My approach to this post will be the opposite of what I usually do. Normally, I start with some special event in someone’s life and proceed forward to describe what happened later in their life. Not so today. I will begin with a Perry County personality and work my way backwards in time to find … More Thomas Jefferson’s Ancestors
Today would have been the 130th birthday for Hugo Wirth, who was born on March 25, 1890. He was the son of George and Pauline (Schade) Wirth. Hugo was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. We are unable to see baptism records from that church because a fire destroyed them. A later confirmation record … More Wirth-while Merchandise
Yesterday’s post focused on a portion of the passenger list of the Republik showing people from the German city of Cahla (Kahla). I will show that image again. It was mentioned yesterday that Mary Susanne Koeppel’s second husband was Johann Gottlieb Shau. He was also a widower when that marriage took place. His first wife … More GG Grandma’s Other Friends
I think today is the birthday of my great great grandmother, Maria (Saalfeld) Schmidt. Why would I just think it is her birthday? It is because there is just one record that I can find that indicates when she was born, and ironically, that is on her death record in the books of Trinity Lutheran … More Great Great Grandma Maria and Her Friends
John Wirth was born on March 29, 1854. Or was he? According to the records of Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, there was another John Wirth born on July 24, 1857. Since they were both sons of Peter and Anna (Adler)(Newberry) Wirth, these two would have been brothers. Before I attempt to explain this, I … More A Wirth-y Carpenter
Immanuel Lutheran Church was the location of a wedding on May 12, 1912. The bride was Ida Thurm; the groom was Reinhold Fritsche. Here is their marriage license. Ida was the daughter of Herman and Anna (Jungclaus) Thurm. The church record states that Ida was from Friedland, which is a name used for The Ridge. … More Another Merchant of Main Street
April 6 was the birthday of Kunigunda Wirth in 1849. Her name can be found in both the Friedenberg and Longtown, Missouri church records. After seeing this name, we became curious about the name Kunigunda’s origin. The name appears to have roots in Germanic tribes in Europe, and the name means “brave warrior”. This also … More Brave Warrior?