A Weinrich-Bergmann Pair

In a previous post, I wrote about a Bergmann who married a Weinrich. I did not realize it at the time that when that couple got married in 1856, their wedding was part of a double wedding. The other wedding that took place on the same day also was a Weinrich who married a Bergmann. I will be telling the story of the “other” pair that got married on that day in this post. The Bergmann-Weinrich couple that was already discussed in a previous post never had children of their own but were involved in helping to raise other children who had no parents. That post was titled, Let the Children Come to Us – Part 3. You will discover today that the other couple married on that day had much different results with child-bearing.

Our story begins with a birthday boy being born on this day in Germany. Johann Heinrich Christian Weinrich was born on January 12, 1833, making today his 189th birthday. His older brother was Johann Adam Weinrich who went by the name, John, so it makes sense that today’s birthday boy went by the name of Henry. Henry was the son of yet another Johann Weinrich. His mother was named Eva, but I cannot say for sure what her maiden name was. When Henry was 19 years old, the Weinrich family came to America in 1853, traveling aboard the ship, Minerva. Their family is found on the passenger list for that ship displayed below.

Weinrich family – Minerva passenger list 1853

Once he arrived in this country, it took Henry just about 3 years to find a bride. Let’s take a look at her story. Margaretha H. Bergmann was born in Germany on April 17, 1837, the daughter of Ferdinand and Barbara (Billhorn) Bergmann. Margaret was much younger when she came to America than when Henry did. Her family came to this country in 1840 aboard the ship, Plato, when she was 3 years old. That means this Bergmann family arrived not long after the Gesellschaft did in 1839.

Bergmann family – Plato passenger list 1840

We find Margaret and her family in the 1850 census living in the Cinque Hommes Township. Her father was a farmer. Margaret was 13 years old at the time.

1850 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

That leads us up to the double wedding that took place on December 30, 1856. Henry Weinrich married Margaret Bergmann and Christiana Weinrich married George Bergmann on that day. Henry and Christiana were brother and sister. Margaret and George were sister and brother. Here are the two marriage records for these couples. First, here is the one for Henry and Margaret.

Weinrich/Bergmann marriage record – Perry County, MO

Here is the record for Christiana and George.

Bergmann/Weinrich marriage record – Perry County, MO

Rev. Gruber was the pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg at that time. December 30th was a Tuesday in 1856, so perhaps this double wedding took place at either the Bergmann or the Weinrich home.

Although George and Christiana Bergmann had no children of their own, Henry and Margaret Weinrich had 10 children according to our German Family Tree. In the 1860 census, we find this Weinrich couple with 1 child living in the Cinque Hommes Township. Henry’s younger sister, Mary, was living in their household.

1860 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

When the Civil War broke out, Henry served in the Union Army. I found 2 documents that tell of the military service of a man named Henry Weinrich that were mustered in Perryville. Do you think they are both the Henry Weinrich we are talking about today?

The 1870 census shows the Weinrich household had gotten larger. Their oldest child, John, had died in 1861, but when they had another child in 1865, they used the name, John, again.

1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Next, we see the Weinrich’s in the 1880 census with 8 children ranging from 19 down to 3. Their last child would be born later in 1880.

1880 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Margaret Weinrich died in 1894 at the age of 56. She was buried in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Friedenberg.

Margaret Weinrich gravestone – Peace, Friedenberg, MO

In 1899, an article praising Henry Weinrich’s skill as a farmer was published in the Perry County Republican.

Henry Weinrich article – PCR 1899

Henry was a widower in the 1900 census and living with his 3 remaining children. Right below Henry’s entry is that of his son, William Weinrich, and his family. William had married Agnes Hoehn.

1900 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Henry Weinrich died in 1902 at the age of 69. Between Margaret’s death and his, Zion Lutheran Church in Longtown had been established. It is in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in which we find the grave site for Henry.

Henry Weinrich gravestone – Zion, Longtown, MO

The Perry County Republican published Henry’s obituary.

Henry Weinrich obituary – PCR 1902

Henry and Margaret’s descendants make up 12 pages in our German Family Tree. Not only did they have 10 children, but 8 of those children were male. That means many of Henry and Margaret’s descendants were Wienrich’s.


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