Eva Katherine Stuebinger would have been celebrating a very special birthday if she was still alive today. She was born 150 years ago…October 22, 1870. I found a little evidence that she was called “Rena” during her lifetime, so I will use that name in this post. She was the daughter of Johann Heinrich and Anna Barbara (Kisberdt) Stuebinger. Rena was likely baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, but we do not have records to display from that congregation.
Rena was born fairly late during a year when a census was taken, so we do not find her in the 1870 census. However, we find some interesting entries in it. Here are two images taken from consecutive pages in that census.
It seems that there may have been 4 Stuebinger brothers living in Perry County at this time, and at least 3 of them had Johann as their first name. The other one was Andreas, and I suppose it’s also possible that he may have had a first name of Johann. To add to the potential confusion, two of the brothers married women named Barbara. The Stuebinger family in which Rena was born is the one in the bottom image where the father is called Henry. According to our German Family Tree, Rena was child #6 in her family.
Rena is found in her first census in 1880 when she was 10 years old. Her father had died in 1872 when she was just two years old, so her mother, Barbara Stuebinger, was the head of this household.
Rena would get married before the next census that we can view which was taken in 1900, so let’s take a look at the early years of her husband. His name was John LIntner. John was born on January 18, 1870, the son of John and Anna (Bergmann) Lintner. John was also likely baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. Unlike Rena, however, John can be found in the 1870 census because he was born so early that year. This Lintner family was found on the page before all those Stuebinger’s in that census.
We find John Lintner next in the 1880 census for the Central Township in Perry County.
On November 27, 1894, John Lintner married Rena Stuebinger. We can view the marriage license for this couple.
The above form says the marriage was performed by Rev. Stumpf. He was the pastor of the Cross Congregation outside of Longtown. The binder we have in our research library from that congregation contains the following record of the Lintner/Stuebinger wedding (even though John’s surname is spelled Lindner).
According to our German Family Tree, there were 5 children born to this couple. The Cross Congregation did not last long, so these Lintner children were likely baptized at Peace, Friedenberg. The last two did not live to adulthood. We find the Lintner household in the Central Township in the 1900 census with their first two children.
Next, we find the Lintner household in the 1910 census. They were living in the Salem Township, and you can find a Stuebinger family above and below their household in this entry. The 3 children that lived to adulthood, Edna, Oscar, and Edwin, are all included here.
In the plat maps produced in 1915, we find a parcel of land not far from Perryville with the name, J.H. Lintner (spelled Lindner).
We find the Lintner family in the 1920 census back in the Central Township. John was a farmer all his life. Their third child can be found on the next page of this census which I chose not to display.
Next, we find John and Rena in the 1930 census. These two had an empty nest by that time.
The last census in which we can find this couple was the one taken in 1940 where each of them was 70 years old.
Rena died on the first day of 1947 at the age of 76. We can take a look at her death certificate.
John Lintner died in 1957 at the age of 87. Here is his death certificate.
John and Rena are buried together in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery of Friedenberg, not far from Perryville.
I suppose I could be wrong, but I think this post tells about some ancestors of the President of the Perry County Historical Society, Dana Lintner Farrow. From one president of a historical society to another, I surely hope that I didn’t make any mistakes.
Here are a few photos of the ongoing construction at our museum. I think the workers are trying to get some shingles on part of the roof before some upcoming rain.