Today’s tale will be another one of those rare situations when my job of gathering church records is made easier by the fact that all of those records come from the same church’s books. We start this post with a birthday that took place 149 years ago. Heinrich Johann Stueve was born on June 10, 1872, the son of Claus and Margaretha (von Glahn) Stueve. I can show you a photo of Heinrich’s parents.
Henry wasn’t the oldest child in his family, but he was the oldest son. After Henry’s birth, the rest of the Stueve children were boys. Henry was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. His baptism record is displayed below.
The first census in which we find Henry was the one taken in 1880. His family was living in the Salem Township of Perry County. Henry was 8 years old, and his father was a farmer.
Henry was 28 years old before we can view him in another census, but that census said he was just 26. He is found in the 1900 census still living with his parents in the Salem Township. Henry was working with his father on his farm. This is the notorious census from that township that is so difficult to read.
It would be later during that census year that Henry would get married, so we will turn our attention to the early life of his future wife. Her name was Anna Maria Rauss who was born on January 12, 1878. Anna was the oldest child in her family. Her parents were Hugo and Catharina (Ruhkopf) Rauss. I found a phto of Anna’s father, but not her mother. This photo was taken later in Hugo’s life, and his wife had died when she was in her 40’s.
If you would like more background information about Henry’s parents, you will find it in the post, 1852 – An Eventful Year for Hugo. In that story, it was noted that Anna Rauss had the same birthday as her father. Like her future husband, Anna was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Her baptism record is shown below.
The 1880 census shows the Rauss family living in the Salem Township and Anna at the age of 2. Her father was also a farmer.
The next census we can view including Anna was the one taken in 1900. If you think Henry’s 1900 Salem Township census was hard to read, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Anna’s is almost impossible. She was 22 years old and still living with her father. Her mother had died in 1895.
Henry Stueve married Anna Rauss on November 27, 1900 at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. We can take a look at this couple’s church marriage record.
The marriage license for this couple can also be viewed.
The German Family Tree states that 6 children were born to this duo. The last child was born prematurely and died the same day of his birth. In 1910, we find the Stueve household in this census entry. Four children are listed here, and Henry was a farmer.
Next, we find the Stueve’s in the 1920 census. This entry had all 5 of their living children.
The 1930 census shows the Stueve family with just one child living with them, but we also see Anna’s father, Hugo Rauss, living with them. I am guessing that it must have been around the time of this census that the photo of Hugo that was shown earlier was taken.
The final census we can view for Henry and Anna was the one taken in 1940.
I found a photo of Anna Stueve, but not one for Henry. This photo was taken later in Anna’s life.
Henry Stueve died in 1948 at the age of 75. Her death certificate really butchers her mother’s maiden name, von Glahn.
Anna Stueve died in 1956 at the age of 78. Her death certificate can also be viewed.
Henry and Anna Stueve were each buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar.
There you have it. Henry and Anna Stueve are yet another example of a couple in which each of them was born, baptized, confirmed, married, and buried at the same congregation. In this case, the congregation was Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar.
The spray painting that was being done in our new addition is now complete, so they have removed the paper on the other side of the glass doors leading to the new gallery. We can now get a view through those doors to give an idea about what our new gallery will look like.