April 28th was not only the birthday of a wagon maker from Uniontown, which at one time was named Paitzdorf, but also the birthday of one of his sons. The wagon maker’s name was Ernst Gottlieb Rudert. He was born in Prussia in 1833 and is reported to have come to America in 1853. I could locate no record of a marriage for him, but he must have married Ernestine Fiehler sometime in the mid to late 1850’s. Their first child was born in 1860. Here is a photo of Gottlieb and Ernestine later in their lives.
Ernestine was the daughter of Johann and Justina (Bock) Fiehler. Ernestine was the only child of this Fiehler family when they came to America as part of the Gesellschaft in 1838-1839. They made the voyage aboard the Copernicus. Zion on the Mississippi says she was three years old when she came to America.
In the 1870 census, we see that Gottlieb is described as a wagon maker. In addition to the two children listed on this image, there were two more on the next census page that I did not include here.
In 1871, this couple was blessed with the fifth of eight children which are recorded in our German Family Tree. All of them were baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. This 5th child was named Friedrich Gustav Adolph Rudert, and he was born on his father’s birthday, April 27th, in that year. Here is his baptism record from the Grace, Uniontown church books.
Sadly, this child died in 1874 when he was just 3 years old. The Grace Lutheran death record does not list a cause of death.
In this 1915 map of Uniontown, we can locate the land on which this Rudert family lived.
I have to think that Gottlieb must have done his wagon making near his place of residence.
Ernestine died in 1898 at the age of 63. Here is the death record which can be found in the Grace, Uniontown church books.
She died on December 23rd, and was buried on Christmas Day.
Here we see the 1910 census showing Gottlieb, a widower, living with two of his daughters, Hulda and Martha. Even at the age of 76, Gottlieb is described as a wagon maker.
Martha got married later in life, but Hulda never married. Here is a photo of Hulda.
Gottlieb died in 1915 at the age of 82. Since he died after 1910, we have his death certificate.
Here is his death record as we find it in the Grace Lutheran church books.
There are several Rudert graves in the Upper Cemetery at Grace Lutheran, but none of them are photographed on Findagrave.com. Both Gottlieb and Ernestine were buried there.
The research into this family was more successful thanks to a really well-done family binder that we have on the Fiehler family. It is located in our research library. We are blessed with having such great resources available to us here. We also encourage others who have East Perry County roots to share their family histories with our museum.