Tombstone Tuesday : Ann Bernthal

Ann Bernthal grave marker, Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bonfield, Kankakee County, Illinois.
Ann Bernthal grave marker, Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bonfield, Kankakee County, Illinois.

Ann Bernthal (1861-28 September 1861) was the daughter of Rev. Georg Bernthal and his first wife Maria née Von Renner. Little is known about Ann. Transcribed church records note she died the same day as her mother.[1] Her grave marker reads she was 8 months old.[2] She is buried at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bonfield, Pilot Township, Kankakee County, Illinois where her father was minister.

Maria (Von Renner) Bernthal (about 1840-28 September 1861) emigrated with her family from Prussia, arriving in the United States on 23 June 1855.[3] She married Rev. Georg Bernthal in 1860 in Kankakee County.[4] Maria was the sister of August Karl Woldemar Von Renner who was a college classmate to her husband.[5] Prior to her marriage, she resided with her parents in Bremen Township, Cook County, Illinois where her father farmed.[6] Maria is remembered to have died from a rattlesnake bite.[7] There is no extant headstone to mark her grave.[8]

Sources

[1]Kankakee Valley Genealogy Society, Pilot Township Cemetery Book (Bourbonnais, Illinois: Kankakee Valley Genealogy Society, 1997), 20 & 24.

[2]Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery (Bonfield, Kankakee County, Illinois), Ann Bernthal marker, personally read, September 2012.

[3]”New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 April 2014), manifest, Bark Copernicus, 23 June 1855, list stamped 540, “Erste Cajute” [First Class] line no. 4, Maria von Renner, age 15; citing microfilm publication M237 (Washington: National Archives and Records Administration), roll 153.

[4]”Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900,” database, Illinois Secretary of State, (http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html : accessed 13 July 2014), entry for George Branshal-Mary Renner, 30 August 1860, citing Kankakee County, Illinois [Marriages] Vol. 00B, license no. 00000427.

[5]“Jubilee Celebration and Most Remarkable Tribute to Lutheran Pastor and Teacher,” The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 15 August 1909; digital images, Ancestry.com , Historical Newspapers Collection.

[6]1860 U.S. census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Township of Bremen, p. 73, dwelling 572, family 548, Woldemar Von Renner; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 July 2014), citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 169.

[7]Lavon Wilcox, compiler, Pilot Township (n.p.: Kankakee County Bicentennial Commission, c. 1976), 69.

[8]Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery (Bonfield, Kankakee County, Illinois), grave markers, personally read, September 2012.

Tombstone Tuesday : Rev. Georg Bernthal

Rev. Georg Bernthal grave marker, St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery, Richville, Michigan.
Rev. Georg Bernthal grave marker, St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery, Richville, Michigan.

Georg Bernthal (09 November 1837-08 March 1913) was born in Roßtal, Bavaria, the youngest child of Georg Martin and Anna Barbara (Bloß) Bernthal. He immigrated to Frankenmuth in 1846, arriving with the second group of settlers. Georg studied for the ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From 1859 to 1862 he served Zion Lutheran Church in Bonfield, Kankakee County, Illinois as their first pastor. He served as pastor of  St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Richville, Michigan for 50 years from 1862 until his retirement in 1912. He is laid to rest in St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery alongside his second and third wives and his daughter Magdalena.

Rev. Georg Bernthal grave marker inscription, St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery, Richville, Michigan.
Rev. Georg Bernthal grave marker inscription, St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery, Richville, Michigan.