Not long ago, the story was told with the title, Bock Beer. After seeing the surnames involved in today’s tale, I couldn’t resist using the term Bock Wein in today’s title. After all, wein is the German word for wine. So today, you will read about the marriage between a Bock and a Weinhold.
It all starts with a February 2nd birthday. Phillip Weinhold was born on that day in 1866. In case you’re wondering, the first Groundhog Day did not occur in Pennsylvania until 1887, so when Phillip was born on February 2nd, there wasn’t anyone claiming he was born on Groundhog Day. Phillip was the son of Wilhelm and Emilie (Lindner) Weinhold and was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri. Below is his baptism record.
In a past post, I mentioned that there are what I describe as “Miller Weinholds” and “Dirt Weinholds”. Phillip was a Dirt Weinhold. Those Weinholds were not part of the original immigrants in 1839, and were farmers, not millers. The 1900 census says that Phillip’s father immigrated in 1861. However, I found a Weinhold family aboard the ship, Magdalene, that landed in New Orleans in October of 1860. Here is that passenger list.
Most of the names and ages correspond with the information we have about Wilhelm’s family in our German Family Tree. The only thing different is that we have their oldest child with the name Paul, but he could also have had the name Bernhard. Also, it may have been the year 1861 before the Weinholds finally got to Perry County.
The first census record in which we find Phillip is the 1870 census from Brazeau Township. Phillip was 4 years old.
Ten years after Phillip was born, Martha Bock was born on October 3, 1876. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Sulamith (Hopfer) Bock and baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri. Below is her baptism record.
The first census in which we find Martha is the 1880 census for Union Township. This record comes from a set of 1880 census records which were only recently discovered that were misplaced for many, many years.
On November 10, 1895, Phillip married Martha at Grace, Uniontown. Here is their marriage license.
There is also this church record from Grace Lutheran. Pastor Hueschen performed the wedding.
Phillip and Martha had 13 children according to our German Family Tree. One was stillborn, and one of a set of twins lived less than two years. Phillip and his family farmed on land not far from Brazeau, Missouri. This land map from 1915 shows his property.
Phillip died in 1950 at the age of 84. We have a death certificate for him.
Martha died in 1955 at the age of 78. Here is her death certificate.
Phillip and Martha are both buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.
One of our faithful docents at the museum, Dorothy Weinhold, married into this family. Her late husband, Bob Weinhold, would have called Phillip and Martha his grandparents.
No, I have no evidence that these Weinholds were in the business of making wine. I have tasted bock beer. I have no idea what a bock wine would be. However, we did have a Bock-Weinhold wedding.