Friedrich Carl Gottwerth Seibel was born on June 22, 1869, making today his 151st birthday. He was the oldest child in his parents’ family, and he went on to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a blacksmith. In a previous post that I wrote about Frederick’s parents, Emanuel Seibel’s Grass Roots, it was stated that Emanuel may have established his blacksmith shop in Frohna because that village needed someone to do that type of work there. Most of the Seibel’s hailed from Altenburg, but this particular branch of the Seibel family went on to have two generations of blacksmiths in Frohna.
Frederick Seibel was the son of Emanuel and Sophia (Grass) Seibel. He was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Below is his baptism record.
Frederick can be found in his first census in 1870 when he was 1 year old.
When we look at the 1880 census, the Seibel family is the last household listed in what the census taker (who happened to be my great grandfather, Gottwerth Schmidt) called the hamlet of Frohna.
Let’s turn our attention to Frederick’s future bride. Her name was Marie Brigitte Oberndorfer, the daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Hacker) Oberndorfer. The original Oberndorfer’s came with several other Austrian immigrants, most of which settled in Shawnee Township in Cape Girardeau County and established Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. However, the Oberndorfer family ended up getting some farmland near Frohna and became members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Marie was born on June 27, 1873 and baptized at Immanuel. Here is her baptism record.
The first 3 Oberndorfer children were baptized at Immanuel, Altenburg, but after that their children were baptized at Concordia, Frohna. The family must have transferred their membership to that congregation.
The first census in which Marie is included was the one taken in 1880. The head of that household was Marie’s grandfather, Matthias Oberndorfer. Also, like her future husband, Marie was the oldest child in her family.
On October 22, 1893, Frederick Seibel married Marie Oberndorfer at Concordia, Frohna. Here is the church record for that wedding.
We can also view this couple’s marriage license.
Two Seibel children were born before the 1900 census.
Next, we find the Seibel household in the 1910 census. At this point in their lives, they had 5 children…all of them boys.
Among the plat maps produced in 1915, we find a map of the village of Frohna. The property in the hands of Emanuel Seibel and his son, Frederick, can be found on that map right on Main Street. Their residences and their blacksmith shop were located not far from the intersection of Highway A and Highway C. They also lived very near the Lueders Store. Frederick’s sister, Caroline, had married August Lueders (whose father was also named August), who helped operate that store.
The only Seibel girl, Flora, was born in 1912, and then a set of twin boys was born in 1915. One of those twins died early. Not only that, one of their boys died in 1918 as a result of appendicitis. So, in the 1920 census, we find the entry shown below. One of their older sons, Edwin, was a mechanic at a machine shop. That was likely the Frohna Machine Shop, which was located quite near the Seibel Blacksmith Shop. Once again, the Seibel household managed to be the last one listed for what was called the Frohna Village.
Marie Seibel died early in 1930, so we do not see her in the 1930 census. However, we do see Marie’s mother living in the Seibel household. Her husband, Joseph, had died in 1929.
Marie was 56 years old when she died. Her death certificate says she died of influenza.
Frederick can still be found in the 1940 census. At the age of 70, he still had his own blacksmith shop.
Frederick Seibel died in 1943 at the age of 73. Her is his death certificate.
Frederick and Marie Seibel are each buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.
This Seibel family had several sons who had children, so there were plenty of descendants with the surname Seibel that came from this Seibel branch. However, the era of Seibel blacksmiths came to an end. It wasn’t because none of the Seibel children wanted to be blacksmiths. It was the fact that the blacksmith trade came to an end.