A Killer Mule

It would have been Herman Carl Koenig’s 155th birthday today. He was born on September 8, 1865 in Korbussen, Germany. He was the son of Zacharias Lorenz and Marianne Louise (Ackermann) Koenig. Below is a map showing the location of Korbussen. It is about 30 miles from Kahla, which was mentioned in yesterday’s post. Herman’s … More A Killer Mule

Pocahontas Undertaker

I’m going to begin with a little mathematics today. Today is September 2nd, or as is shown with just numbers, 9/2. 9 x 2 = 18. Also, 9 “squared” is 81. So, for my crazy mathematical brain, 9/2/1881 carries with it a special mathematical significance. And 9/2/1881 is the birthday for one of the main … More Pocahontas Undertaker

Great Great Great Granddaughter of Count Schmeuszer

Clara Thieret is today’s birthday girl. While looking into her story, I ran into a few interesting connections. One was that her grandmother’s surname was Lang. If you go another generation back, you find that her great great grandmother was Barbara Katherine Schmeuszer, who was the daughter of Count Schmeuszer. I found this paragraph in … More Great Great Great Granddaughter of Count Schmeuszer

What the Fiedler-Mahnken Couple Had in Common

Maria Margaretha Mahnken was born on August 9, 1882.  She was actually a third-generation Maria Margaretha Mahnken.  Her grandmother, Maria Margaretha Miesner, had married Peter Mahnken, so she became a Maria Magdalena Mahnken.  That couple had a daughter by the name of Maria Margaretha Mahnken.  Then we get to today’s Maria Margaretha Mahnken, who has … More What the Fiedler-Mahnken Couple Had in Common

Menfro Moldenhauer’s

I get to tell the tale involving a brand new surname for this blog today.  That name is Gerstacker.  Today’s birthday girl is Emma Gerstacker, the daughter of Johann George and Eva (Bergmann) Gerstacker.  She was born on June 29, 1882 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Missouri.  On Ancestry.com, many of the … More Menfro Moldenhauer’s

Wunderlich Ushers Congregation to Wyoming

I am sharing a fascinating story today about a wandering Wunderlich (actually two Wunderlich’s).  August Christian Wunderlich’s life history will take us on a journey around the country only to end up back in this area.  I will especially focus on one particular event which involved a pastor who moved his congregation to another state.  … More Wunderlich Ushers Congregation to Wyoming

Bendel the Burier

A wedding took place on this day 121 years ago at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri.  The groom was August Bendel; the bride was Emma Kranawetter.  Their story is yet another case in which the people involved began living in Missouri, but spent most of their lives in Illinois. August Bendel was born on … More Bendel the Burier