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Descendants of John Henry Scharnhorst

Generation No. 2


2. MINERVA JANE2 SCHARNHORST (JOHN HENRY1) was born Abt. 1837 in Lexington, Missouri, and died Aft. May 1861 in Johnson County, Missouri. She married HENRY A. MERTEL March 23, 1852 in Glasgow, Howard County, Missouri. He was born March 14, 1829 in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, and died November 27, 1917 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Notes for M
INERVA JANE SCHARNHORST:
Note: Through additional research in 2007, after much information was posted here, this writer found the recorded marriage of John Henry Scharnhorst and Durinda Weaver in St Charles, Missouri to be December 23, 1841. This record could indicate that John Henry brought Minerva Jane to this marriage as her birthdate, according to the 1850 and 1860 census, is estimated as about 1837.

A marriage record is recorded in a book titled "Howard County, Missouri Marriage Record Book 3 Circuit Clerk April 1845" at Page 173 and reads as follows: This is to certify that I married in the City of Glasgow on Monday, 23 March, 1852 Henry Moertel Miss Manerva Schauleout. F. W. Diggs J.P. Filed for record on the 5th day of April 1852 Andrew Cooper, Recorder."
The spelling of Minerva Jane's last name is questionable in this recording. The entry on the margin of the marriage record is: "S Schuelet." The entry in the Index of this marriage record is "Schaulout." There is a correction of her name within the body of the marriage recording where a "c" has been inserted in front of the "h." Perhaps the recorder could not decipher the handwriting of Mr. Diggs. Henry's last name was also misspelled twice: "Mortel" and "Moertel."
Family records show her name as: Martha Shawnhorst, Martha Shanhurst and Sadie Schandhurst. Recorded real estate documents show her as Minerva Jane Mertel.

In the April 1, 1852 Glasgow, Missouri Weekly Times is this announcement: Married: On Monday evening last by F W Digges, Esq., HENRY MOERTEL and Miss MINERVA SCHARNHORST, both of this city. (Found by this writer in the Newspaper Archives of Missouri Historical Society).

The 1850 Howard County, Missouri census registers Henry Chonhoust (as spelled), age 39, born in Europe, (Germany), his occupation listed as painter; his wife, Lorinda, age 36 born in Alabama (Tennessee); Manerva, age 13; George, age 8; Louis, age 5; James, age 4 and Sadie, age 1, all born in Missouri.
The 1860 Johnson County, Missouri census registers Minerva as twenty-three years of age which would indicate she was fifteen years old at the time of her marriage. Henry would have been twenty-three. Also in the household are two sons, Albert, age 6 and Robert, age 5.
Minerva's death occurred sometime after May 7, 1861, the last date any recorded document bears her signature. No record of a burial plot has been found for Minerva. It can only be assumed she was buried on the family farm north of Warrensburg (now a part of the City).
The name Minnie Schanherst, born in Lexington, Missouri is given as Albert's mother on his death certificate. Information furnished by his wife Catherine. Lexington is in Lafayette County.



Notes for H
ENRY A. MERTEL:
The following narrative is prepared from documentation found through records, family obituaries and stories passed down by family members. [Note: Differences in spelling of names are the actual spellings found in recordings. Census enumerators spelled names as they sounded].
The early history of Henry A. Mertel varies through stories told to and by family members. The general information is that Henry came from Germany to America through New York as a young boy. Federal census records register Henry coming to America in 1844 and that he and his parents were born in Saxony, Germany. Family information was that Henry was from Alsace Lorraine, the region between Germany and France with borders of the Rhine river and the Voges mountains. Perhaps the family might have lived in that area though records show them born in Saxony.
The versions of family stories passed from generation to generation differ at the point of Henry's arrival in America, each shown here as reference though no proof is provided for any of the stories: He came alone to America; he came with a brother or an uncle; Henry was not met by anyone as he left the ship and was taken in by a carpenter who taught him the trade; Henry's father who had come earlier to America had remarried and his stepmother did not want Henry or his brother; at some time while in New York, Henry was lost or abandoned by his father; was abandoned by an uncle who entered an establishment telling Henry to wait outside, never returned and a policeman came to Henry's rescue and took him in; a policeman found him crying on the step of the establishment and took him to live with a carpenter; Henry and his brother came to New York where they took up residence in a small hotel where a fire broke out parting the two and Henry never knew what became of his brother; and, Henry and his brother were stowaways on a ship, the brother was caught and returned to Germany, but Henry continued on to America. All family stories with no factual background.

A marriage record is recorded in a book titled "Howard County, Missouri Marriage Record Book 3 Circuit Clerk April 1845" at Page 173 and reads as follows: This is to certify that I married in the City of Glasgow on Monday, 23 March, 1852 Henry Moertel Miss Manerva Schauleout. F. W. Diggs J.P. Filed for record on the 5th day of April 1852 Andrew Cooper, Recorder."

The spelling of Minerva Jane's last name is questionable in the spelling in this recording. The entry on the margin of the marriage record is: "S Schuelet." The entry in the Index of this marriage record is "Schaulout." There is a correction of her name within the body of the marriage recording where a "c" has been inserted in front of the "h." Perhaps the recorder could not decipher the handwriting of Mr. Diggs. Henry's last name was also misspelled twice: "Mortel" and "Moertel." Henry was twenty-three years of age, Minerva, fifteen or sixteen, at the time of their marriage.
Family records show her name as: Martha Shawnhorst, Martha Shanhurst and Sadie Schandhurst. Recorded real estate documents show her as Minerva Jane Mertel.

Found in the April 1, 1852 Glasgow, Missouri Weekly Times is this announcement: Married: On Monday evening last by F W Digges, Esq., HENRY MOERTEL and Miss MINERVA SCHARNHORST, both of this city.

In the 1850 Howard County census there are two families with the name of Myrtle, William and Reuben. It may be surmised that Henry could have possibly been related to these families and perhaps lived with them. He is not listed with them in 1850, yet obtained a marriage license in Howard County in 1852.

Henry and Minerva are next found in 1857 in Warrensburg, Missouri where several real estate entries are recorded (below) over the next few years.

The 1860 Federal census for Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri, registers Henry, age 33, his occupation is listed as "M Carpenter" (Master Carpenter?), with real estate valued at $800 and personal property valued at $200, born in Germany; his wife, Manirva, age 23, born in Missouri; and two sons, Albert, age 6; and Robert, age 5; both born in Missouri.

It is evident that Henry and Minerva bought properties for a low sum and profited on the sale, either by outright sale or carrying notes. Speculation would be that Henry practiced his trade as a carpenter, bought vacant lots and built houses. [Note: This writer traveled to Johnson County to locate all the above properties which revealed that the lots owned by Henry and Minerva were in what is known as Old Warrensburg, in close proximity to the historic courthouse. The farm is now annexed into the northeastern part of the City of Warrensburg].

The following real estate transactions are recorded in Johnson County, Missouri Deed Records.
On December 10, 1857, in Book 5, Page 359, a Warranty Deed, Hezekiah E and Elizabeth Depp, Grantors, and Minerva Jane Mertel, Grantee, for property described as Lot 31 in the town of Warrensburg. The purchase price is shown as $200. The document was filed for record February 17, 1859. [Minerva Jane would have been about twenty years of age in 1857].
On August 11, 1859, in Book T, Page 131, a Warranty Deed with Henry and Minerva Jane Mertel, Grantors, and William Sperling, Grantee, for property described as Lot 31 in the town of Warrensburg. The purchase price is shown as $700. [A good profit for this piece of property in just eight months. Perhaps Henry built a house on the lot].
On November 16, 1859, in Book T Page 345, a Warranty Deed, Nathaniel B. Holden, Grantor and Henry Mertel, Grantee, for property described as Lots 53 and 54 in Holden's First Addition, Warrensburg. The purchase price is shown as $200.
On June 20, 1860, in Book V at Page 29, a Title Bond dated June 30, 1860 in which Henry Mertel is bound to William Zoll, to issue a Warranty Deed upon payment in full of the purchase of Lot 53 in Holden's First Addition, Warrensburg. The purchase price is $200. Receipt of $100 is acknowledged with a promissory note for the remaining balance of $100 at 10% interest due twelve months from date.
On January 7, 1861, in Book V at Page 467, a Warranty Deed dated January 7, 1861, Henry and Minerva Mertel, Grantors and Mary L. Harnett of Portage County, Ohio, Grantee for property described as Lot 54 in N B Holden's First Addition, Warrensburg. The purchase price is shown as $650. (Henry and Minerva purchased the above two lots for $200 and in a little over a year's time sold both for $850).
On July 7, 1860, in Book V at Page 42, a Title Bond in which John W. Fetuling is bound to Henry Mertel to issue a Warranty Deed upon payment in full of the purchase of land described as: The East half of the North East quarter of Section 30, Township 46, Range 25, containing 80 acres more or less, in Johnson County, Missouri. The purchase price is shown as $1,600. The document indicated Henry Mertel paid $300 in cash and executed two promissory notes, each in the amount of $250, one due in 12 months and the other in 24 months. Terms of the Title Bond were that upon payment in full John W. Fetuling would issue a Warranty Deed to Henry Mertel. [The down payment and promissory note amounts do not add up to $1,600, but perhaps there were other considerations for payment outside of this Title Bond. This title Bond later relinquished September 20, 1864 as explained below].
On May 7, 1861, in Book W at Page 280, a Warranty Deed with Henry and Minerva Jane Mertel, Grantors, and William Zoll, Grantee, for property described as Lot 53 of Holden's First Addition, Warrensburg. The purchase price is shown as $100. [The amount due on the promissory note above on the Title Bond for this property].
A margin entry of the Title Bond executed and recorded on July 7, 1860 between John W. Fetuling and Henry Mertel reads: "Know all men by these presents that I, Henry Mertel, in consideration of the sum of Six hundred dollars to me in hand paid by John Fetuling, receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do by these presents grant bargain and sell assign and transfer and set over unto the said John Fetuling, his heirs and assigns all my right title claim interest and demand in and to the foregoing Bond for deed executed by John M. Fetuling on the 7th day of July 1860, said instrument being recorded in the Recorders office of Johnson County in the State of Missouri on the 7th day of July 1860 in Volume V of Deed at Page 42. Witness my hand and seal this 29th day of September AD, 1864 /s/ Henry Mertel
Henry Mertel's signature is notarized on the 20th day of September, 1864 by the Clerk of the District Court of the First Judicial District of the State of Kansas in Leavenworth County who acknowledges a bill of Sale and Assignment. A notation is made by Chas. Snow, Johnson County Recorder: "This assignment was presented to me for record being endorsed on back of title Bond on the 14th day of February, 1871."
[Note: This document, though not recorded for seven years, indicates Henry relinquished his right to the 80 acres in Johnson County, Missouri, on September 20, 1864 and was in Kansas by 1864].

An article found in the Warrensburg Star Journal dated March 30, 1978 relates the history of Warrensburg, Missouri during the 1850's and the business boom that occurred brought on by the new railroad being built there. "The railroad was coming and opportunities appeared to be ripe for the picking. The formerly quiet town was awakened by the arrival of fortune seekers and new construction."
The article continues describing the remodeling and new building of hotels and eating establishments as well as livery stables, furniture companies, lumber yards and dry goods and jewelry stores. Blacksmiths were very much in demand as were carpenters.
Among the carpenters advertising their services was Henry Mertel. This notice for carpentry work most likely confirms the theory that Henry and Minerva were buying properties, building houses and selling them for profit while at the same time carrying the notes.
"All of the Warrensburg business in those pre-railroad days were clustered around the Old Town square and what might be called general stores in modern day terms were predominate." One dry goods establishment just opened in 1857 was advertising men's cloth coats $3.50-$20; overcoats $5-$20; cloth, cassimere and satinet pants $1-$8; and linen shirts 75 cents to $3, and were touting their pride in the fact that "a member of our firm is from Baltimore and we can assure cheaper and better goods."

One family member related that Henry's wife had died, their house had burned down, and he and his two sons had walked from where they had lived (presumably the farm in Johnson County, Missouri) to the Kansas City area. Minerva's death would have occurred sometime after May 7, 1861, the last date any recorded document bears her signature.
Another story remembered being told was that Henry was sought after by renegades during the Civil War during raids and he hid himself in the woods and was brought food by his family. An 1877 plat map of the farm indicates a large grove of trees which would make this family story believable. [Warrensburg history relates stories of marauders roaming the area during and after the war].
Another family member related that when the Civil War broke out, Henry refused to take sides and hid in a cornfield for weeks to keep from enlisting in either the northern or southern armies. When the dispute became radical, he left his farm to which he never returned and went up into Kansas and settled at a place with a post office address of Quindaro, Kansas, now a part of Kansas City, Kansas.

A real estate document filed in the Johnson County Recorder's office indicates Henry's signature was notarized in Leavenworth County, Kansas in 1864 indicating Henry may have taken his sons to an area where the Scharnhorst family may have been living, his mother-in-law and the sons' grandmother. Minerva's brothers Louis and George Scharnhorst entered the Civil War in Leavenworth County, Kansas in 1863.

In 1866, Henry Mertel married Mary Elizabeth Robinson, known to the family as Elizabeth. This marriage is found in the Jackson County, Missouri Marriage Records No. 5 January 10, 1861 to August 30, 1868 at page 198 and reads as follows: "Henry Mertel and Mary Elizabeth Robinson, Independence Mo. June 24th 1866. This is to certify that I have this day solemnized the rites of Matrimony between Henry Mertel and Mary Elizabeth Robinson, both of Jackson County. Signed by J. A. Sarritt, M.G. (Minister of the Gospel). Filed for Record June 25th, 1866. W. E. Ransom, Clerk, by R Higgs, D.C." [Henry age thirty-seven years, Mary Elizabeth twenty-six at the time of their marriage].

No records of this family in the 1870 census were found. It would appear they were missed. It has been noted that many families were not included in the 1870 census reports, due to shortage of enumerators; people on the move following the Civil War; and people being wary of the government asking questions after the War.

Yet, Henry is found purchasing property in Wyandotte County, Kansas on January 14, 1869, (below). The Warranty Deed indicates his residence as Jackson County, Missouri. It is possible that following their marriage in 1866, Henry and Elizabeth resided with her parents, Jesse and Amanda Wilson, who lived in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri (1880 census). Their oldest son, Frederick was born in Missouri January 7, 1869, just seven days prior to the recording of the purchase of the Wyandotte County property. The 1880 census indicates their other two children born in Kansas, Charles in 1871 and Cora in 1875.

The following are real estate transactions recorded in the Wyandotte County, Kansas deed records by Henry Mertel:
On January 14, 1869, in Book L, Page 361: Jacob and Theresa Whitecrow, Grantor, Henry Mertel, Grantee, Warranty for 20 acres in N 1/2 of NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section 31, Township 10, Range 25. Henry purchased this property for $1200.
On November 14, 1879, in Book 7, Page 143: Henry Mertel Grantee, Jacob & Margaret Meagly, Grantor, Mortgage for 200 acres in the SE 1/4 of Section 10, Range 11, Township 24. Henry loaned Meagleys $1200 on a three year note with 10% interest. The margin indicates the note was satisfied on July 11, 1881.
On February 26, 1880, in Book 8, Page 71: Henry Mertel, Grantee, Mathias & Helena Dechmann, Grantor, Mortgage for 30 62/100 acres commencing at NE corner of SE 1/4 of Section 35, Township 10, Range 24. Henry loaned Dechmanns $900 on a three year note with 10% interest. The margin indicates the note was satisfied on May 5, 1883.
On May 19, 1883, in Book 24 at Page 425: Henry Mertel, Grantee, W S & Nellie J Beard, Grantor, Warranty for Lots 40, 41, Block 147 in the City of Wyandotte, Kansas. Henry purchased this property for $500.
On May 19, 1883, in Book 24, Page 426: Henry Mertel, Grantee, William S & Nellie J Beard, Grantor, Warranty for Lot 134, Block 7, Connelly's Addition to the City of Wyandotte. Henry purchased this property for $2000.
On May 19, 1883, in Book 24, Page 428: Henry Mertel, Grantee, W S & Nellie J Beard, Grantor, Mortgage for 20 acres NW corner of SW 1/4 of Section 31, Township 10, Range 25. Henry loaned Beards $500 on a one year note at 8%. The margin indicates the note was satisfied on the December 7, 1885.
On May 19, 1883, in Book 24, Page 430: Henry & Elizabeth Mertel, Grantor, William S Beard, Grantee, Warranty for 20 acres NW corner of SW 1/4 of Section 31, Township 10, Range 25. Henry and Elizabeth purchased this property for $3,000. (Same property as above).
On October 5, 1883, in Book 27, Page 30: Henry Mertel, Grantee, W S & Nellie J Beard, Grantor, Mortgage for N 1/2 of NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section 31, Township 10, Range 25. Henry loaned Beards $550 on a nine month loan at 10%. The margin indicates that Henry sold the note to Thomas J Barker for the sum of $572.90 on March 7, 1884.
On December 31, 1883, in Book 27, Page 530: Henry Mertel, Grantee, Karl & Gertrude Guth, and Christian Blan, Grantor, Warranty for 32 1/2 acres in Section 31, Township 10, Range 25. Henry purchased the property for $2500.
On January 1, 1884, in Book 27, Page 532: Henry & Elizabeth Mertel, Grantee, Karl & Gertrude Guth, Grantors, Warranty for Lot 134 in Block 7, Connelly's Addition. Henry and Elizabeth sold this property for $1200. (Property purchased May 19, 1883 for $2000. Trade for above property?).
On April 2, 1891, in Book 171, Page 75: Henry Mertel, Grantee, F Fantek & wife, Grantor, Mortgage on Part of Lot 1 Miller's Add Ext. (No details until searched).
On October 5, 1897, in Book 225, Page 345: Henry Mertel, Grantee, Dietrick Fantek, Grantor, Mortgage on Part 1 Walker's Ext.

Henry registered his occupation as a farmer in the 1880 census, yet he continued his craft and trade as a carpenter as he did in Warrensburg after moving to Wyandotte County. As indicated by the above real estate transactions, Henry was holding mortgages with good interest rates on several properties, either loaning money, or more likely building structures for the owners and holding the mortgages until the contract to build was paid in full. This assumption made by the fact that Henry did not actually purchase some of the properties initially, but margin entries on recordings indicate satisfaction of payment of notes and mortgages.

Sale in 1907 of original farm purchased for $1200 in 1869 -
On January 8, 1907 Henry Mertel to Wm H Brickel, Jr, Book 382, Page 585 Warranty Deed for 32 acres, the sum of $16,000; Down payment of $8,000; Mortgage from William H Brickley, Jr, and Anna F P Brickel of Cook County, Illinois in Book 400 at page 4 (note in two payments of $4,000). Partial release for payment of $4,000 in Book 429, page 373 on August 2, 1909; and partial release for payment of $4,000 in Book 429 at page 437 on August 26, 1909.
On January 3, 1910, Affidavit of Adverse Possession filed in Book 443, page 284 from Henry Mertel which states that he had been in possession of the property for more than twenty years and had transferred the property to William H Brickel Jr on January 8, 1907 and prior to that time had enclosed the said premies with a fence.

Other miscellaneous deeds found, but not searched:
On March 3, 1909, Henry Mertel to Cora B Collins Lt 2 Book 415, Page 73.
On January 16, 1911, holder of mortgage with Maggie Algauir, Book 459, page 616
On June 17, 1912, WD from Henry Mertel to B Collins & wife, Book 478, page 460
On November 11, 1911 to Henry Mertel, Sheriff Deed, Book 490, page 29
On December 3, 1917, WD Henry Mertel to Fred Mertel, Lts 184-185 Elba Place, Book 574, page 578

The 1860 Wyandotte County, Kansas census registers Jacob Whitecrow and his wife, Theresa, their nationality as Indian, born in Ohio. The history of Wyandotte County relates that the Iroquois Indians, later to be known as The Wyandot who were first placed on reservations in Ohio after the War of 1812, were moved to Kansas in 1843, given land and then became active traders and grew quite wealthy. The census reports Jacob and Theresa held a real estate value of $10,000 and personal value of $10,000, quite a remarkable valuation for 1860. As indicated by the Warranty Deed Henry bought the 20 acres for $1200, $60 an acre--a good price for land in 1869.
The following is an excerpt from William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL and describes the location of the farm Henry Mertel purchased from Jacob Whitecrow in 1869, as being near the mouth of the Kaw River.
"The Wyandots were much more advanced in civilization....They cultivated farms, built houses and barns, planted orchards and opened roads....They owned and worked a ferry over the Kansas River, near its mouth. Several were...engaged in mercantile business in Kansas City and Wyandotte. Francis Hicks lived about one mile northwest of the mouth of the Kaw...his father, John Hicks, lived one mile further west....Half a mile west of John Hicks was Jacob Whitecrow, who lived there until he emigrated to the Indian Territory in 1871."
Quindaro: The significance of the meaning of the word Quindaro, Chin-do-wan...Chin-do-wan is a Wyandot word, meaning leader...Quindaro is also a Wyandot word...freely translated, signified "In union there is strength."

The 1880 Wyandotte County, Kansas census registers the following as those who transacted business with Henry (above): Jacob Maegly as a lumber dealer from Germany; he and his family living in the 1st Ward of Wyandotte, Kansas. William Beard as a Professor of Schools; he and his wife, Nellie, living in the 1st Ward of Wyandotte, Kansas. Frederick Fanteck as a farmer from Prussia; he and his family living in the next household to Henry and Elizabeth. Mathias Deckman as a farmer from Prussia; he and his family living in the same vicinity as Henry and Elizabeth. The census indicates several other families originally from Germany living in this vicinity.

The 1880 Wyandotte County, Kansas, Quindaro District, census registers Henry Mertel, age 57, his occupation listed as farmer, he and his parents born in Saxony Germany; his wife, Elizabeth, age 39, she and her parents born in South Carolina; three children, Frederick, age 11; born in Missouri; Charles, age 9; and Cora, age 5; both born in Kansas; their father born in Saxony, Germany, their mother in South Carolina.
The March 1885 Quindaro Township, Wyandotte County, Kansas census registers Henry Mertel, age 55, farmer, born in Germany, his last state of residence, Missouri; Elisabeth Mertel, age 44, born in South Carolina, her last state of residence; Frederick Mertel, age 16, born in Missouri; Charles Mertel, age 14; and Cora Mertel, age 10, both born in Kansas. The post office address is shown as White Church.
No Federal 1890 census records are available to researchers due to a fire.
The 1900 Wyandotte County, Kansas, Quindaro District, census registers Henry Myrtle, age 71, widowed, his occupation listed as Farm-Labor, he and his parents born in Germany; that he had been in the United States for fifty-six years, arriving in 1844; was a naturalized citizen and could read, write and speak English. The head of household is shown as his son, Fred Myrtle, whose occupation is shown as Market Gardener. Family information is that Fred and his family lived with Henry at Henry's farm.
At some time between 1900 and 1910 the family moved from the farm into separate homes in the Kansas City, Kansas area. Henry's son, Fred, and his family and Henry's daughter, Cora, and her husband, Bert, lived in close proximity to Henry.
The 1910 3rd Ward, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas census registers Henry Mertel, age 81, widowed, he and his parents born in Saxony, Germany, the year of immigration to the United States as 1844; he could read and write English; his occupation listed as none and his source of income as "own income." Records indicate he owned his home free of mortgage at 2816 N 21st Street.
A family member related that Henry was strong in his allegiance to Germany and was not very well accepted in the community for his views expressed prior to and during World War I. The family was criticized and embarrassed due to Henry's comments. He would have been an old man at the time, having died in 1917 at the age of eighty-eight while the war was in progress. His grandson, Arthur Mertel, served in the United States Army at the time which must have caused Henry great distress.
Henry A. Mertel and Mary Elizabeth Mertel, are buried in the Quindaro Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas located at 38th and Parellel. Also buried there is Robert G Mertel, Henry's son by Minerva Jane, brother to Albert Aubrey; son of Henry and Elizabeth, Fred H and his wife Nellie Mertel; Nellie's mother, Mary A Higley; Elizabeth's mother, Amanda Elrod Wilson; Elizabeth's sister and husband, Sarah L and Joseph W Cunningham; and their daughter, Dora, her husband Thomas Christal and son, Everett; and Henry and Elizabeth's daughter, Cora Mertel Collins and her husband Bert. All in Section II, Plot 19.
The death certificate for Henry Mertel indicates he died of chronic nephritis at age 88 years 8 months and 13 days. The certificate is signed by W A Stillwagon, M.D.

More About H
ENRY A. MERTEL:
Burial: Quindaro Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas
     
Children of M
INERVA SCHARNHORST and HENRY MERTEL are:
  i.   ALBERT AUBREY3 MERTEL, b. June 29, 1853, Glasgow, Missouri; d. June 25, 1928, Union, Missouri; m. (1) MARTHA ANN REED, September 1, 1881, Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri; b. December 25, 1858, Hannibal, Missouri; d. December 26, 1890, Maries County, Missouri; m. (2) MARY MARGURETTE LOVEALL, April 3, 1892, Mary's Home, Miller County, Missouri; b. January 1, 1855, Miller County, Missouri; d. May 8, 1896, Maries County, Missouri; m. (3) ALICE BARNHART, December 29, 1896, Van Cleve, Maries County, Missouri; b. 1868, Maries County, Missouri; d. September 16, 1897, Maries County, Missouri; m. (4) CATHERINE O'SHAUGHNESSY, January 31, 1899, St. Louis, Missouri; b. February 6, 1867, Osage County, Missouri; d. January 14, 1936, St. Louis, Missouri.
  Notes for ALBERT AUBREY MERTEL:
The following narrative is prepared from documentation found through records, family obituaries and stories passed down by family members. [Differences in spelling of names are the actual spellings taken from recordings].
According to information provided by his oldest daughter, Elsie, Albert Aubrey was known as A.A. Mertel. The family was of German origin and of the Catholic faith. He could speak German and sang German songs. Elsie related that the family spelled their name Mertel and it was pronounced to sound like "Myrtle," and that he later changed the spelling of his last name to Mertell. His son, Ildia, told the story that Albert did not want to be associated as a German during WW I and changed the name to Mertell so that it would have the French pronunciation. Yet the name Mertell is shown on the marriage license of Albert and his third wife, Alice Barnhart Wallgren, and her tombstone records the spelling of the name as Mertell. In later documents the name reverts to Mertel.
Albert Aubrey had four wives and eleven children. The family lived in Missouri in the proximity of Maries and Miller counties prior to moving to the farm near Meta, Missouri in Maries County. It is related by the family that Albert worked shipping logs on the river and for the railroad prior to becoming a farmer.
The children by his first wife were born in Maries County. His second wife lived in Miller County where one child, Ildia, was born at St. Elizabeth. The one child, Oliver, by his third wife was born in Maries County at their farm near Meta where the five children by his fourth wife were also born.
Elsie's information is that his third wife, Alice, had received an inheritance which should have passed to her son, Oliver, and her two children by her first marriage, upon her death in 1897. The inheritance was used to buy the farm at Meta. Court documents (noted later) reveal the "inheritance" was most likely from her first husband. Albert and his fourth wife, Catherine, raised their family at the farm before moving to Union, Missouri. Elsie commented that some of the children left home at an early age, as teenagers of fourteen and fifteen, to provide for themselves.

Albert Aubrey Mertel was born in Glasgow, Missouri, June 29, 1853, according to his obituary.
The 1860 Federal census for Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri registers Albert, age 6, living with his parents, Henry and Manirva Mirtle, and his brother, Robert, age 5; that both boys and their mother were born in Missouri and their father in Germany; and his father's occupation was Master Carpenter.
The 1870 Federal census information for Henry and his sons has not been located. Perhaps the family was missed.
The 1880 Federal census for Monroe County, Missouri, registers Albert Mertel, age 33, living in the household of Charles F. Carlson. Names other than Carlson are listed and perhaps this residence was a boarding house. It lists Albert's occupation to be "makes R.R. Ties," and states that his father was from Saxony, Germany and his mother from South Carolina. [His stepmother, Elizabeth, was from South Carolina. His age listed as thirty-three is not consistent with his birth date or other census records. Most likely as was the custom, a member of the household responded to the enumerator's questions regarding Albert in his absence].
The 1890 Federal census records are not available to researchers due to a fire at the National Archives.

A marriage license was issued in the office of C. H. Hance, Clerk and Recorder, in the County of Randolph, at Moberly, Missouri on September 1, 1881 and recorded on September 8, 1881 in Book 1 at Page 6 of Marriage Records, 1829-1917, of Randolph County. The license and recording reads that Albert A. Myrtle of Russell, County of Howard, over the age of twenty-one years and Martha A. Reid of Russell, County of Howard, over the age of eighteen years were married on September 1, 1881 by A. Clarkson, Justice of the Peace, in Moberly, Missouri. Martha was twenty-three years of age and Albert twenty-eight at the time of their marriage. [Russell, Missouri was a town in Northern Howard County, just south of Randolph County and was the first stop on the MK&T Railroad inside Howard County. Information provided by Randolph County Historical Society].
A marriage license was issued in the office of W. P. Furman, Circuit Clerk, W. F. Clark, in the County of Miller, at Tuscumbia, Missouri on the 2nd day of April 1892 and recorded on the 3rd day of April, 1892 in Book C-E at Page 17 of Marriage Records of Miller County, Missouri. The license and recording reads that Albert Mertel of St. Elizabeth, Miller County, Missouri, over the age of twenty-one years and Mary M. Sweaney, of Mary's Home, Miller County, Missouri, over the age of eighteen years were married on April 3, 1892 at the Brides Residence by Elder L. E. Melton, Minister of the Gospel. Mary Margurette was thirty-seven years of age and Albert thirty-nine at the time of their marriage. [Mary's Home is located south of Eugene, Missouri and west of St. Elizabeth, Missouri].
A marriage license was issued in the office of Christian C. Gremp, Circuit Clerk and Recorder, in the County of Maries at Vienna on the 24th day of December 1896 and recorded on the 4th day of January, 1897 in Book C at Page 206 of Marriage Records of Maries County, Missouri. The license and recording reads that Albert A. Mertell of Van Cleve, Maries County, Missouri over the age of twenty-one years and Alice Wallgren of Van Cleve, Maries County, Missouri, over the age of eighteen years, were married on the 29th of December, 1896 at the bride's residence by Rev. Benjamin Seaton, a minister of the gospel. Alice was twenty-five years of age and Albert was forty-three years at the time of their marriage. [Van Cleve is just south of Meta, Missouri].
Marriage application #79175 dated January 31, 1899 is recorded in the City of St Louis, Missouri for Albert A Mertel of St Thomas, Missouri and Miss Katie O'Shaughnessy of Miller County, Missouri and indicates Albert as age 45 years Katie as age 31. That same day, Marriage License #79175 is recorded in the City of St Louis, Missouri which states that Albert A Mertel and Miss Katie O'Shaughnessy were married on January 31, 1899 by Justice of the Peace, Richard B Haughton. Records of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Meta, Missouri indicate that the marriage of Albert Mertel and Catherine O'Shaughnessy was solemized in the church on April 24, 1905. Family members have related that they were the first couple to be married in the new Catholic church.

A Warranty Deed is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 8, Page 128 dated December 13, 1896 with Marion Adam Barnhart as Grantor and Albert Martel as Grantee in consideration of the sum of $550 for the following described property in Maries County, Missouri:
The South half of the North East Quarter and the South East Quarter of the North West Quarter, and the North East Quarter of the South East Quarter, and the South West Quarter of the North West Quarter, all in Section Number Nineteen (19) in Township Number Forty-one (41) of Range Number Eleven (11), containing in all two hundred acres more or less. The document is signed by Marion Adam Barnhart making an "X" mark and witnessed by William Whitlock and W.C. Seaton and notarized on December 30, 1896. in Miller County, Missouri This property describes the farm just southwest of Meta, Missouri, and purchased by Albert just prior to his marriage to Alice Barnhart Wallgren.
A Trust Deed is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 4 at Page 522 dated December 30, 1896 between Albert Martel and Allice Mertel, his wife, and Marion Adam Barnhart, Calvin Seaton, Trustee, citing the above described property and a note in the amount of $250 with interest at 7% annually, executed by Albert Mertel and Allice Mertel and notarized in Miller County, Missouri.
A Deed of Release is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 9 at Page 293 and dated November 28, 1898, between Marion Adam Barnhart and Albert Mertel and Alice Mertel, citing the above described property and note for $250 paid in full. Marion Adam Barnhart's "X" mark witnessed by George W. Schell and W. S. Eckles and notarized in Cole County, Missouri.
A Trust Deed is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 11, Page 110, dated November 28, 1898, between Albert Mertel and Thomas B. L. Walther, of St. Thomas, Cole County, Missouri, John Sommerhauser, Trustee, citing the above described property and a note in the amount of $300 with interest at 7% annually, executed by Albert A Mertel and notarized in Cole County, Missouri.
A Deed of Release is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 14, Pages 18-19, dated September 15, 1900 between Albert A. Mertel and Thomas B. L. Walther, citing the above described property and note for $300 paid in full and notarized in St. Thomas, Cole County, Missouri.
A Trust Deed is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 11, Page 320, dated September 15, 1900, between Albert A. Mertel and Catherine Mertel, and Thomas B. L. Walther, George W. Schell, Trustee citing the above described property and a note for $385 with interest at 7% annually, executed by Albert A. Mertel and Catherine Mertel and notarized in St. Thomas, Cole County, Missouri. [A Deed of Release for this Trust Deed was not found--to be added later].
Recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 9 at Page 351 is found a Lis Pendens action filed in the Circuit Court of Maries County, Missouri October Term 1900 between Lenard Walgren and John Walgren, Infants, by H. H. Barnhart their Guardian as Plaintiffs vs. Albert Mertle and Oliver Mertle as Defendants. The pleading reads: To whom it may concern: Know ye, that the undersigned has filed a suit in the Circuit Court of Maries County, State of Missouri, returnable to the October Term 1900 of said Court, entitled as above, the object of said suit being to have defendants, Albert Mertle declared a trustee for plaintiffs of the undivided four elevenths of the legal title in and to the S 1/2 of the NE qr the SE1/4 of the NE qr the NE 1/4 of the SE qr and the SW 1/4 of the SW qr of Section 19, Township 41 of Range 11 West and that said defendant, Albert Mertle be divested thereof and that same be vested in plaintiff. That the title to said land is affected by reason of the filing of said suit and any person purchasing same from said Albert Mertle will do so at his peril. /s/ Lenard Walgren and John Walgren, by H. H. Barnhart, their guardian; by Jno O Homes, Attorney for Plaintiffs. Filed for record March 22, 1900.
Recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 14 at Page 7-8 is the following Affidavit filed for record October 9, 1900: State of Missouri, County of Cole. Be it remembered that before me a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid personally appeared Henry H Barnhart of Maries County to me personally known, who makes oath and sayeth that he is the Guardian legally appointed by the Probate Court of the County of Maries, State of Missouri of John and Leonard Walgren, minor children of John Walgren, Dec'd and he states further that he has received by hand of Thos B. L. Walther, the sum of One Hundred and twenty five Dollars ($125.00) being payment in full of all demands of whatever kind and nature of the said John Walgren and Leonard Walgren, minors against A. A. Mertel, and particularly of their share or interest in a certain sum of money left by their late mother Mrs. A. A. Mertel, nee Mrs. John Walgren, and he states further that in consideration of the above mentioned sum of $125.00 in settlement of the said minors claim as above set forth, he, as the legal Guardian of the said John and Leonard Walgren and for them and in their behalf hereby receipts in full for any and all claims of whatsoever nature against the said A. A. Mertel their stepfather his heirs administrators and assigns forever. /s/ H. H. Barnhart and notarized by Simon N. Schell on August 22, 1900.
The 1900 Federal census for Maries County, Missouri, Boon Township, registers Albert Myrtle, age 47, married for one year, his occupation listed as farmer, he and his parents born in Missouri (father in Germany); his wife, Kate, age 33, married for one year, born in Missouri, her parents born in Ireland; three children, Henry E, age 17, his occupation listed as farm laborer; Elsa, age 12; and Ildee, age 4. The census registers that Albert, Kate and the three older children could read, write and speak English, and that Albert owned his farm which carried a mortgage. The report indicates this was the fourth marriage for Albert and the first for Catherine.
The neighbors listed on this census are Calvin Seaton, age 37, and his wife, Sarah, age 33; two sons, William, age 16 and Jesse, age 14. These are the neighbors that Ildia lived with as a young boy and of whom he spoke with great regard.
Also to be noted is that Albert's son, Oliver, was not living with the family in 1900. Alice, Albert's third wife, and Oliver's mother, died in childbirth in 1898, and he lived with his aunt and uncle, Harrison and Sarah (Barnhart) Champlain who were also neighbors. Albert was married again in 1899 to Catherine.
The 1910 census for Maries County, Missouri, Boon Township, registers Albert A. Mertel, age 57, married eleven years, his fourth marriage, his occupation as farmer, and owner of the mortgaged farm, born in Missouri, his father of German ancestry born in Germany, and his mother in Missouri; Catherina, age 43, born in Missouri, her parents of Irish ancestry born in Ireland; Ildia, age 14, his occupation as farm laborer; Charles, age 9; Mary, age 7; John age 5; and James, age 3; they and their parents born in Missouri. The Seatons and Champlains were still their neighbors.
The 1920 census for Maries County, Missouri, Boon Township, registers Albert A. Mertell, age 67, his occupation listed as farmer and owner of the farm, his father born in Germany, his father's "mother tongue" as German, his mother born in Missouri; Catherine, age fifty-two, born in Missouri, her parents born in Ireland and their "mother tongue" as Irish; and five children: Charles V, age 19, his occupation listed as farm laborer; Mary C, age 17; John F, age 14; James B, age 12; and Frederick, age 8; they and their parents born in Missouri.
Records of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Meta, Missouri indicate that Albert Mertel was baptized there on January 21, 1905, by Rev. H. Wagener. Records also represent that five of his children, Elizabeth, Ildephonse, Jacob (James), John and Fred (Frederic) were baptized at this church. Sponsors for the family members is shown as Richard O'Shaughnessy and Margart O'Shaughnessy.
Albert's oldest daughter, Elsie, and her family lived nearby the Mertel farm. Mildred, daughter of Elsie, recalling her childhood days, remembers Albert as a tall handsome man very clean and neat in appearance. She relates the family lived in a log cabin that consisted of three rooms, a large room that had a large fireplace and beds, another bedroom and a large kitchen with a big cooking range. There was also a loft. Mildred continues that Albert would roll a log on the fire at night and then carefully sweep the entire room prior to his retiring for the night, his habit to keep the rooms neat and clean. Albert was well-known for his making of sorghum molasses, being diligent in the process of squeezing the sorghum cane and cooking the juice. He alone would stir with his special wooden paddle until the sorghum was just the right consistency and tested the texture by lifting the paddle to let the sorghum run slowly down.
Mildred also told the story of a time when her family was at the Mertel farm for Albert to process sorghum for Elsie, Kate had just baked several loaves of bread in her large oven, called the family to lunch where they were treated with fresh homemade bread, freshly churned butter and Grandpa Albert's fresh sorghum. Albert was also a beekeeper and had several beehives to furnish honey for the family.
Elsie related the story regarding Albert Aubrey's death in Union, Missouri as: "He walked to the corner to mail a letter in the mail box there and collapsed and died from a heart attack."
In Book H at Page 377 of the Probate Court Records of Franklin County, Missouri the Last Will and Testament of Albert A. Mertell is found as filed and endorsed July 7, 1928 by Edwin Hoemann, Judge of the Probate Court. The will is a typed copy for the Probate files. It reads as follows:
Know All Men By These Presents: That I, Albert A. Mertell of the County of Maries, State of Missouri, being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this, my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following:
1st. It is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses by paid and satisfied as soon as can be conveniently done after my demise.
2nd. It is my will and I do give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Katherine Mertell, all my personal property and custody of my real estate. She is to have absolute controle (sic) of real estate during her natural life or so long as she remains my widow. At her death or should she re-marry it is my will and I do order that disposition be made of the real estate and the proceeds divided as follows: To my son Edgar Mertell the sum of Fifty Dollars, to my daughter Elsie Orr the sum of Fifty Dollars, to my son Ildia Mertell the sum of Fifty Dollars, to my son Oliver Mertell the sum of One Hundred and Twenty-five Dollars and the balance to be equally divided with my son Charles Mertell, my daughter Mary Vaughan, my son John Mertell, my son James Mertell and my son Frederick Mertell.
And last I hereby constitute and appoint Charles Mertell (without bond) to be the administrator of this, my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me made, and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 5th day of July, A.D. 1927.
/s/ Albert A. Mertell
Robert Prater and N.J. Rowan Witnesses.

An Inventory and Appraisement of the Real and Personal Estate of Albert A. Mertell was filed in the Franklin County Probate Court on July 30th, 1928 naming Charles Mertell as Executor and Ulysses Pendleton, Jesse Helton and Leo Koester serving as appraisers. No personal property was inventoried. Real estate inventoried is described as follows: The South half of the Northeast quarter and the Southeast quarter of the Northwest quarter and the Northeast quarter of the Southeast quarter, all in Section Nineteen (19), Township forty-one (41) of Range Eleven (11), containing 200 acres, more or less, and all situated in the County of Maries in the State of Missouri. A value of $2,500 was placed on the real estate.
Elsie related that she inherited a sum of $18 from her father, but had to return her $18 inheritance to help pay for his tombstone which was later reimbursed to her.
The Will and all Probate Documents were filed in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 53 at Pages 314-315-316 on July 7, 1928. No disposition of the real estate was found to be filed in the Probate records of Franklin County, nor any distribution of funds. The final settlement filed by Charles Mertell in August 1929 only listed estate expenditures of $27.74 for publication and probate fees. It is interesting to note that Albert still considered himself a resident of Maries County in 1927 when he made his will, even though they lived in Union in Franklin County.
A Warranty Deed dated September 30th, 1933, was recorded in Book 53 at page 120 in Maries County, Missouri on the 24th day of May, 1934, between Catherine Mertell, Charles Mertell, Euna Mertell, Fredie Mertell, Norma Mertell, Oliver Mertell, Della Mertell, John J Vaughn,Mary Vaughan, Ildia Mertell, Syble Mertell, Henry E Mertell, Ona R Mertell, Elsie Orr, R E Orr, John Mertell, Una Mertell, James Mertell and Ruby Mertell as grantors, and Marion Froshaug of Union. Missouri, grantee, for the real estate described above for the consideration of $1,000. There were 200 acres in the farm, this amount indicates the farm sold for $5 an acre.
One family member related that Albert's daughter and husband, Mary and Johnie Vaughan and family, lived on the farm in the original house for sometime in the 1930's. When they moved from the farm it was rented to a neighbor, Mr. Prater, who later purchased the property. The house was still standing in 1956 when visited by Ildia, Syble and their daughter Treva, but has since been torn down.

Albert's tombstone in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Union, Missouri reads: Albert A. Mertell, June 29, 1853 - June 25, 1928. At Rest. There is a Christian cross in the middle of the wording.
The following obituary was found in the Republican Tribune, Union, Missouri dated July 31, 1928:
Albert A. Mertell Dead. Albert A. Mertell, well known resident of this city for a number of years, passed away at his home Wednesday, June 25, 1928, at the age of seventy-four years, eleven months and twenty-seven days. Funeral services were held at the Immaculate Conception Church of this city, Friday morning, June 29. Interment was made in the church cemetery. Rev. Father Theophilus officiated at the services. Mr. Mertell was born in Glasgow, Missouri, June 29, 1853. He was married to Miss Catherine Shaughnessy. His wife and children survive him.
A footnote: We wish to express our sincere thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our dear husband and father, Albert Mertell. Especially do we wish to thank the Western Catholic Union, all those who donated cars and the floral offerings. Mrs. Catherine Mertell and Children.
The death certificate for Albert Aubrey Mertell lists his cause of death as cerebral hemorrhage at age 74 years 11 months and 27 days, and that he was born in Glasgow, Missouri to Henry Mertell, born in Germany, and Minnie Schanherst (as spelled), born in Lexington, Missouri. His occupation is indicated as "shoe worker." The certificate information was provided by his wife, Catherine. The certificate is signed by J L Walker, MD.

  More About ALBERT AUBREY MERTEL:
Burial: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Union, Missouri

  Notes for MARTHA ANN REED:
A marriage license was issued in the office of C. H. Hance, Clerk and Recorder, Laslie C. Brand, Deputy, in the County of Randolph, at Moberly, Missouri on the 1st day of September 1881 and recorded on September 8, 1881 in Book 1 at Page 6 of Marriage Records, 1829-1917, of Randolph County. The license and recording reads that Albert A. Myrtle of Russell, County of Howard, over the age of twenty-one years and Martha A. Reid of Russell, County of Howard, over the age of eighteen years were married on September 1, 1881 by A. Clarkson, Justice of the Peace, in Moberly, Missouri. Martha was twenty-three years of age and Albert twenty-eight at the time of their marriage.
The 1870 City of Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri registers Martha A Reed, age 12, born in Missouri, in the household of her parents Thorton, age 34, farmer; and his wife, Elizabeth A (Pitney) Reed, age 30, both born in Virginia. Also listed are three sisters: Mary J, age 9; Nessa, age 7; and Fanny F, age 3; all born in Missouri.
The 1880 Township of Moniteau, Randolph County, Missouri census registers Martha A Reed, age 21, living with her parents, Thorton Reed, age 45 and Elizabeth A (Pitney) Reed, age 40. Also listed are Mary J, age 19; Hessa, age 16; Nathaniel T, age 13; and Ivy B, age 8, all born in Missouri.
A family member related that Thorton was known as "Jake." Martha was known as "Mattie."
Within a period of two years after their marriage, Albert and Martha had relocated to Maries County, Missouri where Henry Edgar was born in 1883. Martha would have been twenty-five years of age and Albert thirty when Henry Edgar was born.
The Missouri Secretary of State records indicate the birth of a child on March 26, 1884 in Cedar Township North, Callaway County, Missouri to Martha Ann Mertel (Reid), born in Higbee Randolph County, Missouri and Albert A Mertel, born in Glasgow, Missouri, occupation listed as carpenter. The record indicates it is the second child, name not provided. Dr. John T Keeling, New Bloomfield, Missouri signed the certificate. Roll #C11878 325
This is assumed to be Albert. Elsie related he lived to be four years old and is buried near his mother in Pendelton Cemetery in Maries County, Missouri.
Cedar Township in Callaway County is north of Cole County. The family had moved from Maries County where Edgar was born most likely to follow Albert's work.
Martha died in childbirth with her fourth child leaving two small children. Martha's grave is in the Pendleton Cemetery in Maries County, Missouri. "The Cemeteries of Maries County" by Hutchison and Howard records the stone inscription as: "Martha A. Mertel wife of A A, d 26 Dec 1890, aged 32 years and 1 day," indicating her birth on Christmas day. A family member also related that there is a small stone at the foot of her grave which reads: "Albert Mertel." (This writer found no stone for Albert. Perhaps there once was a field stone that is now overgrown with grass.) One family member related that the story had been told that Albert and Martha had twin babies who died at birth.
The tombstone in the Pendleton Cemetery for Martha reads: Martha A, Wife of A A Mertel, Died Dec 26, 1899, aged 32Y & 1Da. There is a wreath around a rose at the head of the stone and at the base, a symbol meaning the deceased was in her prime of life. A lamb with its head resting over its front feet and directly below, the following inscription: "Is Not Dead But Sleepeth." The lamb at the base of a tombstone is known to indicate a child buried with its mother.


  More About MARTHA ANN REED:
Burial: Pendleton Cemetery, Maries County, Missouri

  Notes for MARY MARGURETTE LOVEALL:
Birthdate of January 1, 1855 found in notes of Virginia Gordon, daughter of Mary Alice Sweaney Gordon, and documented by Jack Gordon in his family records. Jack, the son of Edwin Brooks Gordon, son of Mary Alice.
The 1860 Jim Henry Township, Miller County, Missouri census registers Stephen Loveall, age 30, born in Kentucky; his wife Amanda J, age 23, born in Kentucky; Mary M. age 5; George T, age 1; both born in Missouri. Also living with this family is Amanda's mother, Margaret Rush, age 57, born in Kentucky. Margaret (Stout) Rush was the mother of Amanda. No 1870 census has been found for this family. It is assumed they were missed.
Mary Margurette Loveall married John Winn Sweaney June 16, 1871 in Miller County, Missouri, J. W. Dowden, Minister. Filed for record in the office of the Miller County Recorder in Book B at Page 29. Family stories relate that John disappeared or abandoned Mary and her two young children.
The 1880 census for Miller County, Missouri, Jim Henry Township, registers Mary Sweeney, age 25: and her two daughters, Mary Sweeney, age 8, and Victory J Sweeney, age 6, living with Mary Margurette in the home of her grandmother, Margaret Rush.
A marriage license was issued in the office of W. P. Furman, Circuit Clerk, County of Miller, at Tuscumbia, Missouri on the 2nd day of April 1892 and recorded on the 3rd day of April, 1892 in Book C-E at Page 17 of Marriage Records of Miller County, Missouri. The license and recording reads that Albert Mertel of St. Elizabeth, Miller County, Missouri, over the age of twenty-one years and Mary M. Sweaney, of Mary's Home, Miller County, Missouri, over the age of eighteen years were married on April 3, 1892 at the Brides Residence by Elder L. E. Melton, Minister of the Gospel. Mary Margurette was thirty-seven years of age and Albert thirty-nine at the time of their marriage.
Mary's oldest daughter, Mary Alice, was twenty years old and married to John Embree Gordon; and her daughter, Victory Josephine, was eighteen years old. At sometime after their marriage Albert and Mary moved to St. Elizabeth as that is where their only child, Ildia, was born in 1895.
Mary was known to be in poor health as a young woman. Her death in 1896, at age forty-one, was attributed to what was then called "quick consumption" and now known as tuberculosis. A tintype picture of Mary shows swollen joints in her hands which would indicate possible arthritis as well.
Their son, Ildia, was five months old when Mary died. Her oldest daughter, Mary Alice, who also had a small baby, cared for Ildia as an infant. Some of Mary's family then cared for him until he was about two years old. He later lived with a neighbor family, Calvin and Sarah Seaton as a young boy.
Mary Margurette is buried in the Rush Chapel Cemetery, Jim Henry Township located south of Mary's Home, Missouri on Jim Henry Road, though no cemetery records indicate so. There is an etching on the rough Loveall stone there that appears to read "MARY." There are several field stones around the Loveall stone which may be the graves of Mary's parents, Stephen and Amanda, and Amanda's mother, Margaret Rush. Those graves are also not recorded but known by family to be in the cemetery.
Maude Sullens Hoffman records in her Loveall family book that her brother, as a child, remembered attending the funeral for Mary Margurette and commented the grave "looked forty-feet deep."

  More About MARY MARGURETTE LOVEALL:
Burial: Rush Chapel Cemetery, Jim Henry Township, Miller County, Missouri

  Notes for ALICE BARNHART:
The 1870 Maries County, Missouri census for Boone township registers Alice Barnhart, age 1; and in the 1880 Maries County census, age 11. Alice was the daughter of Marion Adam Barnhart and Sarah Elizabeth Warren and the youngest of twelve children: Martha Jane, Thomas Dillard, Henry Hoover, James D, Richerson, William M, Sarah Ann, Lucy Ann, Colonel H, John Calvin, and George Pickney and Alice. Her family was originally from Tennessee and of German descent.
Alice Barnhart was married to John U Wallgren, and had two children, Leonard and John. The surname found on the tombstones in the Southside Cemetery in Maries County, Missouri, near Meta are spelled differently, using one or two ell's in the name. Found are J U Wallgren 1853-Dec 1, 1891, his name spelled with two ells; one stone for John Walgren 1892-1967 and his wife, Marie Walgren 1898-1999; their names spelled with one ell. Leonard Walgren and his wife, Ida are buried in St. Louis. According to dates on tombstone and other records, John U Wallgren died exactly one month prior to the birth of their son, John.
The tombstone in the Southside Cemetery in Maries County, Missouri for Alice reads: Alice Barnhart Wallgren Mertell, 1868-1887. Not only is her first married name spelled with two ells, but the name Mertell is also shown with two ells and conforms with the marriage license of Alice and Albert. It has always been surmised that Albert changed the spelling of his surname in later years, but it is found in these records with the two ell spelling.
A marriage license was issued in the office of Christian C. Gremp, Circuit Clerk and Recorder, in the County of Maries at Vienna on the 24th day of December 1896 and recorded on the 4th day of January, 1897 in Book C at Page 206 of Marriage Records of Maries County, Missouri. The license and recording reads that Albert A. Mertell of Van Cleve, Maries County, Missouri over the age of twenty-one years and Alice Wallgren of Van Cleve, Maries County, Missouri, over the age of eighteen years, were married on the 29th of December, 1896 at the bride's residence by Rev. Benjamin Seaton, a minister of the gospel. Alice was twenty-five and Albert was forty-three years of age at the time of their marriage.
Alice died in childbirth with their only son, Oliver, in 1897. After her death, Oliver lived with Alice's sister, Sarah and her husband, Harrison Champlain as a child and young man.
The 1900 Maries County, Missouri census for Boone township registers Leonard Walgren, age 10, nephew, and John Walgren age 7, nephew, living with Henry and Martha Barnhart. Henry was an older brother of Alice.
The graves of Alice's parents M. A. Barnhart and Sarah Barnhart are directly behind the stone of Alice and the graves of Harrison and Sarah E Champlain are directly behind the Barnhart graves.


  More About ALICE BARNHART:
Burial: Southside Cemetery, Meta, Missouri

  Notes for CATHERINE O'SHAUGHNESSY:
Marriage application #79175 dated January 31, 1899 is recorded in the City of St Louis, Missouri for Albert A Mertel of St Thomas, Missouri and Miss Katie O'Shaughnessy of Miller County, Missouri and indicates Albert as age 45 years Katie as age 31. That same day, Marriage License #79175 is recorded in the City of St Louis, Missouri which states that Albert A Mertel and Miss Katie O'Shaughnessy were married on January 31, 1899 by Justice of the Peace, Richard B Haughton.
Records of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Meta, Missouri indicate that the marriage of Albert Mertel and Catherine O'Shaughnessy was solemized in the church on April 24, 1905. Family members have related that they were the first couple to be married in the new Catholic church.

Catherine was known to the family as "Kate" or "Ma." Catherine was the daughter of Richard O'Shaughnessy, born about 1832 in Ireland, died about 1889 in Missouri and Catherine Burke, born about 1832 in Ireland, married October 18, 1854 in St. Louis. Source: LDS website for maiden name of Catherine, marriage date and death date.

The 1930, City of St. Louis, Precinct 8, State of Missouri census, page 198, registers Katherine Mertell, age 63, born in Missouri, her parents born in the Irish Free State, living with her son, Charles L Mertell, age 29, his occupation listed as shoemaker in a shoe factory; his wife, Una, age 24, her occupation listed as shoe stitcher in a shoe factory; their daughter, Bulah, age 6; a brother, James R, Mertell, age 23, his occupation listed as shoemaker in a shoe factory; they and their parents born in Missouri. The family rented their home 4342 West Papain Street for $30 a month and they did not own a radio.

The following article was found in the Republican Tribune on January 17, 1936:
Mrs. Katherine Mertell Dies. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Union Thursday morning for Mrs. Katherine Mertell of St. Louis, mother of Frederic Mertell of this city. Mrs. Mertell is survived by nine children, her husband having died in 1928. [She was mother to five children and stepmother to four).
Catherine's tombstone in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Union, Missouri reads: Catherine Mertell, Feb. 6, 1867 - Jan. 14, 1936. The stone has a Christian Cross engraved at the top and is located near the Shaughnessy family [spelled without the O'] in the row directly behind the stone of Albert Aubrey.

The death certificate for Catherine Mertell indicates she died of Carcinoma-Head of Pancreas and Metastasis to Liver, at age 68 years, 11 months and 8 days. Her parents are listed as Richard O'Shaughnessy and unknown. Charles Mertell, provided the information for the certificate which is signed by R V Boedeker, MD.


  More About CATHERINE O'SHAUGHNESSY:
Burial: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Union, Missouri

  ii.   ROBERT G. MERTEL, b. October 9, 1855, Missouri; d. August 3, 1892, Kansas City, Missouri; m. MARGRET (MAGGIE) J MCNELIS, May 16, 1892, Kansas City, Missouri; b. January 1871, Missouri; d. Bef. 1920, Kansas City, Missouri.
  Notes for ROBERT G. MERTEL:
The 1860 Federal census for Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri registers Robert, age 5, living with his parents, Henry and Manirva Mirtle, and his brother, Albert, age 6; that both boys and their mother were born in Missouri and their father in Germany; and his father's occupation was Master Carpenter.
The 1870 Federal census information will be added when found.
The 1880 Federal census for the 5th Ward of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri registers Robert G. Mertell as single, age twenty-three, his father from Germany and his mother from Ohio. His occupation is listed as Clerk in Cigar Store. Also registered as living with Robert is J. Otto Bachman, a single male, age thirty-seven, from Switzerland who listed his occupation as Clerk in Cigar Store. [Census reports for Robert's brother, Albert, registers their mother born in Missouri, their stepmother from South Carolina].
Records of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri indicate a marriage on May 16, 1892 for Robert G. Mertell and Maggie McNelis. Robert G. would have been thirty-seven years old at the time of this marriage, and it would have just been less than three months before the date of his death.
The 1900 Federal census for the 8th Ward of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, registers Maggie Mertell, age 29, widow, born in Missouri, her parents born in Ireland; her daughter Alma, age 7, both she and her parents born in Missouri; Maggie's mother, Bridget E McNelis, age 65, widow, she and her parents born in Ireland; and two lodgers, Charels F. Lercher, Jr., age 24; and Anthony Hand, age 27.
The 1910 Federal census for the 2nd Ward of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, registers the family of Robert L O'Donnell, the husband of Margret, married for nine years, each their second marriage. Also registered is Alma M Mertel. Shown living in the household at 414 Troup are: Robert L. O'Donnell, age 50, his occupation listed as probation officer for the city, born in Missouri, his parents of Irish ancestry born in England; Margret J, age 39, born in Missouri, her parents of Irish ancestry born in England; Alma M, Mertel, age 17, student, born in Missouri; and Bridget E. McNelis, Margret's mother, age 74, a widow, she and her parents of Irish ancestry born in England.
The 1920 Federal census for the 2nd Ward of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, registers Robert L. O'Donnell, age 60, living alone at 414 Troup. It can be assumed that Maggie and her mother had most likely died prior to this census and Alma was living elsewhere at age 27.

The Record of Death filed with the Missouri Secretary of State indicates Robert G Mertel died August 3, 1892 in the German Hospital in Jackson County, Missouri. Cause of death: Hepatic Abscess. Roll # C19509 975.


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Burial: Quindaro Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas




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