Anna Dorothea Schuricht was born on this day (July 23) in 1859. Her parents, John and Anna Susanna (Tirmenstein) Schurict were living in St. Louis and members of Old Trinity Lutheran Church.
In 1878, Dorothea married Johann Heinrich (John Henry) Thiess. Henry was a Lutheran pastor who had received some of his Lutheran traning in Ft. Wayne Indiana. He himself was an Indiana native. The couple was living in Clarks Fork, Missouri in 1880. The next census was in 1900, and by then Henry and Anna were living in Alameda, California. In between that time, there is some indication that Rev. Theiss was instructed by the church to begin a ministry to African-Americans in the Los Angeles area. The Theiss family had nine children.
Both John Henry and Anna Dorothea are buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Alameda, California.