I will begin today with a family photo that has shown up on this blog in several earlier posts. It shows the Traugott Kaempfe family. Let me quickly summarize the history of this Kaempfe family and its connection to the Gesellschaft. Johann Samuel Gottfried Kaempfe came to America aboard the Johann Georg in 1839. Below … More Carl from Millstadt
Rebecca Martha Estel is today’s birthday girl. She was born on December 31, 1841 and baptized the next day on January 1, 1842. Martha was the sister of Elias Estel, whose story was told on this blog this past December 17th. That post was titled, Elias Estel’s Early End. When her brother died tragically in … More When Did Martha Estel Die?
Today’s story starts with a boy being born, but I find a few later events in the life of this boy’s family more fascinating. The place of birth for this baby was also not a typical one for a Perry County resident. He was born in Millstadt, Illinois. If you are a loyal reader of … More All I Got for Christmas Was 5 Stepsons
Normally you do not think that getting mangled as a good thing, but when William Kaempfe got “Mangeled”, I’m sure that he thought it was a wonderful thing. William was “Mangeled” when he married Anna Mangels in 1891. More on that later. William Kaempfe was born on November 7, 1868. Although William’s father was born … More A Mangeled Kaempfe
Otto Oswald was born on June 26, 1865 in Chester, Illinois. Anna Kaempfe was also born in Illinois. When she was born in 1875, her family was living in Millstadt, Illinois. However, when these two were married in 1893, their marriage took place in Frohna, Missouri because both of these families had moved to Perry … More An O-K Couple
The birthday boy today is Rev. George Albert Schieferdecker. He was born on March 12, 1815 in Germany and was one of the original members of the Gesellschaft. He came to America aboard the Copernicus. On the passenger list, he is called a Candidate of Theology. In the early years, George served in teaching … More Schieferdecker Splits – Then Returns