I will attempt to tell the story of Juliane Rabold today. After all, today would have been her 152nd birthday. As her life unfolded, she was always surrounded by almost entirely men and boys.
Juliane was born on June 26, 1867 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. I am once again away from our research library, so I am unable to display church records. Juliane was the daughter of Julius and Wilhelmine (Palisch) Rabold. In fact, she was the baby of that family. Prior to her birth, this Rabold family had four sons including a set of twin boys who died right away.
The Rabold family had arrived in America in 1842, and Juliane’s father was included with his family when they made the voyage to the United States aboard the Favorite. We see the Rabold family on the passenger list for that ship. Julius was 15 years old when he landed in New Orleans.
The first census in which we find Juliane was the one taken in 1870. Her father was a farmer, and Juliane was just 2 years old.
In the 1880 census, Juliane was 12 years old and, as expected, still living with her parents.
Although Juliane was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran in Altenburg, when she was married in 1890, that wedding took place at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. That marriage did not take place in that church because of the groom since he was from Jackson County, Illinois according to the marriage license. Juliane married Wilhelm Gotthilf Hemmann on October 22, 1890. I have to use his middle name, because his father’s name was also Wilhelm, and a son born into this family would later be named Wilhelm, but there were different middle names. Below is the marriage license for Juliane and Wilhelm’s wedding.
Let me note here that Wilhelm Hemmann had roots in Uniontown, being the grandson of J.G. Hemmann. The above form has Perry County, Missouri written on it first, and that was crossed out and replaced with Jackson County, Illinois, which is directly across the Mississippi River from Perry County.
This marriage did not last long. Wilhelm died in January of 1891, just 3 months after they were married. The Grace, Uniontown death record says that he died of tuberculosis. Wilhelm was buried in the Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Uniontown.
Despite being only married for 3 months, this couple did have a child. Wilhelm Edwin Hemmann was born in September of 1891. We have a birth record from Perry County for this son. It is in two images. It even contains a note that Wilhelm had died in January of 1891.
Do the math. When this baby was born, it was 8 months after his father’s death. This child was apparently conceived not long before the father died. It is likely that Juliane was not even aware that she was pregnant when she witnessed her husband being buried. It must have been an incredibly sad pregnancy for Juliane. I suspect she may have gone back to live with her parents in Frohna because this child was baptized at Concordia.
Juliane would marry again. Her second husband was Ferdinand Schuessler. They were married on August 9, 1896, so when they were married, Juliane’s son was almost 5 years old. In November of 1897, another son was born to Juliane. His name was Roland Schuessler. For a very short time, there were two boys in this family. However in April of 1898, Wilhelm Edwin died at the age of 6 from diphtheria. He was buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.
Roland would have had no memory of his half-brother. Because he died before the 1900 census, Wilhelm Edwin Hemmann did not show up in any census records. The 1900 census for the Schuessler household is shown below. You can see that Wilhelmine Rabold, Juliane’s mother, is listed on this entry as well. Juliane’s father had died in 1895.
The 1910 census for the Schuessler household is shown below. Wilhelmine Rabold is still living with them at the age of 78.
In 1911, Ferdinand and Juliane had another child, but that baby died right away. And, yes, it was another boy.
The plat maps for Perry County were produced in 1915. We can find this map of Rabold/Schuessler land in that atlas.
Please note that on the property shown as being owned by Minnie Rabold, the residence for Ferdinand Schuessler can be found. You can also see other Schuessler parcels of land nearby. It was in the year that this map was produced that Wilhelmine (Minnie) Rabold died.
Next, we will look at the 1920 census. It happens to be the last one in which we find Juliane.
Their son, Roland, is included in this household, but he is found on the next page, and I choose not to show it. Juliane died in 1924 at the age of 57. Here is her death certificate.
Before the 1930 census, their son, Roland was married. Interestingly, Roland married a woman named Clara Schuessler. So that was a Schuessler/Schuessler wedding. When the census came out in 1930, Ferdinand was living in his son’s household. I am guessing that was in name only. I suspect that Roland was living in the same house in both the 1920 and 1930 censuses. It’s just that he is now described as being the head of the household, not his father. Like his father, Roland was a farmer.
Ferdinand could still be found in a similar situation in the 1940 census, which I choose not to display. In 1956, Ferdinand died at the age of 83. A fracture of his hip is listed as a cause for his death. Below is his death certificate.
Both Ferdinand and Juliane are buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna, Missouri.
Juliane (Rabold) (Hemmann) Schuessler spent almost all her life surrounded by males. However, one female managed to also be at her side most of her life. That was her mother, Wilhelmine, who I believe must have been a really comforting influence on her. Juliane had one granddaughter, but sadly, by the time that granddaughter was born, Juliane had already died. I think Juliane would have really doted over a granddaughter if she had the chance.