Mary and Simon

Maria Magdalena Schuessler is today’s birthday girl.  If she was alive today, she would be celebrating a very special birthday.  There would have been 150 candles on her cake.  I am once again not in Altenburg, so I will not be able to display any church records for this story.  I am out of town … More Mary and Simon

The Bold Immigrants

In the German language, the word kühn means “bold” or “daring”.  There were two surnames in the Gesellschaft that contained kühn, Kühn and Kühnert.  As time went by, many German names containing an umlaut had that umlaut eliminated and replaced by putting an “e” after the vowel with the umlaut.  So these two surnames became … More The Bold Immigrants

Double Double-U

Today I will share the story of W.W……..Wilhelm Wachter.  His story is not without its puzzles.  I hope I get it right.  I tell his story today because December 29th was the date of his second marriage in 1870.  But before I get to that, let me go back. Wilhelm came to America when he … More Double Double-U

Kids from a Kassel

Today’s birthday boy did not even have to wait for his baptism to be called a Christian.  That’s because his name was Christian Kassel.  He was born on September 29, 1861.  Christian was the son of Philip and Fredericka (Bueltman) Kassel.  Although I cannot find any documentation, I believe that Christian was born in Egypt … More Kids from a Kassel

Groh Up in L.A.

I live in L.A.  That is, I live in Lower Altenburg.  This area of the metropolis of Altenburg is that section of town which is located east of Trinity Lutheran Church…..toward the river.  L.A. was discussed in a previous blog post titled, Old Time L.A.  In that post was this photo showing a portion of … More Groh Up in L.A.

It Took Commitment

Today’s post from me is personal.  If you look at the same photo above that was in a previous blog post, you will see that two days after the death of Johann Christoph Weber, a young girl, Eve Magdalene Schmidt, died on March 31, 1839.  Eva was the two year old daughter of George Joachim … More It Took Commitment