Mrs. Rosenwinkel? Or Is It Mrs. Jahn?

When I was a boy growing up in Jennings, Missouri in the St. Louis area, the principal at St. Jacobi Lutheran School was Kenneth Markworth.  It turns out that today’s blog starts in the Markworth family, and Kenneth Markworth also came from this family.

Heinrich Gottfried Markworth came to America aboard the Copernicus in 1839.  His occupation was listed as a tailor on the passenger list.  He would later become a farmer.  The Trinity Lutheran Church books indicate that Heinrich Gottfried’s marriage to Friedericke Mueller was the first marriage recorded in Perry County.  They were married on September 7, 1839.  Friedericke was the sister of Rev. J.A.F.W. Mueller.  Several blog posts have referred to Rev. Mueller as the first graduate of Concordia Seminary, Altenburg, Missouri.

Markworth Mueller marriage record.JPG
Markworth-Mueller marriage record – Trinity, Altenburg

The last child of the Markworths was born on this day, July 8, in 1858 and was baptized at Trinity, Altenburg.  Rev. J.F. Beyer was the relatively new pastor at Trinity, arriving shortly after the removal of Rev. George Schieferdecker from that church in 1857.

Rosine Christiane Markworth baptism record
Rosine Christiane Markworth baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg

When Christiane was 34 years old, she married a widowed pastor, Rev. Gustav Rosenwinkel.

Gustav had a very interesting previous life.  When Gustav was sailing to America with his parents, who were named Jahn, they both died on the ship.  Now an orphan, Gustav came to be cared for by a couple named Rosenwinkel, although he was never officially adopted.  Gustav, when he was being confirmed, was asked what name he would prefer, and he chose to be called Gustav Rosenwinkel.

Upon marriage, Christiane also became the stepmother of several children.  This couple would also have some children of their own.  Rev. Rosenwinkel would spend time in Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota.

One of Christiane’s stepsons was quite notable.  He usually went by the name Hans.  He earned a doctorate and was also a minister.  The Lutheran Church decided to send him as a missionary to Denmark.  Below we see his application for a passport.

Hans Jahn passport
Hans Jahn passport application

Notice that Hans at this time made the decision to use Jahn as his last name instead of Rosenwinkel.  Later, Hans would also spend some time serving at a seminary in Brazil.

A family history book on the Mueller family that we have in our museum includes the following quotation about the Rosenwinkel/Jahn family:

“Thus by God’s strange but gracious providence a lad is orphaned on shipboard, grows up in the United States, becomes a Lutheran pastor.  He devotes on son to the teaching ministry and two sons to the parish ministry, one of them to become an outstanding scholar and to do kingdom work on three continents, Europe, North and South America.”


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