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West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
3879 Jackman Rd
Monroe County
Michigan  USA
Postal Code: 48140

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West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery is located directly behind (east side) the West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church and parish hall. There is a sign for it, the sign is located in the front of the church. Maplewood Cemetery is only the stones that are north of the driveways. Maplewood is the township cemetery and not affiliated with West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The church was organized on March 26th, 1862 and the founding members of West Ida Immanuel were: George Michael Schober, Fred Albrecht, Christian Sadewasser, Chris Bentschneider, Matthias Strabel, Michael Strabel, Hans Bruegert, Fredrich Vogelsang, Joachim Vogelsang, John Kleinert, G. Mathes, G.W. Meier, and Frederich Lefien & their families as principle members. As many of the members were German immigrants the worship was conducted in German until 1918. The Rev. Willam Kroenke of Riga served as administrator until the congregation called their first pastor the Rev. J.J. Oetjens. The home of Joachim Vogelsang was the gathering place of worship until the first West Ida Lutheran Church was built & dedicated in 1862. The church had outgrown the original log cabin and a new and larger structure was built to take its place in 1881. The church still stands today serving the community and its members. It has withstood being struck by lightning and fire.

13 children died in 1870 (in the summer months and autumn) in this church from Scarlet Fever which was rampid in the state of Michigan that year. All the children listed in this cemetery under the age of 16, who died in 1870, died from scarlet fever. The names of the children were & they raged in age from 16 to age 8 months:

1. Carl Bernhard Feinauer-son of Carl & Antonie (nee Grundmann) Feinauer, born 25 December 1858, died 24 July 1870, age 11 years, 6 months, 29 days.

2. Julius Ferdinand Feinauer-son of Carl & Antonie (nee Grundmann) Feinauer, born 4 October 1869 died 25 July 1870, age 9 months, 21 days.

3. Alwine Pauline Amalie Feinauer-daughter of Carl & Antonie (nee Grundmann) Feinauer, born 30 November 1857, died 26 July 1870, age 12 years, 7 months, 26 days.

4. Franz Hermann Feinauer-son of Carl & Antonie (nee Grundmann) Feinauer, born 15 February 1861, died 27 July 1870, age 9 years, 5 months, 12 days.

5. Friedrich Michael Keinert-son of Johann & Friederike (nee Oberleiter) Kleinert, born 19 December 1862, died 30 July 1870, age 7 years, 7 months, 11 days.

6. Johanna Marie Kleinert-daughter of Johann & Friederike (nee Oberleiter) Kleinert, born 15 September 1861, died 31 July 1870, age 8 years, 10 months, 16 days.

7. Maria Barkenquast-daughter of Johann & Margareta Dorothea (nee Oetjens) Barkenquast, born 5 October 1856, died 2 August 1870, age 13 years, 9 months, 27 days.

8. Minna Anna Feinauer-daughter of Carl & Antonie (nee Grundmann) Feinauer, born 18 November 1866, died 6 August 1870, age 3 years, 8 months, 18 days.

9. Maria Magdalena Reinsch-daughter of Rev. Martin Heinrich Berthold & Amalie Elizabeth Marie (nee Kramm) Reinsch, born 5 December 1868, died 22 August 1870, age 1 year, 8 months, 17 days.

10. Wilhelmine Albrecht-daughter of Friedrich & Sophia (nee Vogelsang) Albrecht, born 25 November 1853, died 23 August 1870, age 16 years, 7 months, 6 days.

11. Emma Maria Bentschneider-daughter of Wilhelm & Amalie (nee Schierholz) Bentschneider, born 15 June 1868, died 1 September 1870, age 2 years, 2 months, 16 days.

12. Johann Fritz Ludwig Schulz-son of Carl & Maria (nee Schulz) Schulz, born 19 December 1869, died 7 September 1870, age 8 months, 18 days.

13. Friedrich Wilhelm Feinauer-son of Carl & Antonie (nee Grundmann), born 1 January 1865, died 12 September 1870, age 5 years, 8 months, 11 days.

Most of these memorials were submitted from the church registries and double checked, but there are a lot of stones that are unreadable in this cemetery. Church baptism, death and marriage records are available to view at the church office. Some of the records have been also been submitted to Monroe County Library, Ellis Branch on the corner of S. Custer and Raisinville Rds, in Monroe, Michigan. All the baptism and marriage records have been transcribed into English, but none of the death records have been. The death registry (different from actual death records) from the church has a lot of valuable information in it which has been transfered to these memorials when available. Accuracy to make these memorials the most correct that they can be, has been our number one goal. If there is a name or vital statisic discrepency, please contact the church to view the records personally.

The 13 original charter members of West Ida Immanuel, & all the other past members of West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Ruehs, Tolners, Oetjens, Feinauers, Stotz', Lapps, Barkenquasts, Franks, Hansons, Millers, Eggerts, Boldts, Shierholtz', Trosts, Shultz', Orns, Kleinerts, Cronenwetts, Holtz', Reeks, Gertz', Koepkes, Wittkops, Pfaenders, Laa(h)s, Waegners, Reinschs, Krantz', Scheids, Moellers, Vogts, Regelins, Bastians, Howes, Browns, Otts, Burwitz', Krauses, Niemans, Ros(s)wurms, Herrings, Venskes, Strass, Bakers, Libkes, Kittingers, Wobsers, Whites, Leonards, Haneys, Masons, Rathkes, and the many, many more, who endured the hardships of frontier life to build a new life in the "New World" to make West Ida Immanuel Church come to be. Thank you all for leading the way.
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West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Added by: Joy Engel
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Added by: Joy Engel
West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
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