My Darling, Clementine

One of the characters in my book, Mama Buenger: Mother of a Synod is Clementine Buenger.  She is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on June 15, 1823 in Etzdorf, Germany.  She was the daughter of Rev. Jakob and Christiane (Reiz) Buenger.  Her father died in 1836, so her widowed mother decided to become a … More My Darling, Clementine

A Mesker Story

Yesterday’s story was about Gotthilf Frentzel.  Today just so happens to be the birthday of Flora Frentzel, Gotthilf’s cousin.  She was born four years after her cousin.  Like Gotthilf, she was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri.   This is her baptism record. There is also a birth record in a Perry County Birth … More A Mesker Story

1890 Census Problem

Today’s story comes out of this curious set of records found in our German Family Tree. These records indicate six Bischoff confirmations that occurred between 1888 and 1895 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Gerard Fiehler even pulled the original records out of our vault, and we found no parents associated with these confirmands.  If … More 1890 Census Problem

Shifting Schaefers

Today would have been the 91st anniversary of Herman and Thekla.  Or was it Benjamin and Onita.  On their Perry County marriage license we see them as Benjamin and Onita. On a gravestone, they are Herman and Thekla.  I am going to use Herman and Thekla. Not only did the names they used shift during … More Shifting Schaefers