Traveling in a group of 16 Wends from
TURNOW, this family appears
to be from DISSEN, a small
1. Hans STOPURA, 41, Farmer
2. Wife: shows as Caroline (AKA Christina), 37
3. Christian STOPURA, 13, m
4. Hans STOPURA, 11, m
5. Mariana STOPURA, 7, f
6. Christina STOPURA, 3, f
They joined and attended
On 28th September, 1857, about four
years after their arrival in
In the 1860 Federal Census, Hans’ name shows as “George STOPURNA” and wife Caroline appears as “Christine STOPURNA” which is the name she appears to use from then on. They have a worth of $350 in real estate and $50 in other property. The children’s names are the same, but the sexes differ from the ship roster. The oldest of their 4 children does not show as living with them.
The oldest child, Christian, would have been 20 by
this time, and he is not found in the family or in
The other three children are still at home, son “Hans,” now know as “John” is a laborer. The youngest child Christian, (or Christina, f, on the ship) shows in the 1860 census as a “male,” and “Christian.”
1861-1865 Civil War Index Records show a John J. Stopper, AKA John “Sens” Stopper, fought in Civil War, for Company K, 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, as a Private. Since the military requires a middle name or initial and Wends often do not have them; perhaps he was saying "Hans” as a middle name, or “J” could have been for “Junior,” which he definitely used later. This would be the first record found of any of the Iowa Wends serving in the Civil War. John Jr. would have been about 19 years old, in 1861.
By 1870, John Stopper Jr. has returned from war and is married to Emily Nisserzeiher.
John Sr.’s daughter, Marianne STOPPER is found
married to Martin Chaume’, in the St. John’s Church books, having sons,
Elmer, in 1874 and Otto in 1875, and daughters Florenza, in 1877, and
Alaska, in 1879. The family is not found in the 1880 census, or 1885
In the 1880 census, the names have really changed.
“John STOPPER,” now 66 and Christina, now 63, live on
Also in 1880, John STOPPER Jr. has perhaps died and
his wife Emily has moved back home with her parents, Bernard and Minnie
Nisserzeiher (both 55), in
In 1885, Iowa Census, John is
72 and Christina is 67.
They live two doors over from their life long friend Fred GULLICK and
wife his, Mary MUSCHICK GULLICK in
the 1910 census a 59 year old, Christian STOPPER (born about 1851), is
married to Emma Halbeck, (possibly Halbash) is found in Lincoln
Township, Clark County, MO; with 2 daughter’s Stella (19 year old
typesetter for the newspaper) and Myrtle (16). He is a barber and has
been married 29 years to Emma who has had 5 children, three of whom are
still alive. They live next door to Henry Lang, another possible Wend.
son that lives might be Elmer STOPPER, born 9 September 1882, in
Additional Fort Madison Church records exist, that have not been examined at this time.
(Revised July, 28 2008 )
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