Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride

William Bingenheimer was born on this day, so he is today’s birthday boy.  As it turns out, William married a woman who had another long name that begins with a “B”…Bodenschatz.

First, let’s take a look at the arrival of the Bingenheimer’s.  They arrived in 1848 aboard the Jaque Lafette.  William’s father, Phillip Bingenheimer, was listed as 15 years old on the passenger list for that ship.

Bingenheimer names Jaque Lafette passenger list 1848
Bingenheimer family – Jaque Lafette passenger list 1848

Phillip married Wilhelmina Dickmann on January 20, 1859.  They were married by a Justice of the Peace.

Bingenheimer Dickmann marriage record Perry County MO
Bingenheimer/Dickmann marriage record – Perry County, MO

The Bingenheimer’s started having children in 1860.  When we come to the birth of their second child, William, there is a debate about the year of his birth.  Our German Family Tree says he was born on July 3, 1862.  The only church record that shows a birth year for William that we have was his death record from Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. It is one of those death records which gives the age of the person in years, months, and days, which make you calculate the date of birth.  However, William’s death certificate says he was born on July 3, 1863.

The first census in which we find William was the one taken in 1870.  His family was living in the Cinque Hommes Township of Perry County.  William was the only boy in this Bingenheimer family.  William was shown as 8 years old, which gives some credence to the 1862 birth year.

William Bingenheimer 1870 census Cinque Hommes Township MO
1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

The Bingenheimer family can be found in the “long lost” 1880 Union Township census records.  William’s father had died in 1878, so he is not listed here, and Wilhelmina was the head of the household.  William was the only male in the household at the age of 17.

William Bingenheimer 1880 census Union Township MO
1880 census – Union Township, MO

William’s future bride would be Martha Bodenschatz, the daughter of Carl and Johanna (Hopfer) Bodenschatz.  She was born on January 5, 1877.  For some reason, her baptism record is not to be found in the Grace, Uniontown books, but since her older and younger siblings were baptized there, I assume Martha was baptized there also.  We do see her birth date in her confirmation record from that congregation.

Martha Bodenschatz confirmation record Grace Uniontown MO
Martha Bodenschatz confirmation record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Martha is found for the first time in the 1880 census for Apple Creek Township in Cape Girardeau County.

Martha Bodenschatz 1880 census Apple Creek Township MO
1880 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

On October 18, 1894, William Bingenheimer married Martha Bodenschatz at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.  Below is the church record for that wedding.

Bingenheimer Bodenschatz marriage record Grace Uniontown MO
Bingenheimer/Bodenschatz marriage record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

We can also view this couple’s marriage license.

Bingenheimer Bodenschatz marriage license
Bingenheimer/Bodenschatz marriage license

Martha’s family had a photograph taken at about this time.  Martha is the middle daughter in what might be called the middle row.

Carl Bodenschatz family
Carl Bodenschatz family photo

William and Martha had 8 children according to our German Family Tree and all of them were baptized at Grace, Uniontown.  We find the Bingenheimer family in the 1900 census with two children.  One child born in 1895 died right away.

William Bingenheimer 1900 census Apple Creek Township MO
1900 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Next, we find this family in the 1910 census with 5 children.

William Bingenheimer 1910 census Apple Creek Township MO
1910 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Another son had been born in 1912 but died at the age of 2.  So, in the 1920 census, we see the same 5 children.

William Bingenheimer 1920 census Apple Creek Township MO
1920 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

A last daughter named Norma was born in 1920, so we find this Bingenheimer household in the 1930 census.

William Bingenheimer 1930 census Apple Creek Township MO
1930 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

A set of plat maps was made of Cape Girardeau County in 1930.  We find an 80 acre parcel of farmland owned by William Bingenheimer just south of the Apple Creek and west of the town of Appleton.

William Bingenheimer land map 1915
William Bingenheimer land map – 1930

William Bingenheimer died in 1932.  His death certificate is the document where we see his birthday given as July 3, 1863 and his age as 68 when he died.

William Bingenheimer death certificate
William Bingenheimer death certificate

His death record from Grace, Uniontown says he was 69 years, 7 months, and 3 days old when he died.

William Bingenheimer death record Grace Uniontown MO
William Bingenheimer death record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Martha Bingenheimer can still be found in the 1940 census as a widow.  There is a William Bingenheimer who was the head of the household, but that was her son.

Martha Bingenheimer 1940 census Apple Creek Township MO
1940 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Martha Bingenheimer died in 1949 at the age of 72.

Martha Bingenheimer death certificate
Martha Bingenheimer death certificate

Both death certificates for William and Martha state that they were buried in the cemetery in Uniontown.  However, for some reason, Findagrave only shows a gravestone photo of Martha’s.

Martha Bingenheimer gravestone Grace Uniontown MO
Martha Bingenheimer gravestone – Grace, Uniontown, MO

William Bingenheimer was the only son in his branch of the Bingenheimer family, so it was up to him to pass on that surname to the next generation.  He had three sons who lived to adulthood.  However, when you look at the grandchildren born to William and Martha’s family, you will find only one boy with the surname Bingenheimer.  His name was Roy Bingenheimer, and he became a Lutheran pastor.

 


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