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.

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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.