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Friday, October 25, 2013

Peter Hauer and Martha Jane Neale: Their Family in the Census

Peter Hauer, born 16 July 1829 in Berdorf, Echternach, Luxembourg, was the fourth-born child of Clement Hauer and Maria Catharine Weins and their only male child to live to adulthood.

Peter was enumerated with his parents in the five Berdorf censuses taken between 1843 and 1851. He was not listed in the census taken 3 December 1852, nor any census after that. I believe, therefore, that he may be one and the same Peter Hauer who, at the age of 22, arrived in New York on 7 June 1852 aboard the ship Europa from Antwerp, a common port of departure for Luxembourg immigrants. It appears he was the only Hauer on board the ship. He was identified as German in the record, as Luxembourgers often were.

In the U.S., Peter made his home in Kentucky, where he married Martha Jane Neale. According to Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900 (Dodd, Jordan, comp. Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.), Peter and Martha were married 3 July 1853, but if Martha's birthdate is correctly 28 July 1844, she would have been only nine years old at the time. I believe the correct year of their marriage was 1859, as calculated from information in the 1900 census, where they stated that they'd been married 41 years. In addition, the birth of their first child in 1860 lends support to the 1959 date.

The 1860 census was taken on June 22. Their baby James C.'s age was listed as 1/12. Various Ancestry family trees give his birthdate as June 20, 1860, and his middle name as Clemmons. He was the first of eleven children. They lived with Martha's parents, James and Isabelle Ann (Adams) Neale.

By 1870, Peter and Martha had three more children, and the baby James was not listed. He may have died in infancy. It appears that Martha's father died also. The civil war took place in this time period, so his death may have been related to that. Ancestry was unable to provide death information for either James.

The 1880 census enumerates seven children with Peter and Martha, along with Martha's mother.

By 1900, during the course of her 41-year marriage, Martha had given birth to a total of 11 children, 9 of whom were still living. Her daughter Minnie, who had been married to Octavius Newton Banta, was widowed in 1899 and was enumerated with Peter and Martha. She had three children, but I can't tell you why they were not enumerated with her in this census. Although I searched, I did not find any of them listed elsewhere either.

The Find-A-Grave entry for Peter Hower gives the date of his death as 14 December 1908. He was interred at the Dutch Tract Cemetery in North Pleasureville, Henry County, Kentucky. I have no idea why his birthplace was said to be Lawrenceburg, Holland in the Find-A-Grave entry, as there doesn't appear to be any such place. This might have shaken my faith in the whole idea that this Peter Hower was, in fact, the son of Clement Hauer, but the 1910 census reassures me completely.

Although Peter is no longer listed, having died in 1908, there's a new resident in the home of Martha Hower. Peter Kapp is identified as her nephew, but in fact he was Peter's nephew from Luxembourg. Peter Kapp, born 11 July 1875 in Berdorf, was the son of Mathias Kapp and Barbara Hauer, Peter Hower's sister.

Martha died on 7 March 1913 and was buried at Dutch Tract Cemetery, as her husband was.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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