I am guessing that you know the story of Hannah of Bible story fame. Hannah was childless for a long time. She made a promise to God. If He would grant her a son, she would dedicate the boy’s life to God’s service. She was granted a son, Samuel, and he went on to become a noted priest and judge in Old Testament times.
We have the story of another Hanna today. It is a story that contains some real frustration regarding childbirth, but it is not about her being childless. Far from it. Today’s Hanna must have prayed to God to let her babies live after they were born.
Actually, I ran across this story, not because of Hanna, but because of the man who would become her husband. Today was his birthday. His name was John Carsten Stueve. He was born on August 27, 1874 and baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri. This is his baptism record.
Carsten is spelled Karsten in this record. However, several future documents, including his tombstone, have this part of his name spelled with a C. John’s parents were Claus and Margaretha (von Glahn) Stueve. We have this photo of them.
One year before John was born, a girl was born in Uniontown, Missouri by the name of Hanna Hemmann. This is her baptism record from Grace Lutheran Church.
Someone at Grace Lutheran Church in later years must have decided that these old records as seen here were too hard to read, so the record were transcribed in a much more readable fashion. So here is another record for Hanna’s baptism.
I find it amazing that these two records actually state the same facts. Hanna was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hecht) Hemmann. We have an old photograph in a round frame at our museum showing Joseph and Elizabeth.
I had to take a photo of this photograph with all the lights out because it is nigh unto impossible to get an image without a lot of glare on the rounded glass.
Joseph was a son of J.G. Hemmann who was the father of many children, thus making today’s Hanna one of a multitude of his grandchildren.
On May 20, 1900, John Stueve and Hanna Hemmann were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. Here is the marriage record in the church books.
This is their marriage license.
John was a farmer all his life. According to our German Family Tree, John and Hanna had ten children born between 1901 and 1916. However, there were several of these children who died as infants, and another that died as a teenager. In fact, the first five children born to Hanna died before they were adults. The 1910 census from Uniontown shows this family with just two children, despite the fact that by that time, Hanna had given birth to six children. And even then, the oldest child listed in this census would die before the next census in 1920.
I included the family above the Stueves in this census. It was the Benjamin Schaefer family, whose daughter, Esther, was a character in yesterday’s story. In the 1910’s, four more children would be born into this family, and the last one would also die young.
Somewhere along the line, John and Hanna moved their family to Longtown, Missouri, where they became members of Zion Lutheran Church. There are not many church records for John and Hanna in the Zion church books. In fact, I could not find any records for Hanna. Every time she is mentioned she is called Mrs. John Stueve.
Hanna died in 1958; John died in 1963. They are buried together in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Longtown.
Hanna and John must have done a lot of praying that they would be blessed with children who would live longer. They certainly experienced more than their share of tragic deaths of children in their lifetime.