Henry’s Love Bird **Updated

Henry is today’s birthday boy, but before I tell his story, let me explain that in the German language the word for bird is vogel.  Yesterday’s post highlighted a Vogel, and another Vogel will show up today.  As I have researched the Vogel name in this area, I have found that the first Vogel’s in this area settled in Frohna.  That family become quite prolific, and spread out to places such as Shawnee Township in Cape Girardeau County (like yesterday’s Vogel) and across the river to Fountain Bluff Township in Jackson County, Illinois (which is where we go today).  However, Henry’s love bird was born in Frohna.

Let’s start with our birthday boy.  Henry Heins was born on August 19, 1886 and baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  He was the son of Leo (Lueder) and Anna (Versemann) Heins.  Below is his baptism record (in two images).

Henry Heins baptism record Christ Jacob IL

Henry Heins baptism record 2 Christ Jacob IL
Henry Heins baptism record – Christ, Jacob, IL

Henry can be found in the 1900 census for Fountain Bluff Township.  He was 13 years old and had plenty of siblings.  Even at that young age, he was called a farm laborer.

Henry Heins 1900 census Fountain Bluff Township IL
1900 census – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

In an early plat map of Fountain Bluff Township, we find two parcels of land that are farmed by Henry’s father, Leo Heins (although one of them says Leo Hines).  Leo’s will states that he had two pieces of land in two different sections, so I think these both were owned by him.  You can see that his land was located very near Christ Lutheran Church.

Leo Heins land map Fountain Bluff Township
Leo Heins land map – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

Henry was also found in the same household in the 1910 census.  However, his father had died in 1908, so now Henry is the oldest son in that family living in this household and was likely the one who was mostly running the farm.

Henry Heins 1910 census Fountain Bluff Township IL
1910 census – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

Now we need to turn to Henry’s future love bird, Natalie Vogel.  Natalie was born on October 10, 1891 in Frohna, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Salomo and Helene (Schmidt) Vogel.  She was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  Here is her baptism record.

Natalie Vogel baptism record Concordia Frohna MO
Natalie Vogel baptism record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

The 1900 census shows the Vogel household in the Brazeau Township.  Natalie was the baby of the family.  Although he is not shown on this census record, probably the most notable member of this Vogel family was Adolph, who became a Lutheran pastor.  He served Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg for several decades.  Natalie and Adolph were also cousins to yesterday’s character, Arthur Vogel.

Natalie Vogel 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In 1904, Natalie’s older sister, Concordia, was confirmed at Concordia, but when it was Natalie’s turn to be confirmed, she was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.  The 1915 Perry County land map shows where Natalie’s family had property in that year.  It was quite near Uniontown and was also along the banks of the Apple Creek.

Salome Vogel land map 1915
Salomo Vogel land map – 1915

Natalie can be found in a St. Louis census entry in 1910.  She was a servant in the household of a man who owned a hardware store.

Natalie Vogel 1910 census Brazeau Township MO
1910 census – St. Louis, MO

The only big question I had while researching this story is how a farmer in Jacob, Illinois managed to find his bride in either Uniontown or St. Louis.  I do know that Henry Heins and Natalie Vogel were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown on November 5, 1911.  Here is the church record for that marriage.

Heins Vogel marriage record Grace Uniontown MO
Heins/Vogel marriage record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Henry took his bride back to Illinois, and the two spent the rest of their lives across the river.  We find them in the 1920 census.  I included another Heins family who lived nearby.  Arthur Heins was Henry’s brother.  We also find an interesting hired man living in Henry’s household.  Ernst Buenger was Dr. Ernst Eduard Buenger’s grandson.  Dr. Buenger was part of the Gesellschaft in 1839 and was the first doctor in East Perry County.  Also, by 1920, Henry and Natalie had their only two children, both boys.

Henry Heins 1920 census Fountain Bluff Township IL
1920 census – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

Henry was a farmer all his life.  We find him and his family living in the same place in 1930.

Henry Heins 1930 census Fountain Bluff Township IL
1930 census – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

The last census in which we find Henry and Natalie was the one taken in 1940.  Once again, we see Arthur as a neighbor, and this time, we see that Henry’s son, Norman, is also married and living near his parents.

Henry Heins 1940 census Fountain Bluff Township IL
1940 census – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

Henry was the first one in this couple to die.  He died in 1949 at the age of 63.  We have his obituary.

Henry Heins obituary
Henry Heins obituary

Natalie outlived him.  In fact, she outlived him by quite a bit.  It think this is the third day in a row that a character in a post has lived to be just short of 100 years old.  Natalie is another one.  She died in 1991 about 4 months short of her 100th birthday.  We also have her obituary.

Natalie Heins obituary
Natalie Heins obituary

Henry and Natalie were buried together in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Jacob, Illinois.

Henry and Natalie Heins gravestone Christ Jacob IL
Henry and Natalie Heins gravestone – Christ, Jacob, IL

Now you have had two straight days of posts telling the story of Vogel’s.  There is a noticeable difference between yesterday’s Vogel’s and today’s.  Yesterday, I found numerous photos to share.  I even had to eliminate some because of space.  Today, I found absolutely no photos of the people involved in the story.  I get a lot of the photos I share on this site from Ancestry.com.  Some families have members who not only establish a family history on that site, but also share their photos.  Some begin a family history, but photos are nonexistent.  I wanted to tell this story today, but unfortunately, it is one of those stories without pictures of people.


I didn’t really ask for this, but received it nonetheless.  A wife of a descendant from this Heins family has sent us the wedding photo of Henry and Natalie Heins.  I love it when our readers contribute things like this to our blog.  This photo will also be one that we can now add to the photo collection at our museum.  Thank you, Lynn Heins.

Henry and Natalie Heins
Henry and Natalie Heins wedding






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