Frohna Mueller – Altenburg Weber

I have another confession to make.  I especially enjoy seeing old photographs that were taken in the outdoors.  Although I also like studio photos, the ones taken outside, especially if they are showing people going about their daily work especially pique my interest.  When I find such pictures, I am more likely to write the story.  That is the case today.

A previous post titled, As For Me and My House…., told the story of the Herman Weber family.  Today, I tell a story that comes out of Herman’s brother, Henry Weber.  The following paragraph was included in that previous post.

“Herman C. Weber was only a young man of 17 years in 1889 when he sailed to America from the area of Osnabruck, Hoerdinghausen in northern Germany. He landed on Ellis Island, the American Immigration Port in New York, and was met by Pastor Koestering, a distant relative, who put him on a train to St. Louis where he was met by his half brother, Henry, who was 10 years older. Henry had immigrated to America several years earlier and had settled on a farm in Altenburg, Perry County, Missouri. Quite a fete for a young man who knew no English in a strange country; but he was a very determined young man, and brother Henry got him a job as a farm laborer for a family named Kaufmann in Altenburg.”

A photo of the Henry Weber family taken in about 1925 shows today’s couple, Rudolf and Christine Weber.  Rudolf and Christine are on the far left.

Henry Weber family 1925 from newspaper labeled

There are actually several Weber clans who settled in Perry County.  There is another one that I refer to as the Ridge Weber’s.  Henry and Herman Weber were the start of the Altenburg Weber’s.  Henry Weber married Amalia Kaufmann in 1887.  Two daughters were born into their family before they had their first son.  That firstborn son was Rudolf Weber, who was born on August 31, 1892 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Here is his baptism record.

Rudolf Weber baptism record Trinity Altenburg MO
Rudolf Weber baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

The first census in which we find Rudolf was the one taken in 1900.  I had trouble finding this entry because transcribed the surname as Mebor.  Rudolf’s year of birth is also incorrect.

Rudolf Weber 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

We later find him in the 1910 census.  I also included the Herman Weber family which  was listed below his brother, Henry Weber’s family to indicate how they lived close to one another.

Rudolph Weber 1910 census Brazeau Township MO
1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

When we look at the life story of Rudolf’s wife, we see that she is today’s birthday girl.  Her name was Christine Mueller.  She was born on August 15, 1894.  She was the daughter of Benjamin and Johanne (Sommer) Mueller.  Since Benjamin was the son of Charles Mueller, that makes this Mueller family part of what we call the Frohna Mueller’s.  Christine was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  Here is her baptism record.

Christine Mueller baptism record Concordia Frohna MO
Christine Mueller baptism record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

We see Christine in the 1900 census.

Christine Mueller 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we see her in the 1910 census living in the Stephen Mueller household and working as a servant.  Stephen would have been Christine’s uncle.

Christine Mueller 1910 census Brazeau Township MO
1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

That leads us up to the marriage of Rudolf Weber and Christine Mueller on June 4, 1916.  They were married at Concordia, Frohna.  Here is the church record for that marriage.

Weber Mueller marriage record Concordia Frohna MO
Weber/Mueller marriage record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

We also have their marriage license.

Weber Mueller marriage license
Weber/Mueller marriage license

Right before their marriage, the 1915 plat book for Perry County was produced.  The Henry Weber property is highlighted on the image below.  The H.K. Weber property was the Herman Weber land.

Henry Weber land map 1915
Henry Weber land map – 1915

The 1920 census shows this couple for the first time.  You can see that they were living in the Henry Weber household.

Rudolph Weber 1920 census Brazeau Township MO
1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

The German Family Tree shows 5 children in this family, with one of those being a stillborn.  The photo of Rudolf and Christine shown earlier was taken between the 1920 and 1930 census.  Amalia, Rudolf’s mother had died in 1923 and is not in that photo.

Rudolph Weber 1930 census Brazeau Township MO
1930 census – Brazeau Township, MO

The last census showing this couple is the 1940 census.

Rudolph Weber 1940 census Brazeau Township MO
1940 census – Brazeau Township, MO

I promised some photos that were taken outside.  I am going to put them in a thumbnail gallery.  The thumbnails can be clicked to enlarge them.  These photos were all said to be taken on the Rudolf Weber farm.

Christine died in 1961 at the age of 67.  She died at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau according to her death certificate.

Christine Weber death certificate
Christine Weber death certificate

Rudolf died in 1977 at the age of 84.  Rudolf and Christine are buried together in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.

Rudolf and Christine Weber gravestone Trinity Altenburg MO
Rudolf and Christine Weber gravestone – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

I have two friends, Earl Weber and Lynn Mueller, who until recently were neighbors living in the locations mentioned in today’s story.  Earl is Herman Weber’s grandson and Lynn’s father was Christine Mueller’s cousin.  Earl is an Altenburg Weber and still attends Trinity, Altenburg.  Lynn was a Frohna Mueller, and until his recent move to Minnesota, attended Concordia, Frohna.  I visit the Weber’s often, and when I do, I almost always drive through Frohna to get there.  Until I looked at a map, I could never understand why these Webers would go all the way to Altenburg to attend Trinity.  However, if you look at the map below, which shows a line from the Mueller farm to Frohna and another line from the Weber farm to Altenburg, you can see that the lines are pretty much the same length (as the crow flies).

Frohna and Altenburg map 1915 Weber Mueller

I want to also point out that Betty and Doris Weber are granddaughters of Rudolf and Christine.  These two, affectionately called the Weber Girls, are famous around here for their delicious coffee cake (and other baked goodies).  They, along with Earl Weber, are also docents at our museum.  They can be seen in the photo below with Kathy Schlimpert in the middle.


5 thoughts on “Frohna Mueller – Altenburg Weber

  1. I am totally confused! I have an Amalia Kaufmann in my family tree. Do you know who the parents of this Amalia Kaufmann are? The parents of my Amalia are Adam Kaufmann & Christiane Friedericke Mueller. She was born 5 Oct 1857 in Altenburg and died 22 Jul 1893 in Jackson County Illinois. She was married to Henry Herman Bogenpohl. So I am wondering if you know if these two Amalia’s are related?

    I love reading your blogs. You have written several on my Veorster/Voerster ancestors.


    1. Your Amalia Kaufmann (who married the Bogenpohl) would have been a cousin to the Martha “Amalia” Kaufmann who married Henry Weber. If you get to our museum someday, we can help you understand the Kaufmann maze.

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      1. I have been there several times. I am thinking that we may try to come back possibly this fall.

        You have written blogs on some of my ancestors – Voerster/Veorster (mine spell their name this way). Anton Kaufmann (born in 1801) was my 3rd great grandfather. Anna Maria Kaufmann (Anton’s daughter) married my 2nd great grandfather Friedrich Wilhelm Voerster.

        There is a picture in your March 7, 2019 blog – Seelitz Sweethearts – of the Darnstadt family. We found this very picture a couple weeks ago when we were going through my deceased uncle’s old pictures. Someone has written on it ” I think the old lady was Daddy’s aunt and the man is her son. Darnstadt family”. On the back is written – Darnstadt family – some of George Veorster relatives and his mother. We also found 3 small picture of Willie, Clara and Martin Kermse.

        Thank you and I enjoy reading your blogs.


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