There were two Grosse families that were part of the original immigration group that arrived in Perry County, Missouri in 1839. Both Grosse families travelled to America aboard the Johann Georg, but they were not on that ship at the same time. One group of Grosse’s was made up of 3 shoemakers and their mother. … More Alfred Grosse and His Two Marie’s
Today, we celebrate a bicentennial birthday. That means someone had to be born on April 3, 1820. If you are finding such a person with ties to the German Lutheran residents of East Perry County, Missouri, you are going to have to find a person who was born in Germany. Indeed, that is what we … More George Goes to America for a Popp
John Hooss and Mary Magdalena Kiesler were married in Perryville 150 years ago. I will attempt to tell the tale of a prominent family in Perryville history. I will begin with documenting the early years of John Hooss. John Hooss was born on February 1, 1848, the son of Henry and Barbara (Fath) Hooss. His … More Hooss Celebrating Their 150th Anniversary?
Sophia Grass, if she were alive today, would be celebrating her 172nd birthday. She was born in 1846 in St. Louis, Missouri. Here is her baptism record from the Old Trinity Lutheran Church books. We do not have the originals of these records at our museum, but we do have an Excel spreadsheet that shows … More Emanuel Seibel’s Grass Roots
Normally when I see that a child was born to an original immigrant in December of 1838, I think that the baby must have been born aboard one of the ships coming across the Atlantic Ocean. Today’s birthday girl is an exception. She was born in New York City and her parents were already in … More A Lot of Grass Died
In our museum, we have this wonderful account of the family history of John Christian Mueller, a tiler who brought his family to America as part of the Gesellschaft in 1838-1839. Much of the information in today’s post comes from this binder. On Saturday, September 7, 1839, during the first year that the German Lutheran … More Tailor, Tiler, Teacher, Preachers