We will be celebrating a 168th wedding anniversary today. I think the couple getting married on this day 168 years ago is a pretty unusual duo. First of all, both the bride and the groom were each the firstborn child in their respective families. Add to that the fact that the groom was the first of 12 children in his family, and the bride was the first of 23 children in her family. In the bride’s family, the father was married twice. That is an amazing total of 35 children born into these two families combined. The bride and groom also happened to be included in the group of people we refer to as the “original immigrants” to this area. Coincidentally, these two also traveled to America aboard the same ship, the Johann Georg. However, they were not aboard that ship at the same time. I will explain how that happened.
The groom was Carl Gottlieb Palisch, born in Löbtau, a neighborhood in the city of Dresden, Germany on December 27, 1827. When Carl (sometimes called Charles) arrived in New Orleans aboard the Johann Georg on January 7, 1839, he was 11 year old. Here is an image of that passenger list.
After the Johann Georg deposited those passengers in New Orleans, it returned to Germany and would later bring another group of German Lutheran immigrants to America. That is what we call the Gruber Group, which arrived in New Orleans on November 27, 1839. Aboard that ship was Emilie Auguste Engert who was the bride 168 years ago. She was 8 years old. The Engert family can be seen on this passenger list. They were from the town of Lunzenau, Germany.
Before I move on with this story, let me issue a correction to a previous post. A few days ago, in the post, Two Wives – Two Dozen Children, I stated that Bernhardt Palisch was the first child born into the Palisch family after they arrived in America. That is not the case. Johanna Christiane Palisch, the mother in this family, made the voyage to America while she was pregnant. A baby was born on April 3, 1839 in St. Louis, but would die on April 19th. The story of that child’s birth and death was told in the post, Martin Stephan Never Made It to Perry County.
Carl Palisch and Auguste Engert can both be found in the 1850 census for Brazeau Township. First, here is the one including Carl. He was 22 years old.
Next, here is the 1850 census showing Auguste. She was 19 years old.
If I have this figured correctly, the Palisch family belonged to the Trinity congregation in Altenburg until 1857, when they joined the group that split from there and began the Immanuel congregation. In the case of the Engert family, they originally owned some property in the Seelitz vicinity, but it would not be long before they moved to some land outside Frohna. They then became members of Concordia Lutheran Church, which is where the Palisch/Engert marriage took place. Several Engert children were born and baptized in Frohna, the last being baptized there in early 1857, the year when the Immanuel split took place. Then the Engert children were baptized at Immanuel, the first of those taking place in 1859.
Auguste’s mother died in 1849, so you do not see her in the 1850 census shown above. Frederick Engert married Anna Margaretha Jungclaus in February of 1851. Then in November of that year, Carl Palisch married Auguste Engert.
The civil marriage record for the Palisch/Engert marriage is shown below. Rev. Christoph Heinrich Loeber, the second pastor of Concordia and one of the graduates of the Log Cabin College, conducted the wedding.
Below is the church record for this marriage from the Concordia books. This image also includes the record for Auguste’s father’s wedding. Those two weddings were the only ones to occur at Concordia during 1851.
Carl and Auguste would go on to have 9 children of their own. That almost seems like a small family when compared to the two families from which they came. We find this couple in the 1860 census. By that year, there were already 4 children in this family.
Next, let’s take a look at the 1870 census.
The last census in which we find either of these two was the one taken in 1880.
Carl and Auguste almost made it to be included in the 1900 census, but they each died in 1899. Carl died on June 6, 1899 at the age of 71. A little over a month later, Auguste died on July 23, 1899 at the age of 69. Upon looking at Findagrave.com for gravestones, I was only able to find one of them. Auguste’s gravestone is shown below. However, it is not the photo on Findagrave. It is one that I took at the cemetery this morning.
Before I took my trip to the cemetery, I found the death records for Carl and Auguste Palisch in the Trinity books. Below is an image showing what I found.
There was only one person listed between the death records of Carl and Auguste. That person was Loretta (Swan) Nennert, the husband of Charles Nennert. She died on July 5, 1899 at the age of 27. Having seen this record, I expected to find one gravestone between the ones of Auguste and Carl Palisch. That is indeed what I found. Below is the gravestone that I figure is for Carl Palisch.
By the way, here is the gravestone located between Carl and Augusta’s graves, which I figure is that of Loretta Nennert. It, too, is quite unreadable and is not listed on the Findagrave.com site.
Here we see these 3 gravestones line up in a row. That style of gravestones must have been popular then.
A quick note. If it looks cold in these photos, it was. My automobile thermometer said it was 13º F.
One mystery was solved. I located not one, but two, unidentified gravestones. However, there is another mystery that I will not be able to solve without some help. Why are Carl and Auguste buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery and not the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery? All the indications that I am able to see led me to conclude that these two people would be buried in the Immanuel Cemetery. In fact, that is where I first looked to find them. I was surprised to notice in our German Family Tree that the death records for these two were in the Trinity books. I am still puzzled. Maybe someone from the Palisch family knows the answer and would be willing to share it with us.
I am still amazed by the numbers involved in this story. If you just look at the families of the bride and groom in this marriage to find the number of children born to them, plus the number of children this Palisch family had, you come to a grand total of 44 children. Wow!