I began researching for today’s post and before I was done, the story changed somewhat. I found a pair of marriages which took place on the same day involving a brother and his sister getting married to their spouses. I’m always attracted to stories like that. However, this story became even more interesting when I found a third wedding in the same church’s records on the same date. So, we have three marriages that took place on a Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri back in 1906.
Because I have six different characters involved in this story, I choose not to approach this tale using my usual blueprint. The post would get way too long if I attempted to include all the documents I usually share for one couple’s lifetime. I will have to summarize the story more than usual.
The three couples were married on April 15, 1906, so today would have been the 114th wedding anniversary for these three couples. The three couple consisted of the following folks:
- Henry Roth and Emilie Newberry
- Martin Newberry and Mary Oehl
- Adolph Rauss and Susanna Aurich
I managed to find a baptism record for each of these people. They come from 4 different local churches. I will display those records. First, here is the baptism record fro Henry Roth, who was born on November 26, 1877, the son of George and Elizabeth (Roth) Roth (a Roth/Roth marriage). He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. We only have transcriptions of those records.
Emilie and Martin Newberry were children of Thomas Jefferson and Christina (Metzner) Newberry. Emilie was born on November 19, 1876. Both she and her brother were baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri. Here is Emilie’s baptism record.
Martin Newberry was born on October 17, 1880. Here is his baptism record.
Martin’s future wife, Mary Oehl, was born on February 4, 1880, the daughter of Friedrich and Johannetta (Pohlmann) Oehl. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Missouri. Here is her baptism record.
Adolph Rauss was born on February 15, 1879, the son of Hugo and Katherine (Ruhkopf) Rauss. He was baptized at Salem, Farrar.
Finally, Susanna Aurich was born on June 23, 1880 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. Here is that baptism record.
By the time of all the weddings in 1906, the Roth and Aurich families could be found living not too far from the church in Farrar, so it’s understandable how those couples got connected with one another. The “outsider” in the group was Mary Oehl. I’m not sure how Martin Newberry got to know a girl from Friedheim.
The marriage licenses for the Newberry siblings can even be found on the same page in the civil records for Perry County.
If you had the book containing these records, you need just flip back one page to find the Rauss/Aurich marriage license.
In the Salem Lutheran Church books containing marriage records, you find these three records listed consecutively. The two Newberry records are found at the bottom of one page.
The Rauss/Aurich record can be found at the top of the next page.
Here is where I will start summarizing the lives of these three couples. First, Henry and Emilie Roth spent the rest of their lives in the Farrar area where Henry was a farmer. Emilie died before Henry, and she was buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar. Henry must have moved to St. Louis after she died, because he is buried in the St. Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in that city with his son, Carl, and his wife.
Adolph and Susanna Rauss also spent their lives in the Farrar vicinity where he was a farmer/carpenter. Adolph and Susanna are buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar.
Martin and Mary Newberry traveled a little bit more. When the 1910 census was taken, their family can be found living in Alamosa Township in Union County, New Mexico. I wrote a story quite a while back about a Rodewald family that ended up in that area. That post was titled, Trek to the Territory. It was mentioned in that article that there were several other Perry County natives who moved to that area, most of which did not stay long, including the name Newberry. Martin did not keep his family there long. Later census records showed him living in St. Louis. His World War I draft registration places him in St. Louis working for Laclede-Christy Clay Products.
Later, Martin’s World War II draft card says he was working at the Forest Park Golf Course in St. Louis.
Martin and Mary are buried in the St. Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in St. Louis.
Out of all six individuals who were married on that day in 1906, I was able to find only one photo. It was this impressive image of Mary (Oehl) Newberry.
Just yesterday, I was reminded that on April 14, 1864, there was a triple marriage that took place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. That triple marriage involved three Kramer siblings. I had no idea that I would find another triple marriage for today’s post.