In 1837, after the death of his second wife, Dr. Christian William STEMPEL had married Louise GRAF of PEITZ (the Parish church for Drachhausen); having 7 more children, all born in DRACHHAUSEN.
Three of these children died at very young ages.
STEMPEL left this third
family behind in
This 2nd portion of the family, left from
They arrived at the same location, one year and one month after Dr.
original trip. They are believed to have taken the same route into
1) Joahnne Emilie “Louise” GRAF Stempel, 34, of Drachhausen
2) Ewald STEMPEL, 9, twin whose brother had died
3) Kuno STEMPEL, 4
4) Omar Ervin STEMPEL, 3
5) Marie Lousie STEMPEL, 1
6) Ferdinand GRAF, 24, brother to Louise STEMPEL
7) Wilhelmine URBAN, 24, of Drachhausen
Wilhelmine URBAN, 24, may have been traveling with the family as their nanny. Her immigration creates an opportunity and incentive for her brothers Fred and Christian, and her cousin or niece, Pauline URBAN to follow. Fred married Louisa MUSCHICK, another immigrant from DRACHHAUSEN, in 1861.
In the summer of
1849, all three of the older brothers, believed to be Adolph (18), Hugo
(16), and Louis Guido (13), who were living out on the farm by the
At the same time
Dr. Stempel sent a carpenter he had brought with him from
When the home
was finished, Dr Stempel and the family, still in
With the whole family back together, it should have been a happy time. STEMPEL, at 72, had been extremely old to be making this arduous trip in 1847; though a testimony to his vigor and determination to create a future for his children, it had been hard on him. He tragically died, within 6 months of the arrival of Louise, in the summer of 1849; the 6 children, from his previous family, were left orphans and the family was broken up.
It appears that the children from his first families inherited little to nothing and were forced to make their way with whatever work they could find. Perhaps Dr. STEMPEL’S remaining wealth and farm were inherited by his wife Johanne GRAF, and reserved for her children. The property was still owned by “STEMPEL heirs” in 1874.
Louise GRAF STEMPEL, widowed at 36 and caring for 4 young children from Dr. STEMPEL, married a neighbor, Ernst LANGE, Sr. from GREEN BAY TOWNSHIP, in about 1850. She had three children with LANGE; Ernst LANGE Jr. (1851), and Mary (1853) showed in 1854 Iowa Census. Rudolph, (b 1854) the youngest Lange child, was also born in Lee County, Iowa. All the LANGE children were half Wendish.
It would seem as Dr. C.W. STEMPEL’S widow, she inherited half of his land, and her children divided the other half between them. Unfortunately, the other children from
STEMPEL’S 2nd wife, were not acknowledged, and were simply cheated out of any part of the inheritance.
In 1853, three deeds have been found, signing over the rights of Cuno (10), Omar (8) and Louise (6), to their step father, Ernst Lange. In theory, he was the highest bidder in an auction, that generated $576. A deed for the 4th child, Ewald, has not been found. It is extremely odd that Ernst would have purchased this land, since he is by this time the children’s step father. It is also difficult to believe any of the children saw any of the money, or that any money changed hands at all. As their step father, and they being minors, Ernst would have been giving the money to himself, so it appears all of STEMPEL’S children, including those born of Louise, largely lost their inheritance.
In approximately 1856, the family moved to
By 1860, Ewald (21), and Omar (14), Cuno (17), three of the four
STEMPEL children, who would
be step children in the Lange family, had moved on, living elsewhere in
The LANGE family’s wealth shows with a live in servant, Johanne Ficher 36, and a whopping $4,000 in property and $1,125 in personal property! This was a massive amount of money at the time and must have been the original wealth of LANGE with the STEMPEL property added in. It seems doubtful whether the original STEMPEL children received much, if any of their inheritance.
It is likely Chrisian William STEMPEL would have been horrified to see how his estate was dispersed, how little his own children got of his inheritance, and how much ended up in the hands of LANGE.
Ewald STEMPEL (listed as
Edward Stampel in 1860) lives in
STEMPEL, 17 in 1860, is a
baker’s apprentice in
STEMPEL, age 14, in 1860, is
living with the Adolph & Mary Niemetz family, in St Louis, MO, who run a
“confectionary and saloon.” Omar
is an apprentice baker.
There is another apprentice in the same shop, Joesph Kleim, who could
also be a Wend. By 1870, he is a farmer in
In 1874, 4 more
deeds appear in
One thing is certain: the estate that Dr. C.W. STEMPEL purchased for $3,250, 26 years earlier, sold for a paltry sums of $576 + $950, or $1526 total, and was divided between only the children of STEMPEL’S third wife, Louise, completely ignoring the rest of his children. It is doubtful whether the three children would have received any of the first $576. So, three children received $150 each, after 26 years, and the rest of the estate went to Louise and her 2nd husband Ernst LANGE, who certainly profited mightily from her first marriage, to Dr. Christian William STEMPEL.
Both Ernst LANGE Jr. and Sr.
were farmers in the 1880 census, in
(Revised 2 Nov 2008)
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