Estel & Lange

Today would have been the 162nd anniversary of Paul Martin and Anna (Lange) Estel.  They were married at Old Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis on June 7, 1857.  We have this marriage record, although it is just an entry in an Excel worksheet.

Estel Lange marriage record Old Trinity St. Louis MO
Estel/Lange marriage record – Old Trinity, St. Louis, MO

I chose to write this story for a variety of reasons.  One big reason was because Paul was one of the original immigrants who came as part of the Gesellschaft in 1839.  Another reason is the fact that I have a hard time resisting a story from the Estel family.  This story, however, presented some real challenges.

Paul Estel was the son of Andreas and Caroline (Anders) Estel.  We find this family traveling to America aboard the Olbers.  He was just 4 years old at the time.  His birthday was November 25, 1834.  Here is a portion of that passenger list.

Paul Martin Estel passenger list Olbers
Estel family – Olbers passenger list

Paul spent his first years in America in Perry County.  In 1848, he was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  In 1848, that congregation’s new church building was just 3 years old.  We have a list of the confirmands from that year.  Martin Paul is #4 on the list, and my great grandfather, Gottwerth Schmidt, is #2.

Paul Estel confirmation class 2 Trinity Altenburg MO 1848
1848 confirmation class – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

This is the only document on which I found Paul’s birthdate.  If you are interested in a translation of all the members of this class, it is shown below.

Paul Estel confirmation class Trinity Altenburg MO 1848
1848 confirmation class – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

For some reason, we do not find Paul living with his family in the 1850 census when he would have been 16 years old.  I was unable to find him anywhere else in that census.  I even looked for him in St. Louis because that is where we find him getting married in 1857.

Andreas Estel 1850 census Brazeau Township MO
1850 census – Brazeau Township, MO

I will insert here the fact that I discovered I had to be really careful when looking for Paul Martin Estel.  There were several Paul Estel’s, several Martin Estel’s, and even another Paul Martin (or Martin Paul) Estel to be found in a variety of sources.

Paul’s bride, Anna Lange, was born on July 8, 1834.  She was born in Germany, the daughter of Christian and Anna (Bleeke) Lange.  The Lange family arrived in America in 1848.  We find Anna in the 1850 census for St. Louis, Missouri.

Anna Lange 1850 census St. Louis MO
1850 census – St. Louis, MO

After Paul and Anna were married in 1857, we find them in the 1860 census.

Paul Martin Estel 1860 census St. Louis MO
1860 census – St. Louis, MO

You can see that Anna’s family is listed right above the Estel household.  Paul and Anna had two children by that time.  I find it interesting that there are 4 Anna’s on this image.  Anna (Lange) Estel was the oldest child in her family, and her own first child was named Anna.  Also, apparently after Anna married Paul, the Lange family had an additional daughter that was also named Anna.  It’s almost as if the Lange’s had to replace their first Anna with another one.

Anna did not live long enough to make it into the 1870 census.  She died in 1869.  We find her death record in the Old Trinity Lutheran Church books.

Anna Estel death record Old Trinity St. Louis MO

Anna Estel death record – Old Trinity, St. Louis, MO

Next, we find a very unusual situation.  We find the children in this Estel family living with Anna’s Lange family in the 1870 census, but Paul (the father) is not found there.  I could not locate Paul in the 1870 census.

Paul Estel children 1870 census St. Louis MO
1870 census – St. Louis, MO

I did find an entry for Martin P. Estel in an 1877 city directory for St. Louis.  It is included in an interesting list of Estel names in St. Louis at the time.

Estel names 1877 St. Louis city directory
Estel names – 1877 St. Louis city directory

If you look at Emanuel Estel, who was likely Paul’s brother, he is said to be part of a company known as Estel & Lange.  I must also add that the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Miami is quite near where you would find Concordia Publishing House, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Lutheran Hospital, and Concordia Seminary.  Also, my best guess is that the location shown for Estel & Lange at 302 N. Commercial St. would have been very near where the Gateway Arch is now found.

The 1880 census shows Paul Estel living in what appears to be a boarding house or hotel with many other individuals.  This record is very difficult to read, but Paul is found near the bottom shaded slightly with yellow.  Paul is simply called a laborer.

Paul Estel 1880 census St. Louis MO
1880 census – St. Louis, MO

Two different Paul Estel’s show up in an 1889 St. Louis city directory.

Estel names 1889 St. Louis city directory
Estel names – 1889 St. Louis city directory

In another city directory for 1893, we find the following Estel names.

Estel names 1893 St. Louis city directory
Estel names – 1893 St. Louis city directory

I will let you decide if this is the right Paul Martin Estel who is the focus of today’s story.

Paul Estel died in 1896 at the age of 57.  We find his death record in the Old Trinity church books.

Paul Estel death record Old Trinity St. Louis MO
Paul Estel death record – Old Trinity, St. Louis, MO

I was also able to find another death record for the city of St. Louis which shows that Paul died at the Lutheran Hospital.

Paul Estel death record St. Louis MO
Paul Estel death record – St. Louis, MO

Both Paul and Anna Estel are said to be buried in the Concordia Cemetery in St. Louis.  However, Findagrave.com does not display photos of their gravestones.

I did find quite an impressive gravestone for Anna’s mother and father in that cemetery.

Christian Lange gravestone Concordia St. Louis MO
Christian and Anna Lange gravestone – Concordia, St. Louis, MO

One of Paul and Anna’s daughters, Marie, married Robert Albrecht who was a teacher for a while.  I am not sure if he was a Lutheran teacher or not.  I located a photograph of the Albrecht family which includes quite a few grandchildren of Paul and Anna, although they were all born their grandmother had died.

Robert Albrecht family
Robert Albrecht family

This story sent me on a journey through records found in many places where I normally do not look.  It turned out to be an interesting journey, and I think I found a fascinating story attached to one of the original members of the Gesellschaft.

 

 

 


One thought on “Estel & Lange

  1. Hi, Mr. Schmidt,

    Although I have no familial connection to Perry County, I have been there many times and really enjoy receiving your blog.

    I work at CPH, so am somewhat familiar with the area of St. Louis near Miami and Jefferson. I was interested that you mentioned that Emanuel Estel was working at Estel and Lange at Jefferson and Miami.

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    I believe this is the old Lange Printing Company, which is actually at the corner of Miami and Texas, but is visible from Jefferson. The building is still there and has recently been converted into apartments. Here’s a Post-Dispatch article about it: https://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/building-blocks/apartments-planned-for-old-publishing-building-in-gravois-park/article_7b97f3da-f6bb-58b0-8cb5-e0e3f175ce2d.html

    Here’s a picture before its recent renovation; you can see the old seminary in the distance to the right:

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    Thanks again for you blogs! It’s wonderful connecting with history through the people you highlight!

    Debb Andrus
    debb.andrus@cph.org
    314.268.1029

    From: Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum
    Reply-To: Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum
    Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:48 AM
    To: Andrus Debb
    Subject: [New post] Estel & Lange

    Warren Schmidt posted: “Today would have been the 162nd anniversary of Paul Martin and Anna (Lange) Estel. They were married at Old Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis on June 7, 1857. We have this marriage record, although it is just an entry in an Excel worksheet. I chos”

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