To begin with today, I have to confess that this post should be written on July 21st, not July 13th. I trusted a birth date that we have in our German Family Tree, but it is likely not correct. By the time I discovered this error, I had invested way too much time into researching … More Spanish Flu Orphans
I guess it makes sense. A blacksmith was a person who worked with metal. He often worked on pieces of equipment that were involved in transportation, such as wagons. He worked with his hands. So, when there was a transformation from horse and buggy days to automobiles and the internal combustion engines, workers were needed … More Blacksmith to Mechanic
Not long after his arrival in Perry County, Missouri as one of the members of the Gesellschaft, Christian Adolf Bergt married Caroline Louis Voelker. That marriage was one of the first marriages to be included in the books of Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. The story of this couple was told in the post, Memorial … More A Notable Frohna-Altenburg Couple
Heinrich Albert Pilz was born on July 10, 1864, so he is today’s birthday boy. Although I will call him Henry today, I really ought to call him Henry A. because there were two boys named Henry Pilz that were born around the same time and were both members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. … More Pilz or Piltz; Henry A. or Henry C.
Nicholas Guth was a quite notable resident of Perryville at one time. Let’s take a little time to look at his life. He arrived in America sometime around 1851 and after his family first were found in Illinois, they soon made their way to Perryville. In 1857, he married Henrietta Karling. This couple would have … More What Happened to the Captain’s Grandchildren?
A baby born on this day in 1874 was given the name Reinhold Ernst Dietrich Lueders. It is his story I tell today, but it apparently wasn’t long after he was born that he took on the name Richard Lueders. His parents were William and Theresia (Lehner) Lueders, and I have previously written several blog … More Another Lueders Leaves Wittenberg
I do not often use a baptism date as a starting point for a blog post, but today will be one of those days. I just could not resist telling the story of 6 baptisms that took place on this date 160 years ago. Those baptisms included a bunch of cousins who either traveled quite … More Castor River Baptisms
I have discovered that topics that show up on this blog sometimes happen in spurts. Sometimes it is several people that have family connections that become the focus of posts that are written within days of one another. Sometimes it may be several folks found in consecutive posts that end up as neighboring farmers. Now … More A Lot of Lost Loved Ones
Two passengers aboard ships that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in 1838-1839 as part of the Gesellschaft were born on the Fourth of July. The first birthday they would celebrate in Perry County in 1839 would also be the 63rd birthday of America. It wouldn’t be until 1870 that the Fourth of July became an … More Born on the Fourth of July
William Bingenheimer was born on this day, so he is today’s birthday boy. As it turns out, William married a woman who had another long name that begins with a “B”…Bodenschatz. First, let’s take a look at the arrival of the Bingenheimer’s. They arrived in 1848 aboard the Jaque Lafette. William’s father, Phillip Bingenheimer, was … More Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride