After George and Margaret Roth arrived in Perry County in 1839 as part of the New York Group, they continued to have children. In 1849, a boy was born by the name of Friedrich August Roth. He was the second to the last child born into this family. August was born on March 12, 1849, making him today’s birthday boy. It also would make today his 170th birthday. He was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Below is his baptism record in two images.
Just a few notes about this baptism record. First, you will notice that the surname is spelled Rothe in this image. Later, the “e” disappeared from that family name. Second, this baptism was likely performed by Rev. Gotthold Loeber from Altenburg. Rev. Keyl, the first pastor in Frohna, had taken a call and was no longer in Perry County. This was also one of the last baptisms for Rev. Loeber because he died later in 1849. We find August in the 1850 census. I am just showing the second page of this record because that is where August is listed as a 1 year old.
Later during that same year, August’s future wife was born. Her name was Ernestine Feig, the daughter of Christoph and Christiane (Aloe) Feig. She was born on July 31, 1849 in Germany. Her family probably arrived in America in 1850 because we find them in the 1850 census, and the next child born into her family was born here in 1851 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Her is the 1850 census showing the Feig family. This census and all subsequent census records show Ernestine as being born in Germany.
On November 14, 1872, August married Ernestine. I am not sure whether this marriage took place in Altenburg or in Frohna. We have the civil marriage record shown below, but no church record. That is because the pastor at that time was Rev. J.F. Koestering, and he did not record marriages during that time (or the records were lost). Plus, he was serving both the Frohna and the Altenburg churches.
The first census in which to look for this Roth family was the one taken in 1880. I, nor anyone else showing this family on Ancestry.com, could not locate this family in that census. Then I remembered that this past year, a portion of that census from Union Township in Perry County was recently found. The state of Missouri has those missing census records on their Secretary of State website now. I looked and found the Roth family on that site.
If you ever need to look at those missing 1880 census pages, they can be found at the following location.
In a previous post written several years ago, I told the story of an interesting will written by Ernestine’s father. In it, a provision was made for how the wedding of his daughter, Magdalena Feig, was to be held in his house, and the expenses were to be paid by the executor of that will, but the expenses were not to exceed $15. That post was titled, The $15 Wedding. Magdalena is included in the census record shown above.
Another portion of that will granted Ernestine $100 one year after her father’s death. Here is the portion of that will that explains how much and when each child was to receive part of that estate.
Christoph Feig, already a widower, died in 1878, so by the time of the above 1880 census, Ernestine must have received her $100. By that time, the Roth’s could have used that money to help support the five children they already had.
More children were on their way. They would eventually have a dozen of them, the last one being born in 1896. What is rather unusual for that era, all of their 12 children lived into adulthood. On one Ancestry.com entry, we find the following list which corresponds to the list we have in our German Family Tree.
Two of these children, Paul and Rosa, were part of an event that was highlighted in another previous story, Roth-Roth and Roth-Roth, in which two Roth/Roth weddings took place on the same day in 1915.
August and Ernestine farmed a piece of property west of Frohna which was in Union Township. It can be seen on this 1915 land map.
We have a photograph of August and Ernestine that must have been produced later in their lives.
Ernestine died in 1913, so she was no longer alive when the Roth/Roth weddings took place. Her death record in the Frohna church books say she died of stomach cancer. She is buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.
August did not die until 1926, and he died in St. Louis as a patient at Lutheran Hospital. We have a death certificate for him.
August is buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar.
His gravestone is mis-marked. He was not born in 1848. There are several other documents including his baptism record and his death certificate that confirm his year of birth as 1849.
The surname, Roth (or Rothe), means red or red-headed. I just so happened to run into a red-headed Roth this morning, and even talked her into having her photo placed in today’s post. She comes out of a different sibling’s family than August’s clan. Her name is Anna Roth.
I keep telling Anna that someday I am going to do a story about all the Anna Roth’s that are included in our German Family Tree. There are plenty.