Instead of focusing on a special event in one person’s life, I am going to look into the lives of a trio of siblings. That is because I noticed that there were three incidents of August 12 (8/12) showing up in three different children in the Bronnenkant family. There was a death, a birth, and a baptism that all took place on today’s date in that clan. I thought that was unique enough to write their stories. However, to cover three stories instead of one, I may have to limit the coverage in each case.
The August 12th events took place in the family of Gabriel and Emma (Moeckel) Bronnenkant. A story was written a few years ago by Fred Eggers that focused especially on Gabriel’s military exploits. It was titled, When Gabriel Comes Marching Home!. According to our German Family Tree, Gabriel and Emma had 11 children. It wasn’t until the 7th child that the August 12’s start showing up. An August 12th date shows up in the 7th, 8th, and 11th children.
The 7th child was a son by the name of Paul Theodore Bronnenkant, who was born on January 12, 1879. He was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri. Here is his baptism record.
This baby, however, died exactly 7 months after he was born. He died on August 12, 1879. We have a death record from the Concordia Lutheran Church books. I have highlighted the August 12 reference with a red box.
Exactly one year after this baby’s death, another baby boy was born into this family. His name was Gottfried Benjamin Bronnenkant. He was born on August 12, 1880. We have his baptism record with the August 12th highlighted.
Other than his confirmation record in 1894, there is nothing else to be found out about this child in our German Family Tree. I was unable to find him in the 1900 census. I know he was not still living with his family in Perry County at that time. I did find him in the location where he spent the rest of his life when he is listed in the 1910 census. That was in the city of Terra Haute, Indiana. The 1910 census includes him and his wife, Clara along with one daughter.
This entry states that he was named Fred G. for some reason, and he was working as a traveling salesman for a glass company. He was a salesman of some kind in Terre Haute for most of his life. Gottfried Benjamin (Fred G.) married Clara Bernhardt in 1908 in Indiana. Here is a transcript of his Indiana marriage license.
His World War II draft card says he was working for Coca Cola Company.
“Frederick” Gottfried died in 1956; Clara died in 1959. They are buried together in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Terre Haute, Indiana.
That takes us to the third Bronnenkant sibling with an August 12th event. This one was the baby of the family, Lydia Amanda Bronnenkant. She was born on August 6, 1888 and was baptized on August 12th. Below is her baptism record from Concordia.
Some documents call her Lydia and others Amanda. She can be found in the 1900 census still living in Perry County at the age of 11.
We find an interesting situation in the 1910 census from St. Louis. I put two images next to each other so I could enlarge the information. All of the names on this entry are from Perry County.
First of all, the top 4 names are all Bronnenkant siblings, including Amanda. The Paul Bronnenkant shown on top was Paul Arnold Bronnenkant, who was born after Paul Theodore died, and the family must have decided to once again use the name Paul. Next on the list were lodgers by the names of Fred Grosse and Edward Moeckel. Since the mother of the Bronnenkant family was a Moeckel, it makes sense that he would be living in this household. But who is this Fred Grosse? Well, he happened to become Lydia Amanda’s husband two years after this census was taken.
His given name was Friedrich Ferdinand Grosse, who was the son of Ferdinand Johann and Linna Ernstine (Petzoldt) Grosse of Altenburg. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Here is that baptism record in two images.
A photo of the John Grosse family that has shown up on this blog in the past shows Friedrich Ferdinand. The people in the photo have not been identified, but we know that Friedrich Ferdinand was the oldest boy in the family. Therefore, I think he is the one standing in the back on the far right.
Ferdinand (Fred) Grosse is another person who I could not find in the 1900 census. There was a man of the correct age in St. Louis, but it said he was born in April, so I could not say for sure that it was this Fred Grosse. The 1910 census shown above does indeed show this young man, and it says he was a cook on a dining car for the railroad.
Although I could not find a record of their marriage, a family history on Ancestry.com says that Fred married Amanda Bronnenkant on June 7, 1912. The 1920 census shows this couple still living in St. Louis where it indicates Fred was a cleaner for a cleaning & dye company.
Before the 1930 census was taken, Fred and Amanda moved their family to Glendale, California. That census says Fred was a manager for a retail grocery store.
We can find the Grosse family in one more census. Here is the one for 1940, once again from Glendale, California. At that time, Fred was a painter for a building construction company.
The World War II draft card for Fred Grosse makes it hard to know what his occupation was, but he worked for a man named Elmer Green.
Fred died in 1956; Amanda died in 1963. They are buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, but there are no photographs of their gravestones.
The Bronnenkant siblings associated with August 12th are an interesting trio. They are buried in three different states. There was a wide variety of occupations for the husbands in the families.