When I researched today’s story, it was like playing 5-card draw poker. I originally had one pair, but when I was dealt some more cards, I ended up with two-pair.
It all started with today being the 135th wedding anniversary for Amalie Oehlert and Ferdinand Huber. They were married on April, 9, 1885. We will begin with the bride.
Dorothea Amalie Oehlert was born on July 9, 1868, the daughter of Tobias and Christiane (Harnagel) Oehlert. We have these photos of Amalie’s parents.
Amalie was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Below is her baptism record.
Prior to Amalie’s birth, her father had been part of the Union Army in the Civil War. According to his military record, he served between 1862-1865. According to our German Family Tree, Tobias and Christiane had 9 children. I think that is incorrect. Here is why. The GFT says that a girl by the name of Mary Oehlert was born in 1867. However, the only document cited is the 1870 census in which there is a 3 year-old Mary listed. Here is an image of that entry.
Yes, there is a Mary, but there is no 2 year-old Amalie. I think Mary is Amalie, and the census taker got the age wrong. Next, let’s take a look at the 1880 census. The Oehlert family was still living in Perry County, and Amalie, not Mary, is shown as an 11 year-old.
Sometime after this 1880 census, Tobias moved his family to Joachim Township in Jefferson County, Missouri, which is located between Perry County and St. Louis. One of the main reasons I suspect they moved in the early part of the 1880’s is because of the marriage we are highlighting today. Let’s discuss the groom.
Ferdinand Wilhelm Huber was born on November 8, 1858, the son of Christoph and Christine (Krause) Huber. The maiden name of Ferdinand’s mother, Krause, drew my attention. Tobias Oehlert’s brother, Gottlieb, married a Krause in Perry County. I looked for a connection, but found none. That does not mean there isn’t one. I just couldn’t find one. Ferdinand was born in Jarvis, Missouri which is located in the Joachim Township of Jefferson County. We find Ferdinand in the 1860 census at the age of 2.
Next, we find Ferdinand in the 1870 census. I am thinking that the Huber farm was doing quite well in order to have 3 extra farm workers.
The last census in which we find Ferdinand as a single man was the one taken in 1880.
That leads us up to the wedding that took place on this day in 1885. Ferdinand Huber married Amelia Oehlert at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Here is the church record for this wedding.
The license for this marriage comes from Jefferson County. It says Amalia was from Perry County. Rev. J.F. Koestering is shown as the pastor. I have to ask why the marriage took place in Altenburg if the Oehlert family was already living in Jefferson County. I have some theories, but no proof. Amalie was only 16 years old when she was married, and this form indicates that she had to have the permission of her parents in order to get married.
It was some time after I looked at the marriage documents for Amalie and Ferdinand that I discovered another Oehlert/Huber marriage. On October 27, 1889, Amalie’s older brother, Ernst Oehlert, married Pauline Huber, Ferdinand’s sister. That marriage took place in Jefferson County. Here is their marriage license.
In the case of Ernst Oehlert, he and his wife ended up living in Perry County. This post would get too long if I told their whole story today, so I guess they will have to be put on the back burner for later.
Now, I have to rely on information I find on Ancestry.com to help with this story. It looks like Ferdinand and Amalie had 8 children, one of which died early. We find the Huber couple in the census records until 1920. Then we just find Amalie after that. Here is the one for 1900. They had 6 children at the time.
Next, we find them in the 1910 census. In this entry, we also see Amalie’s parents, Tobias and Sophia Oehlert.
The last census in which we see both Ferdinand and Amalie was the one taken in 1920. Their son, Ernst Huber, and his family are included in this image.
Ferdinand Huber died in 1928 at the age of 69. We have his death certificate.
Amalie can still be found in the 1940 census living with her son, Walter, in Herculaneum, Missouri. The census also shows the Ernst Huber family.
Amalie Huber died in 1951 at the age of 83. Her death certificate mentions liver cancer as a cause.
Ferdinand and Amalie Huber are buried together in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hillboro, Missouri.
I did not mention it earlier, but Amalie’s father, Tobias, was involved in a double wedding that took place in 1856. He and his brother, Gottlieb Oehlert, were married on the same day. That story was told in the post, Alert! Double Oehlert Wedding. Today’s story was not a double wedding on the same day, but it is another type of double marriage. It was two marriages involving brothers and sisters from the same family. It seems like the Oehlert family is full of fascinating stories.