A while back we posted an article titled, Twin Twins. Today, amazingly, we have a story of triple twins. I started thinking that I might do a story about two sets of twins that were born on December 13th twenty-eight years apart from one another. That was until I found out about how a woman in New Wells gave birth to three straight sets of twins between 1886 and 1891. So three pairs trumped two pairs.
After already having six children, Margaretha (Streit) Hemmann gave birth to a set of twins on December 13, 1886. Gustav Benjamin Hemmann was the father, and the twins were named Gustav Christoph and Margaretha Emilie. So you can see that this set of twins received the names of their father and mother.
Margaretha would later marry Theodore Gottfried Koch. These two were married by Rev. Zschocke in 1913. Theodore was a farmer in Shawnee Township in northern Cape Girardeau County near where the New Wells church was located. Margaretha lived to be 85 years old and died in 1972. She and her husband are both buried in the Immanuel, New Wells cemetery.
Gustav married Henriette Badten in 1911. By that time, Gustav was living in South Dakota. Later, the Hemmanns would move to Adams County, North Dakota. Gustav’s story was told in a previous post, Dakota Hemmanns. However, both Gustav and Henriette are buried in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Memorial Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Three years after the birth of Margaretha and Gustav, their mother gave birth to a second set of twins on May 31, 1889. These twins were named Benjamin and Sophie Hemmann. Sophie did not live long, but Benjamin did.
Benjamin’s first marriage was to Anna Kassel in 1911. She apparently died, so Benjamin remarried Hulda Frede. Benjamin died at the age of 64 in Uniontown, Missouri. He is buried in the Grace Lutheran, Uniontown cemetery.
As if that was not enough, Margaretha gave birth to a third set of twins on February 6, 1891. Their names were Rudolph and Lina Hemmann.
So for the third time in a row, not only did the Hemmanns have twins, but they were all boy/girl sets of twins.
Rudolph would be another Hemmann to move to Brown County, South Dakota. It was there that he married Bertha Bartz. The Rudolph Hemmanns would also move to Adams County, North Dakota where Rudolph and Bertha are buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in the city of Reeder.
Lina married Otto Leimbach in 1913. Otto was a farmer in the New Wells area. Both Otto and Lina are buried in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Pocahontas, Missouri.
I wish I had some photos of these people, but I could not find any. However, this is a story that just had to be told. This Hemmann family had a total of 13 children, most of which lived good long lives. Gustav Benjamin Hemmann’s grandfather, J.G. Hemmann had 20 children. His story was told in the post, The Beginning of the Hemmann Herd. There is a definite reason why we often state that most people around this area have a little bit of Hemmann in them.
Just a note: The other set of twins born on December 13th was Amalie Juliane and Maria Magdalena Saalfeld, born in 1858.