As has been stated in previous posts on this blog, the family that began what we call the Frohna Mueller’s was the one that arrived in America after traveling across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Copernicus as part of the Gesellschaft. Gottfried and Eva (Hoffmann) Mueller brought 4 children with them to this country. Here we see this family on the Copernicus passenger list.
A previous post, The Beginning of the Frohna Muellers, told the story of the son who is called Christian Gottlob Mueller on this list. He mostly went by the name, Charles. Today, I will focus on the one called Christian Wilhelm Mueller on that list, who went by the name Wilhelm or William. However, before I begin with his story, let me tell you briefly about the other two Mueller children. Our German Family Tree has no information about Gottlieb Mueller, the 21 year-old, other than his presence on this passenger list. Rosina Mueller would marry Rev. J.F. Buenger, but she would then die in the Cholera Epidemic in St. Louis in 1849.
Wilhelm Mueller was the 10 year-old on the Copernicus list. He was born on June 25, 1828 in Biesern, Germany. Just one year after they arrived, the Mueller family could be found in the 1840 census. The census for that year just gives the name of the head of the household along with tally marks indicating the sex and age of family members. Wilhelm is the first tally mark behind the name, Gottfried (Godfrey), in the column under the 10-15 year old males.
1840 census – Perry County, MO
At the beginning, this Mueller family settled in the Seelitz community. They were assigned the land shown as #12 on this map.
We see Wilhelm again in the 1850 census. By then, his family was living in the Frohna area, and he was the only child living with his parents. Wilhelm was 22 years old.
Plenty of events took place before the next census taken in 1860. In fact, the rest of Wilhelm’s life would transpire in that time. First, on May 6, 1852, Wilhelm got married. It was this marriage that attracted me to telling this story today. Wilhelm would marry a woman by the name of Emilie Weber, the daughter of Johann and Johanne (Seidel) Weber. She was born on March 18, 1827 in Ossig, Germany. I have an image of her baptism record from Germany. It is on this document that we find the maiden name of Emilie’s mother, Seidel.
Here is a bit of a puzzle. We find the Weber family making the voyage to America aboard the ship, Bremerhaven. On Ancestry.com, it indicates that this ship arrived on October 27, 1852.
If that date is correct, it would not make sense that Emilie arrived in America after her wedding in May of that year. I looked for a date on this passenger list, and none could be found. However, on the next passenger list after this one, it said a different ship arrived on October 27th. I think Ancestry.com has the date wrong for the Bremerhaven’s arrival.
As it turns out, Emilie would not be found on any census records in America. She did not get to this country till after the 1850 census, and died before the 1860 census. I can display two different documents for the marriage of Wilhelm and Emilie. First, here is a civil record from Perry County.
As you can see from the above document, this wedding was conducted by Rev. Christoph Heinrich Loeber, the 2nd pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. We also have the church record for this marriage.
Wilhelm and Emilie had two children, both boys. I will display both of their baptism records from Concordia, Frohna.
Both of these boys lived to adulthood, were married, and had children. However, they did not know their mother for very long. Emilie Mueller died in 1856. In fact, if you look at this list of death records for the year 1856 from the Concordia, Frohna books, you will see that both Wilhelm’s father and his wife died during that year.
On August 6, 1857, Wilhelm married again. His second wife was Marie Theresia Barth. She was born in 1838, but I am not aware of an exact date. Nor do I know the names of her parents. We have the civil marriage record for Wilhelm and Marie.
Once again, the minister to perform the wedding was Rev. Christoph Heinrich Loeber. Here is the church marriage record.
Wilhelm and Marie Mueller had two more children. Once again, both of them were boys. I will display their baptism records also.
Theodore Gotthold Mueller died even before his younger brother was born. He died in April of 1859. Here is his death record.
Paul Martin died when he was just 22 years old and unmarried.
Wilhelm Mueller died in February of 1860. He never made it into the 1860 census. We have his death record also. This document says that he died of winter fever, which is a term that now is called pneumonia.
Wilhelm’s second wife, Marie would later marry Friedrich Carl Schade. His story was told in the post, The Frohna Schade’s. I will let you read that if you want the rest of her story.
Wilhelm and his first wife, Emilie, are buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.
Despite his short life, Wilhelm Mueller managed to make it possible to have quite a few descendants. They fill up several pages of our German Family Tree. Emilie died at age 28; Wilhelm died at age 31. One of Wilhelm’s children died in infancy. There was so much death back in those days. It’s a good thing they had their faith. It gave them hope for seeing their loved ones in heaven. We believers have that same hope.