An Early Out-Migration of Original Immigrants

I will not have time to compose a blog post today. A few days ago, I wrote a story about some Perry County natives who moved to Prairie City, Missouri shortly after the Civil War. I mentioned a previous post written by Fred Eggers that gives the explanation for this migration to that area. I decided to re-post that article today. Fred is such a great researcher and an incredible contributor to our museum’s success.

fred-eggers-1 Fred Eggers

Our blog post today was authored by Fred Eggers, one of the members of our Research Crew at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum.

On January 13, 1912 Carl Christian Peter Bracher died in Bates County, Missouri and was buried at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Prairie City.

brachercarlchristian Carl Bracher


He had immigrated to the United States with his parents and a brother with Rev. Gruber’s group which has been previously discussed in this blog.  The Bracher family came from the city of Gera which is less than ten miles from Rev. Gruber’s village of Reust and Paitzdorf, which was the namesake of that group’s settlement in Perry County.   The 1850 census finds this family in the Altenburg area.  On February 3, 1853 Carl married Johanne Christiane Sophie Braeuner, fourth daughter of Christian Carl Braeuner from Koestriz by Gera.  Both of his parents died in 1855.  In…

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