If the children in today’s family took the hyphenated form of their parents’ names, it would be the name shown in the title of this post.  If they participated in a sport that displays the player’s name on the back of their uniform, it would be a challenge to get it all on there.

Haberfellner and Schattauer are both Austrian names.  They are also what I would call “Pocahontas Names”.  We could also be more specific in calling them “St. John’s-Pocahontas Names”.

Of these two surnames, the Haberfellner’s were the first to arrive in America.  Joseph and Rosina (Schneider) Haberfellner traveled across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Ernst Moritz Arndt in 1853.  We find them on the passenger list shown below.

Haberfellner passenger list Ernst Moritz Arndt 1854
Haberfellner family – Ernst Moritz Arndt passenger list – 1853

The youngest child on the above passenger list, Maria Haberfellner, will become the bride in the marriage that will be highlighted in today’s story.  She was born on August 5, 1851.  The passenger list says they were from Buchkirchen, a town located in northern Austria.

The groom in the upcoming marriage would be Matthias Schattauer.  Although I was unable to find an immigration record for him, future census records would indicate that he came to this country in 1865.  Matthias was born on July 31, 1849, the son of another Matthias Schattauer and a mother named Marie or Martha.  At the time when Matthias came to America, many Austrian Lutherans were worshiping at the church located in New Wells.  However, in 1868, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas was established.  The list of founders for that congregation is shown below.  On it you will find both of the names, Haberfellner and Schattauer.

St. John's Pocahontas founders charter members
St. John’s Lutheran Church founders – Pocahontas, MO

Matthias Schattauer and his bride, Maria Haberfellner, would be celebrating their 150th anniversary today if they were still alive.  They were married on April 28, 1870.  A church record for this wedding is included in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg, but that record states that the marriage took place in Pocahontas.

Schattauer Haberfellner marriage record Immanuel Altenburg MO
Schattauer/Haberfellner marriage record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

The marriage of Matthias and Maria took place at a time after St. John’s Lutheran Church was established, but they had not yet called their own pastor.  That is likely the reason the pastor of Immanuel, Altenburg would perform the ceremony.  It was later in 1870 that St. John’s would have their first full-time pastor.  We also have a civil record for this marriage.

Schattauer Haberfellner marriage record Cape Girardeau County MO
Schattauer/Haberfellner marriage record – Cape Girardeau County, MO

Matthias and Maria can already be found as a married couple in the 1870 census.

Matthias Schattauer 1870 census Shawnee Township MO
1870 census – Shawnee Township, MO

According to our German Family Tree, these Shattauer’s had 8 children.  When the 1880 census was taken we find the household below.  I also included Maria’s parents, the Haberfellner’s, in this entry.

Matthias Schattauer 1880 census Shawnee Township MO
1880 census – Shawnee Township, MO

A lot of things transpired in the 20 years between the above census and the next one we can view in 1900.  Here is that entry.  Their last child, August, is included here at the age of 10.

Matthias Schattauer 1900 census Shawnee Township MO
1900 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Next, we see Matthias and Maria in the 1910 census.  Only two sons remained in their household.

Matthias Schattauer 1910 census Shawnee Township MO
1910 census – Shawnee Township, MO

The last census in which we find Matthias and Maria was the one taken in 1920.  The son, August Schattauer, married in 1922, but it appears that Henry Schattauer never married.  In their household for this year’s census, you find a granddaughter, Hilda Kain.  She was a child of Maria Theresia (Schattauer) Kain.  Her father had died in 1907, and her mother had remarried the previous year in 1919.

Matthias Schattauer 1920 census Shawnee Township MO
1920 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Matthias Schattauer died in 1924 at the age of 75.  His death certificate mentions a brain hemorrhage as the cause of death.

Matthias Schattauer death certificate
Matthias Schattauer death certificate

Maria Schattauer died in 1926 at the age of 75.  We also have her death certificate.

Maria Schattauer death certificate
Maria Schattauer death certificate

Matthias and Maria Schattauer are both buried in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pocahontas, Missouri.

Some of the children of the Schattauer’s married spouses with the surnames,  Lichtenegger, Kutscher, Gerler, and Wallmann.  These are all names that are common in the early history of Shawnee Township in Cape Girardeau County.  There are still several members of this family whose stories need to be told.


Construction at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum is once again underway this week.

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