Heinrich Conrad Schrag was born 14 Jul 1787 in Leistadt, Rhein-Phalz, Germany. On 25 Apr 1813 he married Elizabeth Hirstein in Bobbenheim am Berg, Germany. The family then emigrated to America, perhaps around 1834, settling in the Ridge Prairie section of St. Clair county, Illinois, where they farmed. A letter to Germany from Elizabeth's nephew, Samuel Hirstein, has been transcribed which describes his visit to the Schrag family in 1836.
The surname has been variously spelled Schrag, Schrau, Schrock, Schrack, Schragg, among others in America, while in Germany it has included Schrah and Schrag.
A database of all of Heinrich's descendants is being maintained by the author, and anyone descended from him is urged to write to Jim Bridges. Heinrich's daughters married into Aul, Wittmer, and Kraemer families in St. Clair and Clinton counties, so these surnames are also of interest to the author.
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