Tombstone Tuesday : Woldemar Von Renner

Woldemar Von Renner grave marker, St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery, Richville, Michigan.
Woldemar Von Renner grave marker, St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery, Richville, Michigan.

 

Karl August Woldemar Von Renner (18 December 1838-17 November 1918) was born in Lübben-an-den-Spree, Brandenburg, Prussia.[1] With his parents and siblings he immigrated to the United States in 1855 aboard the Bark Copernicus.[2] The family settled in Illinois.[3] In 1869 he married Dorothea Bernthal in Frankenmuth.[4] Woldemar attended the Concordia Theological Seminary to become a teacher and graduated in 1859. He served congregations in Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; and Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1874 he began teaching at Frankenlust, Michigan, and in 1881 he began his tenure at Richville, serving as both teacher and principal of St. Michael’s parochial school district.[5] In total he worked as a teacher for 53 years.[6]

Woldemar passed away at his home in Denmark Township, Tuscola County, Michigan.[7] A small headstone marks his burial location in St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery.[8]

Sources:

[1]”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.

[2]”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 Cabin] line no. 3, Waldemar von Renner, age 16; citing microfilm publication M237 (Washington: National Archives and Records Administration), roll 153.

[3]”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.

[4] ibid.

[5] ibid.

[6] “W. Von Renner Dies at Richville, Age 80,” The Frankenmuth (Michigan) News, 21 November 1918, p. 1, col. 6; digital images, The Frankenmuth Archives (http://www.frankenmutharchives.org : accessed 29 April 2014).

[7] ibid.

[8]St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery (Richville, Tuscola County, Michigan), W. V. Renner marker; personally read, 2012.

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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.

Tombstone Tuesday : Johann Konrad Weber

Johann Konrad Weber grave marker, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Johann Konrad Weber grave marker, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Johann Konrad Weber (01 Apr 1806-24 May 1861) was another of Frankenmuth’s 15 original settlers. At age 39, he was the eldest of the party.[1] He was married to to Kunigunda Barbara Bernthal, 18 years his junior, on 20 April 1845 aboard the Bark Caroline.[2] He passed away at 55 years of age from “dropsy of the chest” and a “lung ailment.”[3] Although the original grave marker no longer stands, his burial location is marked with two commemorative plaques.

Sources:

[1]Manifest stamped no. 391, Bark Caroline, 09 June 1845; “Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897,” Microfilm Publication M237, roll no. 058, National Archives at Washington, D.C.; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2014).

[2]Huber, Elaine, translator, “St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan, Book I: (1847-1857),” (typescript, 1990, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Offices, Frankenmuth), No. 4.

[3]Elaine Huber, translator, “St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan), Book II: Burials (1858-1885)” (typescript, 1993, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Offices, Frankenmuth), 1861 p. 1, “Weber, Johann Konrad”.

Tombstone Tuesday : Barbara (Bernthal) Gugel

Anna Barbara (Bernthal) Gugel, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Anna Barbara (Bernthal) Gugel, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Anna Barbara (Bernthal) Gugel (12 February 1830-31 March 1872) came to Frankenmuth in 1846 with her parents and siblings, following her brother and sister who first settled Frankenmuth the year prior. She was married to Johann Michael Gugel on 28 December 1852. Barbara died the day after giving birth to her tenth (by my count) child; it was Easter Sunday. Her daughter, Margaretha Barbara, survived.[1]

Sources

Huber, Elaine, translator, “St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan, Book I: (1847-1857),” (typescript, 1990, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Offices, Frankenmuth),  No. 55.

Elaine Huber, translator, “St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan), Book II: Baptisms (1857-1885),” (typescript, 1995, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Offices, Frankenmuth), pp. 84 & 85, Gugel No. 82.

Huber, Elaine, translator, “St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan, Book II: Burials (1858-1885),” (typescript, 1993, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Offices, Frankenmuth), 1872, p. 1, Anna Barbara Gugel nee Bernthal.

Tombstone Tuesday : James Birbelmarsh

James Birbelmarsh grave marker, Frankenmuth Township Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
James Birbelmarsh grave marker, Frankenmuth Township Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.

James Birbelmarsh (1847-08 March 1928) was the last Chippewa to live and die in Frankenmuth Township. He lived with his English wife in a “board and tar-paper shanty on the banks of the Cass River, about two miles downriver from Frankenmuth.” His funeral and burial took place on 10 March 1928 with Carl Nuechterlein, the local undertaker, officiating. The mourners included the family of William Zehnder, Sr.[1]

Source

[1]Bavarian Inn Lodge, Guestroom Family Histories: ”Indian Dave History” (Frankenmuth, Michigan: Bavarian Inn Lodge, n.d.).

Tombstone Tuesday : Georg Konrad Bernthal

Georg Konrad Bernthal grave marker, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Georg Konrad Bernthal (28 February 1828-05 December 1893) immigrated to Frankenmuth from Roßtal, Bavaria in 1846.  He was a sibling of Tombstone Tuesday alumni Johann, Johann Leonhard, and Cunningunda (Bernthal) Weber.  He married Margaretha Barbara Hildner on 02 August 1854. Georg Konrad farmed the homestead established by his father, Georg Martin, in 1846.

Tombstone Tuesday : Johann & Kunigunde (Bierlein) Bernthal

Johann & Kunigunde (Bierlein) Bernthal grave marker, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Johann & Kunigunde (Bierlein) Bernthal grave marker, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Johann Bernthal (07 April 1820-02 May 1905) was the oldest child of Georg Martin & Anna Barbara (Bloß) Bernthal. He was brother to Johann Leonhard Bernthal and Cunnigunda (Bernthal) Weber. His headstone is shared with his wife Kunigunde (Bierlein) (28 June 1827-07 August 1899). He came to Frankenmuth from Bavaria in 1846 with the second group of settlers which included his parents, the rest of his siblings, and his wife. Johann and Kunigunde married in Germany, along with several other couples bound for Frankenmuth, prior to their departure for America.

Johann Bernthal grave marker inscription, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Johann Bernthal grave marker inscription, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Kunigunde (Bierlein) Bernthal grave marker inscription, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Kunigunde (Bierlein) Bernthal grave marker inscription, St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.