May the Fourth Fred Miesner

Frederick Miesner was born on May the Fourth.  Since he was born in 1861, that would make today his 158th birthday.  Fred was not born in the United States.  He was born in Germany in the Hannover area.  Fred’s parents were Heinrich and Maria (Bellmann) Miesner.  When Fred was 5 years old, his family was brought to America aboard the ship, Carl.  Many passengers aboard that ship settled in Perry County, and I wrote a post titled, Carl’s Arrival, about that ship and its voyage.  Here we find the Miesner family on the passenger list, but there is a puzzling item.  Fred is said to be 4 years old, but if he was born on May 4, 1861 and the ship arrived in October of 1866, then he must have been 5 years old.

Frederick Miesner passenger list Carl 1866
Miesner family passenger list – Carl 1866

There were three sons who came to this country aboard that ship.  After their arrival, we find this family in the 1870 census.

Frederick Miesner 1870 census Brazeau Township MO
1870 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Fred’s confirmation record can be found in the Concordia, Frohna church books, so it looks like the Miesner’s were members of that congregation for a while.  In 1877, Fred’s mother, Maria, died, so in the 1880 census we find the situation shown below.

Frederick MIesner 1880 census Union Township MO
1880 census – Union Township, MO

A young lady showed up on the scene in 1886 who had just arrived in America.  Her name was Sophia Korte.  Some evidence points to the fact that she already had a brother in America earlier, but then it also appears that she may have come to America with a sister who also arrived in 1886.  I was unable to find a passenger list.

On April 2, 1887, Fred married Sophia at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  Here is the church record for that event.

Miesner Korte marriage record Concordia Frohna MO
Miesner/Korte marriage record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

I also found their marriage license.

Miesner Korte marriage license
Miesner/Korte marriage license

Fred and Sophia had four children, two boys and two girls, that lived to adulthood.  We find them in the 1900 census for Union Township.  All four children are listed here along with Fred’s father, who was still alive.

Frederick Miesner 1900 census Union Township MO
1900 census – Union Township, MO

Next, we find them in the 1910 census.

Frederick Miesner 1910 census Union Township MO
1910 census – Union Township, MO

When the 1915 land atlas was produced in 1915, a parcel of land between Brazeau and Farrar can be found with Fred Miesner’s name attached to it.

Fred Miesner land map 1915
Fred Miesner land map – 1915

I did manage to locate a photo of both Fred and Sophia.

The last census in which we see either Fred or Sophia was the one taken in 1930 because these two both died in the 1930’s.  They were living with the family of Otto Miesner, one of their sons in 1930.

Frederick Miesner 1930 census Union Township MO
1930 census – Union Township, MO

Sophia died in 1931; Fred died in 1939.  I am able to show both of these death certificates.  First, here is the one for Sophia.  It appears that she died of a stroke.

Sophia Miesner death certificate
Sophia Miesner death certificate

Sophia’s death record can also be found in the books of Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, but it gives no cause of death.

Sophia Miesner death record Salem Farrar MO
Sophia Miesner death record – Salem, Farrar, MO

Next, here is the death certificate for Fred.

Frederick Miesner death certificate
Fred Miesner death certificate

This time, when we look at a death record in the Salem records, it does state a cause of death.  Interestingly, the death certificate and the Salem death record do not agree on the cause of death.

Fred Miesner death record Salem Farrar MO
Fred Miesner death record – Salem, Farrar, MO

Fred and Sophia are both buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar.

Miesner surnames take up quite a few  pages in our German Family Tree.  There are several immigrant families that may or may not be connected to one another back in Germany.  The name populates areas here in Perry County as well as across the river in Jackson County, Illinois.  At least this branch of the Miesner family does not have the issue of Miesner’s marrying Miesner’s.

 

 


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