Rev. Christian Kaeding Finds Altenburg Bride

Our German Family Tree has just a few records for the surname, Kaeding. You can see what is included in the GFT below.

Kaeding listings – German Family Tree

What you do see in the above image is the fact that Rev. Christian Kaeding came to Altenburg in 1864 and found himself a bride by the name of Jacobine Seibel. The Seibel name is certainly a common one found in East Perry County.

Since Jacobine Seibel is today’s birthday girl, let’s begin by looking at her. Jacobine was born on January 30, 1846, the daughter of Johann and Elizabeth (Theiss) Seibel. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Below is an image of her baptism record from that congregation’s books.

Jacobine Seibel baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

We find Jacobine in the 1850 census at the age of 4. Her family was living in Altenburg where her father was a cooper. Jacobine was the 5th child of 6 that were born into this Seibel family. I find it interesting that the first teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Altenburg, Teacher Winter, was living in this Seibel household in 1850. Teacher Winter was never married.

1850 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find Jacobine in the 1860 census as a teenager. This census entry spills over two pages so it has to be shown in two images. The household was a combination of Theiss and Seibel names.

1860 census – Brazeau Township, MO

That leads us up to the marriage that took place in 1864 in Altenburg. The groom in that wedding, Rev. Christian Friedrich Kaeding, was born on July 31, 1841, the son of Christian and Anna (Hermann) Kaeding. I found a baptism record for Christian in some Brandenburg, Germany church records. I will display his baptism record in two images.

Christian Kaeding baptism record – Brandenburg, Germany

Christian Kaeding came to America in 1860. We find him listed on the passenger list of the ship, Stella, that arrived in New York in August of 1860. His occupation is listed as “divine”. Christian was just 19 years old at the time.

Christian Kaeding – Stella passenger list – 1860

I have no idea how Rev. Christian Kaeding managed to find his bride, Jacobine Seibel, in Altenburg. We just know that his name shows up in our German Family Tree and he is called a pastor. Rev. Kaeding married Jacobine Seibel on December 6, 1864. A civil marriage record from Perry County for this wedding is displayed below.

Kaeding/Seibel marriage record – Perry County, MO

When Rev. George Schieferdecker was kicked out of Trinity Lutheran Church in 1857 and established Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Johann Seibel family followed him to that congregation. That is why we find this Kaeding/Seibel marriage record in the books of Immanuel, Altenburg. This record states that Rev. Kaeding was a pastor in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Kaeding/Seibel marriage record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

After this wedding took place, Rev. Kaeding took his new wife with him to Perrysburg, Ohio, which is found quite near the city of Toledo. I was not able to find this couple in the 1870 census, but when the 1880 census was taken, we find this couple living in Perrysburg and having 4 children who were all born in the state of Ohio.

1880 census – Perrysburg, OH

A family tree I found on Ancestry says this couple had 8 children altogether. The first one and the last one were boys, and all the rest in between were girls. The next census in which we find this Kaeding household was taken in 1900. At that time, they were living in Springswells Township in Michigan, which was located in the Detroit area. Christian was still a Lutheran preacher.

1900 census – Springswells Township, MI

I could be wrong about this, but the above entry includes a bunch of boarders. I’m thinking that the parsonage for the congregation that Rev. Kaeding served may have been large enough to have served as a boarding house.

We still find the Kaeding household in the 1910 census for Detroit. Once again, you can see a bunch of boarders living in the same house. Both Christian and Jacobina were in their 60’s.

1910 census – Detroit, MI

Neither Jacobine nor Christian made it to the 1920 census. Jacobine died in 1918 at the age of 72. We can take a look at Jacobine’s Michigan death certificate. This form says Jacobine was born on January 29th, not January 30th.

Jacobine Kaeding death certificate

Christian died in 1919 at the age of 77. We can also take a look at the death certificate for Christian from the state of Michigan.

Christian Kaeding death certificate

Each of the above death certificates state that these two were buried in Woodmere Cemetery in the Detroit area. I found that cemetery on Findagrave, but grave sites were not listed there for Christian and Jacobine.

The oldest child in the Kaeding family, William Kaeding, also became a Lutheran pastor in Michigan.

About 40 years after Christian and Jacobine were married in Altenburg, one of their daughters came back to Altenburg to marry Ernst Herman Palisch. Go figure.


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