Margaret Sandler was born on this day 150 years ago. We will begin this post by looking at her early years. She was born on February 26, 1871, the daughter of Wlhelm and Anna (Boxdorfer) Sandler. We have photos of Margaret’s parents.
In fact, I have written a post about Margaret’s parents titled, Another Sand-Box Couple. Margaret was the firstborn child in this Sandler family. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Missouri. Here is a transcription of her baptism record from that congregation.
Margaret is found in the 1880 census at the age of 8. Her family was living in the Bois Brule Township, and her father was a farmer.
Margaret would get married before the next census in 1900, so we will now take a look at her future husband. His name was George John Angermann. Before I say any more, there is some disagreement in our records about the spelling of this surname. It is either spelled with one “n” or two. Our German Family Tree uses the spelling Angerman. I choose to use the Angermann spelling because on two death certificates and on the gravestone, we find the two “n” spelling. George was born on January 12, 1865, the son of George Ernst and Felicitas (Lang) Angermann. I also have written a post about George’s parents titled, Felicitas? It was a rather tragic story. The George in today’s story was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. The book, Friedenberg Remembrances, has this short biography for George.
George is found in his first census in 1870. Like his future bride, he lived during his early years in the Bois Brule Township. George’s father had died in 1867, so his mother was the head of the household in 1870, and George was 5 years old.
Next, we find George in the 1880 census in which he was a teenager.
That leads us up to the marriage of George Angermann and Margaret Sandler. That wedding took place at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville on August 26, 1890. We can take a look at this couple’s marriage license.
The transcription of the marriage record for this couple from the books of Immanuel, Perryville is displayed here.
The German Family Tree lists 5 children born to this couple, and all 5 of those children are listed as getting married, so none of them died in childhood. The first census in which we find this married couple was the one taken in 1900. We find this family with 4 children and living in the Central Township of Perry County. George was a farmer.
In the 1910 census, we find the Angermann household with all 5 of their children.
The plat maps produced in 1915 for Perry County show a farm run by G. Angermann located just north of the city of Perryville.
Next, we find the Angermann couple in the 1920 census. Four of the Angermann children were married by this time, and their youngest daughter must have been living elsewhere, so George and Margaret had an empty nest.
The 1930 shows the same situation ten years later.
Sometime in their later years, the photograph shown below of George and Margaret was taken.
The last census in which we can view the Angermann couple was the one taken in 1940.
Margaret Angermann died in 1958 at the age of 87. This is where we find a record that is mystifying. A death certificate is found for Margaret in the state of Ohio that says she died in the city of Akron. I was not able to locate any clues that would explain her presence in Ohio when she died. Below is a transcription of that death certificate.
George Angermann died in 1960 at the age of 95. His death certificate indicates that he was living in St. Louis at the Halls Ferry Nursing Home at the time of his death. Evidence shows that most of the Angermann children ended up living in the St. Louis area. The informant on this form, Clara Hussman, is his daughter.
Both Margaret and George Angermann were returned to Perry County to be buried. They were buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville. As you can see, their name is spelled with two “n’s” on their gravestone.
There is a slight difference between the Ohio death certificate and this gravestone. The death certificate says Margaret died on March 16, 1958, but the gravestone gives the date as March 26th. I suppose there is a little debate over whether the Ohio document could be a different Margaret Angermann, but I think there are enough similarities to indicate that Margaret did indeed die in Ohio. But I don’t know why.