Moses: Through the Wilderness to the Promised Land

The birthday boy for today somehow got the nickname, Moses.  I found evidence for that nickname on both Ancestry and in our German Family Tree.  His given name was Emanuel Gustav Newberry, and he was born on May 21, 1882.  Emanuel was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Christina (Metzner) Newberry. Emanuel was baptized at … More Moses: Through the Wilderness to the Promised Land

George’s Girls

George Bingenheimer was born on March 31, 1861, so today would have been his 159th birthday.  We do not have a baptism record for George, but there are a few documents that say he was born in Cape Girardeau County.  For what it’s worth, bingen means “bang” and heimer means “home” according to Google Translate. … More George’s Girls

Martin and His Girls

We have another 150th birthday to celebrate today.  Jacob Martin Darnstaedt was born on December 8, 1869, the son of Johann and Christiane (Mueller) Darnstaedt.  The story of Martin’s parents was told in the post, Seelitz Sweethearts.  Martin was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Here is his baptism record. Martin can be found … More Martin and His Girls

An Only Child

Married couples with an only child are rather common these days, but among the people about whom I write, they were rather unusual.  Today, though, I will write such a story.  It also just so happens that today’s highlighted couple would be celebrating their 125th wedding anniversary today.  The bride and groom were Mary Gemeinhardt … More An Only Child

Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

The life story I will tell today highlights a Hopfer.  Martin Hopfer was born on June 30, 1866.  He was the son of Gottfried and Catherine (Schaefer) Hopfer.  Yesterday’s character, Adolph Schaefer, would have called Martin’s mother, Aunt Catherine.  So Martin and Adolph would have been cousins.  Although I could find no direct connection in … More Martin Hopfer D.D.S.