Rebecca Martha Estel is today’s birthday girl. She was born on December 31, 1841 and baptized the next day on January 1, 1842. Martha was the sister of Elias Estel, whose story was told on this blog this past December 17th. That post was titled, Elias Estel’s Early End. When her brother died tragically in … More When Did Martha Estel Die?
If the question asked in the title is answered “Yes”, then I can point out two events that took place on December 29th in this family line. I find this story especially interesting because I think it gives evidence of a family ending up in Perry County that arrived in America before the 1839 Gesellschaft … More Is There a Kasten in the Braeuner Past?
I actually started writing this post, thinking I had this family figured out, but I had to restart after I found all kinds of confusing records. So I have decided begin with a different starting point and disregard the previous generation, and this led me to do a restart of this post. Suffice it to … More Perry County Waser Women
Our birthday boy for today is Edmund Werre. Edmund is out of the ordinary for this blog because he was not born in Perry County and therefore not found in any of our church records. It is actually to my advantage today to discuss someone from elsewhere because once again I am not in Altenburg. … More Martha Ends Up Werre?
The blog post today was written by John Popp. He tells the story of his mother. Previously, John has shared a story about his father, Richard Popp, who was a teacher at Trinity, Altenburg for many years. Today, you will read the story of the other teacher in John’s family. I am so grateful for … More Another Teacher Popp
No, even though it is Christmas Eve, this post will not be about where the baby Jesus was born. That question was answered long ago. A prophet in the Old Testament said Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem. And when the Magi came to Jerusalem asking where the new baby King was born, the … More Where Was the Baby Born?
Johann Martin Pilz began his life on the hilly area of East Perry County referred to as The Ridge, also called Friedland. He would later make his way to the flatlands of Nebraska. It is his story that I will attempt to tell today. John was born on December 23, 1894, but was not baptized … More Pilz on the Prairie
Back in October, when we were in the midst of preparations for our Immigration Conference, I ran across a story about Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City, Missouri, celebrating their 150th anniversary as a congregation. Because of all the hubbub around here, I was unable to write a story on this blog about that anniversary. … More Prairie City Anniversary and Its Perry County Connection
In Scripture, we find this passage in James 1:27: 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. You are going to be reading another story about how people in this … More Look After Widows and Orphans in Their Distress
Many stories that are written on this blog never reach out beyond the borders of Perry County, Missouri. People are born, live, and die right here. Not so today. Get ready to be transported all over the place. It all starts on The Ridge. This story is also populated with a type of event that … More From the Ridge to the Mountains by Way of the Beach