Gazlay Family History
 

FamilyJoseph George Voelker

Parents

FatherJohn Voelker ( - )
MotherMarie _____ (ca. October 1824 - 24 June 1908)

Personal Information

Record Created: 9 November 2009; Last Edited: 11 May 2015 
NameJoseph George Voelker
GenderMale
Born 4 August 1868 in Germany1, 2, 3, 4
Emigrated 1872 from Germany2
Married 9 January 1891 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey to Margaret Percy2, 4, 5
Died 30 January 1915 in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey6

Biography

Joseph is described as nice looking, nearly six feet tall, with light blue eyes, and a small mustache. He worked at various jobs, including a dye making apprentice at Oak’s Mill, a wool carder, a carpenter, and an employee at the Consolidated Safety Pin Company’s plant, according to family recollections, census records, and his obituary.2, 4, 6, 7

Joseph’s son, David (Percy David Voelker), indicated that he shared his birthday, August 4th, with his father.1

His obituary indicates that he was survived by his wife and four children. However, he actually had five surviving children at the time of his death, his second child, Mary, having died in a fire in 1902, according to family recollections.1, 6

 

Joseph G. Voelker.

Joseph G. Voelker of 12 Cottage St., employed at the Consolidated Safety Pin Company’s plant, died Saturday afternoon after an illness of several weeks from typhoid fever. He was a member of Court Bloomfield Centre, I. O. F., and was 47 years old. A widow and four children survive.

Family

Spouse 1FamilyMargaret Percy
Born 4 April 1875 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Married 9 January 1891 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey to Joseph George Voelker
Married to Charles Elmer Brighton
Died 1945
  
Children of Joseph George Voelker and Margaret Percy:
  
+1.FamilyFannie T. Voelker
Born 19 November 1892 in New Jersey
Married ca. 1912 to Clarence Thomas ‘Bud’ Westerfield
Died 1 December 1970
  
2.FamilyMary Voelker
Born 7 April 1894 in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey
Died 1902
  
+3.FamilyJohn J. ‘Jack’ Voelker
Born 16 April 1897 in Essex County, New Jersey
Married ca. 1921 to Mae Cronin
Died 8 November 1940
  
+4.FamilyMargaret Eleanor Voelker
Born 19 May 1903 in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey
Married to George Charles Blake
Died 14 January 2004 in New Providence, Union County, New Jersey
  
+5.FamilyJosephine Caroline Voelker
Born 24 July 1904 in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey
Married 20 November 1921 to William Passmore McGregor
Died 18 August 1923 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey
  
6.FamilyPercy David Voelker
Born 4 August 1908 in New Jersey
Married to Gladys M. Skinner
Died 24 September 1995
  

Sources

  1. Records of Conversations between Lee Gazlay and Percy David Voelker on various dates in May and June, 1984.
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, New Jersey, Essex County, Bloomfield City, Enumeration District 201, Sheet No. 20A, family of Joseph Volker (31, Germany, Aug 1868, wool carder, immigrated in 1872); wife of 7 years Margaret Volker (25, Pennsylvania, April 1875, 3 children, 3 living); daughter Fannie Volker (7, New Jersey, Nov 1892); daughter Mary Volker (5, New Jersey, April 1895); son John Volker (3, New Jersey, April 1897); mother Mary Volker (75, Germany, Oct 1824, widow, 9 children, 1 living, immigrated in 1872).
  3. New Jersey State Census, 1905, Essex County, family of Joseph Volker (37); Margurett Volker (31); Faney T. Volker (12); John J. Volker (8); Margurett E. Volker (2); Josephine C. Volker (1).
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, New Jersey, Essex County, Bloomfield City, Enumeration District 152, Sheet No. 18B, family of Joseph Volker (41, Germany, carpenter, house); wife of 13 years Margaret Volker (35, New Jersey, 5 children, 5 living); daughter Fannie Volker (17, New Jersey); daughter Margaret Volker (7, New Jersey); daughter Josephine Volker (6, New Jersey); son Jack Volker (13, New Jersey); son Percy Volker (2, New Jersey).
  5. New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985, Joseph Geo. Voelker, age 23, born in Germany; and Margaret Percy, age 19, born in the U.S.; married on 6 January 1891 in Newark, Essex [County], New Jersey.
  6. Obituary, The Independent Press, Bloomfield, New Jersey, 5 February 1915, Joseph G. Voelker, died the previous Saturday (i.e., 30 January 1915) in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
  7. Record of visit between Lee Gazlay and Margaret (nee Voelker) Blake, George and Stella Blake, Spring 1996, in which Margaret, George, and Stella provided numerous details about the Voelker family and families that Voelker women married into.