Today’s post will highlight a man’s life, but gets started with the birthday of his wife. In the world of family research when you are using information found in places such as census records, you will find much more information about men than you do about women. It is an unfortunate fact that women are mostly described in such sources as ones who have no occupation. As a result, you will no doubt notice that when I write these blog posts, I tell you much more about the guys than the gals. I will continue to make every effort to find out more about the women in Perry County’s history, but I want you to know that it is difficult.
Today’s birthday girl is Emma Heins. The Heins surname seems more numerous across the river in the Jacob, Illinois area than it was in Perry County, Missouri. Also, when the Heins name was around here, they seemed to be located in the Wittenberg vicinity. Emma was the daughter of Claus and Martha Heins. Her mother’s maiden name is a matter of debate. Our German Family Tree says she was a Steffens. However, one of the more reliable sources for mother’s maiden names is a Missouri death certificate. In Emma’s case, it says her mother was a Reise. Emma was born on October 9, 1871 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.
When she was 20 years old, she married Gottlieb Lohmann. That marriage also took place at Trinity, Altenburg. Gottlieb was the son of Peter and Engel (Mahnken) Lohmann. Here is a photo of Peter.
Gottlieb was born on April 10, 1867. Peter Lohmann would be married three times. Gottlieb was the child of his first wife. She would die sometime before Gottlieb was six years old. Peter’s second wife would die in childbirth when Gottlieb was 14 years old. All of his siblings were children of Peter’s other wives.
Gottlieb married Emma on October 22, 1891 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Here is their marriage license.
Gottlieb and Emma would have eight children. The first three were boys, and the last five were girls. The 1900 census shows this family with the first four of their children. Gottlieb was a carpenter.
Based on others close to him in this census, I would speculate that the Lohmanns lived in what I affectionately call L.A. (Lower Altenburg). That would be the end of town near the Trinity Cemetery. One of his neighbors was my great grandfather, Gottwerth Schmidt. Also, the Martin Miesner who was boarding with the Lohmanns would marry Emma’s little sister, Clara Heins, later during that same year, 1900. Martin was probably in the carpentry business with Gottlieb.
One of the reasons I chose to do this story today is because Gottlieb is related to another character who I have previously discussed who was also a carpenter. That person was Martin Bellman. Martin married Gottlieb’s stepsister, so Gottlieb and Martin were brothers-in-law. As such, they often worked together, and they are both included in some building and moving projects I have written about before. First, we find Gottlieb along with Martin Bellmann in this photo which shows the moving of the Log Cabin College to its present location in 1912. Gottlieb is shown with the red arrow.
Since they were carpenters, Gottlieb and Martin probably had something to do with placing the extra vertical braces you see on the Log Cabin College to keep it from falling apart. Those braces are still on the College to this day. Also, these two men may have been involved in crafting the wooden rollers put under each corner of the cabin in order to roll it to its present location. We have two of those rollers on display in our museum.
The other project which involved the Bellmann/Lohmann duo was the repair of the Trinity church steeple. Although I do not know which man is Gottlieb in this photo, it is reported that he is one of them.
So a Lohmann did indeed advance to become quite a high man to do this project.
In the 1920 census, we find the Lohmanns living in St. Louis with Gottlieb still working as a carpenter. The fact that he is in St. Louis in the 1920 census may help us determine that the above steeple project was done before 1920.
Emma was the first to die. She died in 1923 in St. Louis. Here is her death certificate.
This form is where we see Emma’s mother’s maiden name shown as Reise. Gottlieb died in 1942. Here is his death certificate.
As you can see, Gottlieb was back in Perry County when he died. However, his body was taken back to St. Louis to be buried with Emma in the New Bethlehem Cemetery.
****Just a quick postscript. I am technically on vacation, and am in a remote, undisclosed location. I may or may not be able to post a story on a daily basis for the next week or so. I will try to sneak in some research time, but my wife may drag me away from my computer to do some kind of tourist-y thing. It may be that I get a post published, but the quality of the research may be diminished. Please be patient with me……and my wife. Here are some photos giving proof that I am indeed on vacation.