Weaver’s Wife

On this day, July 6th, Linna (Schubarth) Bergt died in 1849.  At that time, a major cholera epidemic was taking place in St. Louis.  That disease reared its ugly head in Perry County also, because the cause of Linna’s death in Frohna, Missouri, was cholera.

Linna Schubarth came to America in 1839 aboard the Johann Georg, one of the ships chartered by the immigration society that settled in Perry County.  She was the daughter of a retired pastor in Nieder-Frohna, Germany, by the name of Gottlob Wilhelm Schubarth.  Also aboard the Johann Georg was Rev. G.W. Keyl, the former pastor in Nieder-Frohna.  Linna was traveling with no other family members on the ship.  At the time, she was 23 years old.

Linna Schubarth passenger list Johann Georg
Johann Georg
passenger list

Aboard the Copernicus, another ship that was part of that same immigration society, was Wilhelm Adolph Bergt, the oldest of three Bergt brothers who traveled together to America.  Wilhelm Adolph was a weaver from Burgstadt, Germany.

Wilhelm Adolph Bergt passenger list Copernicus
passenger list

About one year after these two arrived in Perry County, Linna and Wilhelm were married on March 1, 1840.  They would have been married by Rev. G.W. Keyl who was now the pastor in Frohna, Missouri. The couple had no known children.

Schubarth Bergt marriage record
Schubarth-Bergt marriage record – Perry County

The Concordia church records indicate that Linna was buried with a graveside service after dying from cholera in 1849. Rev. Gotthold Loeber was serving both the Frohna and Altenburg churches at the time, and he, too, would later die in 1849.   I could not find a gravestone for Linna in the Concordia Cemetery however.  After her death, Wilhelm would become a Lutheran pastor and have some children by another marriage.  Rev. Bergt died in Tecumseh, Nebraska and is buried in the St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery in Steinauer, Nebraska.  A previous post referred to one of Rev. Bergt’s children:  A Family Moves to the Prairie.

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