Bennetta’s Birthday

In the past week or two, I have published (or re-published) a pair of stories that come from the family of Charles and Barbara (Hoehn) Thieret. One was titled, Art and Dora – The Popp’s, and the other was re-posted on Christmas Day. That one was called Noel Nuptials. I found yet another story from that family today. Another daughter in that household is today’s birthday girl. That girl provides us with a new name that has never shown up on this blog before. It’s not a new surname. It’s a new first name…Bennetta. I found one source on the internet that says this name means “blessed”.

Bennetta Caroline Thieret was born on December 27, 1878, making today her 144th birthday. Bennetta was the 8th of 10 children in the Charles and Barbara Thieret family. She was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, so we cannot view an image of her actual baptism record. Bennetta shows up in her only census as a single girl in the 1880 census when she was listed as just 1 year old.

1880 census – Union Township, MO

Since we have no other documents to view for Bennetta before she gets married, let’s take a look at the man who would become her husband. His name was Arthur George Meyer, who was born on October 29, 1874. Arthur was the 3rd of 7 children listed in our German Family Tree for Andrew and Mary Jane (Bloom) Meyer. The Friedenberg Remembrances book says the Meyer’s had 8 children. Arthur’s mother was a Methodist from York Chapel near Longtown. Arthur was likely also baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. He shows up in his first census in 1880 at the age of 5. His father was a farmer in the Central Township.

1880 census – Central Township, MO

A few articles I located in the Perry County Republican stated that Arthur made an effort to be a carpenter prior to his marriage, but that career never materialized. He spent almost his entire life as a farmer.

Arthur Meyer married Bennetta Thieret on October 29, 1899 at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. That means this couple was married on Arthur’s 25th birthday. We cannot view a church record for this wedding, but we can take a look at the marriage license for this couple. This is one place where we see Bennetta’s name spelled as Venetta.

Meyer/Thieret marriage license

An article published in the Perry County Republican about this wedding also uses the spelling, Venetta. This article says that these newlyweds were going to live on a farm located 3 miles north of Perryville.

Meyer/Thieret wedding article – PCR

In the 1900 census, we find Arthur and Bennetta living in the Saline Township. Arthur’s cousin, Henry Meyer was in their household and working on Arthur’s farm. No children had been born to this couple yet, although their first child would be born later that year.

1900 census – Saline Township, MO

The German Family Tree lists 3 children born to Arthur and Bennetta, and all of them were baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. By the time of the 1910 census, we find all 3 of their children in their household. This time there was a young man named Conrad Rauss working with Arthur on his farm.

1910 census – Saline Township, MO

In the Perry County plat maps produced in 1915, we find the Arthur Meyer farm located near the town of Brewer.

Arthur Meyer land map – 1915

In 1918, Arthur had a World War I draft registration completed. Bennetta’s first name is spelled Bernetta on this form.

Arthur Meyer – WWI draft registration

Next, we find the Meyer’s in the 1920 census in which we find their 3 children as teenagers.

1920 census – Saline Township, MO

The 1930 census shows Arthur and Bennetta with an empty nest.

1930 census – Saline Township, MO

The Meyer couple is next found in the 1940 census when they were both in their 60’s. Arthur was still farming.

1940 census – Saline Township, MO

Arthur and Bennetta moved into Perryville sometime during the 1940’s. In the 1950 census entry, Arthur is called a retired farmer.

1950 census – Perryville, MO

Arthur Meyer died in 1955 at the age of 80. Cancer of the colon is mentioned as the cause of death on his death certificate below.

Arthur Meyer death certificate

Bennetta Meyer died in 1965 at the age of 86. We can also take a look at her death certificate.

Bennetta Meyer death certificate

Arthur and Bennetta are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville. I admit that I began having doubts about the spelling of Bennetta’s name, but when you see it on her gravestone, that seems like good confirmation that Bennetta is the correct spelling of her name.

August and Bennetta Meyer gravestone – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

Now, this blog has yet another Thieret tale that has been shared with our readers. Since there are a few left whose stories are yet untold, perhaps you will have the opportunity to read more Thieret tales in the future.

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