The history of the Albrecht family in this county dates back to November, 1837. It was then that Christian and Elizabeth (Engel) Albrecht, with most of their children, came from Bavaria to the United States, and settled where their grandson, Daniel Albrecht, now resides. They died here, and are buried on the farm, which they settled and improved. Then names of their children are: Jacob, deceased; Peter, Johannes, Joseph, Christian, Mrs. Barbara Loder, Mrs. Elizabeth Zeirlein, Mrs. Catharine Orendorff, the last three deceased, and Mrs. Magdalena Burkey, of Nebraska.
Of the above, Joseph Albrecht was born March 19, 1817, in Bavaria. He came here with his parents, who entered 160 acres of land. He, like them, followed farming, and now owns a farm of 420 acres, which his son Daniel, manages. Joseph Albrecht was married in 1841 to Barbara Gingery, born May 3, 1815, in Hessen Darmstadt. She died here June 25, 1883. Her parents were Johannes and Magdalena (Ackhart) Gingery. She was the mother of four children, viz: Catharina, Joseph W., Daniel and William. Of the above, the oldest is at home. Joseph W. married Jennie Butler. They have one son — William W. Albrecht.
Daniel, our subject, was born February 8, 1848. He is married to Lena Unzicker, born June 19, 1851, in Tazewell County, Ill. She is the daughter of Jacob and Maria (Krabiel) Unzicker, and is the mother of Otto F. and Edward U. Albrecht. William Albrecht was born April 18, 1850. He died December 17, 1877, at Brooklyn, in the prime of life. He was a graduate of the Lombard University. He traveled extensively in Europe, visited the Centennial, and then commenced the study of medicine at Long Island College, in Brooklyn, where he died.
While traveling in Europe he visit Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and there studied its language at Giessen; then went to Switzerland, Italy, France and England, collecting many notes and mementos, which are yet preserved in the family. Daniel Albrecht and Family, and also his parents, are members of the Mennonite Church.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885