Mel Vornkahl

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Following is some information on my family history that i am submitting for your web-site on the Vornkahl family. I have been assisted by several individuals including Dr. Ulrich Schroder, Mr. Ike Bock, Ms G. Binder, and Roy Johnson who has helped me immensly with his expertise in the field of geneology. At this time I want to publicly thank these individuals for their assistance.

Generation 1

Fornekahl, Matthias he married Dorothee Nee Kiel. ( no dates available)

Child of Matthias Fornekahl, and Dorothee Nee Kiel is

1. Vollspanner Jhannes Jochim Konrad Fredrick Vornkahl b. Sept. 27, 1787, d. Oct. 20, 1858. in Dingelbe, Germany.

Generation #2.

Vollspanner Fredrick Vornkahl m. Dora Ohlendorf, daughter of Johann Ohlendorf and Anna Wulf. She died March 20, 1867.

Children of Fredrick Vornkahl & Dora Ohlendorf are:

i. Sophie Vornkahl, b. May 2, 1823

ii. Ernest Vornkahl, b. April 18, 1831 d. January 05, 1910.

iii. One stillborn boy Vornkahl, b. July 23, 1833

iv. Franz Wilhelm Theodor Vornkahl, b. January 13, 1835.

Generation #3.



Ernest Vornkahl was born April 18, 1831 in Hoheneggelson near Hanover, Germany and died January 05, 1910 in Clark Co. Missouri. He married Elizabeth Rikeberg in 1857 in Clark Co. Missouri. She was b. August 17, 1837 in Germany, and d. Feb. 24, 1914 in St. Joseph, Mo.

Ernest Vornkahl emigrated to the United States in 1852 and settled in Iowa near West Point for 3 and 1/2 years before moving to Clark Co. Mo. where he took up farming and aquired 310 acres of well improved land. He remained a farmer alll his life. (history of Lewis, Clark, Knox, and Scotland Counties, Missouri.) "Biographical appendix for Clark Co." Page 975 copyright 1887 Goodspeed Publishing Company.

He and his wife Elizabeth traveled back to Germany in the year 1900, aboard the Steamer Venetia into Hamberg. Stayed with we think a cousin Carl or (Karl) Vornkahl at Victoria St 32 Hildesheim, Provinz Hanover, Germany. From there they went to his old home and birthplace of Hoheneggelson and lived with a nephew Wilhelm Himstedt. They left for the return trip aboard the Steamer Marie Theria from Bremerhaven. This information provided in letters to my grandfather which i am in possession.

Notes for Ernest Vornkahl

1. Baptized May 8, 1831

Godfathers: Ernest August Schulze

August ?, Lubrecht ?

2. Burial January 8, 1910- Christy Cemetary, Acasto, Clark Co. Mo.

3. Farmer and member of German Evangelical Church.

4. Original settler Clark Co. Mo. Grant Township

Children of Ernest Vornkahl & Elizabeth Rikeberg are:

i. William Herman Vornkahl

ii. Amelia Vornkahl

4. Sophia Vornkahl was born May 02, 1823. She married Halbspanner Heinrich Himstedt Mar. 03, 1843 in Hoheneggelson, Germany. He was born January 20, 1811.

Children of Sophie Vornkahl and Heinrich Himstedt are:

i. Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Himstedt, b. Feb. 08, 1844, d. unknown

ii. Christian Herman Friedrich Wilhelm Himstedt, b. Oct. 22, 1846. D. unknown

iii. Johanne Friederike Himstedt. b. Aug. 25, 1848. d. unknown.

Generation #4.

5. William Herman Vornkahl was born Sept. 08, 1861 in Clark Co. Mo.and d. Apr. 17, 1943 in Farmington, Iowa. He married Sadie Brewster Oct. 21, 1888 in Clark Co. Mo. daughter of George Brewster and Melinda Neff. She was b. Feb. 27, 1868 in Clark Co. Mo. and d. Oct 20, 1946 in Farmington, Iowa.

Note on William Herman Vornkahl

1. Took over the farm owned by Ernest Vornkahl and farmed until retirement in 1937.

2. Burial in Greenglade Cemetary Farmington, Iowa.

Note on Sadie E. Brewster Vornkahl

1. Burial Greenglade Cemetary Farmington, Iowa.

Children of William Vornkahl and Sadie Brewster are:

i. Elmer Ernest Vornkahl

ii. Mary Ethel Vornkahl

iii. Ada Vornkahl

iv. Effie Vornkahl

6. Amelia Vornkahl b. Feb 10, 1858 in Clark Co. Mo. d. Dec. 07, 1900 in Clark Co. Mo. m. David Sullivan.

Child of Amelia Vornkahl and David Sullivan is:

i. Walter Sullivan. dates unknown.


It was said by older members of the family that William Herman Vornkahl and Fred Vornkahl son of Henry Vornkahl who lived near Donnelson, Iowa and ancestor to Roy Johnson, were 1st cousins. This means that Ernest Vornkahl my Great Grandfather and Henry Vornkahl Roys Great-Great-Grandfather woould have to be brothers. As yet we have not been able to find the link that proves this. We are hoping that our friends in Germany will find that Fred Vornkahl and Dora Ohlendorf had other children besides those listed and will include Henry.

Generation #5.

Elmer Ernest Vornkahl b. Aug. 14, 1889. Clark Co. Mo. d. may 27, 1951 in Graham Hospital Keokuk, Iowa. He married Bertie Ann Clifton Feb. 25, 1915 daughter of Zachriah Clifton and Clarinda Alice Gammon. b. Oct 19, 1892; d. Nov. 26, 1990 at Clark Co. Nursing home Kahoka, Mo.

Theyn purchased operated what was known as the Sappington Farm of 160 acres and also 60 acres of the Zack Clifton farm all located in Grant Township Clark Co. Mo.

Children of ElmerVornkahl and Bertie Clifton are;

i. Marvin Eston Vornkahl b. Feb 15, 1916

ii. Merrill Dean Vornkahl b. Jan. 31, 1931

iii. Earnest Melburn Vornkahl b. July 13, 1932

Mary Ethel Vornkahl b. Jan 18, 1892 Clark Co. Mo. d. Nov. 02, 1982, Farmington, Iowa. m. Lloyd VonSeggen, Apr. 07, 1914.

Children of Mary E. Vornkahl and Lloyd VonSeggen are:

i. Milo VonSeggen

ii. Wilma VonSeggen (Doud)

Ada Vornkahl. b. Oct. 17, 1893. d. Aug. 19,1953.

Effie Vornkahl b. May 30, 1900 m. Darrel Wolf Nov. 25, 1959. d. Mar. 30, 1996

Generation #6.

1. Marvin Eston Vornkahl b. Feb 15, 1916; m. Verna King Feb 22, 1937. Settled and operated farm previously owned by Great Grandfather Ernest Vornkahl settled in 1856 and also owned by grandffather William Herman Vornkahl.

Children of Marvin Vornkahl and Verna King are:

i. Karen Nadine Vornkahl b. Oct 02, 1941

2. Merrill Dean Vornkahl; b. Jan. 31, 1931, m. Betty Jean Plankael, Oct 1, 1949, b. Apr. 29, 1928, d. Dec. 29, 1990 m. Rosa Michel Nov 26, 1994, b. Mar. 03, 1929 d. Apr. 17, 2000

Children of Merrill Vornkahl and Betty Plankael are:

i. Vicki Lynn Vornkahl (Thomas).

ii. Kevin Vornkahl

iii. Martin Dean Vornkahl

3. Earnest M. Vornkahl b. July 13, 1932, m. Ruth E. Losey Apr. 27, 1952 b. Nov. 18, 1933.

Children of Earnest Vornkahl and Ruth Losey are:

i. Deborah Lynn Vornkahl ( Eckstein ) b. Mar. 07, 1954

ii. Jan Elaine Vornkahl, b. July 13, 1956

iii. Susan Lee Vornkahl, ( Johnson ) b. Mar. 11, 1959.

This concludes the portion of Vornkahl ancestry pertaining to my linseage. If I can be of help to anyone, or if you have any informatiuon jpertaining to my ancestry please E-Mail me at




Here are the pictures of my great-grand-mother Elizabeth Rikeberg and my great-grand-father Ernest Vornkahl.