Papa Julius

When I wrote yesterday’s post about Hugo Hemmann, whose wedding anniversary was November 2nd, I didn’t realize that his father, Julius Hemmann, had a November 3rd wedding anniversary. In fact, his father’s first wedding not only took place on this date, but he was married in 1870, making today his 150th wedding anniversary. I cannot resist a story like that.

Julius Hemmann was born on November 7, 1842, so his birthday isn’t too far away from today’s date either. He was the son of Johann Gottfried Hemmann and his second wife, Rosina Hoffmann. Julius was the second child born in J.G. Hemman’s second marraige. He was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri. Here is his baptism record which needs to be shown in two images.

Julius Hemmann baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

We find Julius in the 1850 census at the age of 7. Unfortunately, he is called Julia and is listed as a female.

1850 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find Julius in the 1860 census for Cinque Hommes Township at the age of 17.

1860 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

When the Civil War broke out, Julius decided to serve in the Union Army. Here is a record of his military service.

Julius Hemmann – Civil War military record

We find Julius still living with his family in the 1870 census. J.G. Hemmann had died in 1864, so Rosina was the head of the household. Julius and a few younger brothers were operating the farm.

1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

That leads us up to Julius’s marriage in 1870. Let’s take a look at his bride, Justina Christina Mueller. She was born on December 1, 1846, the daughter of Gottfried Mueller and his second wife, Johanna Harz. Below is her baptism record from Grace, Uniontown.

Justina Christina Mueller baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Christina can be found in the 1850 census at the age of 2.

1850 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find Christina in the 1860 census at the age of 12.

1860 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Then, in the year she was married, she was still listed with her family in 1870. She was the last child remaining in the household.

1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Julius Hemmann and Christina Mueller were married on November 3, 1870 at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. Here is their church marriage record.

Hemmann/Mueller marriage record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Our German Family Tree lists 6 children born to Julius and Christina. We find 3 of them in the 1880 census. This is an entry I displayed yesterday in the story about Hugo, their oldest child. We see Julius’s mother, Rosina, and his little brother, Benjamin, in this entry.

1880 census – Union Township, MO

In 1884, Christina died at the age of 35. She was buried in the Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Uniontown.

Christina Hemmann gravestone – Grace, Uniontown, MO

On August 9, 1885, Julius Hemmann married Gesche Hesse at Grace, Uniontown. Here is the church record for this marriage.

Hemmann/Hesse marriage record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Gesche Hesse arrived in America in 1881, traveling aboard the ship, Cimbria, with two of her sisters. Here is a passenger list showing these Hesse’s.

Hesse names – Cimbria passenger list 1881

I located a photo of that ship.


The German Family Tree lists 9 children born to Julius and Gesche. We find several of them in the 1900 census (that hard-to-read census from Salem Township).

1900 census – Salem Township, MO

Their last child was born in 1904, when Julius was almost 62 years old. As amazing as that might seem, Julius doesn’t even come close to his father’s record. J.G. Hemmann’s last child, Benjamin, was born when J.G. was 72 years old. Like father, like son, I suppose.

We find Julius in 3 more census records. Here is the one for 1910. Their youngest child in this entry, Esther, was called an adopted daughter for some reason. Her baptism record from Salem’s books shows no indication of adoption.

1910 census – Salem Township, MO

Next, we find this family in the 1920 census. Their daughter, Anna Heimbecker, and her daughter, Adelia, were included in their household.

1920 census – Salem Township, MO

The final census in which we find Julius and Gesche was the one compiled in 1930. They were living in the household of Rudolf Koenig, whose wife, Lina, was one of the Hemmann’s daughters.

1930 census – Salem Township, MO

Gesche Hemmann died in 1934 at the age of 75. Her death certificate was a little difficult to find. Her last name was spelled with just one “n”, and she was called Mrs. Julius Hemman.

Gesche Hemmann death certificate

Quite late in his life, Julius had this photograph taken.

Julius Hemmann

Julius died in 1939 at the age of 96. Here is his death certificate.

Julius Hemmann death certificate

Sometime later, a form was completed to have a military headstone made for Julius. Here is that application form.

Julius Hemmann – application for headstone

Julius and Gesche Hemmann are buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar.

Some of the numbers associated with this story are simply astounding. If you just count children listed in our German Family Tree for Julius and his father, J.G., you get a total of 35 (and fairly recently, we found another child born in Germany to J.G., making it 36). Julius had so many siblings who also had plenty of children. If this family ever had a Cousins Reunion, they would have had to hold it in a large auditorium. Someday, I may do a count of all the Hemmann cousins in Hugo Hemmann’s generation.

I will quickly add that the Hemman’s that operate the Hemman Winery in Brazeau come from Julius’s family. Notice, their name has lost an “n”.

Hemman Winery – Brazeau, MO


I am going to place another set of recent photos taken at our building expansion. Perhaps before the end of this day, you will no longer see the sky from inside our new gallery.

2 thoughts on “Papa Julius

    1. If you are asking our museum’s staff to make this change, I do not think it’s possible from our end. I think you will have to make that change yourself.


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