Martha Ends Up Werre?

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.  I cannot get at the church records in our museum today.  What is amazing is that I was able to find a church record for Edmund Werre.  He was born on December 27, 1885 in Bremen, Illinois, and his baptism record can be found in the church books of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.  It just so happens that the old church records from that congregation can be found online.  You cannot see the actual records, but they have been transcribed.  Below is the record for Edmund.

Edmund Werre baptism record St. Peter's Bremen IL
Edmund Werre baptism record – St. Peter’s, Bremen, IL

The baptism record indicates that Edmund was baptized by Rev. Mayer.  Not long before Rev. Mayer was at this congregation, the church was served by Rev. Gotthold Mueller, who was the son of Rev. J.A.F.W. Mueller, who happened to be the first graduate of Concordia Seminary in Altenburg.  Rev. J.A.F.W. Mueller was the pastor in nearby Chester, Illinois when Edmund was born.

We also see that Edmund was the son of August and Justine (Schneider) Werre.  I am including here an image of a passenger list for the ship, Rio Grande, which shows a Werre family arriving in America in 1849.  August would have been the 4 year old.

Werre family passenger list Rio Grande Feb 2 1849
Werre family – passenger list – Rio Grande

There is evidence that August Werre served in the Civil War.  Below is an application for a military headstone.

August Werre application for military headstone
August Werre – Application for Headstone

From what I can determine, the 154th Illinois Infantry did not get involved until 1865, so August must have been about 20 years old when he entered the service.  I do not think he was involved in combat.

Shortly after the Civil War, August married Justine Schneider.  They were married in Randolph County, Illinois.  Here is a transcription of that marriage record.

Werre Schneider marriage record Illinois
Werre/Schneider marriage record – Randolph County, IL

I think this couple had around 9 children, although some died early.  We find Edmund in this family in the 1900 census for Bremen. where his father was a farmer.

Edmund Werre 1900 census Bremen IL
1900 census – Bremen, IL

Somehow, Edmund got to know a Perry County girl by the name of Martha Mueller.  She was no relation with the Muellers who were pastors in Illinois.  Martha was from Wittenberg, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Hartung) Mueller.  That would have made Martha my Grandma’s (Bertha Mueller) cousin, which also means I am Martha’s first cousin twice removed.  She was born on April 18, 1877, making her about 8 years older than Edmund.  Her baptism record is found in the Trinity, Altenburg church books, but I would not be surprised if she was baptized in the church building in Wittenberg.  The Mueller family, including Martha, were listed in the membership list of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church when it began in 1903.  That would make Martha a charter member of that congregation (which no longer exists).

It appears that Edmund and Martha were married sometime around 1910.  Their marriage record is not found in either St. Paul’s or St. Peter’s church records, nor could I find a civil record of their marriage.  We find this married couple living in St. Louis (in the Wellston area) in the 1910 census, and it states that they have been married 0 years.

Edmund Werre 1910 census Wellston MO
1910 census – Wellston, MO

Edmund was operating a drill press at a factory in the above census.  When we find them in the 1920 census with the three of the living children this couple would have.  One child apparently died in 1917.

Edmund Werre 1920 census St. Louis MO
1920 census – St. Louis, MO

The 1930 census is the first one that shows Edmund as a carpenter, which appears to be his occupation the rest of his career.

Edmund Werre 1930 census St. Louis MO
1930 census – St. Louis, MO

Their oldest son, Wilbur, was old enough to be working as a stenographer for a tool company.  The last census we can see for Edmund and Martha was the 1940 census.  Only their daughter, Aubrey, was living with them, and she was married to Everett Yates.

Edmund Werre 1940 census St. Louis MO
1940 census – St. Louis, MO

A 1936 St. Louis city directory shows several people with the surname, Werre.

Edmund Werre 1936 St. Louis directory
Werre names – 1936 St. Louis city directory

Aubrey was a daughter, and Wilbur was a son.  Fred and Henry were brothers of Edmund and living in the same house.  Below is a map that shows addresses where the people listed in this directory lived over the years.  They are all very near one another in the Wellston area.

Werre addresses St. Louis
Werre addresses – Wellston, MO

Martha died in 1951.  This is her death certificate.

Martha Werre death certificate
Martha Werre death certificate

She was buried in the Bethany Cemetery in Wellston, Missouri.  This is her gravestone.

Martha Werre gravestone Bethany St. Louis MO
Martha Werre gravestone – Bethany, Wellston, MO

This is where we see evidence that a child of their had been born in 1914 and died in 1917, by the name of Kenneth.  Edmund apparently had intentions of being buried here, but he did not.  His death date has not been inscribed in the stone.

Edmund married a second time.  His second wife was Esther McBride.  Edmund died in 1964.  His death certificate is seen below.

Edmund Werre death certificate
Edmund Werre death certificate

This certificate states that Edmund was buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery.  If there is a gravestone in that cemetery, it has not been photographed for Findagrave.com.  I also found Edmund’s obituary.

Edmund Werre obituary St. Louis
Edmund Werre obituary

I find it amazing that so many young men and women from Perry County found their spouses across the river in nearby Illinois counties.  I know there are stories behind them all, but those stories are not usually found just by looking at the records that can be found when doing the kind of research I do.  There are times when I wish people who know the stories would share them with us in the comments.  Today is one of those times.

 


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