Claus’s Angel Had a Baby

Engel Detjen, Claus Detjen’s wife, had a baby on November 28, 1882.  It happened to be her eighth and last baby.  I am going to tell her story today for some reasons above and beyond the fact that today would have been her 136th birthday.  For one thing, telling her story will offer me an opportunity to clarify the previous story about Claus’s Angel.  And secondly, this post will give me the chance to tie this story to another post which was published fairly recently.

Fred Eggers recently sent me an e-mail in which he stated that the woman by the name of Engel Finken in a recent post was probably Engel Ficken, not Finken.  Here is a link to that post.

Claus’s Angel

I am going to show a few documents that illustrate her surname was likely Ficken.  First, here is a baptism record for an Engel Ficken who was born on November 20, 1841 at the same parish in which we find the baptism record for Claus Detjen…Bargstedt, Germany.

Engel Ficken baptism record – Bargstedt, Germany

The only sticky wicket we have here is that other records here in America say Engel’s birthday was November 20, 1843, not 1841.  Here is a translation of this baptism record.

If this is the same person who married Claus Detjen in Perry County, then her parents were Claus and Marie (Tiedemann) Ficken.  A few documents we have that were recorded at the time of Engel’s death also say her maiden name was Ficken.  First, here is the death record from the Salem, Farrar church books.

Engel Ficken Detjen death record – Salem, Farrar, MO

Engel’s death certificate also indicates that her maiden name was Ficken.

Engel Ficken Detjen death certificate

I think Fred is correct.  The only problem is the year of birth. 

Let’s move on to Angel Detjen’s baby.  Her name was Lina Katharina Detjen.  This is her baptism record from the Salem, Farrar books.

Lina Detjen baptism record – Salem, Farrar, M

For the baptisms of her children, Engel’s maiden name was given as Finken.  Because she was born in 1882, the first census in which we can search for her was the one taken in 1900.  However, she is not in the Perry County census.  She was not living with her parents.

In 1902, Lina married Henry Lohmann at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar.  This is their marriage license.

Lohmann/Detjen marriage license

We find Henry and Lina in the 1910 census with three of their five children. 

1910 census – Salem Township, M

The 1920 census shows all five of their children.

1920 census – Salem Township, MO 

The above 1920 census for Salem Township was taken in January.  On March 2, 1920, Lina died.   Her death record can be found in the church books of Zion Lutheran Church in Crosstown, Missouri.  It says she died of influenza/pneumonia.  She was just 37 years old. She is buried in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Lena Lohmann gravestone – Zion, Crosstown, MO

Henry Lohmann married a second time in 1921.  His second wife was Bertha (Roth) Roth.  That’s right.  She was a Roth that married a Roth.  And it was not long ago that she was a character in another post.  You can find it here.

Roth-Roth and Roth-Roth

Bertha was a widow when she married Henry.  Her husband had died in 1918.  Bertha had one child from her first marriage and would have one more daughter with Henry.  Henry was still a farmer in the Salem Township according to the 1930 census, but in the 1940 census, we find his family living in Perryville.

1940 census – Perryville, MO

We find here that Henry at age 61 was operating a tavern.  Bertha and one of her stepdaughters were working in a lunch room.  You can also see Bertha’s daughter, Alida Roth, living in this household.

Henry died in 1962; Bertha died in 1984.  They are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.

Henry and Bertha Lohmann – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

Before I quit today, I want to express some frustration.  Recently, WordPress has changed the process for writing and editing posts.  I am getting used to the changes, but am still struggling with figuring out how to manipulate the tools to make these posts look like the ones I have published in the past.  I like some of the new changes, but there are some I have yet to figure out.  I am especially struggling with getting links to previous posts to show up the way I would like.  Please be patient with me.  It’s like teaching an old dog new tricks.



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