CA.
  9. James A. Shidell: Born October 2, 1887, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died September 30, 1974, in Valley City, Barnes Co., ND (age 86). Buried in Hope Cemetery, Hope, Steele Co., ND. Married (1) October 6, 1930, in Clay Co., MN, to Kittie Vaughn Brown: Born August 11, 1889, in Holdrege, Phelps Co., NE; Died April 5, 1941, Steele Co., ND (age 51). Buried in Hope Cemetery, Hope, Steele Co., ND. Married (2) about November 23, 1945, in Steele Co., ND, to Mary M. "Mamie" (Schneider) Kerkow: Born August 7, 1885, in Minnesota; Died December 1, 1956, in Traill Co., ND (age 71). Buried in Hope Cemetery, Hope, Steele Co., ND.
  10. Dixon Shidell: Born August 20, 1888, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died July 6, 1959, in Nekoosa, Wood Co., WI (age 70). Married November 27, 1919, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co., WI, to Mary Leona Krubsack: Born September 28, 1888, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI: Died June 29, 1988, in Port Edwards, Wood Co., WI (age 99).
  11. Blanche Elizabeth Shidell: Born May 3, 1891, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died September 8, 1950, in Chesterton, Porter Co., IN (age 59). Married May 4, 1910, at the Adam Shidell house, Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI, to John Jacob Becker: Born July 22, 1884, in New Glarus, Green Co., WI; Died April 13, 1965, in Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso, Porter Co., IN (age 80).

Adam and Lucinda are buried in Union Protestant Cemetery, Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI. Her mother and father, Phoebe Elizabeth (Searle) Abbey and Charles Oliver Abbey, also have gravestones there in an adjacent plot. Phoebe is actually buried there, while it is presumed that Charles is buried in a military graveyard in Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg, MS.




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Adam William Scheidel and Lucinda Matilda (Abbey) Scheidel are buried in Union Protestant Cemetery, Milladore, Wood Co., WI. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Roy and Barbara (Holzhaeuser) Woboril at the Union Protest Cemetery in Milladore, WI, September 13, 2001, Adam William Shidell married Lucinda Matilda Abbey, the oldest daughter of Charles Oliver Abbey and Phoebe Elizabeth (Searle) Abbey. Phoebe lived with the Adam Shidell family near Milladore in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI. It is surmised that the rustic home shown below is the original homestead of Adam Shidell in Wood Co., WI.


Adam William Scheidel was born April 25, 1843, in the town of Grittvil (or Crativiler), Alsace-Lorraine, France.

Lucinda Matilda Abbey was born September 30, 1848, in Hope Twp., Durham Co., Canada West.


Top row, L - R: Charley Shorey, Neta (Shidell) Shorey, Baby Ruth, Ida (Shidell) Paulson, Matthew Paulson (holding Art Paulson), Barbara (Finch) Shidell, Wallace Shidell and Hazel Shidell; Middle row, L - R: Ralph Shorey, "Gramma" (Lucinda Mathilda Abbey) Shidell, Adam Shidell, Howard Paulson, Caroline Shidell, "Grandpa" (Adam William) Shidell and Carl Shorey; Bottom row, L -R: Wallace Shidell Jr., Ethel Shorey, George Shidell, Lucinda Paulson and Esther Shorey. Picture from circa 1913 is courtesy of Sally (Mantik) Arndt.


Adam emigrated to the U. S. A. from France on January 5, 1858. It appears he used the Shidell spelling for his last name in the United States.

Arrival Date: January 5, 1858: Michael Scheidel, Sr. family Immigration Passenger List showed the following family members:

  1. Scheidel, Michel (age 62) France

  2. Scheidel, Marguerithe (age 58) France

  3. Scheidel, Madeleine (age 16) France

  4. Scheidel, Adam (age 14) France

  5. Scheidel, Elisabeth (age 12) France

Name:

Marguerithe Scheidel

Arrival Date:

5 Jan 1858

Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1800

Age:

58

Gender:

Female

Port of Departure:

Le Havre, France

Destination:

United States of America

Place of Origin:

France

Ship Name:

Casis

Port of Arrival:

New York

Line:

34

Microfilm Serial:

M237

Microfilm Roll:

181

List Number:

8

Port Arrival State:

New York

Port Arrival Country:

United States


The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 23, 1860, shows Adam Shidle (age 20) born in France is an unmarried Laborer living in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI in the William J. and Delia Craig household, who were English farmers.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 5, 1860, shows Charles Abby (age 35) is a farm laborer born in Canada living in Oak Grove Twp., Dodge Co., WI with a personal estate valued at $100. Living with him is Elizabeth Abby (age 34) born in England. Also living there are four children, , all born in Canada: Lucinda Abby (age 12), Isaac Abby (age 9), William Abby (age 7), and Mary J. Abby (age 1). Charles and Elizabeth Abbey cannot read and write. Elizabeth Abby's father was living in the adjacent house: William Surl (age 60) is a farmer born in England with real estate valued at $800 and personal estate valued at $400. Living with William is his wife Abigal Surl (age 69) born in Connecticut. Also living there are their children: Thomas Surl (age 25) born in New York and indicated as insane; and William Surl, Jr. (age 11) born in Canada. William, Abigail and Thomas Searle cannot read and write.

Adam enlisted for a period of three years on October 31, 1861, at Fond du Lac Co., WI, for service in the Civil War. He re-enlisted at Vicksburg, MS, for a period of three years or less. He was wounded in the left arm and right side at Vicksburg, MS. He was mustered out of service on October 9, 1865. His occupation was a farmer.

Adam William Scheidel and Lucinda Matilda Abbey were married April 2, 1866, at her mother's home in South Byron, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 9, 1870, shows Adam Shidell (age 27) born in France is a Farmer living in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI with personal property of $500. Living with him is Lucinda Shidell (age 22) born in Canada. Also there are two children, both born in Wisconsin: Emma Shidell (age 3); and William E. Shidell (age 1).

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 7, 1870, shows Phebe Abbie (age 44) born in Canada West to foreign-born parents with real estate of $600 is Keeping House and is living in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. Also living there are the following: Lucinda Abbie (age 22) born in Canada West, who is Keeping House; Isaac Abbie (age 20) born in Canada West, a Farm Laborer; William Abbie (age 17) born in Canada West, a Farm Laborer; Mary Jane Abbie (age 10) born in Canada West, At School; and Chas. Washington Abbie (age 8) born in Wisconsin, At School.


William, Mary Jane, Lucinda, Charles and Isaac Abbey, about 1880


The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 3, 1880, shows Adam Shidell (age 37) born in Germany to German-born parents is an employee in a sash factory living on Brooke Street in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Lucinda Shidell (age 31) born in Canada of Canadian and English-born parents. Also there are their children: Emma Shidell (age 13); William Shidell (age 11); John Shidell (age 9); Wallace Shidell (age 3); and Nita Shidell (age 11/12 July). All children were born in Wisconsin.

For awhile after his marriage Adam Shidell continued to live in Fond du Lac Co., doing farming and teaming. Later he went to Waupun, where he engaged in farming, and in the spring of 1881 he came to Wood Co., where he had previously purchased 80 acres of wild land in Section 14, Sherry Twp. On his first coming here he lived in true pioneer state in an old logging shack that was on his farm.


Presumed pioneer home (old logging shack) of Adam and Lucinda (Abbey) Shidell in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI. Shown is Emma Dora Marie (Heinrichs) Shidell (the wife of William Adam Shidell), along with her daughter Caroline Mabel Shidell and son Adam William Shidell, taken about 1904. Phoebe Abbey, Lucinda's mother, may have also lived here. The Adam William Shidell family eventually moved to a new red brick home on this property in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., south of Milladore, Wood Co., WI. The red brick structure was demolished and replaced with a machinery shed about the year 2000.


The January 1, 1883, list of military pensioners living in Wood Co., WI, shows Adam Shidell (P. O. address of Milladore) is receiving $2.00 per month for Wound left arm and right side, originally allowed in August, 1880.

The 1885 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1885, shows S. Armstrong is the Head of Household and is living in Rudolph Twp., Wood Co., WI. There are 4 Males and 1 Female living in the household.

The 1885 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1885, shows A. Shidell is the Head of Household and is living in Rudolph Twp., Wood Co., WI. There are 4 Males and 3 Females living in the household. One is of Foreign birth.

The 1885 List of Military Pensioners living in Wood Co., WI: Adam Shidell (P. O. address of Rudolph Twp., Milladore P. O.).

The 1890 Veterans Schedule shows that Adam Shidell served as a Corporal in Company A, 14th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, having enlisted October 31, 1861, and being discharged October 9, 1865, having served 3 years, 11 months and 9 days, is living in Sherry, Wood Co., WI. He has rheumatism and wounds and is not able to do much work.

The 1895 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 20, 1895, shows Adam Schidel is the Head of Household living in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI. The following are in the household: 6 Males, 4 Females. Of these, 8 born in the United States, 1 born in Great Britain, and 1 born in Scandinavia. Leigh Larson note: The Great Britain person likely is Phoebe (Searle) Abbey, widowed mother of Lucinda (Abbey) Shidell. The Julius Paulson and Herman Krubsack families live nearby.


Wood County Reporter, Thursday May 14, 1896

Town Officers for  Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI

Supervisor: Zyphin LeReux; Treasurer: I. E. Ingalls; Clerk: Martin Bever; Assessor: Adam Shidell.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 6, 1900, shows Adam Shidell (age 57) born April 1843 in France to French-born parents is a farmer living in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI having emigrated in 1860. Living with him is his wife of 35 years, Lucinda M. Shidell (age 52) born September 1849 in Canada to Canadian-born parents. Nine of the eleven children born to Lucinda are still alive. Also there are their children: Ida B. Shidell (age 15) born September 1885; James A. Shidell (age 12) born October 1887; Dixon Shidell (age 10) born August 1889; and Blanch E. (age 9) born May 1891. All children were born in Wisconsin. Also living there is Lucinda's mother, Phebe Abbey (age 72) born June 1827 in Canada to French and Canadian parents.


Top, L to R: Emma Jane (Shidell) Hollingshead; Lucinda Matilda (Abbey) Shidell. Bottom, L to R: Phoebe Elizabeth (Searle) Abbey; Sarah Jane "Sadie" (Hollingshead) Boucher. The picture, dated early January, 1902, was from Joyce (Stanton) Hines, deceased.


The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Adam Shidell (age 62) born in Germany to German-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm with a mortgage and living in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Lucinda Shidell (age 56) born in Canada to Canadian-born parents. Also there are two his two unmarried children, both born in Wisconsin to German and Canadian-born parents: Dixan Shidell (age 16); and Blanch Shidell (age 14).


1909 Plat Map of Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI.


1928 Plat Map of Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 25, 1910, shows Adam Schidell (age 66) born in France to French-born parents is a Farmer living in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI having emigrated in 1856 and is a naturalized citizen. Living with him is his wife of 44 years, Lucinda Schidell (age 61) born in Canada to Canadian and English-born parents, having emigrated in 1860. Nine of the eleven children born to Lucinda are still alive. Also there are two of their unmarried children: Dixon Schidell (age 21); and Blanche Schidell (age 18). Both children were born in Wisconsin.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 20, 1910, shows James Schidel (age 26) born in Wisconsin to French-born parents is an unmarried Laborer at a Creamery boarding in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI. He is living in the household of a Buttermaker and family, Frank W. Parks.


The Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Wednesday, April 5, 1916

Mrs. Sarah Shidel and Mrs. Hintze of Fond du Lac and Will Shidel of Milwaukee visited the first of the week with their niece and cousin, Mrs. J. L. Roy. They were returning south from Milladore, where on Sunday was celebrated the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. And Mrs. Adam Shidel, pioneer residents of that vicinity.


Adam William Scheidel died September 4, 1919, on his farm in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI, at age 76. Buried in Union Protestant Cemetery, Milladore, Wood Co., WI.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI, Monday, September 8, 1919

MILLADORE MAN KILLED BY BULL

Horrible Death Comes to Adam Shidel at His Farm Home when He is Attacked by Infuriated Animal

HIS BODY BADLY MUTILATED

Son of Victim Comes to Rescue but Arrives Too Late to Save Father's Life

Adam Shidel, an uncle of Mrs. J. L. Roy, 532 Fremont street, this city, died at his home, three miles south of Milladore village last Thursday evening as the result of injuries received an hour before when he was attacked by a bull. Mr. Shidel had gone to a field on his farm to drive his cows to the barn. He was struck by the enraged bull and thrown to the ground before he could reach a place of safety. The animal continued his attacks for several minutes, crushing and badly mutilating the body of the victim.

Neighbor Sees Tragedy.

A neighbor passing by the place called to Richard Shidel, a son of Adam Shidel, attracted by the queer antics of the bull. The son went to the field to discover his father's body on the ground and the animal still attacking the victim. The bull was driven away with a whip and Mr. Shidel removed on a wagon to his home.

Injuries Are Fatal.

A physician was summoned and it was discovered that his left leg was broken and left hip mutilated. Several ribs on his right side were broken and his body badly crushed. He also suffered internal injuries. Mr. Shidel was able to speak when his son arrived, but lost consciousness after being removed to his home and passed away an hour later.

Pioneer of Community.

The deceased is survived by a widow and 10 children. Born in Alsace-Lorraine 76 years ago, he came to America when a boy of 14 and after a residence in Fond du Lac, Wis., moved to Wisconsin. The family has resided near Milladore for about 35 years.

Funeral on Saturday.

Funeral services were held at Milladore Saturday afternoon with burial at that place. Mrs. Elizabeth Burns of Shiocton, a sister of the deceased, who attended the funeral, spent today at the Roy home in this city while returning to her home.   


Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI, Thursday, September 11, 1919

SHERRY MAN KILLED BY A VICIOUS BULL

Adam Shidel, one of the well known old residents of Sherry, who resided three miles south of the village of Milladore, was killed last Thursday evening when attacked by an enraged bull in a field. Mr. Shidel had gone to the field to bring in the cows. The animal rushed at him and before he could escape, struck him to the ground. Again and again the animal attacked him, crushing his body. A neighbor witnessed the attack and calling to Mr. Shidell's son rushed to drive off the infuriated bull, when the elderly gentleman was rescued. An examination revealed that his left leg was broken, his left hip was mutilated, while several ribs on the right side were broken. He was also injured internally. Upon arrival of his son in the field Mr. Shidell was still conscious, but he lost consciousness while being taken to the house and died within an hour. The deceased was born in Crativiler, Alsace Lorraine, April 25, 1843. He came to America with his parents at 14 years of age. Arrived in Wisconsin in 1860 and enlisted in the army in 1861. Served in the civil war 4 years, being discharged in 1865. He was united in marriage to Lucinda Abbey April 2, 1866, and to the union eleven children were born. Mr. Shidell made his home in Fond du Lac county until 1881, then moved his family to Wood county and resided on a farm in the town of Sherry until his death. He came to the end very suddenly Sept. 4, 1919, aged 76 years, 4 months and 10 days. He leaves to mourn his death a widow, nine children and 43 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Geo. Hallingshead of California, Wm. Shidell of Milwaukee, John of Portland, Oregon, Wallace of Schofield, James A. Shidell of Hope, North Dakota, Dixon, the son, residing at home, and Mrs. J. J. Becker of Rudolph. Also two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Edwards of Fond du Lac and Mrs. Elizabeth Burns of Shiocton.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on March 15, 1920, shows Dixon Shidell (age 39) born in Wisconsin of French and Canadian-born parents is a farmer living in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Leona M. Shidell (age 31) born in Germany of German-born parents. Also there is Dixon's widowed mother, Lucinda Shidell (age 71) born in Canada of French and Canadian-born parents.

Lucinda Matilda (Abbey) Shidell died February 26, 1926, in Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI, at age 77. Buried in Union Protestant Cemetery, Milladore, Wood Co., WI.


The Woodland Democrat, Woodland, CA, Wednesday, March 31, 1926

Mrs. Shidell Dies In East

Mrs. George W. Hollingshead of this city today received news of the death of her mother, Mrs. L. M. Shidell, who passed away at Militor, Wisconsin on February 26th. News was also received of the death of her two uncles, Ike and Charels Abbey, the former passing away during January and the latter on March 5th. The two men are brothers of Mrs. Shidell who is the mother of 11 children, the oldest whom is Mrs. Hollingshead. Charles Abbey was killed in an automobile accident.


Adam and Lucinda Shidell, a drawing that appeared in The History of Wood County

Adam and Lucinda Shidell, a picture which obviously served as the original for the above drawing


The Shidell Sisters: Ida Belle (Shidell) Paulson, Blanche E. (Shidell) Becker and Neta M. (Shidell) Shorey


OBITUARY printed in the Wausau Daily Herald, Tuesday, November 3, 1998, and typed for the Marathon Co., WI Obit Forum by Betty Martz.

Bernice Hannemann, 78, 1908 Walnut St., Wausau, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, at Community Health Care Wausau Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Ervin Hannemann; three daughters, Harriet (Edward) Adamski, Wausau, and Phyllis (Gary) Albright, and Georgia (Terry) Ludwig, all of Mosinee; one son, Roger (Lisa) Hannemann, Wausau; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Evelyn Shorey, Weston, and Marie Czerwinski, Lorraine (Ed) Colcord, and Marcella (Leroy) Tasche, all of Wausau.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Wausau. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kronenwetter. Visitation will be at the Helke Funeral Home, Wausau.

A photo of Bernice was included in the original newspaper obituary.


History of Wood County, Wisconsin, 1923

Adam Shidell, now deceased, who spent many useful years as a resident of Wood Co., was born in Alsace-Lorraine, April 25, 1843, and came to America with his parents about 1857. The family settled in Fond du Lac Co., WI and from there at the age of 18 Adam Shidell enlisted in Company A of the 14th Wisconsin Regiment to take part in the Civil War. He served for four years and took part in much of the hard fighting of the war, being twice wounded. At the close of the war he returned to Fond du Lac Co. and was there married on April 2, 1866 to Lucinda M. Abbey, who was born in Canada, September 20, 1848, daughter of Charles and Phoebe (Searls) Abbey. Her parents were natives of Canada and England respectively. Charles Abbey was born in Hope, Canada, September 20, 1825. He remained in his native place till he was about 35 years old, operating a farm after growing to manhood. Then in 1860 he came to Wisconsin, locating in Fond du Lac. In the fall of 1861 he enlisted for services in the Civil War, becoming a member of Company A, 14th Wisconsin Volunteers. His regiment was assigned to Grant's army and Mr. Abbey was killed before Vicksburg, May 22, 1863. His wife was left with five children, namely; Lucinda M., now Mrs. Adam Shidell; Isaac, now residing at Superior, WI; William, of Dodgeville, WI; Mary J., now Mrs. A. Krause of Norton, KS; and Charles W., of North Dakota. Mrs. Phoebe Abbey died February 7, 1903. For awhile after his marriage Adam Shidell continued to live in Fond du Lac Co., doing farming and teaming. Later he went to Waupun, where he engaged in farming, and in the spring of 1881 he came to Wood Co., where he had previously purchased 80 acres of wild land in Section 14, Sherry Twp. On his first coming here he lived in true pioneer state in an old logging shack that was on his farm. During the following years he went through the struggle that is the lot of him who essays to build up a farm from wild land in a primitive country. He worked first for several years as fireman and night watchman for the Sherry Lumber Co., going into the woods during the winters to work in the logging camps. Gradually, however, the results of Mr. Shidell's persistent, untiring work in the development of his property began to make themselves shown, and in the end a fine farm emerged, with 70 acres of rich soil cleared and modern buildings erected, including a fine brick house. He operated this property until his death, September 14, 1919, which resulted from his being gored by a bull while engaged in his duties about the farm. The mother still makes her home with her son Dixon. Mr. and Mrs. Shidell were the parents of 11 children: Emma J., born December 24, 1866, now Mrs. George Hollinghead, of Woodland, CA; Willie A., born February 22, 1869, now living at Milwaukee, WI; John J., born October 7, 1870, residing at Portland, OR; Isaac E., born December 15, 1872, who died November 19, 1874; Wallace I., born October 27, 1876, now living in Marathon Co., WI; Neta M.; born June 18, 1879, now Mrs. Charles Shorey of Marathon Co., WI; George A., born November 14, 1882, who died April 18, 1883; Ida B., born September 18, 1884, now Mrs. Matthew Paulson of Marathon Co., WI; James A., born October 2, 1886, now living at Hope, ND; Dixon, born August 20, 1888, a sketch of whom follows this; and Blanche, born May 3, 1891, now the wife of John J. Becker of Rudolph Twp., Wood Co.


1862 Plat of Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. M. Shidal is shown with two parcels near the bottom of the page.


The following is courtesy of Linda Shidell (further modified by Leigh Larson): April 21, 2002:

Wayne, I reread Adam's pension file yesterday, and I highlighted information I thought you would enjoy reading about. Here it is below: Adam was born at Alsace Lorraine, Germany April 25, 1843. After fighting in the Civil War, he returned home and married Lucinda Abbey April 2, 1866. The marriage took place at Lucinda's home in Byron, WI. The ceremony was officiated by Elder Suffron, Minister. I found his name in another area of the file as Rev. Jas T. Suffron, minister of the M.E. Church. (You should be able to get a copy of the marriage record there). Adam's nephew John L., and wife Ellen J. Shidell of Sparta Twp., Monroe Co., 414 South Water Street, Sparta, WI, were groomsman and bridesmaid at the marriage of Adam and Lucinda April 2, 1866. John and Mary both signed the pension file attesting that they had known Adam and Lucinda to have been married many years and never divorced. Listed in the file are Adam and Lucinda's living and dead children with their birth dates. Living: Emma 12/24/1866 William 2/22/1869 John 10/07/1870 Wallace 10/27/1876 Neta 6/18/1879 Ida Belle 9/18/1884 James 10/02/1886 Dixon 8/20/1888 Blanche 5/03/1891 Dead: Isaac 12/15/1872 George A. 11/14/1882 Adam's physical description is included in the file. In one place he is described as being 5' 7", and in another 5' 8". He weighed 130. He had a sandy complexion, black eyes, and brown hair. In 1881, the family moved from Fond du Lac to Sherry. His P.O. address was Milladore. During the Civil War, Adam was wounded twice. The first time slightly by a mini ball in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, TN April 4, 1862. It was just a flesh wound from the sound of it, the mini ball taking a chunk of flesh away with it. The second time he was wounded by a musket ball to the side. This was in Vicksburg, MS on May 22, 1863. This is the same day and place that Charles Oliver Abbey (Lucinda's father) was killed. Adam needed witnesses when he filed for his pension. John D. Coon, an orderly sergeant of Co. A. knew Adam well. He said of him, "He was always a good soldier and performed his duties well." Two other witnesses attested on Adam's behalf. Edward Tempest wrote, "I, Edward Tempest have known Adam Shidell for ten to twelve years. He has not drank and has no vicious habits. Since I have known him, he has had trouble with rheumatism." Louis Jacobsen also wrote, " I, Louis Jacobsen, have known Adam Shidell to be a quiet man without any vicious habits. To my knowledge, he has been troubled with rheumatism ever since I have known him five or more years. Adam began to receive a pension of $6/month. It was later increased to $8. Finally at age 75, he was eligible to receive $1/day or $30/month. Adam died in Sherry TWP, Wood Co., WI September 4, 1919. He had been gored by a bull. Another contributing factor to his death was advanced heart trouble. Adam's death record, Volume 10 of Deaths P 479, can be found in Wood Co., WI. Lucinda applied for Adam's pension 12/6/1919. She needed witnesses as well. The witnesses were Marry Burrows of Sherry TWP, and Louisa Krubsack, same address. They were 71 and 69 respectively. They said that they had known the Shidells for over 30 years, and that none of the sons of Adam and Lucinda had ever been in the military. Throughout the pension file, which consists of about thirty or more pages of legal sized paper, there are hand written signatures of Adam, Lucinda, John, Ellen, and all of the witnesses.