Hugo the Builder and His Girls

I boldly enter the Hemmann Herd today. It will highlight the marriage between a Hemmann and a Stueve. This is not the first post telling the story of a Hemmann marrying a Stueve. In the post, Another Hanna Story, you can read about a Hemmann woman marrying a Stueve man. That marriage took place in 1900. Today, you will hear about a marriage that took place a year earlier in 1899 involving a Hemmann man and a Stueve woman. None of the brides or grooms in these two marriages were siblings, but most likely cousins.

We will start with today’s groom, Hugo Hemmann. Hugo was born on September 18, 1871, the son of Julius and Christine (Mueller) Hemmann. Hugo was the first child born into this family. Julius would eventually be the father of 15 children, by two wives. Hugo was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. His baptism record is shown below, but it doesn’t contain much information.

Hugo Hemmann baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

We find Hugo in his first census in 1880. We find him in those lost pages from the Union Township in Perry County. His father was a farmer, and Hugo was 8 years old. This entry also included two other interesting characters. First, Hugo’s grandmother, Rosa, is listed. She was the patriarch, J.G. Hemmann’s second wife. Secondly, Hugo’s uncle, Ben Hemmann is in the household. He would later become a Lutheran teacher at both Wittenberg and Altenburg.

1880 census – Union Township, MO

Hugo’s mother died in 1884, and his father then married Gesche Hesse. That marriage probably contributed to Julius moving his family to Salem Township, and that may have led Hugo to find his wife whose family were members of Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. In 1891, children in that Hemmann family began to be baptized at Salem.

Let’s take a look now at Hugo’s future wife. Her name was Adelheid Martha Maria Stueve. She went by the name Maria. She was born on April 24, 1872, the daughter of Peter and Margaretha (Crum) Stueve. She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Here is an image of her baptism record.

Maria Stueve baptism record – Salem, Farrar, MO

Maria is found in the 1880 census for Salem Township at the age of 8. Her father was a farmer.

1880 census – Salem Township, MO

That leads us up to the marriage of Hugo Hemmann and Maria Stueve which took place on November 2, 1899. That would make today their 121st wedding anniversary. They were married at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Below is their church marriage record.

Hemmann/Stueve marriage record – Salem, Farrar, MO

We can also take a look at this couple’s marriage license.

Hemmann/Stueve marriage license

The next year after their marriage, we find these two in the 1900 census. It is almost impossible to read. Hugo and Maria had their first child shortly after this census was taken, but that child lived just a matter of weeks.

1900 census – Salem Township, MO

Our German Family Tree says this couple had 4 children, but only two lived to adulthood. One of those, named Flora, was born in 1904. Then it was 12 years before their other daughter was born in 1916. Thus, we find only Flora in their household in the 1910 census. Maria’s sister, Emma Stueve, was also living in this household.

1910 census – Salem Township, MO

Hugo was a carpenter, building houses throughout his life. We find the Hemmann household in the 1920 census where we see both of their daughters, Flora and Alida.

1920 census – Salem Township, MO

I have to display the 1930 census for this family in two images. Flora had married Martin Mahnken in 1923, so it was only Alida living with her parents.

1930 census – Salem Township, MO

Finally, we can find the Hemmann’s in the 1940 census. Alida had married Russell Petzoldt in 1934, so Hugo and Maria had an empty nest.

1940 census – Salem Township, MO

Maria Hemmann died in 1947 at the age of 75. Here is her death certificate.

Maria Hemmann death certificate

Hugo would die the next year, 1948, at the age of 76. The informant on this form, Mrs. Martin Mahnken, was his daughter, Flora.

Hugo Hemmann death certificate

Hugo and Maria Hemmann are each buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar.

Hugo and Maria’s family is another example of how a branch of a family can be the end of their surname, Hemmann, at least for their branch. That happens when all your children are girls. However, have no fear. There were plenty of other Hemmann’s around…and still are.

2 thoughts on “Hugo the Builder and His Girls

  1. This comment is not about Hugo Hemmann (though he was a neighbor) but about All Saints Day. Yesterday. In our church (in Pittsburgh) we opened with the stirring “For All the Saints: (LSB 677). More relevant to this site was the sermon hymn, “We Sing for All the Unsung Saints” (LSB 678 — look it up). In his discussion of the history of the festival, Pastor Breight went on to point out that one way we “sing” for our ancestors is through knowing our family histories. So, thank you Warren and the Center for helping to sing for all the unsung sainted ancestors of Perry County.

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