|Birth: ||May 16, 1805, Germany|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1876|
Cape Girardeau County
Land for the very first log-cabin church building was given to the congregation by the carpenter Daniel Bertling, located near the present intersection between Melrose and Delwin streets. The land was cleared of trees by congregation members and the logs were prepared for the building. Fortunately for the congregation, many of the German settlers were very skilled and had the tools needed to construct a church building from logs, due to the fact that logs were used often in Germany for home and barn building.
The finished church building measured 25 x 40 feet in size. Inside the building were a pump organ in the front left corner, an altar in the center, a high pulpit to the right of the altar, a box stove with a pipe, and two rows of benches without backs. Whitewashed logs could be seen and the floor was made of split logs with the faces smoothed. A row of pegs on the rear wall served as hangers for hats and coats. The men sat on the right side of the church, and the women sat on the left. This building was also used as the first location of Hanover's day school, begun shortly after the construction of the church building. Classes were held during the day in the church building, and taught originally by Christian August Lehmann, the first pastor of the congregation.
In 1848, a modest parsonage was constructed about 30 feet from the northwest corner of the church. This building measured 20 x 25 feet in size and was also constructed with logs. In 1850, the first burial was recorded in the cemetery, located adjacent to the church building on the west side. By the mid-1870s, plans were under discussion for relocating the church in order to better serve the growing congregation, many of whom lived several miles north of the log building. In 1875, the congregation approved a site two miles north along Perryville Road, a narrow dirt lane leading to Cape Girardeau. The land was purchased from the Christian Niemeier family. The next year, a modest 4-room parsonage and a frame school were completed.
Johanne Wilhelmine Probst Bertling (1809 - 1850)*
Fredrick Carl Bertling (1844 - 1923)*
Old Hanover Cemetery
Cape Girardeau County
Created by: brenda joyce
Record added: Jul 14, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 132791249