A Myriad of Marriages

A marriage that took place on this day many years ago is the starting point for this post. However, before you get to the end of the story, you will be presented with several Missouri marriage licenses. I cannot resist the urge to begin this story with the End.

Barbara End was born on April 3, 1870, the daughter of Gabriel and Barbara (Hausmann). Barbara was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. Barbara was born early enough in 1870 to make it into that year’s census. Her family was living in Perryville where her father was a shoemaker.

1870 census – Perryville, MO

At the age of 9, Barbara is found in the 1880 census. Three more children were added to this family after Barbara’s birth.

1880 census – Perryville, MO

Now, we will take a look at the man who would become Barbara’s husband. His name was Heinrich F. Boettner, who was born on December 6, 1864. Our German Family Tree, as well as several Ancestry family trees, use the spelling, Buettner, for his surname. I am going to use Boettner because that is the name that is engraved on his tombstone and shows up in his obituary. Henry was the son of Heinrich and Barbara (Lang) Boettner. Henry’s parents have the spelling, Boettner, on their gravestone also. Henry’s mother died when he was just one year old, and then his father married Elizabeth Hoch in 1867. The 1870 census, in which Henry was 6 years old, reflects those changes. More children were born to this second marriage.

1870 census – Perryville, MO

Next, Henry is found in the 1880 census at the age of 16. Henry was working in his father’s blacksmith shop in Perryville.

1880 census – Perryville, MO

That leads us up to the first marriage this post will discuss. Henry Boettner married Barbara End on October 23, 1892 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. Today would be this couple’s 130th wedding anniversary. The church record for this wedding is shown below.

Boettner/End marriage record – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

We can also look at the marriage license for this pair.

Boettner/End marriage license

Henry and Barbara had just one child, and that baby did not make it to the age of 6 months. Also, Barbara died in May of 1896 at the age of 26. Then one month after that, the baby died in June, leaving Henry all alone as a widower. Barbara and her baby, Erma, are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.

Barbara and Erma Boettner gravestone – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

Henry would marry again, so let’s take a look at his second wife’s early life. Her name was Emma Christiana Bergmann, who was born on November 7, 1876. Emma was the last child of Ferdinand and Anna (Bergmann) Bergmann. She was baptized at Immanuel, Perryville. Emma is found in the 1880 census when she was 3 years old. Her father was a farmer in the Central Township.

1880 census – Central Township, MO

Emma was 23 years old and still living with her parents when the 1900 census was taken.

1900 census – Central Township, MO

Right after that census was taken, Emma got married, so let’s take a quick look at the man she would marry. We cannot take a longer look at him because I did not find much. His name was Joseph Frank Pomorsky. I do not know when he was born or who his parents were. I did manage to find him in the 1900 census living in Perryville and working as a porter at the Hooss Hotel.

1900 census – Perryville, MO

Frank Komorsky married Emma Bergmann on July 16, 1900 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. Below is the marriage license for this couple.

Pomorsky/Bergmann marriage license

In June of 1902, a daughter was born to this couple, but that child just lived 5 days. Then in August of that same year, Frank died, leaving Emma as a widow. Frank Pomorsky was buried in the Home Cemetery in Perryville.

Frank Pomorsky gravestone – Home, Perryville, MO

That leads us up to the marriage of the widower, Henry Boettner, and the widow, Emma Pomorsky. They were married on November 18, 1906. The church record displayed below is found in the Immanuel, Perryville books, but it says the wedding took place in Emma’s parents’ house.

Boettner/Pomorsky – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

This couple’s marriage license is pictured below.

Boettner/Pomorsky marriage license

Henry and Emma are found in the 1910 census living in Perryville. This time, Henry was no longer a blacksmith. He had become a veterinarian. Henry and Emma never had children.

1910 census – Perryville, MO

Another death enters this story in 1913. While attending a wedding in St. Louis, the 48 year-old veterinarian died. His obituary is shown here.

Henry Boettner obituary

Henry Boettner was buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.

Henry Boettner gravestone – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

In the next two census entries, Emma Boettner was living by herself as a widow.

1920 census – Perryville, MO
1930 census – Perryville, MO

We are not done with weddings yet. Emma would get married yet again. Let’s take a look at her next husband. His name was Pritchard Hood, who was born on December 23, 1866 in Indiana. I’m going to skip ahead to when Pritchard was living in Missouri. On April 28, 1897, he married Mary Clemmer in Barry County, Missouri. Here is the marriage license for that wedding.

Hood/Clemmer marriage license

In 1910, we find the Hood’s living in Perryville where Pritchard was a lawyer. I find it interesting that right below their entry, you will see Barbara End, who was Henry Boettner’s first mother-in-law.

1910 census – Perryville, MO

In 1920, we find the Hood family shown below.

1920 census – Perryville, MO

In the same year as the above census entry, Mary Hood died. Then Pritchard married again in 1921. His second wife was Ophelia Feltz, who had previously been married on April 14, 1901 to Anson Morey. Here is the marriage license for that wedding.

Morey/Feltz marriage license

Pritchard Hood married Ophelia Morey on September 12, 1921 in Jefferson County. Here is that marriage license.

Hood/Morey marriage license

In 1930, we find Pritchard living with just a daughter. I suspect that there was a divorce involved to explain the absence of Ophelia. She died at the state hospital in 1960, and her death certificate uses the name, Morey.

1930 census – Perryville, MO

One more marriage. Pritchard Hood married Emma Boettner on July 15, 1931.

Hood/Boettner marriage record – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

Here is the marriage license for this couple.

Hood/Boettner marriage license

This marriage did not last long. Pritchard died a year later in 1932. His death certificate says he was 66 years old when he died.

Pritchard Hood death certificate

Emma is found in the 1940 census, once again a widow.

1940 census – Perryville, MO

Emma Hood died in 1949 at the age of 72. Her death certificate says she died at the St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Emma Hood death certificate

Pritchard and Emma Hood are buried together in the Home Cemetery in Perryville.

Pritchard and Emma Hood gravestone – Home, Perryville, MO

I think this is a new record for this blog…7 Missouri marriage licenses in one post.


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