I hadn’t planned to make our 2000th blog post a mere re-blog of a previous post, but that is what this is. There is too much on my plate today, and I figured you might enjoy this early story from 2016 which is incredibly short compared to more recent posts.
Today’s story is about an Altenburg carpenter named Gotthold Seibel. He was born on April 21, 1851. His sister, Wilhelmina Seibel married my great grandfather, Gottwerth Schmidt, so this makes Gotthold my great great uncle.
An important event took place when Gotthold was about 14 years old. Trinity Lutheran Church got a new pastor, Rev. J.F. Koestering. One of the members of the Koestering family was 10 year-old Louise Koestering. It is likely that Gotthold was a member of the first confirmation class of Rev. Koestering, but, alas, because of what we refer to as the “Koestering Hole” in Trinity’s church records, we have no documentation for that.
Fourteen years after the Koesterings arrived in Perry County, Gotthold Seibel married Louise Koestering. Louise’s father officiated that wedding, and Gotthold now had his own pastor and previous confirmation instructor as his father-in-law. The Seibel couple had five children who…
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