Autretter

Pension File for Amelia Moelig

My third great-grandmother Maria Katarina Auttreter (Catharine) had a daughter by her first husband,  who my  3rd great-grandfather,  Xaver Schillinger, later adopted after they  married.  Catharine’s first husband, John  Moelig, die  in June 1861  at Fort Pickens,  during the US Civil War.  After John’s death, Catharine applied for and was awarded a widow’s pension, which  was later converted to a minor’s pension following her remarriage to Xaver.

I located  the pension record on Fold3.com,  and it is more than 40 pages long.  It contains a wealth of information!

John  Moelig died several days after being injured.   His right leg was amputated after being run over by a gun  carriage,  during the discharge of his duties.  He was 28 years old,  and he died 5 days before his daughter Amelia’s 3rd birthday.

John  and Catharine were married on  M ay 27,  1857 at the First Presbyterian  Church in  Newburgh,  New York.  He enlisted on  September 21,  1858 (shortly after Amelia’s birth) at Fort Kearney,  in  what was then  the Nebraska Territory.  He was an  artificer in  Company A, Corps of Engineers.  After his death,  Amelia was given  a pension  of $8 per month from  February 1863 to June 1874 (when she turned 16 years old).

Here is a transcript of the file.  In  some places the handwriting is difficult to read.  Undecipherable words are marked with a “?”.

Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”

Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War Veterans, ca. 1861-1910, NARA, Fold3.com, 2008, Record Group 15, Roll WC7417, Moelig, John

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Do not remove this slip.

Attach nothing to it.

Orig. No.

Cert. No. 7417

Widows Class

Catharina

Wid

John Moelig

A Corps of Enggrs.

CONSOLIDATED WITH

Orig. No.

Cert. No. 122940

Minor Class

John Moelig

A Corps of Engrs.

U.S.A.

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Widow’s Certificate File Number WC122940

Soldier’s Last Name: Moelig

Soldier’s First Name: John

Soldier’s Middle Name/Initial: <blank>

Company or F&S: A

Regiment, Battery, Battalion or Militia: <blank>

Infantry: <unchecked>

Cavalry or Military Unit: Corps of Engineers

______ Artillery: <unchecked>

Pensioner(s)

Pensioner’s Last Name: Moelig

Pensioner’s First Name/M: Amalia Josephine

(if applicable) Maiden Name: <blank>

Additional lines for other Pensioner(s): <blank>

Relationship of Pensioner(s) to Soldier:

Widow: <unchecked>

Mother:  <unchecked>

Minor(s): <checked>

Father: <unchecked>

Sister(s): <unchecked>

Brother(s): <unchecked>

This form was created during the digitization process to capture key information for the index.  It is not part of the original case file.

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War of 1861

Claim for Minors’ Pension

Brief in the case of Amelia Josephine Moelig

Minor childe of John Moelig, Priv. Co. A. Engineer Corps U.S.A.

Residence of Guardian Kings County and State of New York

Post Office address Liberty Avenue, betn Barberry & John St. East N.Y., Long Island

 

Declaration of Identification in Due Form.

Proof Exhibited

Service.

The Adjutant General reports John Moelig on the muster Rolls of Co. A Battn U.S. Engrs. And Artificer – Died June 1st, 1861 at Ft. Pickens, Fla. For injuries received while in the Discarge of his duty May 21, 1861.

Death.

Surgn Genl. Reports him admitted to Hospl. May 21, 1861 of Fracture

Marriage of parents.

John Moelig & Catharina  Autretter May 27/57 Verified copy of Church Record.

Names and  dates of birth of minors.

Amelia Josephine Moelig born June 6, 1858. Shown by Baptismal Record.

Death of remarriage of mother

Pension [?] to widow to Feb. 10 1863, [?]

Re-married Feb. 10 1863. Verified copy of Church Record

Guardianship Letters filed.

Agent and his A.O. address.

Wolf Hear[?] Washington D.C.

Admitted Dec. 22, 1868 to a Pension of $8 per month, commencing Feb’y 11,, 1863 ending June 5th, 1874, and payable Xaver Schillinger, Guardian.

To Exd. [?]

  1. Moore, Examining Clerk.

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FORM OF DECLARATION OF Guardian of Minor Children for Pension, UNDER ACT OF JUNE 6, 1866.

State of New York                           SS.

City & County of New York

On this Sixth day of July A.D 1867, personally appeared before me, Deputy Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the City & County of New York, Xaver Schillinger aged thirty years, a resident of East New York, in the County of Kings and State of New York and whose Post Office address is Liberty Avenue in the County and State aforesaid, who, being duly sworn according to law, doth on oath make the following declaration, as Guardian of the minor child of John Moelig deceased, in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the eleventh section of the act of Congress approved June 6, 1866, granting pensions to the minor child or children under sixteen years of age of deceased officers, soldiers, or seamen, who have left a widow still surviving, and she having abandoned the care of said child or children, or having been declared an unsuitable person to have charge of the same.  He further declares that he is the Guardian of Amelia Josephine Moelig whose father was a Private in Company “A” Corps of Engineers United States Army in the war of 1861, and that the said John Moelig died at Fort Pickens, Fla. On the First day of June A.D. 1861; in consequence of injuries received in the line of duty, that the mother of said child aforesaid remarried on the 10th day of February 1863, and that the date of birth of said ward is as follows: Amelia Josephine Moelig born on the 6th day of June 1858.

He further declares that the parents of his said ward were married at Newburgh in the County of Orange, and State of New York, on the 10th day of May 1857, by the Pastor of the Protestant Episcopal Church at that place.

I hereby constitute and appoint Mathias Goetzel of New York City, my true and lawful attorney, to prosecute this my claim, with full power of substitution and revocation, and obtain the Pension Certificate that may be issued.

Signature of Claimant,

Xaver Schillinger

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FORM OF DECLARATION OF GUARDIAN OF MINOR CHILDREN FOR PENSION, Act June 6, 1866

Claim of Xaver Schillinger Guardian to

FILED BY

Mathias Goetzel

No. 4 Centre Street

N.Y. City.

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Adjutant General’s Office

Washington, D.C.

Aug. 3d, 1867

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 150435, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office:

It appears from the records of this Office that John Moelig was enlisted at Ft. Kearney, NT [Nebraska Territory], 21 Sept./58 for the period of five years.  On the Muster Roll of Co. “A”, Battln of U.S. Engn’s for the months of May & June, 1861, he is reported Artifier Died June 1 1861 at Ft. Pickens Fla from injuries rec’d while in the Discharge of his duty May 21, 1861.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

[Unreadable]

Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions,

Washington, D.C.

Memoranda:

Name of Applicant: <blank>

Address: <blank>

[unintelligible initials]

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Adjutant General’s Office

Washington, D.C.

March 4, 1863

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 13389, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

It appears from the records of this Office that John Moelig was enlisted at 20 Sept 1858 for the period of five years.  On the Muster Roll of Co. A, Corps of Engineers for the months of May & June, 1861, he is reported as having died at Fort Pickens, Fla., June 1, 1861 from injuries received while in the discharge of his duty on the evening of May 21, 1861.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Sam [?] [?]reck

Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions,

Washington, D.C.

Memoranda:

Name of Applicant: Matthias Goetzel

Address: New York City

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The following record is found on page 1[?] of marriage records, vol. 1[?] of 1[?] Pres. Church, Newburgh, NY.

“May 27, 1857, John Moelig and Catharine Autretter, both of West Point, NY, were united in marriage.

Witnesses [?]

And [?]”

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I certify that the record copied in the first page of [?] sheet is correct.  It was made originally, and has ever since been (the original entry) in my possession.

Wm. T. Sprole,

Pastor of 1st Pres. Ch. Newburgh, NY

[?] of Newburgh, NY

This 17th day of August 1868.

 

State of New York           SS:

County of Orange

On this 24th day of August A.D. 1868 before me personally came W.T. Sprole Pastor of the 1st Pres. Church of Newburgh, NY above named and who being by me duly sworn [?] and [?] health is the pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church at Newburgh, NY that the record of marriages of said church is now in my possession.  [?] the custodian of the same, and the foregoing is a true extract thereof to the whole [?] of the marriage of John Moelig and Catharine Autretter. [illegible words]

Sworn and subscribed before me                             William T. Sprole

This 24th day of August A.D. 1868                               Pastor of 1st Pres. Ch.

Geo. H. Clark                                                                                      Newburgh, NY

Notary Public, Orange County

(certif on file)

Certified copy of communication of Geo. H. Clark

U.P. on file in Pension & 2d [?]’s office

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Newburgh, NY

July 4th 1862

To all whom it may concern,

This certifies that on the 27th day of May, A.D. 1857, John Moelig, and Catharine Autretter, both of West Point, NY, nee, by me, United in marriage, according to the ordinance of God, and the laws, of the State of New York.

William T. Sprole

Paster, of the 1st Pres. Ch. Newburgh Orange Co. NY

Witnesses

Mrs. JR Gorham

Miss Lydia Bird

Given from my book of marriage Records, and will be found on page first.  W.T. Sprole.

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Orange County                 SS.

Clerk’s Office

I, D.C. Winfield, Clerk of said County, and the County Court of said County, (a Court of Record,) do hereby certify that John Miller, Esq. whose name is subscribed to the annexed certificate and affidavit, was, at the time of taking the same, a Justice of the Peace of said county, duly elected and qualified and having full power to take the same; and further, that I am well acquainted with the handwriting of said Justice, and verily believe that the signature subscribed to the said certificate and affidavit is genuine.

In Witness Whereof, I hereto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said Court and County, this 17th day of February 1863.

[Signed]

D.C. Winfield

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State of New York           SS,

County of Orange

On this 17th day of February 1863, before me personally came, William T. Sprole, who being duly sworn declares that the annexed Certificate is a true copy from the Records of the Frist Presbyterian Church of Newburgh, of which he is the Pastor.

Sworn before me this                    Wm. T. Sprole,

17th day of February 1863.            Pastor of 1st Pres. Ch.

Jno. Miller                                                           Newburgh

Justice of the Peace

in & for Orange County

County Clerks Certificate

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This is to Certify, that Amelia Josephine Moelig born the sixth day of June 1858 of John Moelig of Lauterbach, Hesse Darmstadt and of Catherine Autreter, of Dürrwangen, Bavaria, was baptized by the Rev. P. Klahalz on the eighth day of September 1858 in the presence of Henry Moelig and Amelia Brandt as appears from the Register of Baptisms kept at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Ch. ODonoughue

Ass. Pastor

New York, June 24th 1862

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[Stamped Department ? Pension Office Sep 1 1868]

State of New York                           SS.

City & County of New York

Revd, Ch. ODonoughue being by me duly sworn according to law, doth depose and say that the annexed certificate of birth and Baptism is a true copy from the records of Baptisms, of the Roman Catholic Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in the City of New York, of which he is the Pastor and the legal custodian of the [?] records.

Rev. Ch. ODonoughue

Ass. Pastor

Church of the Most Holy Redeemer

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 17th day of February 1868, and I do hereby certify, that I have no interest whatsoever in the result of this certificate.

George Regener [?]

Notary Public

In [?] for the County

[?] of New York

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Certificate of Marriage

Xaver Schillinger aged 26 years sand 6 months from Urloffen in Baden, and Catharine Moelig widow born Autreter age 26 years from Durrwangen in Bavaria were lawfully united in marriage in [?] of Joseph and Franziska Fogust on the 10th day of February 1863, by Pastor P.h. Zapf in Brooklyn E.D. [?]

Charles Pentzel [or Poutzel]

No 111 Johnson St. Brooklyn N.Y.

State of New York                           SS.

City & County of New York

Personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the County and State aforesaid Charles Pentzel, who being duly sworn according to law, doth depose and say, that he is the legal custodian of the records of marriage of the German Evang. Lutheran St Petri Church in the city of Brooklyn E.D. N.Y. during the alsensor of Pastor Ph. Zapf, who is [?] a visitor in his native country (Germany) and that the foregoing certificate of marriage is a true copy of said records, [?] further say not.

Charles Pentzel

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 24th day of August 1868, and I do hereby certify that I know the affixed to be a respectable [?] and is title to [?], and that I have no interest in the result of this certificate.

George Dy[?]

Notary Public

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State of New York                           SS.

City & County of New York

Personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the County and State aforesaid Xaver Schillinger who being by me duly sworn as according to law, doth depose and say, that he is Guardian of minor child of John Moelig died. Private Co. A. Corps of Engineers U.S. Army, that the full name and date of his ward is as follows:

Amalia Josephine Moelig born on 6th day of June 1858.  He further says that the said child was called Emma by the mother, merely as a nickname and at the time the application was made by the mother she gave the said name Emma by error.

Xaver Schillinger

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 27th day of November 1868, and I do hereby certify, that I have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

George Degener

Notary Public

 

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[Handwritten notation] Nov 16 122940

No. 150435

Act of July 14, 1862

Xaver Schillinger

Kings Cony.

Guard minor child of

John Moelig

Prvt. “A” Engineer Corps 208A

Died at Fort Pickens Fla.

June 1/61 injuries

 

Pension Office

<blank> 186<blank>

Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidenced of service and death.

Joseph H. Barrett

[handwritten notation] widow claim 13389

Remarried

Woff Hart & Co.

Washington DC

Received July 25, 1867

[crossed out]

Mathias Goetzel

New York, NY

 

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AG & S. G Aug. 2/67

Let          Aug. 11/68

Marriage of parents

Re-marriage of mother

Names and ages of children by Baptismal Record

Address

[illegible] Sept 29 / 69

Letters of Guardianship [illegible]

Record for Amelia Josephine

[illegible] for Emma

Letters [illegible] 19 / 68.

Original [illegible] of widow shows

Name of childe to be Emma

Guardians decln is for

Amelia Josephine

 

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No. 122940

New York

Amelia J. Moelig

Minor of

John Moelig

Rank Pri

Company A

Regiment Engineers Corps U.S.A.

Brooklyn Agency.

Rate per month $8

Commencing 11 Feb 1863

Ending 5 June 1874

Certificate dated 30 Dec 1868

And sent to Wolf Hass & Co.

Present

 

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State of New York

Surrogates Court                              SS.

County of Kings

I do hereby Certify that at the City of Brooklyn in the County of Kings, on the sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight at a Surrogate’s Court then and there held, before William D. Veeder Esquire, Surrogate of said County, Letters of Guardianship of person and Estate of Amalia Josephine Moehlig, a minor, were duly granted and issued to Xaver Schillinger of the town of New Lots and that the same are still valid and in full force.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of the Surrogate’s Court, this sixth day of October in the year 1868.

Wm. D. Veeder

Surrogate

 

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Guardian Pesion Claim No. 150435

Havier [Xavier] Schillinger

Guardian of minor heir of John Moehlig

Additional Evidence.

Residence

New York City

Wolf Hart Ho [????]

Atty. Present

 

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The People of the State of New York

By the Grace of God, Free and Independent

To Xaver Schillinger of the town of New Lots

Greeting:

Whereas Catharina Schilinger heretofore presented a Petition to William D. Veeder, Esquire, Surrogate of the County of Kings, setting forth that she is the mother of Emma Moulting a Minor under the age of fourteen years resident of the County of Kings aforesaid, and has no Guardian appointed by her father, by deed or will, and asking that Xaver Schillinger be appointed the Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor

And Whereas, such proceedings were had before the said Surrogate upon the said Petition, that on the sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven the said Surrogate did order that the said Xaver Schillinger be appointed Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor on his making, executing and filing with the said Surrogate such bond or obligation as is required by the statute in this case made and provided: and the said Xaver Schillinger having executed to the said Minor a bond, with sufficient security, approved by the said Surrogate according to the form of the said statute, we do by these presents constitute and appoint you the said Xaver Schillinger Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor until she arrives at the age of fourteen years, and until another Guardian shall be appointed.

In Testimony Whereof, we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed.

Witness, William D. Veeder, Esquire, Surrogate of our said County at the City of Brooklyn, the sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven and of our Independence the ninety second.
Wm. D. Veeder, Surrogate

 

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Kings County Surrogate’s Court

In the Guardianship of

Emma Moulting

Minor

Letters of Guardianship

An Act:

Concerning the proof of Wills, Executors and Administrators, Guardians and Wards, and Surrogate’s Courts.

Passed May 6, 1837

  • 57. Every general guardian appointed by the Surrogate shall, annually, after such appointment so long as any part of the estate, or the income or proceeds thereof, remain in his hands or under his control, file in the office of the Surrogate appointing him, an inventory and account, under oath, of his guardianship and of the amount of property received by him and remaining in his hands, or invested by him, and the manner and nature of such investment, and his reeipts and expenditures in form of debtor and creditor.

 

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The People of the State of New York,

By the Grace of God, Free and Independent

To Xaver Schillinger of the town of New Lots

Greeting:

Whereas Catharina Schillinger heretofore presented a petition to William D. Veeder, Esquire, Surrogate of the County of Kings, setting forth that she is the mother of Amalia Josephine Moehlig a Minor under the age of fourteen years resident of the County of Kings aforesaid, and has no Guardian appointed by her father, by deed or will, and asking that Xaver Schillinger be appointed the Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor

And Whereas, such proceedings were had before the said Surrogate upon the said Petition, that on the sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight the said Surrogate did order that the said Xaver Schillinger be appointed Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor on his making, executing, and filing with the said Surrogate such bond or obligation as is required by the statute in this case made and provided: and the said Xaver Schillinger having executed the said Minor a bond, with sufficient security, approved by the said Surrogate according to the form of the said statute, we do by these presents constitute and appoint you the said Xaver Schillinger Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor until she arrives at the age of fourteen years, and until another Guardian shall be appointed.
In Testimony Whereof, we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed.

Witness, William D. Veeder, Esquire, Surrogate of our said County at the City of Brooklyn, the sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight and of our Independence the ninety third.
Wm. D. Veeder, Surrogate

 

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Kings County Surrogate’s Court

In the Guardianship of

Amalia Josephine Moehlig

Minor

Letters of Guardianship

An Act:

Concerning the proof of Wills, Executors and Administrators, Guardians and Wards, and Surrogate’s Courts.

Passed May 6, 1837

  • 57. Every general guardian appointed by the Surrogate shall, annually, after such appointment so long as any part of the estate, or the income or proceeds thereof, remain in his hands or under his control, file in the office of the Surrogate appointing him, an inventory and account, under oath, of his guardianship and of the amount of property received by him and remaining in his hands, or invested by him, and the manner and nature of such investment, and his reeipts and expenditures in form of debtor and creditor.

 

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[Handwritten notation]  Increasee

No. 122940

New York

Amelia J 5 June 1874

Minor of

John Moelig

Rank Priv, Co. A

Regt. Engineer Corps U.S.A.

Rate per month, $8

Commencing 11 Febry 1863

Ending 5 June 1874

Additional sum of $2 per month for the above-named child, until arriving at the age of 16 years, commencing 25 day of July 1866.

[handwritten notation] Former payments to be deducted

Certificate dated 24 Novemb 1873

And sent 28, 18<blank>

Payable at Brooklyn Agency

<blank> Attorney.

Act July 14, 1862.

Book C., Vol. 10, Page 449

Wallaleen [?], Clerk

 

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[Handwritten notation] Brooklyn

War of the Rebellion.

Acts of July 25, 1866, and subsequent acts.

Increase of Minors Pension

Original Certificate, No. 122940, issued Dec. 30, 1868.

Amelia J. Moelig, minor of

John Moelig                                       Rank Private

Company A

Regiment Engineer Corp U.S.A.

Present Guardian  Xaver Schillinger

Residence, Kings County, and State of N.Y.

Post Office, East New York, Kings Co. N.Y.

Attorney, None

Fee, $ [ditto]

No contract, and no material evidence filed since July 8, 1870.

Rate of pension, $8 per month, commencing Feb. 11, 1863, the date at which the original pension commenced, and two dollars per month for each of the following children:

By former marriage: NONE

By last marriage:

Amelia J.      Born      June      6, 1858

Sixteen  [ditto June] 5, 1874                  Commencing July 25, 1866

Former Guardian, NONE

Payments on all former certificates covering any portion of the same time to be deducted.

Admitted, Oct. 3, 1873, F.W. Vaughn, Examiner

Approve, Nov. 13, 1873, LCW, Reviewer.

Dates shown by papers.

Increase application filed, Aug. 4, 1873, Marriage of soldier to 1st wife, May 27, 1857.

Death of soldier, June 1, 1861, Marriage of soldier to 2nd wife, NONE

Widow a pensioner, Remarriage of widow, Feb. 10, 1863.

 

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Incidental Matter.

Original certificate surrendered

No objections to increase

Minor paid to June 4, 1873

Summary of Proof

Dates of Birth of Children.

Baptismal Record.

Dates of Death of Children.

NONE

Custody of Children by Former Marriage.

NONE

Remarriage of Widow.

Church Record

 

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Increase Brief.

Certificate No. 122940

Soldier, John Moelig

F.W. Vaughn Ex’r.

Room No. 43

Ad. Oct. 3, 1878

 

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War of 1861

Brief in the case of Catharina Moelig

Widow of John Moelig

Private Co. “A” Corps of Engineers

Orange County, and State of New York

Act of July 14, 1862.

Post Office address of Applicant, Buttermilk Falls, Orange Co., N.Y.

Claim for Widows pension.

Declaration and Identification in due Form.

Proof Exhibited

Marriage proved by a certificate copy of the record of the 1st Presbyterian Church Newburgh, N.Y.

The Adjutant General reports that John Moelig was enlisted Sept 20th 1858, for a period of five years and that he “died at Fort Pickens Fla. June 1st, 1861 from injuries received while in the discharge of his duty on the evening of May 21st 1861.”

Name age and residence of child given.  Claimant remains a widow.

Power of Attorney to Mathias Goetzel of N.Y. City duly acknowledged.

Admitted Oct. 22nd, 1863 to a pension of $8 per month, commencing June 1st, 1861.

Mathias Goetzel Esq.

New York City N.Y.

Geo. Ewing

Examining Clerk

 

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No. 7414

Consolidated with 150435 Nov. 19/68

  1. Moore

New York

Catharine Moelig

Widow of John Moelig

Rank Private

Company A

Regiment Corps of Engineers

New York City Agency

Rate per month, $8

Commencing 1st June 1861

Certificate dated 24 Oct. 1863

And sent to Mathias Goetzel

New York City

N.Y.

Act 14th July, 1862

Book A, Vol. 4, Page 65

 

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Minors

Cert. #122940

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No. 13389  [Handwritten Notation] 7417

Act of July 14, 1862

Catharina Moelig, Buttermilk Falls, N.Y.  Wid. John Moelig, artificer Co. A. U.S. Corps Engineers Died at Fort Pickens Fla.  June 1, 1861

Pension Office,

February 24, 1863

Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.

Joah Banett [?]

Commissioner.

Received, Feb 23, 1863,

Mathias Goetzel

New York City

Attorney

 

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May 18 / 63 L.  11/74 Dec., Returned for correction a to officers sig [?] verification of notary.

[Initials]

Jun 30/63 Dec received corrected.

[Initials]

 

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State of New York                                           SS.
City & County of New York

On this 20th day of May 1863, I Thomas H. Landon Deputy Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the City & County of New York do hereby certify that on the 10th day of February 1863, the attached declaration by Catharian Moeleg applicant and Xavier Schillinger and Joseph Jogerst [?], witnesses was sworn to and subscribed before me, and that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of the claim.

Thomas H. Sanders

Deputy Clerk

 

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Form of Declaration for obtaining a Widow’s Army Pension

State of New York

City & County of New York

On this tenth day of February A.D., one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, personally appeared before me: Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of New York Catharina Moeleg a resident of Buttermilk Falls in the county of Orange and state of New York, aged 24 years, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress, approved July  1, 1862: That she is the widow of John Moeleg who was a Artificer in company “A” commanded by Lieut. Jas. C. Duane in the Corps of United States Engineers in the war of 1861, who on or about the first day of June 1861 at Fort Pickens, Florida came to his death by reason of amputation of right leg which was injured by being run over by gun carriage, aged 28 years.

She further declares that she was married to the said John Moeleg on the twenty seventh day of May in the year 1857; that her husband, the aforesaid John Moeleg died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, and that she has one child named Emma, aged 4 years who resides with her, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.  She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States.

Catharina Moelig Buttermilk Falls Orange Co. N.Y.

Also personally appeared Xavier Schillinger and Joseph Jogerst resident of West Point & Brooklyn in the state of New York persons whom I certify to be respectable, and entitled to credit, and who being by my duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Catharina Moeleg [illegible] to the foregoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with here, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and they further state that she has one child named Emma, aged four years who resides with her, that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Xaver Schillinger

Joseph Jagust

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10th day of February A.D. 1863; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim

Buttermilk Falls, near

West Point Orange County

New York

[Illegible signature]

 

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No. 13389

Widow’s Army Pension.

In Case of

John Moeleg

Late Artificer

Company A United States Engineers

Mathias Goetzel, Attorney

No. 144 West 42nd Street, P.O.

New York City and County

New York State

Catharina Moeleg Applicant

Buttermilk Falls, Westpoint, P.O.

New York City and County

New York State.

Agents and attorneys require a power of attorney to prosecute claims in the pension office.

I Catharina Moeleg, the before named applicant for a widow’s pension, do hereby make, constitute and appoint Mathias Goetzel of New York City in the state of New York, my agent and attorney, to procure for me, from the United States, such pension as I am entitled to, and to receive for me such certificate as may be issued for the same.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this Tenth day of February, A.D., 1863.

Signed and sealed in presence of

Xaver Schillinger

Joseph Jogerst

Catharina Moelig L.S.

M.G. February 10th 1863

State of New York                                           SS.

City and County of New York

On this Tenth day of February, A.D., 1863, personally appeared before me the above named Catharina Moeleg and acknowleged that she executed the foregoing power of attorney as her free act and deed, for the purposes therein mentioned.

[illegible signature]

Com. of [illegible]

And Notary Public

A Letter from Gerald Thomas to his Daughters

Gerald Thomas and Anna Noteboom

Gerald Thomas and Anna Noteboom

I recently connected with a distant cousin named Paul through Ancestry.com.  He is my 2nd cousin, 1x removed – the grandson of my great-grandfather’s brother.  When I connected with him, I was able to see photos of my great-grandfather’s family I had never seen before and now have the names of the parents and siblings of my “Missing Thomas“.  He had previously been a brick wall for me.  We compared details of what we had heard about the disappearance of Francis Theodore Thomas, and much of it was similar, though Paul had more information than I did.  Paul also had a copy of something that I am so thrilled to have received – a letter my great-grandfather Gerald Francis Thomas wrote to my grandmother Marion and her sister Ethel in the months before he died in 1979.  It’s amazing – the love he had for his wife is endearing, something truly beautiful.  I am reprinting the letter in its entirety below, along with some illustrations.  Thank you Paul for this treasure!  (Notes in brackets [] are my own clarifying notes.)

April 1979

As much as I can remember, Dolly & my family history.

I will start with my grandfather.  He was born about 1840.  His name was Walter Noteboom.  He was born in Holland. He worked on merchant ships as a boy. I don’t know how he started in this country. His wife’s sister Donta Dough Dough (Auntie Dora could not say Dora when she was a child, she said Dough Dough and the name stuck), loaned him money to start a saloon. He ended up owning a man’s hotel in New York, the Cosmopolitan it was called. He owned the 3 houses on Schenck. My mother remembered when the cows came to the kitchen windows for something to eat. That was when we lived with Auntie Honey for awhile. His first wife [Christiana Nullmeyer] died after Aunt Geraldine was born. His second wife was Uncle Mike’s twin sister [Kate Dulk]. My mother and aunts called her Mama Kate because they did not want to call her mother. Us kids call her Grandma Kate. Grandpa died around 1910. My grandmother I never knew, she died before I was born. Her maiden name was Nulmeyer.

My mother was the oldest, next Auntie Dora [Dorothea Noteboom] she married Dick Krankenberg, then Aunt Honey [Johanna Noteboom] she married Harry Weymer they had four boys. Harry was the oldest. Walter died when he was a young boy. Jack accidently hung himself practicing boy scout knots in the cellar at 147 Schenck Ave and Horace was the youngest. My Uncle Walter’s second wife was Dot and for all I know, she is still alive. His first wife was Jessie. Aunt Geraldine was the youngest. I was named after her. She was my godmother. She married Jim Clarke, they had two children. Jim was a Colonel in the army. He is retired and Helen is married and lives in Conn.

My mother [Anna Henrietta Noteboom] was born in 1882. She used to tell us when she started school she could not speak English. They only spoke German at home. She met my father Frank Thomas through her brother. He was an orphan and she felt sorry for him. They got married in 1901 against my grandfather’s wishes and she was told not to come home. We never did until after things happened with my father.

Snippet from letter - Anna and Frank marry

Snippet from letter – Anna and Frank marry

Anna Noteboom and Francis Thomas at Rockaway Beach

Anna Noteboom and Francis Thomas at Rockaway Beach

He was swimming at Rockaway Beach in August of 1908. He was never seen again. His body was never found. When he left the house going to the Post Office first to get his pay which he did. The mystery of this, and I don’t think it was talked about too much, his clothes were not in his locker. It was never found out whether he went swimming or not or what happened to his clothes. I remember my mother never wanted to talk about it so we never found out too much. She was left without a dime. I remember I had 6 cents. She had to borrow money from Schmidt the butcher.

She went to work cleaning peoples’ houses and she took in wash. Many a day Mae and I carried a wash basket through the streets. I remember they used to give Mae and I a nickel or dime when we brought the wash. When we got a little older, she went to work for Mrs. Henning and then later on for the Sisters and I guess she did that until Mae got married. Mae got married in 1922. I got married in 1923. My mother and Frank lived with us for awhile, then Frank got married and she went to live with Mae and Jack. Mae died around 1966 and my mother died in January 1967. She was 85.

On my father’s side, I can not tell you too much as I said he was an orphan when he was a young boy. He had one brother, William, who was shot to death on the Brooklyn waterfront. He was a truckman. I never heard any details, my mother was not close to him or his wife. Auntie Kate was his oldest sister. She married Thomas Bouse’ they had a daughter Florence and his other sister was Aunt Mae. My sister was named after her. She married Jack Gardner. I don’t know how rich he was. We thought he was a millionaire. They lived in an elevator apt overlooking Central Park. I remember it was the first time Mae and I rode in an elevator. Grandpa Thomas was supposed to have had ancestors that were Quakers in Pa. Grandma Thomas’ maiden name was Fredericks. She had a sister whose name was Hall. Her husband was a Captain in the Civil War. Every Decorations Day, we used to meet in the soldier’s cemetery on Cyprus Hills and decorate his grave. That is all I can remember of them.

I was born as you know March 10, 1902 at 172 Miller Ave in East New York. Nanna and Frank went back to live there from the time they left us until Frank got married. Then she went to live with Mae. My earliest recollection was when I was four years old. I was playing with Jack Kaufman that was Bee Bee’s brother. I fell down he fell on top of me and broke my leg. I can still remember a man carried me home. Two months before things happened, my mother, Frank, Mae and I went to Auntie Kate’s farm in PA. My mother had a fight with Uncle Tom and she sent me to the people down the road to get the man to drive us to the station. I remember how surprised my father was to see us. Two months later he was gone. My uncle Willy moved us from Miller Ave to Belmont Ave.

Walter Noteboom, c. 1905, probably in Brooklyn, NY

Walter Noteboom, c. 1905, probably in Brooklyn, NY

Mae and I started school in 158 on Belmont and Warwick At. I used to wait for Mae to get out. We used to go home and stay in the house until my mother got home if she was working that day. Grandpa used to pay the rent and buy the coal in the winter. My mother and him made up when things happened. We used to go to his …. He was a fat man with a mustache and goatee. We used to have to kiss him, which Mae and I didn’t like because it tickled. From there we moved to Van Sicklin Ave. on the other side of Atlantic Ave. near Fulton St. Nanna was right below Atlantic Ave.I transferred from PS 158 to PS 76 on Wyona St. where Nanna and I graduated together in 1916. At age 14 I went to work at Barrett & Nephews. They were dry cleaners in downtown Brooklyn $5.00 a week. I quit that job to work for Schmidt the butcher when I wouldn’t have carfare or lunch money. From 7 in the morning until 6 at night and Sunday I had to clean the stable and feed 2 horses for $5 a week. I quit that to go to work as a helper on a truck for V. Henning & Sons, the same man whose wife my mother worked for. I got $7.00 a week 7:30 to 5:30, Sat. 7:30 to 4:30. I quit that for Meyer & Lange wholesale grocers in N.Y. I got $18 a week for 6 days. Just before I was 18 I asked Mother if she would go out with me if I got my license to drive a truck. She said ‘yes’ and we started going out together. In fact she was to our house for my 18th birthday. The luckiest day of my life I started with Nanna March 10, 1920 until July 10, 1978 58 years together. You can’t do much better than that.

Dolly

Dolly

In March of 1923 we were married. We had the reception in Mother’s house. Frank and her brother Louie had an argument, he chased Frank out. Frank went through the gate, but Louie tried to jump from the porch over the fence, caught his foot in the fence, broke his leg, end of reception. We lived on Norwood Ave. where you were born, then we moved to 147 Schenck Ave. with Auntie Honey where Marion was born. Mother and Auntie Honey had an argument so we moved to Lenki’s on 167th St. in Oct. of 1928 then to Altmans for awhile and on Oct. 1941 we moved to 166th St. with Rosie and Joey, then Frank & Helen and last but not least Ralph & Flo. We lived there for 37 years. In May of 1978 Jerry & Magda came to see us. Mother was starting to slip. On July 9th it was Sunday she stayed in bed until 10 AM. She got up had a cup of coffee and a little toast.

We walked up and down with her holding on to my belt. At 12 I asked her if she wanted lunch. She said, I just ate, so we waited until 1 PM. She had a little cottage cheese. I don’t remember the afternoon too well except she was looking at the “News” and she asked me if I would take her to Alexanders the next day. I said no, I had to go to the bank, I would take her Tuesday. At 6 o’clock we had supper, she didn’t eat and I got mad and went in the living room. She came in and said Don’t be angry with me Pop I love you so. At 9 PM she said isn’t there anything on television, so we watched All in the Family. She laughed a bit at about 9:40 she was dozing so I said come on Dolly lets go to bed. At 11 she was spitting and coughing, at 1 am I gave her her medication. I went to get her a glass of water. She said “I took it” meaning the pill. Those were her last words. I went to sleep, I guess she did too. At 5:30 Monday morning, July 10, 1978, I woke up and went to the bathroom. I didn’t look at her when I went in, but when I came back I looked at her for a minute. I didn’t realize then it dawned on me she was quiet. I looked at her and I knew she was gone. May God rest her gentle soul and give her everlasting peace. If ever anybody deserved it, she did. And so now that she is gone, when my time comes don’t mourn for me, be glad. I know I am going to her. God has promised. She is waiting at the end of the road for me. She is going to say Pop it was so long and I am going to say you said it my little one. And then we will be together forever. That is what is keeping me going. I’ll be glad when my time comes.

Franz Xaver Schillinger

Franz Xaver Schillinger

Papa mother’s father was born in West Point.  His father was sergeant —- Xavier Schillinger.  I can’t think of his first name.  He was a soldier in the Civil War.  He must have been a regular army man because his wife cooked for the Army not the cadets at West Point.  They had 4 children, Papa, Uncle Charlie and Aunt Kate & Mary.  Pop had 11 children.  Uncle Charlie had 3, Emmit, Madeline and Little Charlie.  Aunt Kate married Charlie Altenberg, a butcher on Atlantic Ave.  They had a son Henry who was a musician.  He used to play the trombone when they had parades in E.N.Y. [East New York].  Aunt May went blind.  They lived on Jerome St. right across the street from Saint Michaels.  They had a little store that sold musical stuff.  They had a son Henry.

Louis and Louisa Schillinger

Louis and Louisa Schillinger

Mother’s grandmother [Louisa Bauer] and her husband [Anton Bauer] were butchers from Alsace Lorraine.  They were French German.  They both worked in the butcher shop.  He died and in the early 1900s she lost all her money when the banks failed.  In those days the depositors did not have any protection.  She lived with Mom and Pop [Louise and Louis Schillinger].  I saw her once when I was a boy.  I remember Pop’s father used to ride in the decoration parade.  He was too old to walk.  Papa and my uncle Mike were New Lots Volunteer Fire Dept men.  They used to have a parade in B’klyn on Washington’s Birthday.  You kids used to run out to him with flowers.  Papa and Mr. Valentine Bangert used to give us a New Years call.  Mr. Bangert used to bring you kids favors from the party he went to on New Years Eve.  The Packards used to call in the afternoon.  You kids were afraid of Ponzi.  Papa [Louis Schillinger] died in 1941 and Mom [Louise Schillinger] whose name was Bauer before she was married died around 1960.  She was 94.  All Mother’s relatives were old when they died.  That is why I always thought I would go first.  I am glad I didn’t. I don’t [think] Mother would have made it down here by herself.  Now she is at peace.

Mother was born Jan 27, 1901 at 169 Van Sicklen Ave.  She was the 7th of 11 children, May, Tessie, Kate, Anna, Louie, John, Mother, Harry, Ethel, Joe, & Rob.

We both went to the same school P.S. #76.   I didn’t get to know her until I started to hang out with her brother.  I was about 12 and she was 13.  We graduated together.  She played “The Rosary” at the graduation exercise.

Dolly Portrait

Dolly Portrait

She started to work in A&S’s [Abraham & Strauss Department Store] in B’klyn for $5 a week.  From there she went to work in the telephone company.  She was there for a few years because I used to pick her up there when she was done working.  She worked split time.  She used to get done 8 pm.  She had a fight with the supervisor and quit.  Mr. Ohler was a friend of Pop got her a job in the Homestead Bank on Pa. [Pennsylvania] & Liberty Ave.  She worked there until we were married.  She also worked for awhile before the bank job in Buffs Hankerchief Factory on Miller Ave with my sister Mae who had to quit her job in the NY Life Ins Co. because she was going out with Jack.  Jack’s boss didn’t want him going out with anybody in the office.  Jobs for girls were not so easy to get in those days.

Gerald Portrait

Gerald Portrait

Mother and I worked in the B’way  [Broadway] Skating Rink on the side for awhile when we were going together.  She taught beginners and I sort of kept order if kids were skating too fast or they got too fresh.  Mother and some of the girls from the telephone company had a job teaching dancing in a dancing school on Gates and B’way.  We had a lot of good times together.  We went dancing (I was not a good dancer) skating, rides to Bear Mt. on the Hudson River Day Line, a couple of B’way shows, the old Gotham on Alabama & Fulton St. where they had stock company plays every week, Coney Island by open air trolley or bus, Rockaway, the L.I.R.R. [Long Island Railroad], Steeple chase all day for $5 [?], then over to Luna Park before it burned down to their big roller skating rink.  Those three years of our engagement were without a doubt the happiest three years of my life and I’m sure Mother’s too.  My Dolly how I miss her.

Things I remember: Soon after things happened with my father, my mother’s family decided Mae and I would be better off in a home. Auntie Bertha (Miss Happ the school teacher. She was my mother’s best friend) and my mother went to the home on Hempstead Turnpike, it was connected with the church on Wyone St., to see about Mae and I going in. When Auntie Bertha saw the children with their shaven heads and drab uniforms, she said no she would not stand for it. She said she would help my mother, so we didn’t go in.

At Xmas time Mae and I would take colored paper and make strings of circles with the paper and also string popcorn one pink and one white and we would string them on the tree. On Xmas Eve, Mae and I would hang up a stocking. My mother would put in an apple, orange, some nuts and candy and a small toy.

A few years later my mother met a Spanish Amer War Veteran named George Reilly through a mutual friend. I did not like him and he didn’t like me. So when he wanted to marry my mother, she said no.

One day when I was about 12 mother’s brother Harry asked me if I wanted a ride in his father’s motor boat the “Dolly S” Pop [Louis Schillinger] kept the boat at the Old Mill at the foot of Crescent St. So Pop, Mother, Harry and I went sailing in Jamaica Bay. It was the first time I was ever in any kind of a boat. At that time I thought Pop was a rich man to be able to afford a boat like the “Dolly S”. He also owned a horse and carriage. He was also one of the first men in East New York to own an auto. I remember it was a Model T Ford. Later on he had the Buick. I remember when Mae and I were small my Mother used to sing to us “Just Break the News to Mother” “Just Before the Battle Mother” and “Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Grounds” were the Civil War songs I remember “Sliding Down the Cellar Door” those were the simple days. Also “Always in the Way”. Did the old Nanna ever sing those songs to you girls?

When I was about 12 years old, I went to Sunday school on Wyona St. Mr. Henning (I worked for him later on and my mother worked for his wife) asked me if I wanted a job pumping the organ on Sunday. (some words illegible) It was alright if the organist didn’t play loud or long if he did the air went down. I could not pump fast enough. The men in the choir had to run over and pump for me until it went up again. For $2.50 a month, I gave my mother $2 and I kept the 50 cents. I also had a job at Schmidts buther shop on Sat. I used to deliver meat all day for 50 cents. Then when I was 14 I started in Barrett & Nephus they were dry cleaners delivering the goods that was dry cleaned for $5.00 a week.

About 1910 when my grandfather [Walter Noteboom] died, he left an estate of about $30,000, my grandmother got $10,000. My mother, aunts and uncle got $4,000 each. I guess that was the first time my mother had some money she could call her own. When the estate was settled, Grandpa had been paying my mother’s rent and buying her coal. So my bigshot Uncle Walter deducted that money from my mother’s share.

Mother and I graduated from PS 76 on Wyona St. in East New York in 1916. She was 15 and I was 14. I saw her off and on for the next 2 or 3 years. Then when I was 17 I joined the Packards that was a club on Hendrix St. and Glenmore Ave. I saw more of her then because she used to come to the dances we held once a month. I was never much of a dancer, but she used to love to. On March of 1920 I asked her if she would go out with me. She said yes and that began the happiest three years of my life. Prior to that I had nothing, now I had everything. How proud I was of her. During that 3 years we had the time of our lives. We went al over dances, skating, theatres, movies, Coney Island, Rockaway, Bear Mt. skating rinks. We loved each other very much. We would come home and sit on the porch swing until 2 or 3 in the morning. Do you remember the swing and porch on Van Sicklin Avenue?

On March of 1923 we were married. We had a little over 55 years. What beautiful years they were.

Do you wonder that I miss her? When my time comes, don’t mourn for me, be glad because I know I am going to be with her again. I know she is waiting for me. May my descendants all have a marriage like mine.

Signed: Gerald F. Thomas

Finished: May 25, 1979

 

The Mystery of the Mothers Continues…

Mary Katherine Schillinger Death Certificate

Mary Katherine Schillinger Death Certificate

 

I received Mary Katherine Schillinger’s death certificate from the New York Municipal Archives this past week, and it has provided more information that may help clarify the Mystery of the Mothers that I posted before.

First, I want to confirm that this is the same person I have as Katarina/Catherine/Katherine Schillinger.  Now, as a German immigrant, it is quite likely that she anglicized her name, and that Katherine is a reasonable match to Catarina.  So the difference in the middle names is not surprising or even that unusual. It is also not unusual with a common first name such as Mary in a Catholic family to use the middle name as the commonly used name during her life.  In large Catholic families, several daughters might have the first name Mary, with their middle name serving as their commonly used name.  [The various spellings can probably be explained by census enumerators spelling it they way they wanted to spell it instead of the way she actually spelled it.]

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that this certificate records information about the decedent‘s spouse, other than notating that she was in fact married, so this doesn’t help me confirm that she is the Catherine Schillinger that I know to be the wife of Xaver.

The next thing I note is the date of death, which the certificate has recorded as 10 August 1907.  I previously have known her death to have occurred on 9 August 1907, so the death dates are within a day of each other.

The most telling piece of information is the place of death, which is recorded as 234 Jerome Street.  As of the 1900 Federal Census, my 3rd great grandmother Catherine Schillinger was living at 234 Jerome Street.  Bingo!  She apparently died at home seven years later.

The death certificate is a match!  Now I want to compare it to Louis F. Schillinger’s death certificate a few decades later, when his mother is listed as Mary Boch.  I want to see if I can find any more information that will confirm Catherine Schillinger (née Autretter) is the same woman as Mary Boch. The fact that the death certificate lists her actual first name as Mary and her middle name as Katherine, I think we can draw a preliminary conclusion that the Mary Boch and Catherine Schillinger may be the same woman.

However, we want to see if we can explain the Boch surname listed on the son’s death certificate, since we know her maiden name to be Autretter.  In looking more closely at Mary Katherine Schillinger’s death certificate, we can look at the information recorded about her parents to see if Boch makes sense.

Her father is listed as Xavier Auteritter (which is a close enough spelling variant of our known surname Autretter).  Her mother is Magdelina Kaiser (which is a completely new name to me!).  There’s no indication that Boch is a surname associated with our Katherine Schillinger.

So why would her name be listed as Mary Boch on her son Louis’s death certificate?  Her grandson, who was the informant on her son’s death, could have mis-recollected her maiden name.  He would have only been nine years old when she passed away in 1907.  She was known to be married before marrying Xaver Schillinger, to a man name John Moelig, who was the father of her first child Amelia.  John died during the Civil War, and she married Xaver a short time later.  Boch is not likely to be explained by a previous marriage.

The most likely explanation, therefore, is that by the time of her son’s death in 1943, her grandson mistakenly listed her surname as Boch.

 

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Louis F. Schillinger Death Certificate – A New Family Mystery

I got Louis F. Schillinger’s death certificate today from the NYC Municipal Archives, and now I have a bit of a mystery on my hands.

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Louis F. Schillinger Death Certificate

The problem arises when I examine the section about the deceased’s parents. It says:

Name of Father of Decedent: Francis X.
Birthplace of Father: Germany
Name of Mother of Decedent: Mary Boch
Birthplace of Mother: Germany

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Louis F. Schillinger Death Certificate - Detail

What??? His mother is listed as Mary Boch? I don’t know who Mary Boch is. My records all show his mother as Catherine Autretter. In census records, the mother in the household was always listed as Catherine. I’ve never seen anything where is mother is listed as a Mary Boch. (On the plus side, I finally have a document that lists his father’s first name as Francis. Everywhere else, his father went by his middle name Xaver.)

Who is Mary Boch? That is a really good question. The first thing I want to do is verify other information on the certificate to confirm that I have the correct Louis F. Schillinger.

  • Occupation: listed as retired architect. That’s a match.
  • Address: listed as 169 Van Siclen Avenue, Brooklyn. That is also a match to his last known address.
  • Wife: Louise. Match.
  • Birthdate: 29 November 1863, Highland Falls, NY. Match.
  • Death date: 3 November 1943. Match.

Five other facts match facts I know about my Louis F. Schillinger. I’m confident this is the right person. Back to the mysterious Mary Boch.

The next thing I want to look at is who the informant was on the death certificate. In this case, it is Louis Schillinger, his son. The son was born in 1896, nine years before the death of Catherine Autretter, so as he would have known his grandmother early in his life. The family all lived within blocks of each other while he was growing up, so he likely saw his grandparents on a regular basis. It’s reasonable to assume that he would have reliable knowledge about his grandparents’ identities.

This leaves me with a bit of a conundrum – who is Mary Boch and why is she listed as the mother on Louis F. Schillinger’s death certificate? Now I have a new family mystery to solve.

Louis Schillinger Marries Louisa Bauer

Louis and Louisa Schillinger

Louis and Louisa Schillinger

Louis Schillinger and Louisa Bauer were married on 21 September 1885 in East New York. I recently acquired their marriage record from the New York Municipal Archives, and it contains vital clues to further research on the Bauer family. Previously, all I had confirmed was that Louisa Bauer’s mother was also named Louisa, as she shows up in census records as a widow living with her daughter and son-in-law. I did not know the father’s name or the mother’s maiden name. Now I do, thanks to this valuable vital record.

According to the Marriage Record of Town of New Lots, East New York:

  • Louis Schillinger married Louisa Bauer on 21 September 1885.
  • Both were residents of East New York at the time of their marriage.
  • Louis was 22 years old and Louisa was 20 years old (which would make their birth years approximately 1863 and 1865, respectively).
  • Louis was working as an architect.
  • It was the first marriage for both of them.
  • Louis’ parents were listed as Xavier Schillinger and Catherine Autetter. [These names were already known to me, but they are alternate spellings for his first name and her last name.]
  • Here’s the really exciting news! Louisa’s parents are listed as Anton Bauer and Louisa Hoefler.
  • The attestator [witness] was A. Nieman of East New York.
Louis Schillinger-Louisa Bauer Marriage Record

Louis Schillinger-Louisa Bauer Marriage Record