Fred Thoele was born in 1810 in Oldenburg, in the German Empire. His parents are not known.

It is not known when he immigrated to the United States.

He married Mary A. (last name not known) who also was born in Oldenburg.

In 1870, Fred was living in Douglas Township, Effingham County, Illinois. Living with him was Mary-40 years, Catherine-16 years, Joseph-14 years, Ferdinik-12 years, John-9 years, Josephine-2 years, and Ernst Henry-2 years. Fred had real estate worth $3000 and personal estate worth $600. Both Fred and Mary could not read or write

they had Anna Mary Thoele in 1870.