Pastor Proofreader

We do not have a baptism record for today’s birthday boy.  In fact, we don’t even come close to looking at such a document.  That is because he was born in Ranchi, India.  The map below shows the location of Ranchi in East India. The boy born on August 5, 1846 in India was Bernhard … More Pastor Proofreader

Who Was the Youngest?

Today’s post was inspired by a question we received at our museum.  The question was asked by Tom Hirsch, a friend of our museum who hails from the Tirmenstein family.  He asked, “Which of the original immigrants was the youngest when the German Lutherans left their homeland in 1838?”  Implied in this question is the … More Who Was the Youngest?

A Census Hall of Fame

Today’s article is the result of starting out looking for information on one story and ending up telling a different story.  It all started with the birthday of Friedrich Ferdinand Grosse on May 27, 1811.  Ferdinand was one of the original immigrants whose family decided to stay in St. Louis and not move to Perry … More A Census Hall of Fame