Frentzel Fellas

Louise Brandes found her own Frentzel fella, and later spent much of her life living in a house with a bunch of Frentzel fellas….and a few Frentzel females.  Louise is today’s birthday girl….I think.

Louise Brandes was born on February 3, 1865 and baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Heinrich and Amalie (Liskiehn) Brandes. Below is her baptism record.

Louise Brandes baptism record Grace Uniontown MO
Louise Brandes baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

We have a problem here.  This record definitely gives her birth as February 5, 1865, not February 3rd.  However, there are several other records for Louise that indicate her date of birth was February 3rd, including her death certificate and gravestone.  I’m going with February 3rd.

By the way, when Louise was born, the town was still called Paitzdorf.  It would not start being referred to as Uniontown until sometime around 1870.

The surname, Brandes, is not one that came to Perry County in the original 1839 immigration.  I found a Heinrich and Amalie Brandes who were passengers aboard the Bremen, which arrived in America in June of 1859.

Henry Brandes passenger list Bremen 1859
Heinrich Brandes passenger list – Bremen, 1859

If this is the Brandes couple that ended up in Perry County, (and I think it is) it is an interesting scenerio.  This passenger list gives all the impressions that Heinrich and Amalie were married.  However, there is a Perry County marriage record and a church record in Uniontown that state these two were married in July of 1859.  This may be one of those cases where a German couple came to America where it was easier to get married than in Germany.   However, Amalie did not use her maiden name on the passenger list.

Six years before Louise was born, Carl and Amalia (Hopfer) Frentzel had a son by the name of Arno Frentzel.  He was born on January 31, 1859 and baptized at Grace, Uniontown.  This is his baptism record.

Arno Frentzel baptism record Grace Uniontown MO
Arno Frentzel baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Both Arno and Louise can be found in the 1870 census for Cinque Hommes Township.  First here is Arno.  He was 11 years old.

Arno Frentzel 1870 census Cinque Hommes Township MO
1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Next, here is Louise, who was 5.

Louisa Brandes 1870 census Cinque Hommes Township MO
1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

On January 3, 1886, Arno married Louise, and, as expected, they were married at the Uniontown church.  Here is the church record.  It was the only marriage in that congregation in 1886.

Frentzel Brandes marriage record Grace Uniontown MO
Frentzel/Brandes marriage record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Also, here is their marriage license from Perry County.

Frentzel Brandes marriage licenst
Frentzel/Brandes marriage license

The first two children born into this family were girls.  In fact, I did a story on their oldest daughter titled, Hopfer-Frentzel.  However, those were the only two girls in that family.  They were followed with 7 straight boys.  Look at this 1910 census.  The girls were no longer living in that household.

Arno Frentzel 1910 census Union Township MO
1910 census – Union Township, MO

Another story previously published about one of the boys, Wilhelm, was titled, One of the Last Perry County Buengers.

I think the parcel labeled A. Frentzel on the 1915 map below was the one where Arno farmed all his life.  You will see several Brandes names in the same general neighborhood.  It is also quite close to the village of Uniontown.

Arno Frentzel land map 1915
Frentzel land map – 1915

Arno died in 1928.  We have a death certificate for him.

Arno Frentzel death certificate
Arno Frentzel death certificate

Louise died in 1956.  Here is her death certificate.  She was 91 years old.

Louise Frentzel death certificate
Louise Frentzel death certificate

Arno and Louise are both buried in the Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Uniontown.  Grace has three separate cemeteries, and Arno and Louise are buried in two different ones.

I have three daughters, and five out of our six grandchildren are girls, so my life has always been surrounded by females.  Louise must have felt just the opposite with all those fellas around her most of her life.

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