Today’s post starts with the birthday of Emma Louisa Hoehn. Almost immediately upon looking at her life story, I became confused. One of my first puzzles was this: Did Emma marry William Gottlieb Boxdorfer or did she marry Gottlieb William Boxdorfer? This situation had my head swimming for a while, but I think I have most of the pieces of this puzzle in place.
One of the reasons for my confusion was the fact that there were two Boxdorfers that could easily be mixed up. One big reason for this is the fact that both of these Boxdorfers were born in 1877. One of them was William Gottlieb Boxdorfer, who was born on December 8, 1877. The other one was Gottlieb William Boxdorfer, who was born on March 10, 1877. At least each of them went by their first name. If you enter “William Gottlieb” in the first name box, “Boxdorfer” in the last name box, and “1877” as the birth year on Ancestry.com, you will come out with a collection of results for both of these men. These two guys were first cousins.
Now we will look at the next confusing item. Both of these men married Hoehn girls. You may have to go back to Germany to find a relationship between the two Hoehns, but they both come out of the church records of Peace Lutheran in Friedenberg. Both of these Boxdorfer/Hoehn weddings took place in Friedenberg and were conducted by Rev. Henry Guemmer. For the purpose of today’s post, I am going to focus on the Boxdorfers. I do this because I want to preserve my sanity. Maybe my buddy, Clayton Erdman can help me untangle the Hoehn families someday.
I will start with Gottlieb William Boxdorfer. His birthday was March 10, 1877, and he was the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Rauh) Boxdorfer. On April 8, 1901, Gottlieb married Anna Marie Hoehn, who was the daughter of Valentine and Margaret (Bergmann) Hoehn. Here is the marriage license for that wedding.
We have this wedding photo for this couple.
Gottlieb and Mary had two children. The first one died after only 10 months. However, in 1905, Mary died of tuberculosis. Gottlieb married again in 1907. His second wife was Clara Buettner. Here is the marriage license for that wedding.
Here is the wedding photo for this couple.
That couple had two children, one of which was stillborn.
That leads us to the other Boxdorfer. William Gottlieb Boxdorfer was born on December 8, 1877. He was the son of John and Flora (Kemp) Boxdorfer. Both of the Boxdorfer cousins in this story were baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville by Rev. Demetrio. On November 13, 1900, William married Emma Louisa Hoehn. Here is their marriage license.
Here is their wedding photograph. Keep in mind that this Emma is today’s birthday girl.
According to our German Family Tree, this couple had 9 children, including a set of twins, one of which died right away. A photo was taken of the William Boxdorfer family with their children later in their lives.
Emma is sitting in the front row on the left; William is sitting on the right in front.
Gottlieb Boxdorfer died in 1948; William died in 1957. Here are their gravestones, which are both located in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.
If this isn’t enough Boxdorfer/Hoehn confusion, add to this the fact that I was able to locate five other Boxdorfer/Hoehn marriages in our German Family Tree. I guess there are plenty more stories to tell in the future, but as for me, I am done for today.