Another Martin and Martha

I discovered that, among the 1700+ posts that have been published on this blog, a title has shown up a few other times. There are already two other posts titled, Martin and Martha, and another one titled, Martha and Martin. So, when I found another husband and wife who were named Martin and Martha today, I figured I at least had to change the title somewhat.

We begin by looking at today’s birthday girl, Martha Maria Walther, who was born on July 26, 1879. She was the daughter of Frank and Maria (Weseloh) Walther and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Martha’s baptism record is shown below.

Martha Walther baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

The 1880 census for the Brazeau Township in Perry County shows Martha’s family. She was not even one year old yet.

1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Because we cannot view the 1890 census, the next one in which we find Martha was the one taken in 1900. She was no longer living with her parents. She was living with another family in St. Louis and working as a servant. She was probably helping to care for 3 children in that family who were 4 years old and younger.

1900 census – St. Louis, MO

Martha’s husband would be a man by the name of Martin Immanuel Kranawetter, who was born on July 21, 1872. That means Martha and Martin would have birthdays just 5 days apart. Martin’s parents were Joseph and Ernestine (Ruehling) Kranawetter. He was the firstborn child in his family. Martin was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. His baptism record from that congregation’s books is displayed here.

Martin Kranawetter baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

The Kranawetter family is found living in the Shawnee Township of Cape Girardeau County when the 1880 census was taken. Martin was 7 years old, and his father was a farmer.

1880 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Next, we find Martin in the 1900 census as a 27 year-old farm laborer.

1900 census – Shawnee Township, MO

On January 4, 1903, Martin Kranawetter married Martha Walther at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. The church record for this marriage is shown here.

Kranawetter/Walther marriage record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

The marriage license for this couple can also be displayed.

Kranawetter/Walther marriage license

The Kranawetter Family Binder that we have in our research library contains the wedding photograph of Martin and Martha. Martha was one of those brides who wore a dark wedding dress with a white veil that was popular in those days.

Kranawetter/Walther wedding

Our German Family Tree lists 4 children born to this pair. All of them were baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas. The first census in which we find Martin and Marha as a couple was the one taken in 1910. They had 3 children by then.

1910 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Next, we find the Kranawetter’s in the 1920 census. All 4 of their children are found in this entry. Right above Martin and Martha’s family you will see the Adolph Kranawetter household. Adolph was one of Martin’s younger brothers.

1920 census – Shawnee Township, MO

The last census in which we find Martin Kranawetter was the one taken in 1930.

1930 census – Shawnee Township, MO

In a set of plat maps produced in 1930, we find a parcel of land in the name of M. Kranawetter. Right next door is the farm of Ernst Walther, who was Martha’s brother.

M. Kranawetter land map – 1930

Another photograph found in the Kranawetter binder is this one that shows Martin on the left along with some of his siblings.

Kranawetter siblings

Another photo in that binder is this one showing Martin, Martha, and all 4 of their children.

Martin and Martha Kranawetter family

Martin Kranawetter died in 1939 at the age of 67. His death certificate is shown below.

Martin Kranawetter death certificate

Martha Kranawetter is found in the 1940 census living with her son, Arnold.

1940 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Martha Kranawetter died in 1965 at the age of 85. We can also view her death certificate.

Martha Kranawetter death certificate

Martin and Martha Kranawetter are each buried in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Pocahontas.

I suppose it is not so surprising that I have written about several couples now that were made up of a groom by the name of Martin and a bride with the name of Martha. Those two first names were quite common around here. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is not the last story you read on this blog about a Martin and Martha.

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