Triple Trinity Baptisms

Yesterday’s article included a man whose first name was Jacob and a town in Illinois called Jacob.  Today’s story is about a family with the surname of Jacob.

On Sunday, March 10th in 1901, Rev. Paul Roesener had the privilege of welcoming three young children into God’s family through Holy Baptism.  They were not triplets.  All three were children of Charles and Martha Jacob, and the baptisms took place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Here is an image in the church records of those baptisms.

Jacob family triple baptism

There was a Jacob family included in the list of original immigrants that arrived in 1838-1839.  You can find several church records for this family in both the Grace Lutheran, Uniontown and Trinity Lutheran, Altenburg church books.  In fact, a previous story has been written about a Heinrich Jacob who was part of a triple wedding at Trinity in 1864.  That post was titled, Three in One at Trinity.  However, I could not find any connection between that Jacob family and the one in today’s story.

We find Charles Jacob living in St. Louis in 1880 (At least I think this is the right Charles Jacob).

Charles Jacob 1880 census
1880 census – St. Louis, MO

Charles is shown here as a 19 year old brewer.  This is the time period when you could find breweries springing up throughout the St. Louis area.  The next document I could find which records Charles’s location was his marriage license.  Charles married Martha Evaline McCain in 1894 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.


At the time of their marriage, Charles was 32 years old and Martha was just 17.  Martha was the daughter of William and Irene (Byrd) McCain.

Martha McCain Jacob
Martha Evaline (McCain) Jacob

Here is the 1880 census record which shows this family living in the Shawnee township in Cape Girardeau County where her father was a farmer.

Martha McCain 1880 census
1880 census – Cape Girardeau County, MO

The Jacob couple began having children.  Catherine was born in 1895.  Henry was born in 1896.  Charles was born in 1900.  Here is the 1900 census showing the Jacob family with three children living in Shawnee Township.

Charles Jacob 1900 census
1900 census – Cape Girardeau County, MO

By this time, Charles had become a carpenter.  Here is a photo of Charles, Martha, and probably Catherine as a baby.

Charles and Martha Jacob

By March 10, 1901, the Jacobs must have experienced some circumstances which caused them to move to the Altenburg area for a while.  They never show up in a Perry County census, but we find them in the Trinity, Altenburg records.  We have this amazing event happening on that Sunday in 1901.  Apparently, the first three children in the Jacob family had not yet been baptized.  I can just imagine Pastor Roesener calling on this new Altenburg family and inviting them to join Trinity and get their children baptized.  The three children were six, four, and almost one year old when they were baptized.  The Jacobs had another child, Clara, who was born in 1903 and baptized at Trinity.

I am only guessing, but I think it was not long after their last child was born, this family moved back to Cape Girardeau County and were living in the Neely’s Landing vicinity.  I do know that Martha died in 1906 at only 30 years of age and was buried in the Neely’s Landing Cemetery.

Martha Jacob gravestone
Martha Jacob gravestone

Censuses after this place the Jacob family continuing to live in the Neely’s Landing area.

Charles Jacob
Charles Jacob

The last occupation shown for Charles had him working for the railroad.  He died in 1932 and is also buried in the Neely’s Landing Cemetery.

Charles Jacob gravestone
Charles Jacob gravestone

There were 32 baptisms performed at Trinity Lutheran Church during 1901.  The three that were performed on March 10th must have been pretty special.  I am sure that such a triple baptism was a fairly rare occurrence for this congregation.  Nowadays, we get excited when we have three baptisms in a year.

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