Ubiquitous Uniontown Names

I confess. When I saw the word, ubiquitous, I had to look up its definition because I did not know it. I was looking for a synonym for “numerous” for a possible title. Ubiquitous means “existing or being everywhere”. It turns out to be the exact thing I needed. That is because whenever I do a story involving historic names of people who were members of Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, it seems they all contain at least one of the following names: Frentzel, Telle, Hemmann, or Hopfer. Today’s story involves a quadriad, which means “four persons with an interest or task in common”. All four of the “Uniontown Names” show up in today’s story.

Several posts have been published on this blog about the children of today’s couple. After all, the highlighted pair had 10 children. However, the story of all those children’s Mom and Dad has yet to be told. I will attempt to tell their story today.

Emma Marie Telle was born on December 26, 1855, so today would be her 167th birthday. Emma was the daughter of Herman and Eva (Hemmann) Telle. She was the 2nd of 10 children born to this Telle couple. Emma was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, although back in those days, Uniontown was still called Paitzdorf. An image of Emma’s baptism record is displayed below.

Emma Telle baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

I was unable to find the Telle family in the 1860 census, so in the first census in which I find her, Emma was already a teenager. In the 1870 census, we find the Telle’s living in the Cinque Hommes Township. Emma’s father was a farmer.

1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Now, we will look at the man who would become Emma’s husband. His name was Carl Arthur Eduard Frentzel, who was born on July 22, 1855. Arthur was the son of Carl August and Amalie (Hopfer) Frentzel. Arthur was the oldest of 9 children in his family. As you might expect, he was also baptized at Grace, Uniontown. We can take a look at an image of his baptism record from that congregation’s books.

Arthur Frentzel baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Arthur is found in the 1860 census at the age of 5. His father was a merchant in the Cinque Hommes Township. It is likely that his store was located in Paitzdorf (Uniontown).

Since Arthur and Emma were both born in 1855, they were each in the 1869 confirmation class at Grace, Uniontown. A year after his confirmation, we find Arthur in the 1870 census. You can see that the Frentzel family had gotten considerably larger. Arthur was 14 years old, and his father was a retail dry goods merchant.

1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Arthur Frentzel married Emma Telle on December 28, 1875, just 2 days after Emma’s 20th birthday. This looks like another one of those couples that may have waited till the Advent season was completed before getting married soon after Christmas. Yes, this couple was married at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. The marriage records for Grace have a little hole in them similar to the one in the Trinity, Altenburg books. Marriage records stop in 1874 and do not appear again until 1880, so we cannot find one for Arthur and Emma. However, we can take a look at a civil marriage record from Perry County for this pair.

Frentzel/Telle marriage record – Perry County, MO

As mentioned earlier, this couple has 10 children listed in our German Family Tree. It was at about the time of this wedding that not only was the Union Township established, but the town of Paitzdorf was renamed, Uniontown. The small Frentzel family is found in those pages of the 1880 Union Township census that were only recently found after years of being lost. The Frentzel’s had two sons, and Arthur was a farmer.

1880 census – Union Township, MO

Since we cannot view another census entry until 1900, by that time all of the Frentzel children had been born and even their oldest son had already gotten married. Not all of them lived long. In this entry, we also find another Arthur Frentzel, which explains why some later documents call the father in the this family, Arthur Frentzel, Sr.

1900 census – Union Township, MO

Next, we find the Frentzel household in the 1910 census. Only their son, Arthur, Jr., who had married Rosa Lottes in 1909, and their first child, were living with Arthur, Sr. and Emma.

1910 census – Union Township, MO

The 1920 census finds Arthur and Emma with an empty nest. Arthur was said to be a farmer, but it also states he was a poultry and truck farmer.

1920 census – Union Township, MO

The last census in which we find Emma was the one taken in 1930. Right next to Arthur and Emma on this census page was their son, Theodosius, and his family.

1930 census – Union Township, MO

Emma Frentzel died in 1932 at the age of 76. We can take a look at her death certificate below.

Emma Frentzel death certificate

Arthur is found in the 1940 census as a widower. His single daughter, Natalie, was living with him. Natalie would get married for the first time a few years later when she was 58 years old. At the age of 84, Arthur was no longer farming.

1940 census – Union Township, MO

Arthur Frentzel died in 1944 at the age of 88. His death certificate says he died of pneumonia. He is called Arthur Frentzel, Sr. on this document.

Arthur Frentzel death certificate

Arthur and Emma Frentzel are each buried in the Upper Cemetery of Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.

By the time you just look at the large Telle family and the Frentzel families mentioned in this story, you begin to understand why there are so many descendants with those surnames. Add to that the numbers of children found in the original Hemmann and Hopfer familieis, and it is no wonder that so many stories coming out of the congregation in Uniontown contain either the Hemman, Hopfer, Telle, or Frentzel names.

This tale is also one that is similar to others found on this blog in which both the husband and wife were born, baptized, confirmed, married, raised a family, died, and were buried while being members of the same congregation. In this case, you can also add to that the fact that they were both in the same confirmation class.


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