A marriage took place in Perry County on this date 150 years ago. The Perry County marriage record for this wedding is shown here.
As you can see, it was Henry Boxdorfer who married Elisabeth Rauh on that day. The pastor who is listed, Rev. F.C. Besel, was serving Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg at that time. The Friedenberg church books burned in a fire, so we cannot view the original church record.
I have previously written about the origins of the Boxdorfer and Rauh families in America and Perry County. You can find those accounts by clicking the links here:
These two families had certain similarities in their American beginnings. First, both of these families entered this country in the port of Baltimore. The second similarity can be found if you look closely at their passenger lists. First, here is the passenger list for John Rauh.
Next, let’s take a look at the passenger list for Gottlieb Boxdorfer.
In the case of John Rauh, his future bride, Elizabeth Baer, is shown farther down the passenger list. In the case of Gottlieb Boxdorfer, his future bride, Barbara Muench, is shown right below his name. In both of these cases, a marriage took place very soon after arrival in America. Most likely, those marriages took place in Baltimore. In the case of the Boxdorfers, when they were married, there was a pastor in Baltimore by the name of Rev. F.C.D. Wyneken. I would not be surprised if Rev. Wyneken was the one who conducted the marriage of the Boxdorfer’s. Also, when their son was born there in 1846, he may have been baptized by Rev. Wyneken, who would later become the second president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. I would also add that Rev. G.W. Keyl, the first pastor in Frohna, would succeed Rev. Wyneken at that congregation.
Finally, there is the similarity that each of these families ended up settling in Perry County, Missouri, and more specifically, became members of the Lutheran church in Friedenberg. Both of these families became quite large and take up quite a few pages in our German Family Tree.
Henry Boxdorfer was born while his parents were still in Baltimore. His birthday was February 3, 1846. Elisabeth Rauh was born in Perry County. Her birthday was February 9, 1849. She was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg.
I’m going to skip right to the wedding of Henry Boxdorfer and Elisabeth Rauh which took place 150 years ago on this date. Once this couple was married in 1869, they would begin producing their own large family. Our German Family Tree lists 10 of them. Only the last one, born in 1891, was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. The others were baptized at Friedenberg. Here we find this family in the 1880 census for Central Township in Perry County.
Then it would be not until 1900 before we see another census including this couple.
When the 1910 census was taken, there was only one child still living with Henry and Elisabeth. She was the youngest daughter, Pauline. I included some entries above and below Henry’s family on this census page to show how there were several Boxdorfer’s in their neighborhood. One was John Boxdorfer, Henry’s younger brother, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio where the family lived for a short time before they ended up in Perry County.
In 1915, when the Perry County plat maps were produced, we find a piece of land that was owned by Henry Boxdorfer. It is located not far from the community of Sereno, which is found between Perryville and Chester, Illinois.
The 1920 census is the last one in which you find Henry Boxdorfer.
Henry died in 1921 at the age of 75. We have his death certificate.
Elisabeth can still be found in the 1930 census, living with her daughter, Pauline, who never married.
Elisabeth Boxdorfer died in 1933 at the age of 84.
Henry and Elisabeth Boxdorfer are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.
Henry Boxdorfer is rather unusual for a character found on this blog. Not many Perry County personalities can claim to be born in the state of Maryland, in the city of Baltimore.