A Fassold/Fassold Family

Articles on this blog have featured the marriages involving a Roth marrying a Roth, a Schmidt marrying a Schmidt, a Mueller marrying a Mueller, several Bergmann’s marrying Bergmann’s, along with other cases in which a wedding involved a bride and a groom with the same surname. You will read another story like that today. This one involves a Fassold who married a Fassold.

It was the birthday of Mathilda Fassold that led me to this tale. Mathilda was born on April 5, 1867, the daughter of Henry and Christina (Rodewald) Fassold. It is likely that Mathilda was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, so I cannot display a baptism record. According to our German Family Tree, Mathilda was the first of 10 children born in this Fassold family. Mathilda shows up in her first census in 1870 at the age of 2. Her father is called a general laborer living in Perryville.

1870 census – Perryville, MO

When the 1880 census was taken, the Fassold’s were still living in Perryville, but this time, her father was called a carpenter. Mathilda had just become a teenager. This is about the time when Mathilda must have been confirmed.

1880 census – Perryville, MO

Now, we will turn our attention to the other Fassold. Mathilda would marry George Fassold, who was born on December 23, 1860. George was the son of Andreas and Gertrude (Hafner) Fassold. He was also likely baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. George was born too late in 1860 to appear in that year’s census, so the first one in which we find him is the one taken in 1870. George was the 5th of 7 Fassold children. This entry makes it look like he was child #3, but the census taker lists the boys before he lists the girls. George was 9 years old at the time, and his father was a farmer in the Cinque Hommes Township.

1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Next, we find George in the 1880 census at the age of 19. This time, his family was living in the Salem Township. I’m a little surprised that George is not said to be working on his father’s farm at that age.

1880 census – Salem Township, MO

George Fassold married Mathilda Fassold on August 17, 1890. The church marriage record for this wedding is found in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. A transcription of that church record is pictured here. It seems to indicate that the wedding took place at a farm.

Fassold/Fassold marriage record – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

We can also take a look at the marriage license for this couple.

Fassold/Fassold marriage license

George and Mathilda had 3 children. When the 1900 census was taken, we find this couple with 2 children, Lydia and Edgar. Their family is found in the difficult-to-read 1900 Salem Township pages where George was a farmer.

1900 census – Salem Township, MO

Mathilda, often called Tillie, is listed as a communicant member of Zion Lutheran Church in Longtown in 1900 shortly after that congregation was established. However, George is not included in those records.

Tillie Fassold – Zion, Longtown communicant record

The 1910 census indicates that George and Tillie had another daughter not long before this document was created. They had two teenage children and this new daughter, Mabel, who was not even 2 years old yet. Only 2 children are listed in our German Family Tree, and neither of them have baptism records in any local Lutheran church.

1910 census – Salem Township, MO

The last census entry in which we find George was the one taken in 1920. This time, the Fassold’s were living in the Central Township, and George does not have an occupation listed. Just their youngest daughter is found in their household.

1920 census – Central Township, MO

I am a little surprised that George Fassold is included in the above census because he died in January of 1920. His death certificate indicates that he was 59 years old when he died. Stomach cancer is given as a cause of death.

George Fassold death certificate

Mathilda is found as a widow in the 1930 census. She was living in the household of her daughter, Lydia, who had married John Blandford.

1930 census – Central Township, MO

Mathilda Fassold died in 1936 at the age of 69. Like her husband, her cause of death on her death certificate is given as stomach cancer.

Mathilda Fassold death certificate

Both of the above death certificates say George and Mathilda were to be buried in the Lutheran cemetery. Findagrave has entries for both of them in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville, but neither has a gravestone photo.

Of all the marriages involving brides and grooms having the same name, my favorite is the one that involved not just one, but two weddings that had a Roth marrying a Roth on the same day at the same church. That story was told in the post, Roth-Roth and Roth-Roth.

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