Maria Margaretha Mahnken was born on August 9, 1882. She was actually a third-generation Maria Margaretha Mahnken. Her grandmother, Maria Margaretha Miesner, had married Peter Mahnken, so she became a Maria Magdalena Mahnken. That couple had a daughter by the name of Maria Margaretha Mahnken. Then we get to today’s Maria Margaretha Mahnken, who has … More What the Fiedler-Mahnken Couple Had in Common
Fred Eggers is the author of today’s post. His offer to submit a post to our blog is perfectly timed because once again, I am not in Altenburg for a few days. It will be a little more difficult for me to write a post without causing family strife. Fred is an amazing researcher who … More The Johann Miesner Family in Scheeßel Church Records
We are going to be celebrating a special wedding anniversary today. On March 3, 1870, Johann Peter Mangels married Engel Mahnken at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri. That makes today their 150th wedding anniversary. Their church marriage record is shown below. It is just the 2nd marriage in the Salem church records on this … More Angel Becomes Mangels
Today’s story is packed full of names that had origins in Scheeβel, an area in Hanover in northern Germany. Many immigrants from Scheeβel arrived in Perry County, Missouri and Jackson County, Illinois in the mid-to-late 1800’s. The couple we will focus on today, for example, was made up of a Brunkhorst and a Mahnke. Other … More Several Scheeβel Surnames
The blog post today was written by John Popp. He tells the story of his mother. Previously, John has shared a story about his father, Richard Popp, who was a teacher at Trinity, Altenburg for many years. Today, you will read the story of the other teacher in John’s family. I am so grateful for … More Another Teacher Popp
There are two primary sets of Weinhold families that show up in the history of East Perry County. I was once told by one of our docents, who happens to have married a Weinhold, that her husband was a “Dirt Weinhold”. That is by no means a derogatory term. It simply means that this family … More Otto – One of the Dirt Weinholds
We have a new guest blogger today. His name is John Popp. I am hoping this will not be the only post John writes for us. John sent me this bio to use for him: I was born in Altenburg MO, raised in Altamont IL, and retired at the end of 2016 from a career … More Teacher Popp – My Pop
Heinrich Mahnken was born on September 26, 1846. Or was it Heinrich Mahnke who was born on this day? This question puzzled me as I looked into today’s story. One of these two was the grandfather of the woman who married Richard Popp, who was a teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Altenburg for several … More Mahnken or Mahnke?