Hecht/Hoehne Hodgepodge

Emilie Hecht is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on July 28, 1862 and baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri.  Her parents were Wilhelm and Wilhelmine (Weber) Hecht.  Just a few days ago, I wrote about a Henry Hecht in the post titled, Fives are Wild.  That Henry Hecht would have been Emilie’s uncle.  What makes things more confusing is that Emilie also had a brother named Henry Hecht.  Below is Emilie’s baptism record.

Emilie Hecht baptism record Grace Uniontown MO
Emilie Hecht baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

We find Emilie in her first census in 1870, but the entry is confusing.  Emilie is living in the Herman Winter family and appears to be named Emilie (Amelia) Winter.

Emilie Hecht 1870 census Brazeau Township MO
1870 census – Brazeau Township, MO

The 1880 census showing Emilie helped me solve this problem.

Emilie Hecht 1880 census Brazeau Township MO
1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

This time, she once again has the name Emilie Hecht, but she was called a step-daughter of Herman Winter.  Wilhelmine Winter was Emilie’s mother.  She had remarried after her husband, Wilhelm Hecht, had died in 1866 when Emilie was just 4 years old.   Here is a photograph of Emilie Hecht.

Emily Elisabeth Hecht Hoehne
Emilie Hecht

Emilie’s future husband was Ernst Hoehne who was born on December 19, 1857.  He was the son of Elias and Carolina (Schlimpert) Hoehne.  Ernst was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  The year, 1857, is when Immanuel Lutheran began after Rev. Schieferdecker left Trinity.  Ernst was just the 3rd baptism at Immanuel.  Here is his baptism record.

Ernst Hoehne baptism record Immanuel Altenburg MO
Ernst Hoehne baptism record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

Just a quick side note.  Ernst’s father, Elias, had a sister, Johanne Hoehne, who married Rev. Johann Andreas Friedrich Wilhelm (J.A.F.W.) Mueller.  He was the first graduate of Concordia Seminary, Altenburg (the Log Cabin College).  He is often referred to as “Alphabet” Mueller.  Here are pictures of the siblings, Elias and Johanne.


The first census in which we find Ernst Hoehne was the one taken in 1860.

Ernst Hoehne 1860 census Brazeau Township MO
1860 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Like his future wife, Emilie, Ernst lost his father when he was quite young.  Elias died in 1866 when Ernst was just 9 years old.  Also, as in the case of Emilie’s mother, Ernst’s mother remarried.  Her second husband was William Heiner.  We see the Heiner household in the 1870 census.  When I first looked at this census, I thought Hoehne was misspelled as Heiner.  Ernst looks like he is a son of William Heiner, but he was actually a step-son.

Ernst Hoehne 1870 census Brazeau Township MO
1870 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Both Wilhelmina and William Heiner died in the 1870’s, and all of Ernst’s siblings had also died early except for one sister, Emma.  So this is what we find in the 1880 census for the Hoehne’s.  Ernst, a 21 year old farmer and his sister, Emma make up the entire household.  I have included a few neighbors for a purpose I will show later.

Ernst Hoehne 1880 census Brazeau Township MO
1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

That brings us up to the marriage of Emilie Hecht and Ernst Hoehne (two E.H.’s).  They were married on May 8, 1881 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  We have the civil record for this wedding.

Hoehne Hecht marriage record Perry County MO
Hoehne/Hecht marriage record – Perry County, MO

Below is the marriage record from the Trinity Lutheran Church books.

Hoehne Hecht marriage record Trinity Altenburg MO
Hoehne/Hecht marriage record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

By the way, Ernst’s sister, Emma, would marry William Vogel in September of 1881, so that potentially awkward situation of the newlyweds, Ernst and Emilie, living in the same household with Emma would only last a few months.

Ernst and Emilie would have just two children, and only one of them would live to adulthood.  Joseph Hoehne, their firstborn, had his story told in the post, Getting ‘Em Where They Need to Go.  In 1884, their second son, Ernst Friedrich Hoehne, was born.  We have a Perry County birth record for this child.  I will show it in two images.

Ernst Friedrich Hoehne birth record 1 Perry County MO

Ernst Friedrich Hoehne birth record 2 Perry County MO
Ernst Friedrich Hoehne – Perry County birth register

This baby only lived a matter of days.  I show it to display the midwife who assisted with this birth.  It was Christiane Mueller, who was listed as the neighbor of Ernst and Emma in the 1880 census.  Christiane also happens to be my great great grandmother.

We find the Hoehne household in the 1900 census.  Emilie’s mother, Wilhelmina Winter, was living with them.

Ernst Hoehne 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

The marriage of Ernst and Emilie lasted exactly 20 years.  That is because on this couple’s 20th anniversary, May 8, 1901, Emilie died.  Can you imagine losing your spouse on your 20th anniversary?  Here is her death record from the Trinity books.

Emilie Hecht death record Trinity Altenburg MO
Emilie Hoehne death record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Emilie can be found on Findagrave.com as being buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, but there is no photo of her gravestone.  This compelled me to make another visit the cemetery.  I found the gravestone below that I think is the one for Emilie.  It is very difficult to read.

Emilie Hecht Hoehne gravestone Trinity Altenburg MO
Emilie Hoehne gravestone? – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Here is a close-up of the surname shown toward the bottom of the stone.  I think it says “Hoehne” or “Hohne”.

Emilie Hoehne gravestone close-up

This gravestone is in the location where you would expect it to be found based on when Emilie died.

Ernst can be found in the 1910 census.  His son, Joseph, had gotten married, and Ernst was living with that family.

Ernst Hoehne 1910 census Brazeau Township MO
1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In 1914, Ernst married again on May 10th.  He was 56 years old at the time.  His second wife was Susanna Jahn.  Here is their marriage record from Trinity.

Hoehne Jahn marriage record Trinity Altenburg MO
Hoehne/Jahn marriage record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

A family history on Ancestry.com claims this is a wedding party for Ernst Hoehne.  It does not state at which wedding the photo was taken.  I suspect it was his second wedding.

Wedding party Hoehne Hecht
Hoehne wedding party

When the 1915 plat map book was produced, it contained some photos in the back.  One of those photos showed the Ernst Hoehne house.  I’ll leave it up to you to figure out who the people are who are standing or sitting on the porch.

Ernst Hoehn house

The Ernst and Joseph Hoehne parcels of land can be seen on another page in that book.

Hoehne land map 1915
Hoehne land map – 1915

Next, we have the 1920 census.

Ernst Hoehne 1920 census Brazeau Township MO
1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

The last census in which we find either Ernst or Susanna was the 1930 census.

Ernst Hoehne 1930 census Brazeau Township MO
1930 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Both Ernst and Susanna died in the 1930’s.  Ernst died in 1934; Susanna died in 1838.  Here is Ernst’s death certificate.

Ernst Hoehne death certificate
Ernst Hoehne death certificate

Next, here is Susanna’s death certificate.

Susanna Hoehne death certificate
Susanna Hoehne death certificate

We can find gravestones for both Ernst and Susanna in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.


After my previous post about the Hecht’s in Uniontown, I received an inquiry from one of our regular readers, Daniel Lichtenegger, about Emilie Hecht.  I think this article may answer some of the questions that he had about Emilie.  At the time, I did not know Daniel’s connection to the Hoehne family.  Now I know.  Ernst and Emilie would be his great great grandparents, if I have it figured correctly.

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