A Few of the First Fischers

I do not have much time for writing today, but I am going to attempt to complete a quick post.  I will tell the story of some of the first Fischers who arrived in Perry County in 1839.  Normally, I focus on a more joyful event like a birth or a wedding, but today, it is on a death.  In fact, some of the interesting facts about these early Fischers center around their deaths.  In today’s case, we start with the fact that Johann Friedrich Fischer died on October 7, 1870.

Johann Friedrich Fischer was born in Germany on January 1, 1800.  He married Maria Dorothea Justine Bode while he was still in his home country.  In 1838, he left his home and took his family to America as part of the Gesellschaft.  His family traveled aboard the Republik.  Here we find them on the passenger list that was compiled when they arrived in New Orleans in early 1839.  Johann Friedrich is described as a weaver.

Fischer family passenger list Republik
Fischer family passenger list – Republik

Four children made the voyage, but one of them, did not make it to Perry County.  Alvina died on April 9, 1839 and was buried in St. Louis.  That was about one month before the immigrants made their way to Perry County in May.  The Fischer family made it into the 1840 census.

Friedrich Fischer 1840 census Perry County MO
1840 census – Altenburg, MO

This census indicates two adults and three children in their household.  One year after this census, their last child was born in 1841.  He carried his father’s name, Johann Friedrich Fischer, but he died in 1846 at the age of five.

The 1850 census shows this family with only two children.  Their oldest, Albert, must have been living in another household in 1850 when he was about 23 years old.  He was married in 1852 to Marie Palisch.  That family would become the ones I refer to as the Altenburg Fischers.

Friedrich Fischer 1850 census Brazeau Township MO
1850 census – Altenburg, MO

Ferdinand Fischer would marry Martha Weinhold from Frohna in 1859, and that family would eventually become what I call the Frohna Fischers.

We see this entry of the original Fischers in the 1860 census.

Friedrich Fischer 1860 census Altenburg MO
1860 census – Altenburg, MO

Ferdinand and Martha, along with a newborn baby, Anna, were living with their parents, and now their only remaining daughter, Henrietta, was 30 years old.

The patriarch of this family, Johann Friedrich, died in 1870; the matriarch, Marie, died in 1871.  They are each buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.

Their original gravestones are fallen to the ground, and some newer markers have been placed at their graves.

Henrietta Fischer remained single her whole life and died in 1884.  Her death record is found in the Trinity church books.

Henrietta Fischer death record Trinity Altenburg MO
Henrietta Fischer death record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Our German Family Tree says that she died of pneumonia, also adding that she was a “pious, old virgin”.

The patriarch and matriarch of this family lived to about 70 years old each, but none of their children made it to the age of 60.  I know there are several stories of early deaths later in this Fischer family.  One story that has been published about some early deaths was titled, Fischer Heartbreak.


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