Copernicus Couple

Two teenagers made the voyage as part of the Gesellschaft aboard the Copernicus in 1838.  If the teenagers back then were at all like teenagers nowadays, they would have likely found opportunities to hang around each other while on the voyage.  If they didn’t know one another before they got on the ship, the may have gotten to know one another along the way.  In today’s story, a girl who was 15 years old on that ship would later marry a boy who was 18 years old in 1838.  I would add that this couple would become the grandparents of the man I wrote about a few days ago that I referred to as My Favorite Census Taker.

Gottlieb Goehring was born in Germany on July 3, 1821, the son of George and Rosine Goehring.  In the early years of settlement, his surname was spelled Göring, and in this case, not only an “e” was added after the “o” when the umlaut was removed, but an extra “h” was added to the eventual spelling.  Gottlieb’s father had died right before the trip was made to America.  It is reported that he died in 1838.  On the Copernicus passenger list, we find these family members from Jonaswalde.  Gottfried Göring was likely Gottlieb’s grandfather.  The passenger list for this family spills over two pages.

Goehring names 1 Copernicus passenger list 1839

Goehring names 2 Copernicus passenger list 1839
Göring family  – Copernicus passenger list

On the same ship was Rosine Schlimpert.  Rosine was born on August 23, 1823 in Germany.  She was the daughter of Gottlob and Sophie (Frentzel) Schlimpert.  There were two fairly large Schlimpert families on the Copernicus.  Here are the Schlimpert names on the Copernicus passenger list.

Schlimpert names 1 Copernicus passenger list 1839

Schlimpert names 2 Copernicus passenger list 1839
Schlimpert names – Copernicus passenger list

One Schlimpert family was from Zaβnitz, and the other from Bernsdorf.  The community where the Schlimpert’s settled in Perry County became known as Seelitz.  All those place names can be seen on this present-day map and located very near each other in Germany.

Zassnitz and Bernsdorf Germany map

Rosine’s father made it to America, but he died in August of 1839, leaving Rosine’s mother as a widow.  Interestingly, the other Schlimpert father on the passenger list, Gottfried Schlimpert, died fairly early in 1840.

I think I found both the Goehring and Schlimpert families in the 1840 census.  That census just gives the name of the head of the household with tally marks indicating other members of the family according to sex and age.  Here is the Goehring entry.

Rosine Goehring 1840 census Perry County MO
1840 census – Perry County, MO

Next, here is the entry that I think is for today’s Schlimpert family.  It looks like it says Hannah Schlimpert.   Also, the neighboring names, which I believe are Poppitz and Kuehn, were also residents of Seelitz.

Johanna Schlimpert 1840 census Perry County MO
1840 census – Perry County, MO

Eight years after Gottlieb Goehring and Rosine Schlimpert arrived in Perry County, they were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.   They would have had that ceremony at the 1845 church building that is now part of our museum.  I am away from the museum for several days, so I cannot show church records.  I did find this civil record for this marriage.

Goehring Schlimpert marriage record Perry County MO
Goehring/Schlimpert marriage record – Perry County, MO

We find this couple in the 1850 census for Brazeau Township.  By then, their oldest child, Friedrich Ernst, was born.  That is the child that would go on to establish the F.E. Goehring Store in Frohna.

Gottlieb Goehring 1850 census Altenburg
1850 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Our German Family Tree lists 4 children for this couple, but there was an Ernst Goehring found in census records that is not in the GFT.  We find them in the 1860 census with 3 children.  While the previous census called Gottlieb a farmer, this one says he was a shoemaker.

Gottlieb Goehring 1860 census Altenburg
1860 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In 1862, Gottlieb became a soldier in the Civil War, serving the North.  Here is a record of that service.  It gives no indication of how long Gottlieb served.

Gottlieb Goehring Civil War military record
Gottlieb Goehring Civil War military record

When the 1870 census rolled around, we find this Goehring household.  One more child had been born in 1861, but died as an infant.  We also see that child named Ernst.  Gottlieb was back to being called a farmer.

Gottlieb Goehring 1870 census Altenburg
1870 census – Brazeau Township, MO

The last census in which we find both Gottlieb and Rosine was the one taken in 1880.  This was a difficult record to find because the census taker and Ancestry butchered the name.

Gottlieb Goehring 1880 census Altenburg
1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Gottlieb Goehring died in December of 1883 at the age of 62.  There is a death record for him in the Trinity, Altenburg books that I cannot display today.  Rosine Goehring died in January of 1885 also at the age of 62.  I can display a Perry County death record for her in two images.

Rosine Goehring death record 1 Perry County MO

Rosine Goehring death record 2 Perry County MO
Rosine Goehring death record – Perry County, MO

They are likely buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg, but Findagrave has no entries for them.

Before I close this post, I want to share a little mystery with you.  I am hoping someone may know some details about another May 18th Goehring story.  I originally thought I’d do a story on Otto Goehring, a grandson of Gottlieb and Rosine, who just so happened to be born on May 18th.  He married a Hemmann, but his life came to an end when he was just 39 years old, and his death certificate shows a very disturbing cause of death.  He is said to have died from a homicidal gunshot wound in the chest.

Otto Goehring death certificate
Otto Goehring death certificate

I searched for a newspaper story for this murder, but was unsuccessful.  Do any of our readers know anything about this story?



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