We keep making corrections to our German Family Tree. That may have to happen again today. This time, I think the Friedenberg Remembrances book has an omission. That book was produced long after the church books of Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg were destroyed in a fire many years ago. That book is an effort to recreate those church books. It is an outstanding piece of research that I have relied on when finding information about the people that show up in this blog. However, it is not perfect.
Today’s birthday boy is Albert Peter Bergmann, who was born on April 20, 1867. Our German Family Tree does not list Albert as a member of a particular Bergmann clan, not giving the names of his parents. Several family histories on Ancestry.com state that Albert was the son of Ferdinand and Anna (Bergmann) Bergmann. A previous post was written about this Bergmann/Bergmann couple titled, Bergmann’s Abound. In our GFT, there is a child that I think is Albert, but he is called Alfred. Below is that person’s entry in that document. This is the information that I refer to in the title as a Botched Bergmann/Bergmann Baby Blurb.
Alfred is listed as child #4 in the Bergmann/Bergmann family. The 1900 census mentioned in the above entry will be displayed later in this post. Albert’s death certificate should put an end to any discussion about who his parents were. That document will be pictured toward the end of this post, and it says his parents were Ferdinand and Anna Bergmann.
Albert is found in his first census in 1870 at the age of 3. We see his parents listed as Ferdinand and Anna. His father was a farmer. I don’t think there’s any doubt that his name is spelled as Albert, not Alfred.
Next, Albert is found in the 1880 census. This time, his family is found living in the Central Township. The 13 year-old is called P. Albert in this entry.
Twenty years later, when we can look at the 1900 census, Albert was still single. I think his age of 31 is incorrect, perhaps because his year of birth is given as 1869, not 1867. I figure he was 33 years old at the time. Albert was working on his father’s farm. I think this entry is the one that mistakenly pinned Albert with the name, Alfred.
Now, we will take a look at the woman who would become Albert’s bride. Her name was Louise Caroline Struewe (or Strueve). Louise was born on July 2, 1878, the daughter of William and Louise (Maintz) Struewe. I suspected that Louise was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, and I was correct. Before I display her baptism record, here is the marriage record for her parents, William and Louise, from that congregation’s books. That marriage took place in 1873, 5 years before Louise Caroline was born.
Here is an image of Louise’s baptism record. I am thinking that she may have gotten the names Caroline and Louise from the names of her two sponsors.
Louise is found in the 1880 census at the age of 1. Apparently, her father had already died by the time this census was taken.
I was unable to find Louise in the 1900 census. On November 5, 1905, Albert Bergmann married Louise Struewe. The marriage record for this wedding is found in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. The marriage license for this couple is pictured here.
Our German Family Tree lists 3 children born to Albert and Louise, two boys followed by one girl. All 3 of them were baptized at Immanuel, Perryville. We find this couple in the 1910 census with the 2 boys. Albert was a farmer in the Central Township.
The 1920 census shows the following Bergmann household. All 3 children were listed. Right below their entry, we see Albert’s father, Ferdinand Bergmann.
The last census in which we find Albert was the one taken in 1930. Their son, Clarence, was a public school teacher, and another son, Albert, Jr., was working on their farm.
Albert Bergmann died in 1933 at the age of 66. A stomach ulcer is given on his death certificate as the cause of death. This is the document that confirms the names of his parents.
Louise Bergmann is found in the 1940 census with 2 of her children.
I managed to find Louise yet again in the 1950 census at the age of 69.
Louise Bergmann died in 1955 at the age of 76. Her parents surnames were switched on her death certificate. Her father was William Stuewe and her mother was Louise Maintz.
Albert and Louise Bergmann are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.
I feel pretty confident that Albert belongs in the family of Ferdinand and Anna Bergmann. I guess this in another time when I will need to discuss some more improvements that need to be made to our German Family Tree with my buddy, Lynn Degenhardt.