The Original Gueterslohs

On several occasions, I have written about Perry County personalities who crossed the river and became members of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  Today I will highlight a family name that shows up quite often in the Christ Lutheran church records, but it is a family that settled around Jacob after arriving in America without any Perry County connections.  That family name was Guetersloh.

I have had three different pronunciations given to me for this name….Gee-ter-slow…..Gitter-slow…..and Goo-ter-slow.  Take your pick.  I’m no expert.

The first Gueterslohs to arrive in Jacob were Dietrich and Margaretha (Boesch) Guetersloh and their children.  As near as I can tell, they arrived sometime around 1885.  The first time we see this name in the Christ Lutheran records is November 8, 1885 as church members.

Guetersloh Jacob membership 1885
Christ Lutheran church membership record – Jacob, IL

Dietrich Guetersloh was born on March 26, 1839 in Oyten, Lower Saxony, Germany, making him today’s birthday boy.  This was right about the time when Rev. Martin Stephan was getting the new land which was purchased in Perry County ready for the immigrants to arrive later in May of that year.  Here is the baptism record for Dietrich.  It can be found in a set of Lutheran baptism records for an area of Germany called the Elbe-Weser region.

Dietrich Guetersloh baptism record
Dietrich (Diedrich) Guetersloh baptism record

Dietrich’s future wife was born about two years later on March 16, 1841.  She was born in Scheeßel, Germany.  Here is her baptism record.

Margaretha Bosch baptism
Margaretha Bosch baptism record

This map shows the approximate areas where these two were born.  You can see that they came from cities that were relatively near one another.  They were about twenty miles apart.  They were both from near Bremen, Germany.

Schleesel Oyton

This couple was married in 1870 and had all their children before they left Germany.  The Christ Lutheran records show this couple had eight children, including one set of twins.

Here we see fairly early photos of Dietrich and Margaretha.

We also have a photo taken when they were later in life.

Dietrich and Margaretha Guetersloh
Dietrich and Margaretha Guetersloh

We see on an old map of the Fountain Bluff Township in Jackson County, Illinois where the Guetersloh family had some land.  It is not far from the Schlimpert farm that was discussed in a previous blog post, Seelitz to Jacob.  It is also just outside the city of Jacob, Illinois.

Guetersloh land Jacob IL

Here is a satellite view of that land as it looks today.

Guetersloh land Bing map

I even have located a farmhouse that is attributed to the Dietrich Guetersloh family.  The photo is said to have been taken during a 1944 flood.

Guetersloh farmhouse 1944 flood

There were so many Guetersloh children baptized from future generations in this family at Christ Lutheran Church that I figure there must be some Gueterslohs still living in that area.  I have even located a Guetersloh Lane not far away where there was another piece of property that was owned by a Guetersloh.

Maybe a Guetersloh will comment on this blog and set us straight on the proper pronunciation of their name.





10 thoughts on “The Original Gueterslohs

  1. I am interested in knowing more about the Boesch family as I seem to be a descendant more than once. As I understand it Margaretha and Dietrich had daughter Marie Goetersloh who married Hinrich Luedeman; their daughter, Hulda nee Luedaman married Edwin Darnstaedt. Hulda and Edwin are my maternal grandparents. Marie Guetersloh’s sister, Meta Guetersloh married Henry Zerbst. Their daughter is Anna Zerbst who married Alfred Amschler (your April, 2018 A to Z article). Anna and Alfred are my paternal grandparents. Going back to the Boesch’s, I think that Margaretha and Anna Boesch were sisters. Anna Boesch married Friedrich Rathjen. Anna and Friedrich’s daughter is Margareta (sp?) Rathjen who married Johann Friedrich Conrad Amschler. One of their son’s is Alfred Amschler who married Anna Zerbst (my paternal grandparents). I always heard the /gitter-slow/ (kind of a cross between /slow/ and /slaw) pronounciation from my grandparents.


  2. Another comment about the pronunciation of the name Guetersloh. Whenever I have heard my parents or anyone else from that area, I’ve always heard it pronounced as “Gitter-slaw”. That’s how I’ve always heard it.


  3. Yes, the Guetersloh’s (Dietrich and Margaretha Boesch) came to the US in 1885, when their youngest daughter Anna Marie (my great-grandma) was just five years old. She was born 30 Oct 1880. Anna married Heinrich Johann Miesner in 1899 in Jacob, and their only daughter, Meta, is my paternal grandma. Those pictures of her two Guetersloh grandparents hang on proud display in my house for everyone to see!


  4. Great info. I used to live in Jacob in the early 90 and my dad was a teacher at the school. I am curious about my grandfather x4 Jacob Pape. If he or his family were there. My dad had mentioned when i was little he had helped to build the house we lived in. If you have any info please let me know


  5. According to information that we have collected, Arthur Guertersloh married Rosa Miesner. She was the daughter of Gottlieb Carl Miesner and Sophia Heins. Gottlieb was born 12/31/1878 in Farrar. Gottlieb was the son of K(C)asper Claus Miesner, my great grandfather. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about Arthur’s ancestors.


  6. This will be a good article to publish in the Ava Citizen, let me know if ok.  Thanks! Diane

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