Moses: Through the Wilderness to the Promised Land

The birthday boy for today somehow got the nickname, Moses.  I found evidence for that nickname on both Ancestry and in our German Family Tree.  His given name was Emanuel Gustav Newberry, and he was born on May 21, 1882.  Emanuel was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Christina (Metzner) Newberry.

Thomas and Christine Newberry
Thomas Jefferson and Christina Newberry

Emanuel was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri.  The first census in which we can find Emanuel was the difficult-to-read 1900 census for Salem Township.  I enlarged it so you can possibly decipher the names.  Emanuel was 18 years old.

Emanuel Newberry 1900 census Salem Township MO
1900 census – Salem Township, MO

Emanuel’s future wife would be Louise Klaus.  She was born on December 9, 1886, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Arning) Klaus.  Here is a photograph of Louise’s parents.

Henry and Anna Klaus
Henry and Anna Klaus

The Klaus family started out living in Apple Creek Township in Cape Girardeau County but later moved to Salem Township.  Some later confirmation records say that some children in this family were born in Friedheim, so I am guessing that Louise Klaus was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim.  I am not in Altenburg, so I cannot go to their records to find her baptism record.  Here is Louise at age 13 in the 1900 census for Apple Creek Township.  She was likely confirmed at Trinity at about that time.

Louise Klaus 1900 census Apple Creek Township MO
1900 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

I am thinking these two photos were taken before they were married.

On April 23, 1905, Emanuel Newberry married Louise Klaus.  Here is the marriage license for this couple.  They were married at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar.

Newberry Klaus marriage license
Newberry/Klaus marriage license

We have the wedding photograph for this couple.

Emanuel and Louise Newberry wedding
Emanuel and Louise Newberry

The first child in this family was born in early 1906 and baptized at Salem, Farrar.  The next child was born in New Mexico in 1907.  Therefore, it must have been in 1906 or 1907 that Emanuel moved his family to that state.  Maybe this is when he got his nickname, Moses.  He moved his family to the wilderness of the New Mexico Territory.  It did not become a state until 1912.  We find the Newberry family in the 1910 census for Logan, New Mexico.  On the same page of the census, you will see the names, Bronenkant and Versemann, both from Perry County.

Emanuel Newberry 1910 census Logan Township NM
1910 census – Logan Township, NM

Several Perry County natives made a move to this area of New Mexico at about that time, and most of them eventually returned later.  One family that remained in New Mexico was the Rodewald family whose story was told in the post, Trek to the Territory.  The Newberry family was one of those that returned to their homeland.  We find another child being baptized at Salem, Farrar in 1912.  Next, we find the Newberry”s in the 1920 census.

Emanuel Newberry 1920 census Salem Township MO
1920 census – Salem Township, MO

The plat maps produced in 1915 show a piece of property owned by Emanuel’s father, Thomas Newberry.  I think this may have also been the place where Moses had his farm.

Thomas Newberry land map 1915
Thomas Newberry land map – 1915


One more child was born to this couple in 1921.  Sadly, not only did the child die on the day it was born, but 6 days later, Louise died also at the age of 35.  I found the death certificate for the infant, but not for Louise.

Infant Newberry death certificate 1921
Infant Newberry death certificate

Louise was buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar.

Louise Newberry gravestone Salem Farrar MO
Louise Newberry gravestone – Salem, Farrar, MO

Moses would marry again on August 16, 1925.  His second wife was Clara Emma Heise.  Clara was born on November 5, 1897, the daughter of Henry and Wilhelmine (Lowes) Heise.  Here is the license for his second marriage.

Newberry Heise marriage license
Newberry/Heise marriage license

An additional child was born to the Newberry family in 1927.  The GFT says there were 8 children born to Louise and one more to Clara.  When the 1930 census rolled around, we see this household.

Emanuel Newberry 1930 census Salem Township MO
1930 census – Salem Township, MO

One more census can be viewed…the one taken in 1940.  Only the youngest daughter remained in the household.

Emanuel Newberry 1940 census Salem Township MO
1940 census – Salem Township, MO

Emanuel “Moses” Newberry died in 1964 at the age of 82.  His death certificate says he died at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis.

Emanuel Newberry death certificate
Emanuel Newberry death certificate

Emanuel was buried in the same cemetery as his first wife, Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar.

Emanuel Newberry gravestone Salem Farrar MO
Emanuel Newberry gravestone – Salem, Farrar, MO

Clara Newberry would not die until 1980 at the age of 82.  She is buried in the Saint Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in St. Louis, but no gravestone photo is shown on Findagrave.

Even before the Gesellschaft departed from Germany in 1838, there were comparisons being made with that voyage and Moses’s Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land.  Moses Newberry took his family to the wilderness, only to return to the Promised Land of Perry County.  In his case, that Moses left the Promised Land, only to return to it later.  Maybe one of our readers (possibly one of the Eggers boys) can tell me how the nickname, Moses, originated for Emanuel Newberry.

One thought on “Moses: Through the Wilderness to the Promised Land

  1. Emanuel “Moses” Newberry was my maternal grandfather. I have many fond memories of visiting his farm south of Farrar. He never used a tractor but had 2 large Belgian draft horses that he used until he retired and moved to St. Louis.
    My mother, Leona Newberry Stelling, told me the story of how Grandpa Moses got his nickname
    He attended Salem Lutheran School in Farrer. One day, as a first grader, on the way to school, Grandpa, and his schoolmates had to cross a creek. He slipped and fell into the shallow stream and continued to school wearing his wet clothing. The religion lesson for that day was about the baby Moses hidden by his mother and discovered by the pharaoh’s daughter.. From that day on he was known as Moses Newberry.


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