A birthday that took place 170 years ago attracted my attention for today’s story. Heinrich Gotthold Doering was born on June 2, 1850, the firstborn child of George and Theresa (Schlimpert) Doering. Before we discuss Heinrich’s life, let’s take a brief look at his parents. According to a Doering family book we have in our research library, George Doering came to America with his parents in 1832, before the arrival of the Gesellschaft. In the 1840 census, he was living in Scott County, Missouri. Then on May 16, 1849, he married Theresa Schlimpert. We have the civil marriage record for that wedding.
As you can see, Rev. Gotthold Loeber was the pastor for this marriage. In 1849, Rev. Loeber was attempting to serve the churches in both Altenburg and Frohna because Rev. Keyl had taken a call elsewhere. In the church books of Concordia, Frohna, there is only one marriage record for that year, and in the Trinity, Altenburg books, there are no marriage records for 1849. Pastor Loeber was serving both congregations along with doing some teaching at the Log Cabin College. He was overworked and must have found it almost impossible to keep good church records. Then he died in August of 1849 as a result of disease. George Doering was probably living in the Frohna area in 1849, and Theresa Schlimpert was living near Altenburg. I’ll let you surmise in which congregation this marriage took place.
Theresa Schlimpert was one of the members of the Gesellschaft who arrived in New Orleans aboard the Copernicus on the last day of 1838. Her father died in 1840, and her mother remarried right away to a Schmidt. We do have a photo of Theresa (Schlimpert) Doering.
Goerge and Theresa’s firstborn, Heinrich, was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. The pastor who took over for Rev. Loeber was Rev. Georg Schieferdecker. Here is George’s baptism record.
Henry can already be found in the 1850 census as a baby.
Henry can be found in two more census records before he got married. Here is the one taken in 1860 where he is 10 years old.
Next, here is the 1870 census. The Doering household had gotten quite large by that time.
Now we turn our attention to Henry’s future wife. Her name was Emilie Petzoldt, who was born on the last day of 1855, December 31, 1855. Her parents were Wilhelm and Theresa (Schuessler) Petzoldt. She was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Here is her baptism record. In 1855, the pastor at Concordia was Rev. Loeber’s son, Christoph Heinrich Loeber.
I have written quite a few stories on this blog about Petzoldt’s. This one is a little bit of a puzzle. Wilhelm Petzoldt doesn’t appear to be connected to the numerous Petzoldt’s we have in our German Family Tree. It appears that he came to America in the 1850’s and married Theresa Schuessler in 1854. That couple had just two children, both girls, before Wilhlem died in 1857 at the young age of 25. Emilie was the firstborn of that couple. Because both of the children were girls, this Petzoldt name died out right away. Emilie’s mother married Friedrich Schilling, so he was for all practical purposes her father. We find Emilie in the Schilling household in the 1860 census. The Petzoldt name was really butchered in this entry. Emilie was 4 years old.
Emilie is found again in this household in the 1870 census, but her age is not correct, and she is not even referred to as a Petzoldt. I choose not to display that entry. That leads us up to a marriage that took place in 1875.
Henry Doering married Emilie Petzoldt on May 27, 1875 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Let’s first take a look at the civil record for that marriage.
Rev. J.F. Koestering was the pastor for this wedding. He is known for the “Koestering Hole”, but in about 1874, marriage records do start showing up in the Trinity church books. Here is the church record for the Doering/Petzoldt wedding.
According to our German Family Tree, Henry and Emilie had 7 children. Only one of them arrived on the scene before the 1880 census.
The next census we can view would be the one taken in 1900, and by then, all their children had been born.
We find this family in the 1910 census. On the same census page, you find two other Doering’s who were brothers of Henry.
The 1920 census would be the last one in which we find Henry and Emilie Doering. Only one of their children remained in their household.
Emilie Doering died in 1921 at the age of 65. We can view her death certificate.
Henry Doering died in 1925 at the age of 74. His death certificate says he died of pneumonia.
Henry and Emilie Doering are both buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.
So, today we would need to put 170 candles on a birthday cake for Henry Doering.
Here a few galleries of recently-taken photos of the two construction projects underway at our museum in Altenburg. First, here are some showing our museum addition. We now have the concrete walls of our basement. The thumbnails may be clicked to enlarge them.
Next, here are some images of the new roof on the Log Cabin College which is getting close to completion.