Today, I might just ask more questions than I answer. I have found references to three different people with the surname Theilig in the early records of East Perry County. One of them happens to be my great great grandmother, so this name always gets my attention when I see it. The big question is … More Theilig Trio Teaser
Some may look at this date, February 2nd, as being Groundhog Day. Well, forty-seven years before the first Groundhog Day was celebrated in 1887, another memorable event occurred here in Perry County, Missouri. In 1840, February 2nd was a Sunday, and on that day, the very first official worship service was conducted for the congregation … More Happy Birthday to the Old Lutherans in Paitzdorf!
Today’s post was written by a new contributor to our blog. His name is Wayne Schuessler. He may be new to you, but he is a well-known person to us at the museum. Wayne is very familiar with the in’s and out’s of genealogical research. He is a great friend of our museum and our … More The Bowl Makers of Perry County
In the process of making additions to our German Family Tree, our dedicated researcher and creator of that document, Lynn Degenhardt, has come across some information which leads us to consider the question again, “Which of the original immigrants was the last to die?” When I arrived in Perry County after I retired several years … More Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die? Part 2
During the fall of 1839, not long after the original group of immigrants first arrived in Perry County, another group of German Lutherans were boarding a ship in Germany to join them. In fact, this new group was boarding one of the same ships that had brought a load of passengers to America in late … More Gruber Group Getaway
We will focus on another wedding anniversary today. On May 15, 1883, Victor Frentzel married Pauline Telle at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. After getting married, this couple had six straight daughters before they had their first son. All in all, Pauline gave birth to eleven children, eight of them girls. One unusual thing about … More A Flock of Female Frentzels
I was attracted to today’s story because there was a wedding that took place on April 30. I enjoy telling the stories of the original immigrants, and this is one of them. And I have a photo of this original immigrant. That makes this story almost irresistible to me. Since this immigrant also served in … More Christoph in the Cavalry
Today’s account begins with a wedding which took place on this day in 1857. The bride was Maria Anna Mueller, daughter of Gottfried Heinrich and Maria (Rothe) Mueller. Her brother, Zacharias Mueller has been a character in several posts on this blog in the past. The groom was Charles (Carl) Hoffmann. His parents are unknown … More Where Was She Born?
Today, July 9, would be the 173rd anniversary of Hartmann and Justine (Göthe) Grebing. According to Grebing family history accounts, Hartmann came to America in 1837, arriving in New York. People in the Grebing family talk about him coming aboard the Grand Turk, but I was unable to find his name on a passenger list … More Grebing/Göthe