Land Records for Michael and Christopher Daleiden 1864 – 1900s: DuPage County Farm and Land Purchases Revealed.

In June I went to the DuPage Recorder of Deeds Office in Wheaton Illinois in DuPage County. The staff was very helpful and patient.

The main research objective in visiting the Recorder’s Office was to find original deeds recording the earliest land acquistion transactions made by the Daleidens in DuPage County Illinois.

Upon review of the Deeds we gain and understanding of the expansion of the Daleiden family land holdings along Mack Road and within the Village of Winfield.

In 1864 Michael and Christopher Daleiden made their first purchase of property in Winfield Township on 4 May 1864. The total acreage purchased from Col. Julius Warren (founder and resident of Warrenville Illinois) was for forty acres for $ 520. This is the first recording of a Daleiden brother’s property purchase in their new home land following their immigration from Germany to the United States. This specific piece of land is located south of Mack Road and east of the West Branch of the DuPage River.

The above documents is a land Warrenty Deed. The Deed records the sale of property along Mack Road to Michael and Christopher Daleiden. The grantor (seller) is Colonel Julius M. Warren. The date of the Deed is 4 May 1864. The price of $ 520 for “forty acres more or less.” The legal description: ” The southwest corner of the northeast quarter of Section 27, Township 39 [Winfield Township], Range 19, East of 3rd Prime Meridian . . .”. The top view of the Deed is an expanded view of the top portion of the same Deed.
Michael Daleiden is shown as paying his taxes for his property on Mack Road. This is from the DuPage County Accessor’s Office.
Col. Julius Warren is the founder of the City of Warrenville Illinois in Winfield Township. He sold land to the Daleidens.
The 1865 Illinois Census shows Michael and his family members (represented by hashmarks by age category) living in Winfield Township.

In October 1868 Michael and Christopher added on to their landholdings by purchasing an additional ninety acres near the West Branch of the DuPage River. They purchased the land from Thomas and Helen J. Pelham of Warrenville Illinois. Here is an 1863 map showing thei property property prior to the Daleidens purchasing the property from the Pelhams.

Thomas and Helen J. Pelham property near the Mack Family on Mack Road. This property was sold to Michael and Christopher Daleiden in October 1868.

Thomas Pelham, the property seller, was born in 1835 in England and died in Jan 1914. The Pelham family were part of the first wave of east coast “yankee” settlers claiming property in DuPage County prior to the Irish and German immigrants moving into the County.

This Deed dated 20 October 1868 on file at the DuPage County Assessors Office documents the transfer and sale of ninety acres from the Thomas and Helen J. Pelham to Michael and Christopher Daleiden. The sale price was $ 500.

On December 19, 1881 Michael Daleiden purchased forty acres of land from James Fairbank (a widower) to add to his growing land holdings along Mack Road near the West Branch of the DuPage River. The Fairbank family were original landholders dating back to the 1830s. Their land spread out west of what is now Illinois Route 59 and extended east along the west and east banks of the West Branch of the DuPage River north of Mack Road.

The above Deed dated 19 December 1881 shows the transfer of forty acres from James Fairbanks to Michael Daleiden for the price of $ 1,500.

The 1874 map (below) records the initial forty acres expanded to 80 acres along Mack Road. This is Section 27 in Winfield Township in DuPage County Illinois.

In November of 1881 Christopher Daleiden added an additional piece of property to his landholdings. The new property addition was along and hugged the east bank of the West Branch of DuPage River along Mack Road. This was a key property acquistion by the Daleidens. This provided their family and farm animals with direct access to then fresh and clean water of the DuPage River. The brothers were now both married, they now owned their own separate farm properties and at have been raising their families. The 1880 U.S. Census documents the growth of their families.

The U.S. 1880 Census lists the family members of Michael Daleiden and his brother Christopher living on Mack Road in Winfield Township. My Great-grandmother Susan Schlick is four years old.
The Deed dated 7 December 1881 documents the transfer of several acres for $1,241.10 from landowner Sarah (Mathers) Roberts and her husband George D. Roberts. This property had been inherited by Sarah from her father Israel Mather upon his death.
This 1904 Winfield Township map records the two brothers land and farm holdings along Mack Road. Compare this map with the 1874 map shown above. The Daleiden’s purchase of property from Col. Julius Warren, the Pelhams, Fairbanks and the Mather families were combined into four properties with a total of over 150 acres. The puchases had taken place over a span of forty years (1864 to 1904). The purchase price for the acreage was over $3,761. One footnote: notice that Mack Road now conveys over the West Branch of the Dupage River. The ‘dogleg” of the road goes past the Daleiden farm home, barn and proprty. Much later in time this dog leg would be straighten with a smooht cover that one travels along today as we drive west toward the traffic lights at the Mack and Illinois Route 59 intersection.

The map shown below dated 1904 is marked with the properties owned by Christopher Daleiden or his son Michael T. or property that eventually would be owned by his grandson Michael B. Daleiden. Christopher by the late 1890s and early 1900s may have begun contemplating future and his plans to retire or at least downgrade his active involvement with his farm along Mack Road. Christopher was looking toward retirement in his house near St John’s Church in Winfield.

Christopher and Margaret Daleiden eventually purchased lots in Section 14 near St. Johns Church along John Street (now Church Street) in Winfield. The ‘Store‘ shown in Lot 3 in Section 9 was the Bluebird Billard and Confectionary Store managed by William B. Daleiden. William and his wife had purchased a home in Lot 6 in Section 8 down and across the street from the store. Christopher purchased a large lot at the end of Frederick Street (now Beecher Street). This large lot according to my grandfather Frank Schlick was “Grandpa Daleiden’s hay field“. Margaret and Christopher would live in a home built on lot 3 in Section 14.

This map of Winfield is taken from the DuPage County 1904 Atlas. The properties marked with a blue “X” are owned by the Daleiden family. (Source: Illinois Digital Archives scanned copy of the 1904 DuPage County Atlas).
The above Deeds document (dated 1886 and 1894) the purchase of several acres of property and lots by Christopher Daleiden in the Village of Wnfield Illinois (Plated as the Town of Fredericksburg).
The William B. Daleiden home at the corner of what is now Beecher and Winfield Roads in Winfield. The home site is now occupied by the Winfield Market Square stores building.
The Margaret and Christopher Daleiden home on Church Street. This home was located just north of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Winfield. The event is this photo is the wedding of Susan (Daleiden) and Casper Schlick in October of 1906.

About Schlick Daleiden Families - DuPage and Kane Counties of Illinois

Kevin Davis is a retired Public Library Director. He is a Board member of the Winfield (IL) Historical Society. Davis has over 35 years experience working in public libraries. He is deeply interested in local Chicagoland, Dupage, and Kane County History. Davis earned a BA in History and an MA in Library Science from Dominican University. He is a volunteer researcher for the St. James Farm Forest Preserve part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in Illinois. His work includes extensive writing and research on the McCormick family line who were former owners of St. James Farm. He is an avid family historian / genealogist and has done extensive research on the Schlicks and Daleidens of DuPage and Kane County Illinois.
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