A Slew of Schuessler and Steffens Surnames

Roland Julius Gottlob Schuessler is today’s birthday boy. If he was still alive, he would be celebrating one of those special birthdays. He would be 125 years old. Roland was born on November 28, 1897, the son of Ferdinand and Juliane (Rabold) Schuessler. Roland was the first of 2 children born into this Schuessler family, … More A Slew of Schuessler and Steffens Surnames

From Shawnee Township, MO to Shawnee County, KS

A marriage took place on this date 150 years ago. Just yesterday, I composed a post that had connections to a recently-published story titled, Pocahontas Mueller’s. The couple celebrating a special anniversary today once again is connected to that story…from two different directions. It is another story which links together a couple in which the … More From Shawnee Township, MO to Shawnee County, KS

Pioneer Starzingers

The research library at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum is called the Starzinger Family Research Library, thanks to a generous donation from people that were descendants of that clan. Today, I hope to tell the story of the original members of the Starzinger family to arrive in our area. That means I have to … More Pioneer Starzingers

Weber – Hecht- Winter

Wilhelmine Weber will be the focus of today’s tale. During her lifetime, she was married twice. The first marriage took place on today’s date. Wilhelmine Weber was born on July 25, 1835 in Ossig, Germany. Wilhelmine was the daughter of Gottfried and Christiane (Seidel) Weber. Her baptism record from the parish in Ossig is displayed … More Weber – Hecht- Winter

Pocahontas Mueller’s

A Mueller couple would be celebrating their 143rd anniversary today if they were still alive. The couple was made up of a German descendant of an original immigrant from the Gesellschaft and a later Austrian immigrant. I will begin with the German groom. Heinrich Furchtegott Mueller was born on May 7, 1855, the son of … More Pocahontas Mueller’s