George’s Girls

George Bingenheimer was born on March 31, 1861, so today would have been his 159th birthday.  We do not have a baptism record for George, but there are a few documents that say he was born in Cape Girardeau County.  For what it’s worth, bingen means “bang” and heimer means “home” according to Google Translate.

Before we discuss George’s life, let’s take a look at his father, another George Bingenheimer and his wife, Elizabeth Reinemer.  George, Sr. arrived in America with his parents and a few siblings aboard the ship, Jaque Lafette, in 1848.  George was 11 years old.

Bingenheimer names Jaque Lafette passenger list 1848
Bingenheimer family – Jaque Lafette passenger list 1848

Several years later, in 1853, Elizabeth Reinemer arrived in the United States with her family aboard the Adonis.  Elizabeth was 15 years old.

Elizabeth Reinemer Adonis passenger list 1853
Reinemer family – Adonis passenger list 1853

On January 6, 1859, George Bingenheimer married Elizabeth Reinemer.  Their marriage record shows them getting married in Perry County.  This was actually a double wedding.  Elizabeth’s brother was also married on that day.

Bingenheimer Reinemer marriage record Perry County MO
Bingenheimer/Reinemer marriage record – Perry County, MO

We seem to have another one of those cases in which our German Family Tree is in conflict with some other evidence.  The GFT says Elizabeth Reinemer was born on March 31, 1838.  If that was so, then George, Jr. was born on her birthday.  However, her gravestone says she was born on May 31st.

George and Elizabeth Bingenheimer gravestone Zion Longtown MO
George and Elizabeth Bingenheimer gravestone – Zion, Longtown, MO

Elizabeth Bingenheimer’s death certificate also gives the May 31st date of birth.

Elizabeth Bingenheimer death certificate
Elizabeth Bingenheimer death certificate

Let’s return to George, Jr.  The first census in which we find him shows him living in Cinque Hommes Township in Perry County.  George was the firstborn in that family.

George Bingenheimer 1870 census Cincque Hommes Township MO
1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

We find the Bingenheimer family in a different location in the 1880 census.  They were then living in Cape Girardeau County in the Apple Creek Township.

George Bingenheimer 1880 census Apple Creek Township MO
1880 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Now, we will take a look at the early life of George’s wife, Marie Mathilda Elbrecht.  Most documents refer to her as Mathilda, so that is what I will call her.  She was born on February 10, 1866, the daughter of Charles and Wilhelmine (Sewing) Elbrecht.  In a family book we have, cleverly called the Sewing Circle, there is a mention of Mathilda being born in Arnsburg, Missouri.  In the 1870 census, we find her and her family living in the Apple Creek Township.  Mathilda was 4 years old.

Mathilda Elbrecht 1870 census Apple Creek Township MO
1870 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

We find Mathilda in the same location in the 1880 census.

Mathilda Elbrecht 1880 census Apple Creek Township MO
1880 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

That brings us to the time when George Bingenheimer and Mathilda Elbrecht got married on May 12, 1887.  Their marriage license says both of them were from Cape Girardeau County.

Bingenheimer Elbrecht marriage license
Bingenheimer/Elbrecht marriage license

When I saw that the pastor on this license was a Rev. Meyr, I then discovered that he was a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Missouri which is located in Cape Girardeau County.  That got me to look in the church records we now have for that congregation.  Those records will eventually show up in our German Family Tree.  I hit paydirt in those books.  Here is that church record.

Bingenheimer Elbrecht marriage record Trinity Friedheim MO
Bingenheimer/Elbrecht marriage record – Trinity, Friedheim, MO

George and Mathilda, according to our GFT, had six children, and all of them were girls.  This image from Ancestry.com shows the names of those girls along with their mother at the top.

George Bingenheimer girls

A few days ago, in a post about a Thauwald family, I pointed out that they had four girls whose names all ended with an “a”.  We see the same thing in the above list.  Even the mother had an “a” at the end.

The Bingenheimer couple can be found in every census from 1900 to 1940 living in the Cinque Hommes Township in Perry County.  We also find this family’s records in the books of Zion Lutheran Church in Longtown.  Here is the 1900 census.  Five of the six girls are displayed.

George Bingenheimer 1900 census Cincque Homme Township MO
1900 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

The last girl was born in 1905, so she joins the group of George’s girls in the 1910 census.  We find Mathilda’s cousin, Oscar Elbrecht, living in their household as a farm laborer.  With only young girls in his household, it makes sense that George may have needed some help on his farm.

George Bingenheimer 1910 census Cincque Homme Township MO
1910 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Next, we find this family in the 1920 census.

George Bingenheimer 1920 census Cincque Homme Township MO
1930 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Here is the 1930 census.  Three of the daughters never married.

George Bingenheimer 1930 census Cincque Homme Township MO
1930 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

The last census we can view was the one taken in 1940.

George Bingenheimer 1940 census Cincque Homme Township MO
1940 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Mathilda Bingenheimer died in August of that census year, 1940, at the age of 74.   We have her death certificate.

Marie Bingenheimer death certificate
Mathilda Bingenheimer death certificate

George Bingenheimer died in 1944 at the age of 83.  We can also view his death certificate.

George Bingenheimer death certificate
George Bingenheimer death certificate

George and Mathilda are buried together in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Longtown.

George and Mathilda Bingenheimer gravestone Zion Longtown MO
George and Mathilda Bingenheimer gravestone – Zion, Longtown, MO

The research on this story enabled me to get a better understanding of the Bingenheimer name.  That name has not shown up much on this blog.  There are quite a few folks with this surname in our German Family Tree.  Today’s Bingenheimer family is pretty much the only family found in the Longtown church.  Most of the others can be found at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.  So, I think I’m going to call George’s family the Longtown Bingenheimers.  Too bad that surname died in his branch because he had all those girls.

 


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