Great Great Great Granddaughter of Count Schmeuszer

Clara Thieret is today’s birthday girl. While looking into her story, I ran into a few interesting connections. One was that her grandmother’s surname was Lang. If you go another generation back, you find that her great great grandmother was Barbara Katherine Schmeuszer, who was the daughter of Count Schmeuszer. I found this paragraph in a life history of the man that Barbara Schmeuszer married, Peter Lang.

Peter Lang bio

As you see, Clara Thieret was the great great great granddaughter of a Count. However, several generations earlier, that Count had disinherited Clara’s branch of that Schmeuszer family.

Peter would later bring his family to America. They traveled to this country aboard the Goethe in 1855. Here is the passenger list for this family.

Peter Lang – Goethe passenger list – 1855

Several of Peter Lang’s children were already in America before he came to join them. Peter had developed pneumonia, beginning back in Germany right before they left, and it got worse on the journey. As their boat was traveling through Cairo, Illinois on their trip to Perry County, Peter died and was buried in the Hillside Cemetery.

One of the children who came to the United States before her parents was Maria Lang, who had married Christoph Thieret in Germany before traveling to America aboard the Elise in 1851. We can view that passenger list.

Christoph Thieret family – Elise passenger list – 1851

The next branch of the Thieret family goes through Friedrich Karl Thieret, who would marry Barbara Hoehn. It was their daughter, Clara Thieret, who is today’s birthday girl. She was born on August 15, 1874, so today would have been her 146th birthday. She was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, so we do not have an image of her baptism record.

Clara can be found in the 1880 census for Union Township at the age of 5. Her father was a grocer. This portion of that year’s census was not lost like so many other pages of the Union Township census records were.

1880 census – Union Township, MO

Next, we turn our attention to Clara’s future husband, Charles (Carl) Springer. He was the son of Friedrich (Fritz) and Mary (Karling) Springer and born on April 3, 1868. Like Clara, he was baptized at Peace, Friedenberg. A story has been posted on this blog, Fritz from France, the Perryville¬†Painter, telling the story of Charles’s parents. Charles is found in the 1870 census at the age of 2.

1870 census – Perryville, MO

Charles is found again in the 1880 census. In 1871, when his mother gave birth to twin girls, who both died right away, she also died leaving Fritz a widower. In this census, we see Fritz married to Anna Bergmann.

1880 census – Perryville, MO

On March 25, 1894, Charles Springer married Clara Thieret at Peace, Friedenberg. We can take a look at the marriage license for this couple.

Springer/Thieret marriage license

According to our German Family Tree, Charles and Clara had 8 children, a few of which died early. The first 5 of these children were baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. The 1900 census shows this family living in Perryville where Charles was called a town watchman. By that time, there were two children in their household.

1900 census – Perryville, MO

When a child was born in 1908, he was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Longtown, Missouri. This gets us back to the surname, Lang. One story explaining the naming of the town name, Longtown, was that it was named after John Lang, Peter Lang’s brother. That story indicates the name began as Langtown, but later morphed into Longtown.

In the 1910 census, we find Charles and his family living in Longtown where he was working as a bartender in a saloon.

1910 census – Longtown, MO

I figure there is a good chance that Charles worked in the saloon operated by his Uncle George Springer. Here is an 1895 advertisement that was found in the booklet, East of Eden, for Geo. Springer’s business in Longtown.

George Springer advertisement – East of Eden book – 1895

The 1920 census shows Charles and his family still living in Longtown and working as an agent with a creamery.

1920 census – Longtown, MO

Charles Springer died in 1923 at the age of 55. Below is his death certificate.

Charles Springer death certificate

Clara was living with two of her daughters in Perryville in 1930.

1930 census – Perryville, MO

Clara Springer died in 1960 at the age of 86. Her death certificate says she died in the Deal Nursing Home in Jackson, Missouri.

Clara Springer death certificate

Charles and Clara Springer are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.

Charles and Clara Springer gravestone – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

So there you have it. I’ll take a few liberties and call it the story of Countess Clara of Perry County.


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