Lohmann – The Altenburg Cobbler

Peter Lohmann immigrated to the United States in 1866.  He was one of many people who made the voyage to America aboard the ship, Carl.  A post was written about that ship’s voyage titled, Carl’s Arrival.  Peter was born on June 21, 1837 in Scheeβel, Germany. Here is his baptism record.

Peter Lohmann baptism record Scheessel Germany
Peter Lohmann baptism record – Scheeβel, Germany

When he came to the United States, Peter was already married to Engel Lohmann (I am not sure what her maiden name was, but there is some evidence on Ancestry.com that she was a Mahnken), but he and his wife had no children when they came.  Here is their entry on the Carl passenger list.  Peter was called a shoemaker.

Peter Lohmann passenger list Carl
Lohmann names – Carl passenger list

After they arrived, Peter and Engel had one child in 1867 who was baptized at Trinity, Altenburg.  The Lohmann household can be found in the 1870 census for Brazeau Township.  He continued as a shoemaker.

Peter Lohmann 1870 census Brazeau Township MO
1870 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Sometime before 1873, Engel must have died.  No death record can be found.   Then on May 12, 1873, Peter married Wilhelmine Bock.  Wilhelmina was the daughter of Michael and Christine (Hemmann) Bock.  Here is the civil record of their marriage.

Lohmann Bock marriage record Perry County MO
Lohmann/Bock marriage record – Perry County, MO

We also find this almost unreadable record in the Grace Lutheran, Uniontown books.

Lohmann Bock marriage record Grace Uniontown MO
Lohmann/Bock marriage record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

We find this couple in the 1880 census for Union Township, and Peter was a shoemaker along with an apprentice named Henry Fischer.

Peter Lohmann 1880 census Union Township MO
1880 census – Union Township, MO

Peter and his second wife had 5 children, including a set of twins.  However, only one of those children lived.  Her name was Martha, who would later marry Martin Bellmann.  When the fifth child was stillborn, it also caused the death of Wilhelmine in 1881.  She was buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg, and it was recorded that her stillborn child was buried with her.

Wilhelmina Bock Lohmann gravestone Trinity Altenburg MO
Wilhelmine (Bock) Lohmann gravestone – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

On June 18, 1882, Peter married for a third time.  He married another Wilhelmine.  Her name was Wilhelmine Mueller, the daughter of Gottfried and Catherina (Jungclaus) Mueller.  She was born on September 21, 1857.  So she was almost 20 years younger than Peter.  We find Wilhelmine in the 1860 census for Brazeau Township at the age of two.

Wilhelmine Mueller 1860 census Brazeau Township MO
1860 census – Brazeau Township, MO

She continued to be shown living with her family in the 1870 census, which I will not show.  However, in the 1880 census, we find her living in the Ehregott Poppitz family in Altenburg.  Clara Poppitz was Wilhelmine’s older sister.

Wilhelmine Mueller 1880 census Altenburg MO
1880 census – Altenburg, MO

That leads us up to the marriage of Peter and this Wilhelmine in 1882.  Today would have been their 137th anniversary.  Here is their marriage license.

Lohmann Mueller marriage license
Lohmann/Mueller marriage license

We also find this marriage record in the Trinity, Altenburg books.

Lohmann Mueller marriage record Trinity Altenburg MO
Lohmann/Mueller marriage record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Peter and Wilhelmine had 7 children, the last of which was stillborn.  It is not until the 1900 census that we find this household.  Already by this time, their two oldest children were no longer in their household.  Their oldest, a son named Arthur, became a Lutheran pastor.

Peter Lohmann 1900 census Altenburg MO
1900 census – Altenburg, MO

The 1910 census continues to show Peter as a shoemaker.  Please note that one of their sons, Rudy, was managing a hardware store in Altenburg, and his family was living with Peter and Wilhelmine.

Peter Lohmann 1910 census Altenburg MO
1910 census – Altenburg, MO

We find a piece of property located in the town of Altenburg owned by Rudy Lohman in the 1915 atlas for Perry County.  I believe this is also where Peter and Wilhelmine lived.

Rudy Lohmann land map 1915
Rudy Lohmann land map – 1915

Next door to the Lohmann’s, you can find the name of Martin Bellmann, who was married to Martha, Peter’s daughter from his second marriage.

The last census in which we find Peter Lohmann was the one taken in 1920.  He and Wilhelmine were still living in the household of their son, Rudy.  At the age of 82, Peter no longer had an occupation.

Peter Lohmann 1920 census Altenburg MO
1920 census – Altenburg, MO

Peter died in 1923 at the age of 85.  Below is his death certificate.

Peter Lohmann death certificate
Peter Lohmann death certificate

I find it interesting that Peter’s occupation on this form is “retired cobbler”.  The term “cobbler” is a rather antiquated term for shoemaker.

Wilhelmine was still living for the 1930 census.  She was living with a daughter.

Wilhelmine Lohmann 1930 census Altenburg MO
1930 census – Altenburg, MO

Wilhelmine died in 1933 at the age of 76.  Here is her death certificate.

Wilhelmina Lohmann death certificate
Wilhelmine Lohmann death certificate

Both Peter and Wilhelmine are buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.




We have these two photos of Peter and Wilhelmine (Mueller) Lohmann.



I have written so many stories about men who came to America who had to change occupations once they got here.  Peter Lohmann was not such a person.  He remained a cobbler all his life.





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