Thursday, August 2, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 31: Oldest: Oldest Child of Johan Adam Voehringer & Maria Agnes Reiff

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

The first child born to Johan Adam Voehringer and Maria Agnes Reiff was named Philippine Margaretha Voehringer. She was born 18 February 1832 in Unterhausen, Schwarzwald, Württemberg. She lived just over one year, dying on 14 April 1833.[1]

Their second child was also named Philippine Margaretha, born 28 May 1834.[2] She was the 3rd great-grandmother of my children and the oldest child who lived to adulthood.

She was confirmed when the family was living in Bronnweiler. She then left for America, arriving on the SS Gebhard in New York on 1 September 1857.[3] It is not clear she traveled alone or with other known people.

A year later she married Ludwig Wilhelm Wollenweber on 5 September 1858 in Louisville, Jefferson Co, Kentucky.[4] They married in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church by Augustus Bargas. Ludwig was a widower, having been previously married to Anna M. Mertens, who died 19 July 1858.[5] Ludwig and Anna had four sons.

Ludwig was a liquor dealer with his own business. By 1860, their first born child, Matilda, was already born. They had five daughters total, though Emilie would only live about 18 months.[6]

Ludwig died 16 May 1873 in Jeffersonville, Clark Co, Indiana, which is just across the Ohio River from Louisville.[7]

As a widow, she worked as a seamstress to support her family.[8] She remained a widow until her death, 1 January 1913 in Louisville at the age of 78 years.[9] She died of chronic bronchitis and was buried at Eastern Cemetery.[10] According to a bible record, she had fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.[11]

Unfortunately, I have no photo of her, her husband, or any of her children. But I found a postcard of the church where she was married.

[1] Evangelische Kirche Unterhausen, Taufen 1808-1875, 1832, no. 4, Philippina Margareth, FHL film 1569153
Item 3. The death was written on the baptism as 14 Apr 1833.
[2] Evangelische Kirche Unterhausen, Taufen 1808-1875, 1834, no. 13, Philippina Margareth, FHL film 1569153
Item 3.
[3] "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry (, 1857, SS Gebhard, No. 104, Philippina Vohringer.
[4] Louisville, Kentucky, Marriage Registers, vol. 7, p 98, 1858, Wollenwebber-Voehringer, FHL film, 882708.
[5] St. Paul's Evangelical Church (UCC) (Louisville, KY),  vol. 3, Deaths 1855-1871, no. 215, p 129, Anna  Elisabeta Wollenweber; FHL microfilm 1531401 item 6, accessed 16 Jan 2013. Record is in German.
[6] For birth, see St. Paul's Evangelical Church (UCC) (Louisville, KY), , Baptisms Vol 5, 1862-1867, 236, Emilia Wollenweber, no. 597; FHL microfilm , 1531412, item 2. For death, see Eastern Cemetery Records, Louisville, Kentucky, Bk 3, p 15, L.W. Wollenweber’s child, FHL 2046977i3.
[7] “Sudden Death of a Well-Known Citizen,” Evening-News (Jeffersonville, Indiana), 16 May 1873, p 1, col 1.
[8] 1900 U.S. Census, Clark Co, Indiana, ED 8, sht 8, dwelling 138/family 157, Philipena Woolenwebber, digital image, Ancestry (  2 Nov 2017), NARA T623, roll 363.
[9] Commonwealth of Kentucky State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate, no. 1483, Jefferson Co. (1913), Mrs. Philipina Wollenweber, digital image, "Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953," Ancestry (
[10] "Burial Permits," Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY),13 Jan 1913,p 10.
[11] Family data, Thomas Davey Family Bible, (Moore, Wilstch, Keyes & Co: Cincinnati, Ohio, 1859); original owned by [address for private use], transcription done by Mary Davey Korn, granddaughter of Thomas Davey.

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1 comment:

  1. She sounds like quite the woman! It's scary enough trying to make it on your own these days, let alone in the past when opportunities were far fewer. At least as a seamstress she could work from home. Great pic of the church :)


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