Today would have been the 134th wedding anniversary of an Emmanuel and an Emma. Emmanuel is an interesting first name. My experience with it is that this name which means “God with us” in the Bible, is spelled two different ways. Sometimes it is spelled beginning with an “I” and is followed by a double “m”. Therefore, it is Immanuel. Other times, as it is with my grandfather’s name, it is spelled beginning with an “E” and followed by a single “m”. That name is Emanuel. Today, we find the name spelled with a beginning “E” but followed by a double “m”. If you couple that with the fact that Emmanuel married an Emma, it is an interesting combination.
Emmanuel Wallmann was born on November 27, 1861 during the early years of the Civil War. He was the son of John and Katharine (Gratz) Wallmann and his baptism is included in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri. Here is an image of his baptism record.
Emmanuel can be found in his first census in 1870. He was living in Shawnee Township.
Emmanuel’s future wife was going to be Emma Koenig. Emma was from a different set of Koenig’s than the ones that are usually included in this blog. She was born in Germany, and her family did not arrive in America until 1868. It turns out that Emmanuel and Emma were each the oldest child in their respective families. Emma was born on July 15, 1862 in Germany, the daughter of Lorenz and Mary (Ackermann) Koenig. We find this Koenig family living in the town of Altenburg when the 1870 census was taken.
Emmanuel Wallmann’s father died in 1873, and his mother married again. Her second husband was Friedrich Zorn. When the 1880 census was taken, we find the Wallmann children described as step-children, and another child with the surname Zorn had entered the family.
Sometime between the 1870 and 1880 censuses, Emma’s Koenig family moved to Shawnee Township. We find a 17 year-old Emma in the 1880 census.
That leads us up to the marriage between Emmanuel Wallmann and Emma Koenig that took place on February 5th in 1884. In the St. John’s Lutheran Church books we find a listing among the confirmation records that gives an account of all the official acts which occurred to Emmanuel Wallmann during his life.
The only civil record I could find for Emmanuel and Emma is shown below. I usually do not display this kind of record because it does not include much useful information. It does not have the date of the wedding or who the pastor was that performed the ceremony.
According to our German Family Tree, Emmanuel and Emma had 3 children. The second-born child did not even live one month. There was only the oldest child listed in the 1900 census for this household.
The oldest son, Gustav, shown in the above census got married in 1909, and the youngest child, a daughter named Elsa, was not born until 1903, so once again in the 1910 census, we see this household with just one child.
In all of the censuses above, Emmanuel was shown to be a farmer, but when the 1920 census was taken, that changed. In that document, it says that he was the proprietor of a grocery store. I assume that store was located in the village of Pocahontas. I have put two images of this census side-by-side in hopes that you may be able to read the information I wanted you to see.
Just a side note: Our German Family Tree shows two Wallmann families that settled in the Shawnee Township, but does not show a relationship between them. It is very possible that they indeed were related. What I find interesting is that the only other previous blog post about whom I have included a Wallmann was one that married a Gross and her husband was a person who operated a grocery store. That post was titled, Gross Grocery.
I found the photo below which shows the daughter, Elsa Wallmann, which was probably taken in the 1920’s. She is wearing one of those outfits that was stylish in the Roaring 20’s. I am also thinking that the house shown in the background may have been the one in which Emmanuel and Emma lived.
The 1930 census once again shows three Wallmann’s in the household, but this time the third Wallmann was Emmanuel’s brother, Albert, who was working as a salesman at Emmanuel’s grocery store. Albert never married.
Emmanuel Wallmann died in 1935 at the age of 73. We have his death certificate. This document shows Emmanuel as a retired merchant.
We find Emma Wallmann living with her brother, Gustav Adolph Koenig, in the 1940 census. That Koenig family had had 8 children, but by this time, they had all moved out of the household.
Emma Wallmann died in 1947 at the age of 85. Her death certificate says she died in Lutesville. She was probably living with her daughter, Elsa Crites who was the informant on this certificate.
Emmanuel and Emma are buried together in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pocahontas.
I did not manage to find an actual document that shows that Emmanuel and Emma were married on February 5th, but it turns out that their gravestone has it inscribed in it.