Are you ready to be confused? You are going to read a story about a Hoehn man who marries a Bergmann woman. The Hoehn groom was the grandson of a Bergmann-Hoehn couple. The Bergmann bride was the granddaughter of a different Bergmann-Hoehn couple. Considering how many Bergmann’s and Hoehn’s can be found in our German Family Tree, I suppose this may not seem impossible, but I still find it an amazing situation. I will begin with today’s birthday girl.
Emma Louise Bergmann was born on July 6, 1895, making today her 127th birthday. Yesterday, a story about a Johann Bergmann was told on this blog. Emma’s father was yet another Johann Bergmann. Since his middle name was Valentine, I will call him Johann V. Bergmann. Emma’s mother was Anna Margaretha Muench. Johann V.’s parents were Johann and Salome Magdalena (Hoehn) Bergmann. Since Emma was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, we cannot view her baptism record. She shows up in her first census in 1900 at the age of 4. Her family was living in the Cinque Hommes Township where her father was a farmer.
A photograph was taken of this Bergmann family not long after the above census was taken. Emma is standing on the right net to her mother.
Next, we find Emma in the 1910 census as a teenager.
Now, we will turn our attention to the man who would become Emma’s husband. His name was Albert Valentine Hoehn, who was born on August 7, 1892. Albert was the son of Albert and Kunigunda (Fassold) Hoehn. Below is a photo of his parents at a later time in their lives.
A photograph was taken of the Albert Hoehn family, but it must have been taken before Albert V. was born. He and his younger sister are not included.
Albert was also the grandson of Michael and Margaret (Bergmann) Hoehn. I find it interesting that Emma’s father and her husband had the middle name, Valentine. Albert V. was also baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. The first census in which wee see Albert V. was the one taken in 1900 when he was 7 years old. His father was a farmer in the Central Township. Some of the children in this household were from his father’s first marriage to Margaret Rauh.
When the 1910 census was taken, we find the following Hoehn household. A few of his older siblings had gotten married, so the family is a little bit smaller.
On September 16, 1915, Albert V. Hoehn married Emma Bergmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. The marriage license for this couple is pictured here.
The German Family Tree lists 4 children born to this couple. The first two were girls; the next two were boys.
Albert V. had a World War I draft registration completed in 1917. It says that at that time, he had a wife and child. His address is given as Menfro.
The 1920 census shows this Hoehn family with 3 children. Albert V. was a farmer.
Next, we find the Hoehn’s in the 1930 census. This time, they were living in the Bois Brule Township. There is a child named Anna at the age of 2 who is not accounted for in our GFT.
The 1940 census shows just 3 children left living with their parents.
In 1942, Albert was required to complete a World War II draft card.
We find the Hoehn’s in the newly-released 1950 census. Albert V. and Emma were in their 50’s, and they had an empty next.
Emma Bergmann died in 1958 at the age of 62. Her death certificate is displayed below.
Albert V. Hoehn died in 1975, too recently to view his death certificate. He was 83 years old at the time of his death. Both Albert V. and Emma are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.
Both of Emma’s Bergmann/Hoehn grandparents died before she was married; both of Albert V.’s Hoehn/Bergmann grandparents died before he was married. That probably made things easier for Albert V. and Emma. Can you imagine getting together for family reunions and keeping track of all the Hoehn’s and Bergmann’s, some from Emma’s side of the family and some from Albert’s side of the family?