Elizabeth Barbara Lewis is today’s birthday girl. Her birthday was April 17, 1869. Lizzie, as she would be later called, was the daughter of George and Rebecca (Phillips) Lewis. You might be thinking that these are not German names, and you would be right. However, we do find her being baptized at a Lutheran church. Before I get to that, let’s look at a few documents illustrating her early life. Lizzie shows up in her first census in the one taken in 1870. The Lewis family was living in the Bois Brule Township of Perry County where her father was a farmer. From this census record, we discover that Lizzie had a twin brother by the name of George Lewis.
Here is where I encountered an unanswered question. Evidence indicates that before 1874, both of Lizzie’s parents died. Quite a few family histories on Ancestry.com state that George W. Lewis died on June 11, 1873. However, not one of them lists any kind of documentation for that date of death. I also could not find a grave site for either of Lizzie’s parents. I did find this interesting death record from St. Louis for a George W. Lewis who died at the end of 1872.
It states this George W. Lewis died on a small pox hospital boat. That sent me on a search. I was mostly unsuccessful in finding information on such a hospital boat, but I did run across this photo of a hospital steamboat that operated on the Mississippi River during and after the Civil War. It was called the Red Rover.
The name, date of death, and his location near the Mississippi River lends some credence to saying this death record was for Lizzie’s father, but I am nowhere near claiming that as being the truth. I was not aware of such hospital boats on the Mississippi River, and I learned something. I also couldn’t help but relate this hospital boat to the ones that have been in the news recently relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lizzie’s mother must have also died around this time, but there is no death record to be found in local sources. What we do find is Lizzie being included in the next census taken in 1880 in which we find her living in Perryville.
As you can see, Lizzie was described as an adopted child living in the John Hooss household. John Hooss’s story was told in the post, Hooss Celebrating Their 150th Anniversary?
The John Hooss family were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, and on May 24, 1874, we find a baptism record for Elizabeth.
On February 12, 1893, Elizabeth Lewis married Henry End at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. Here is their marriage license.
The End surname may not sound very German, but it is. Henry End was born on October 8, 1864, the son of Gabriel and Barbara (Hausmann) End. Henry was the oldest son, born not long after his parents were married by a Justice of the Peace. However, his mother was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, and the records of Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg also mention this End family. Henry’s parents are also buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.
Below is the church record for the End/Lewis wedding.
Henry End is found in the 1870 census for Perryville at the age of 6. His father was a shoemaker who was born in Baden, Germany.
Next, we see Henry in the 1880 census.
By the time of the 1900 census, we find the End household with 2 of their 4 children, who were all boys. Henry had an interesting description for his occupation…soda water.
Henry was a partner in a business called the End & Modde Bottling Company. The only photo of Henry that I located shows him at this occupation, so it may have been taken at about this time in his life.
Below is a portion of a page found in the 1910 census. This time it says Henry is the proprietor of a soda factory. On the same page, you will see Lizzie’s adoptive parents, John and Mary Hooss. In addition, right below the End household, you find the Ross family who operated the Ross Hotel. The Ross/Lueders couple that ran the hotel had roots in East Perry County, and its story has been written on this blog.
Henry changed his occupation from here on. He would follow in his father’s footsteps and work with shoes. We find his household in the 1920 census with Henry being called a shoemaker.
The 1930 census shows what remained of the End household. It says Henry was a shoe repairer in his own shop.
Finally, the last census we can view was the one completed in 1940.
The above census shows the address for the End household. It was 23 South West St. in Perryville. Here is a map showing the location of that address. You can see that it is not far from the Perry County Courthouse. It also was located at the intersection of South West St. and West South St. That must have been confusing.
I did locate photos of two of the End boys.
Henry End died in 1942 at the age of 77. Below is his death certificate.
Lizzie died in 1959 at the age of 90. We also have her death certificate.
Henry and Lizzie are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.
So now you know the beginning of the End’s all the way to the end of the End’s.