In the process of looking for a story today, I found two. The two stories have such similar characteristics and settings that I have decided to tell both of them. However, I also choose to tell them over two days so the blog post doesn’t get too long. So today, you will get Part 1, … More Longtown Shopkeepers – Part 1
There is only one church record to be found in our research library attached to the name Hulda Mueller. It is her baptism record at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Hulda was born on January 9, 1871, which is what attracted me to this story today. Her baptism record spills over into two pages, so … More Gold in Cripple Creek
Today would have been Paul and Edna Heise’s 95th wedding anniversary. This couple was married at Zion Lutheran Church in Crosstown, Missouri. Yesterday’s Weibrecht family were also members of that church. I do not often find stories from this congregation, but in this case, I found two in a row. Paul Heise has an interesting … More Another Crosstown Chronicle
Today would have been the 120th anniversary of Henry and Catherine Weibrecht. The record of this marriage in our German Family Tree led me to discover another Schmidt story. It also resulted in my newfound understanding of another Lutheran Church that once existed in this area. I can also state that, after a conversation with … More The Schmidt-Ermer-Weibrecht Story
Around these here parts, you sometimes hear about a marriage between someone from Altenburg and someone from Frohna jokingly being referred to as a mixed marriage. Today’s story includes one of those. It was the marriage of Arthur Lueders from Frohna and Hulda Poppitz from Altenburg. It was also a marriage between Arthur, a member … More A Lueders/Poppitz Marriage
Christian Gottlieb Augustin was one of the original immigrants who was part of the Gesellschaft in 1839. When he arrived in America, he was just 19 years old, and he came by himself. We see him on this passenger list from the ship, Olbers. Christian joined the immigrants who came to Perry County, and he … More An Original Cartwright
Just how does a person end up with siblings who are also their cousins? I will attempt to answer that question today. The scenario for this post is also another one of those situations where we have siblings marrying siblings. It will also include a side story of a tragic death in the family. My … More The Leine-Stueve Family Ties
Thirty years ago, I woke up on a New Year’s Day, remembering that the night before I had asked my wife to marry me. I was a 38 year old bachelor at the time. I guess you could say that I needed a woman, and Sandi was the woman for me. I cannot help but … More When a Man Needs a Woman
Rebecca Martha Estel is today’s birthday girl. She was born on December 31, 1841 and baptized the next day on January 1, 1842. Martha was the sister of Elias Estel, whose story was told on this blog this past December 17th. That post was titled, Elias Estel’s Early End. When her brother died tragically in … More When Did Martha Estel Die?
If the question asked in the title is answered “Yes”, then I can point out two events that took place on December 29th in this family line. I find this story especially interesting because I think it gives evidence of a family ending up in Perry County that arrived in America before the 1839 Gesellschaft … More Is There a Kasten in the Braeuner Past?