Charles and His Carolina Companion

I am happily back in Altenburg.  I arrived at the museum this morning all ready to get back to work on a blog post.  I found a welcoming smile at my computer.  Little Marty was quite glad to see me.  With our museum being closed these days, Little Marty was getting lonely.  I think we are going to see what we can do about getting a Little Katie to keep him company when no one else is around.

Little Marty at computer

We start today’s story with a birthday that took place 184 years ago in Austria.  On March 19, 1836, Charles Wallmann was born.  I am not sure what his father’s name was, but there is evidence that his mother’s name was Theresa.  It looks like it was Theresa that traveled to America with several sons on the ship, Therese, in 1857.

Wallmann names Therese passenger list Baltimore 1857
Wallmann names – Therese passenger list 1857

I wrote another story a while back about Johann Wallmann who married Katharine Gratz.  Those two Wallmann’s are not connected to each other in our German Family Tree, but I think this piece of evidence shows that they were brothers.  The first document in which we find Charles Wallmann was the 1860 census for Shawnee Township in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  He was living in the Joseph Meyr household and working as a farm laborer.

Karl Wallmann 1860 census Shawnee Township MO
1860 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Meanwhile, a girl by the name of Rebecca Stirewalt was born in Salisbury, North Carolina.  I found numerous spellings of this surname, but I settled on using Stirewalt because I found evidence of that surname around Salisbury, North Carolina.  Rebecca, according to her death certificate, was born on February 20, 1844.  Also according to that death certificate, her parents were Henry and Christiana (Haldanan sp?) Stirewalt.  I have this suspicion that Rebecca’s family was of the Presbyterian faith since several people in this vicinity came from that area of North Carolina and established Presbyterian churches, such as the one in Brazeau.  Apparently her family moved to a new location not long after she was born.  In the 1850 census, we find the Stirewalt family living in Union County, Illinois which is located across the Mississippi River from Cape Girardeau County.  Her father is called a millstone cutter.

Rebecca Steirwald 1850 census Union County IL
1850 census – Union County, IL

Rebecca was still living in Union County, Illinois in the 1860 census.

Rebecca Steirwald 1860 census Union County IL
1860 census – Union County, IL

Charles Wallmann would marry Rebecca Stirewalt in 1863, but before that happened, Charles went off to fight in the Civil War.  According to the military record below, he entered the service in 1862.  It also says he was discharged for disabilites.

Karl Wallmann Civil War military record
Charles Wallmann – Civil War military record

The Wallmann/Stirewalt marriage took place on September 1, 1863 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri.  The church record for that wedding is shown below.  I have included the wedding right above theirs in those church books.  That was the wedding of his brother, Johann, and Katherine Gratz.  These two marriages were only the 3rd and 4th marriage records in that congregation’s books.

Wallmann Steirwalt marriage record Immanuel New Wells MO
Wallmann/Gratz marriage record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

We also have a civil record of that marriage.

Wallmann Steirwalt marriage record Cape Girardeau County MO
Wallmann/Stirewalt marriage record

According to our German Family Tree, Charles and Rebecca had 5 children.  We find this family in the 1870 census.  Charles was a farmer, and Rebecca’s mother was living in their household.

Karl Wallmann 1870 census Shawnee Township MO
1870 census – Shawnee Township, MO

By the time of the 1880 census, 4 of their 5 children had been born.  One more child would be born in 1883.

Karl Wallmann 1880 census Shawnee Township MO
1880 census – Shawnee Township, MO

We don’t see them in another census until the one taken in 1900.

Karl Wallmann 1900 census Shawnee Township MO
1900 census – Shawnee Township, MO

The last census in which we find Charles and Rebecca was the 1910 census.  They were living in the household headed by their daughter, Elizabeth Grosse, who by that time was already a widow.

Karl Wallmann 1910 census Shawnee Township MO
1910 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Sometime, likely later in their lives, Charles and Rebecca had this photograph taken.

Karl and Rebecca Wallmann

Rebecca Wallmann died in 1911 at the age of 67.  We can look at her death certificate.

Rebecca Wallmann death certificate
Rebecca Wallmann death certificate

Charles Wallmann died in 1917 at the age of 81.  Although his death certificate should be available, I was unable to find it.  If that document was available, I might have been able to determine the name of Charles’s father and his mother’s maiden name. has entries for these two in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Wells, Missouri, but no photos are shown of their gravestones.

This post is another example of a time when I discovered a few facts that are not included in our German Family Tree.  Unfortunately, we find it very difficult to keep up with all the changes that could be made to that document because we lack the time and manpower to get it done.


We now have been blessed with a artistic rendering of what our current musem’s expansion is going to look like.  Our friend and talented artist, Jeanie Eddelman has taken our plans and turned them into a drawing which shows the building we are now in the process of constructing.  This image will also be placed on our website’s home page.  Thanks to Jeanie for providing this great visual what we see in our dreams.

Museum expansion rendering Eddelman




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