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Helbig Family

Posted: 1101675781000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Helbig,Waterfall(Wasserfallen)
I am looking for info on Maria Helbig. She married Samuel Waterfall(Wasserfallen) & had a daughter named Elizabeth who was bonr feb.06,1846 in Laupen,Switzerland. Any info on Maria Helbig or Samuel would be greatly appreciated. You can contact me at

Re: Helbig Family

Posted: 1109563560000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Waterfall
Immigrated 1847

Household Record 1880 United States Census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Mary WATERFALL Wife M Female W 60 SWITZ Housekeeper SWITZ SWITZ
Mary E. WATERFALL Dau S Female W 15 IN Housekeeper SWITZ SWITZ

Source Information:
Census Place Thorn Creek, Whitley, Indiana
Family History Library Film 1254324
NA Film Number T9-0324
Page Number 367D

In the early half of the nineteenth century there was born in the canton of Berne, Switzerland, a boy christened Samuel Waterfall, who married a neighboring girl by the name of Mary Helbling, and this couple, in 1847, crossed the ocean and took up their residence in Fairfield county, Ohio. They were poor, and the husband had to work for his daily bread, in this way supporting his family until 1854, when he came to Whitley county. For a while he rented land, but in 1869, having saved sufficient money, he bought a small farm in Thorncreek township on which he lived until his retirement from active business in 1901. His wife died in 1893, but he survives at the age of eighty-eight years, making his home with his children. These were five in number: Mary, widow of Jacob Phiested, now living in Columbia township; Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Poulus, of Noble county; John W.; Ann, wife of William Kessler, of Columbia City, and Samuel, who died in infancy.

John W. Waterfall was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, September 22, 1847, soon after his parents’ arrival from Switzerland, and since coming to Whitley county he has spent within its borders all the intervening years. He obtained but a meager education, but learned all about hard work on the pioneer farms of the county’s formative period. He learned the carpenter’s trade, and in a few years began contracting and building, which he has followed for more than thirty-five years, meeting with success insured by experience and attention to details, many of the finer residences of Columbia City standing as monuments to his capacity, skill and supervision.

In 1873 Mr. Waterfall married Caroline, daughter of Frederick Humbarger, and early settler of Thorncreek township, who was born in 1854. Her demise occurred March 27, 1906. They had eight children, William H., Frederick S., Irene Elizabeth, Carl, Mable, Catherine, Mary and Paul. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Waterfall is a Knight of the Maccabees. He has ever been a strict advocate of temperance, his decided aversion to the liquor traffic leading him to abandon the old parties twenty-four years ago, since when he has been an untiring advocate of the principles of prohibition, a cause to the furthering of which his best energies are devoted.

Pages 474-475 - "History of Whitley County, Indiana" by S.P. Kaler and R.H. Maring (pub. 1907)

Waterfall Mary — 1818 1891 2 names Samuel — Stough-B-10-8-2
Waterfall Samuel — died January 16 1862 aged 4 years 6 months 26 days son of S & M l - Gone but not forgotten — Stough-B-10-6-1
Waterfall Samuel — 1819 1909 2 names Mary - The 1850 census found this couple living in Etna Twp Licking Co Ohio Both born in Switzerland Mary was nee Helblig —

Re: Helbig Family

Posted: 1166409774000
Classification: Query

Elizabeth Waterfall married Daniel Paulus in 1867, shortly after his return from fighting in the Civil War. They settled on a farm in Whitley County near Elizabeth's parents, Samuel and Mary Waterfall. Their first four children were born on this farm.

The Paulus family moved to a farm in Saint Joseph County, Indiana where Samuel and John Paulus were born. John succumbed of malaria fever and a discouraged Paulus family returned to Whitley County. They later bought a farm on the east side of Big Lake in Noble County. Rose, Lee Odis, and Christenea Paulus were born on this farm.
[BO: Military: :BO] Served in Co. C 30th IN Inf. from 10 Feb. 1865 to
5 Oct. 1865.

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Mary Helblig and Samuel Waterfall were born and raised in Bern, Switzerland. Samuel was a weaver and Mary a tailor and made all of the family's clothing. They used to joke about Sam's making the materials and Mary's cutting them up.

The Waterfall's first child, Elizabeth, died in infancy as did a second daughter, also named Elizabeth. Their first living child, Mary was born in 1844, and on February 6, 1846, a third daughter, also named Elizabeth, was born and survived. When Elizabeth was about 1 year old Sam and Mary sold their home and weaving business and sailed for America in a crowded emigrant boat. During the passage, Elizabeth learned to walk on the chests and trunks there, as there was very little open deck.

Sam settled his family in rural western Ohio where their son, John, was born in 1847. A daughter, Ann, was born in 1848. Many other babies were born into the family but did not survive infancy. The Waterfalls moved to Whitley County, Indiana where they lived and farmed for many years.

Emma and Laura Paulus spent four years with their grandparents, Sam and Mary, on their Whitley County farm to help with the housework. Mary suffered from asthma attacks, but despite her ailment, she was a remarkable woman. She taught her granddaughters cooking, baking, knitting, gardening, and ow to milk the cows. Often in the evenings the grandparents told the girls lively stories of their homeland, Switzerland.

Samuel and Mary Helblig Waterfall are buried at Thorncreek Cemetary in Whitley County, Indiana.
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