The starting point for today’s post is the possible birth of a baby boy by the name of Conrad Peter Heinrich Roth on August 29, 1867. I say that it was the possible birth because a few other records indicate the date of birth to be August 30th, not the 29th. That makes today (or tomorrow) Conrad’s 154th birthday. Conrad was the 3rd child and second son of Christian and Magdalena (Landgraf) Roth. The first child born to this Roth family was Christian Roth, Jr., who was highlighted in a recent post titled, Wittenberg Roth’s. So, Conrad is the son of Christian Roth, Sr. and the brother of Christian Roth, Jr. Conrad was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. An image of his baptism record is displayed below. This is the document that uses the August 29th birthday.
Conrad appears in his first census in 1870 at the age of 3. His father was a farmer.
The next census in which we find Conrad was the one taken in 1880. The Roth family was then found in the Union Township, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they moved. The first census that included the newly-formed Union Township was taken during that year. Conrad is called Peter in this entry. He was 12 years old.
Conrad was married before the next census that we can view, so we will turn our attention to his future wife. Her name was Emma Martha Schlimpert who was born on January 13, 1875. Emma was the firstborn child of Martin and Wilhelmine (Schmidt) Schlimpert. Emma’s father was from one of the Schlimpert families that originated in the Seelitz community, but when he married one of the Frohna Schmidt’s, he ended up living in Frohna. Emma was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Her baptism record is pictured here.
The only census in which we find Emma as a single person was the one taken in 1880. Her father was a wagon maker living in Frohna. Emma was 5 years old at the time.
Conrad Roth married Emma Schlimpert on October 25, 1894, and as you would expect, these two were married at Concordia, Frohna. The church marriage record for this wedding is shown here.
We can also view this couple’s marriage license. I noticed during researching this story that Conrad had his other initials included on several documents as Conrad P.H. Roth. My Missouri Synod blood makes me like someone who has the initials, CPH (Concordia Publishing House).
The German Family Tree lists 8 children born to Conrad and Emma, 4 boys and 4 girls. Their first child was baptized at Concordia, Frohna, but after that, the rest were baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. When the 1900 census rolls around we find this Roth household living in the Salem Township. This is included in those pages that are so difficult to read in that year’s Salem Township census. Conrad was a farmer with two children at that time.
Next, we find this Roth family in the 1910 census. For this census, they had 6 children.
The 1915 plat maps for Perry County have a parcel of property owned by C.R. Roth located not far from Farrar. I think this was where the C.P.H. Roth farm was located. The neighbors to this farm are ones we see listed nearby Conrad Roth in several census entries.
The last two children were born in the 1910’s, so we see all 8 of the children in the 1920 census.
The last census in which we find Conrad Roth was the one taken in 1930. Conrad was a farmer all his life.
Conrad Roth died in 1933 at the age of 65. His death certificate says his date of birth was August 30, 1867.
Emma Roth is still found in the 1940 census. She was living in the household of her son, Alfred Roth.
Emma Roth died in 1949 at the age of 74. Her death certificate is pictured here.
Conrad and Emma Roth are buried in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Farrar. Conrad’s gravestone is another place where we see his birthday as August 30th.
I went to the shelves in our research library to find one for a Roth family. I didn’t expect to find one. I was ready to fuss at local Roth families for not having given our museum a binder for their family histories, but I did find just one such binder, and it was the one for the Roth/Schlimpert branch of Roth’s.
I am going to list the surnames of the spouses of Conrad’s 8 children. They are as follows: Detjen, Luehrs, Miesner, Koenig, Leimbach, Lohmann, Brueckner, and Kassel. With the exception of the name, Leimbach, which would be a name from The Ridge, all of the others would be included in a list of what I would call classic Farrar names. The family of his older brother, Christian, began a clan that I call the Wittenberg Roth’s. Conrad’s descendants may have to be called the Farrar Roth’s.
I’ll let you decide if Conrad was born on August 29th or August 30th. If you pick the 30th, perhaps you can read this post tomorrow. Or, if you read it already today, you can read it again tomorrow.