Recently we wrote posts about a few members of the Jahn family, two of which were married on the same day in May of 1858. Today we tell the story of another Jahn wedding which happened on this day, May 22nd, in 1851, seven years before the double wedding. This marriage was performed by Rev. … More Yet Another Jahn Marriage
The time has come. The area schools have all dismissed for the summer. The weather has turned warmer. Children are wandering the streets of Altenburg looking for something to do. It’s time to hear the umpire shout, “Play Ball!” The ballpark in Altenburg shown above will be home for plenty of action in the coming … More Take Me Out to the Ballpark
May 20th was the day that Michael Hopfer died in 1877. Michael Hopfer came to America as part of the Gruber group at the end of 1839 and settled in the area designated as Paitzdorf (later changed to Uniontown). The passenger list from the Johann Georg and census records list him as being a cooper, … More Cooper Hopfer
Yesterday, our blog post mentioned that Maria Jahn married Johann Gottfried Schuessler on May 19, 1859. Maria was not the only Jahn to be married on that day. Her brother, Friedrich Jahn married Magdalena Kaufmann on the same day. It was a double wedding, and it might have occurred in the 1845 church. Back in … More Another Multiple Wedding in Altenburg
Maria Jahn was one of the first children to be baptized after the immigrants arrived in Perry County. She was born on this day, May 18, 1840. It is possible that this baptism may have taken place in the upper room of the Loeber parsonage which was where the Altenburg congregation held their services for … More When Did Jahn Schuessler Die?
For the congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church and its pastor, Rev. C.F.W. Walther, the cholera epidemic of 1849 first hit home when 15 year old Margaretha Vitter died of that disease on May 9th. That disease would bring much death and mourning to the city of St. Louis for the next several months. And if … More The Great St. Louis Fire of 1849
My research journey began today with the fact that George Doering and Amalia Theresa Schlimpert were married in Perry County on May 16, 1849. Here I must interject that this marriage is not recorded in the church books in Altenburg. This was that time period right before Rev. Gotthold Loeber’s death and the church records … More What’s A Doering Doing in Nebraska?
June of 1849 was a tragic month in the life of Jacob Kalbfleisch, who lived in St. Louis and was a member of Rev. C.F.W. Walther’s congregation. This is how this tragedy is described from a family tree on Ancestry.com. “Tragically, very shortly after their arrival in St. Louis the cholera epidemic swept through St. … More Maria Boettcher – An Answer to Jacob’s Prayers
Not long ago, we did a few blog posts concerning J.G. Hemman who fathered so many children. J.G. came to America with the Gruber group in December of 1839. There was another fertile father in the Gruber group. His name was August Friedrich Wilhelm Engert. I ran across his name today because his first wife, … More Another Fertile Father
Earlier this week, a discovery was made in Altenburg which our director, Carla Jordan, has described as finding the Holy Grail. The items discovered are a set of hand-drawn maps which show locations of some of the important historical sites in the Altenburg area. The photo below shows a small portion of one of the … More Altenburg’s Holy Grail