The story I will relate today will demonstrate several documents that are much different than you usually see in the posts I write. That is because the main characters in this story spent much of their lives living outside the United States. I have written several stories on this blog about men who served their … More Gustav and Gertrude in Guatrache, Argentina
On July 11, 1874, Wilhelm Friedrich Moeckel was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. I don’t get it. Why in the world would this baby be born in Terre Haute, Indiana? Both of William’s parents were raised in Perry County…even died in Perry County. He had brothers who were said to be born in St. Louis, … More Born in Terre Haute, Indiana???
In my upcoming book, Wittenberg ’04, two weddings that occurred in July of 1904 will be highlighted. Another 1904 marriage will be the centerpiece of today’s blog post. That wedding took place in August. In fact, it took place on this day in August making today this couple’s 116th anniversary. Today’s groom was a member … More Clara and Paul
The story today begins in Lamstedt, Hanover, Germany, where a boy was born to Barthold and Katharina (Blanck) Burfeind. The boy’s name was Herman Heinrich Wilhelm Burfeind, and he was born on December 2, 1834. Herman’s baptism record is shown below. As near as I can tell, this Burfeind family came to America sometime around … More Burfeind – Another Name Vanishes
I will begin today with a family photo that has shown up on this blog in several earlier posts. It shows the Traugott Kaempfe family. Let me quickly summarize the history of this Kaempfe family and its connection to the Gesellschaft. Johann Samuel Gottfried Kaempfe came to America aboard the Johann Georg in 1839. Below … More Carl from Millstadt
He may not have been an errands boy, but this Ahrens boy certainly was involved in several types of occupations during his lifetime. And although his life began in Perry County, Missouri, he lived in a few other locations over the years. I will tell his tale today. Otto Gottfried Heinrich Ahrens was born on … More Otto, An Ahrens Boy
Jesus says in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Well, that is certainly true, but the Theodor Gottlob Kramer family of Frohna, Missouri, was an exception to the rule. The laborers were not few. … More The Laborers are Plentiful