Emanuel and His Pauline’s

I will confess right away that I am taking a little bit of liberty with a name in order to have a clever title. Emanuel’s first wife was definitely a Pauline. However, his second wife had one of her names as Pauline, but she went by her other name, Sarah. I will also state that that last few days I have not been able to post stories on this blog, and even today, will not be able to display any church records. I guess you could blame it on the crazy twins shown below who have taken up some of my time.

Michael Emanuel Bock was born on July 30, 1874 making today his 147th birthday. He went by the name, Emanuel, during his life. Emanuel was the son of Benjamin and Sulamith (Hopfer) Bock. He was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri. Emanuel is found in his first census in those long-lost pages of the 1880 Union Township census.

1880 census – Union Township, MO

When we view Emanuel in the next census that is available, we find him living in the Ross household and working as a farmer in 1900.

1900 census – Union Township, MO

Emanuel would find his bride in Frohna. Her name was Amalia Katharina Pauline Stelling, and she would go by the name of Pauline. She was born on September 18, 1879, the daughter of John and Anna Maria (Popp) Stelling. That means Pauline was the daughter of one of the many Anna Popp’s that are found in our German Family Tree. Pauline was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. She is found as a very young child in the 1880 census.

1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Pauline was 20 years old when we find her in the 1900 census. There were quite a few children in this Stelling household that were at what we could call a “marriageable age”.

1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Emanuel Bock married Pauline Stelling on March 31, 1902. They were married at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. This couple’s marriage license is shown below.

Bock/Stelling marriage license

Our German Family Tree includes records for 7 children born to Emanuel and Pauline between 1903 and 1920. All of those children were baptized at Grace, Uniontown. When the 1910 census was taken, 4 of those children had been born. Lina and Albert Stelling were included in their household. Those two were siblings of Pauline.

1910 census – Union Township, MO

The 1915 plat maps for Perry County shown a parcel of land located right on the banks of the Apple Creek that I think belonged to Emanuel Bock. It is a bit difficult to read, so I cannot be certain that it was his land.

Emanuel Bock land map – 1915

The 1920 census shows the Bock household that included 5 children. One more child would be born later during 1920.

1920 census – Union Township, MO

Pauline Bock died in 1922 at the age of 42. Her death certificate says she died of surgical shock. She died at the St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Dr. G.B. Schulz, who signed this death certificate, has had his story told on this blog before. That post was titled, Surgeon from Wittenberg.

Pauline Bock death certificate

In 1928, Emanuel married again. His second wife was Sarah Pauline Hemmann. Most of the time when I write a story like this, the widowed husband marries a woman who is also a widow. That was not the case with Emanuel. His second wife had never been married. Sarah was born on September 22, 1881, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hecht) Hemmann, which also makes her a granddaughter of J.G. Hemmann, one of the original members of the Gruber Group that settled in Perry County in 1839. She was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. She does not show up in a census entry until 1900 when she was 18 years old.

1900 census – Union Township, MO

Sarah is found once again in the 1910 census still living with her father and one of her older sisters.

1910 census – Union Township, MO

I was unable to find Sarah Hemmann in the 1920 census. I am unable to look at the census index book that we have at our museum to assist me in my search. That leads us up to the marriage between Emanuel Bock and Sarah Hemmann that took place on September 21, 1928. Emanuel was 54 years old, and Sarah was 46 years old when this wedding took place. The church record (which I cannot display today) says this marriage took place in the church parsonage in Uniontown. We can take a look at this pair’s marriage license.

Bock/Hemmann marriage license

The 1930 census shows the following Bock household. The 5 children listed were all from Emanuel’s first marriage.

1930 census – Union Township, MO

The last census we can view for Emanuel and his family is the one taken in 1940. Emanuel was a farmer all his life, but in this census, no occupation is listed when Emanuel was 65 years old. It looks like 3 of his sons were doing the farming.

1940 census – Union Township, MO

Emanuel Bock died in 1953 at the age of 78. His death certificate is displayed below.

Emanuel Bock death certificate

Pauline Sarah Bock died in 1956 at the age of 74. We can also take a look at her death certificate.

Sarah Bock death certificate

Emanuel Bock and both of his wives are buried in the Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Uniontown. However, for some unknown reason, only his wives’ gravestones are shown on Findagrave.com. Those gravestones are displayed below.

Emanuel Bock was a member of Grace Lutheran Church from birth to death. He found a bride and married her in Frohna, but after the wedding, brought his wife back to Grace Lutheran and he raised his family at that church. When she died, he found his second wife at his home congregation. I just cannot figure out why his gravestone is not pictured on Findagrave. Perhaps someone could tromp through that congregation’s 3 cemeteries to locate his gravestone someday and we can get it documented on Findagrave.


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