A Story with So Many Names

It is hard to imagine a story that really did not last long could involve so many surnames.  The story today will include the names Jacob, Roediger, Hinkelmann, Kramer, and Burroughs.  Parts of today’s saga were already told in a few previous posts, but I will focus on parts that have yet to be told.

It all starts with two births and a death that took place on September 4, 1873 in Altenburg, Missouri.  Just a few days ago, I told a similar story to this one.  Like that one about the Blancken family, we see today another event in which a pair of twins are born, and the mother of the twins dies in childbirth.  On this day in 1873, Gottlob Adolf and Ernst Joseph Jacob were born.  They were the sons of Heinrich and Maria (Kramer) Jacob.  The twins were baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Here are the baptism records for them.

Ernst Joseph and Gottlob Adolph Jacob baptism record Trinity Altenburg MO
Ernst Joseph and Gottlob Adolf Jacob baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Please note that there is a Frau Rödjer (Roediger) listed as a sponsor for Gottlob Adolf.  The twins were still alive on September 7, 1873 because that was their day of baptism, but that is the last we see of them.  Our German Family Tree says that Maria died on September 4th, the day the twins were born.  However, I do not see where the documentation is for that death date.  These deaths took place during what we describe as the “Koestering Hole” when no death records can be found at Trinity.  Maria’s grave site also cannot be found on Findagrave.com for Trinity’s cemetery.

If we take a look back, a story was written about the marriage of Heinrich Jacob and Maria Kramer.  Their marriage was part of a triple wedding that took place at Trinity Lutheran Church on April 14, 1864.  The post was titled, Three in One at Trinity.  Our German Family Tree includes 5 children born to this couple, but only one of them lived long.  The only one who lived was Rev. John Jacob whose story was written by Fred Eggers on this blog in a post titled, From Perry County to the Mountains to the Plains.

When Maria died, Heinrich married again.  His second wife was also a widow.  She was Johanna (Hinkelmann) Roediger.  Her husband, Gottfried Roediger, died in 1872.  I think Johanna is the Frau Rödjer that was a sponsor for Gottlob Adolf Jacob.

Let’s take a look at Johanna (Hannah) Hinkelmann’s history. Hannah’s father, Johann Christian Hinkelmann, was one of the original immigrants that was part of the 1839 Gesellschaft.  Johann had been married in Germany, but his wife died there before he made the voyage to America.  Also, there was a Karl Wilhelm Hinkelmann who perished aboard the Amalia.  They were both from the same place in Germany, so they were likely related.  Not long after Johann Christian arrived in Perry County, he married Johanna Rosine Storlin in 1840, but she died shortly thereafter.  He then married Johanne Christiane Heibig in 1843.  This Johanne would be Hannah’s mother.  Hannah was born on July 24, 1845.  Hannah married Gottfried Roediger on October 16, 1862.  Here is their marriage record from the Trinity Lutheran Church books.

Roediger Hinkelmann marriage record Trinity Altenburg MO
Roediger/Hinkelmann marriage record – Trintiy, Altenburg, MO

The Hinkelmann’s had property in the Seelitz area.  According to an early map, they owned the property listed as #2 and #9.

Kuehnert property in Seelitz

We find Gottfried and Johanna in the 1870 census.  This couple never had children, but we see two boys in their household.

Johanna Hinkelmann Roetiger 1870 census Brazeau Township MO
1870 census – Brazeau Township, MO

With a little detective work, it can be determined that these two boys were foster sons who had the surname Burroughs.  Henry’s age is not correct.  He should have been listed as either 7 or 8 years old, not 17.  There were 4 Burroughs children taken in by folks in Perry County at about the time of the Civil War.  Two of them were baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1864.  One of those was the Henry Burroughs shown in the census above.  Here are those baptism records.

Burroughs brothers baptism record Trinity Altenburg MO
Frank and Henry Burroughs baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

One interesting thing to note here is that one of the sponsors for Frank was Gottf. Rödjer.  That would have been Gottfried Roediger who became the foster father for these two.

After Heinrich Jacob married Hannah Roediger, we find them in the 1880 census.  By then, they had several children, and you can also see that Henry Burroughs was still living in that household.  The Johannes listed here is the only child from Henry’s first marriage, and he is the one who became a Lutheran pastor.

Henry Jacob 1880 census Altenburg MO
1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Henry Burroughs was working in a brick yard.  We have a photograph taken at a brick yard owned by someone in the Boehme family.  Perhaps this is where Henry Burroughs was working.

Boehme brick yard
Altenburg brick yard

Hannah was the mother of 10 children according to our German Family Tree.  The last one was born in 1889.  Then in October of 1898, Hannah died.  This time, we do have a death record for her, so you would think that she would be buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.  However, she cannot be found on Findagrave.com.  So it was off to the cemetery to look for her grave site.  I did not find a stone for her, but I think I found the approximate location of where she was buried.  The stone on the left in the photo below is the grave of a person who died in November of 1898.  That person is listed right next to Hannah in the Trinity death records.  There are two missing stones in this location.

Hannah Jacob grave site empty
Hannah Jacob grave site – no stone – Trintiy, Altenburg, MO

In 1900, we find what I consider to be an unusual situation.  We find Henry Jacob listed in the 1900 census as living all by himself and working as a carpenter.

Henry Jacob 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Meanwhile, on a different page in the same census, we find Adolf C. Jacob, the oldest child of Henry and Hannah, as a farmer and living with several siblings.

Adolph C. Jacob 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In the 1915 map of Perry County, we find a parcel of land that belonged to the Adolf Jacob in the above census.

A Jacob land map - 1915
A. Jacob land map – 1915

I am going to let you find out what happened later in Henry’s life by looking at the post titled, Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die? Part 2.  We do still consider Henry Jacob to be the last of the original immigrants to die.

This brief story not only contains many surnames, but it also includes many early deaths.  Not only that, it also demonstrates the willingness of Perry County residents to take children into their families in times of need.  Hannah Hinkelmann also had two marriages which contrasted with one another.  With her first husband, they had no children of their own and housed foster children.   With her second husband, she had a houseful.





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