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Anna Phillip Carl
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1828
Death: Mar. 19, 1912

Anna Phillip Carl was born February 1, 1828, in Switzerland, in the Canton of Graubunden, in or near the small town of Untervatz, which is situated on the Upper Rhine River, ten to fifteen miles below the city of Chur.

The Canton of Graubunden protected almost completely by its high mountains was for centuries a free democracy and because of its isolation the people had their own customs and language. Their early ancestors had come from neighboring Italy, and they developed a language all their own which had a Roman derivation. Unlike the other Swiss Cantons, they were little influenced by the German language and the Germans, unable to understand them call them "Welsch", a term which was applied to anything connected to "Latin" civilization.
The French called the inhabitants of Graubunden the Grisons or "grey people", which was in reference to the grey plaster material used to stucco the outside and inside of their houses.

Anna's parents were Yohau Georg Phillip and Margaretha Krattli Phillip. The Phillip family owned a grist and flour mill which was powered by the clear, swift waters of the Upper Rhine River. Anna often told the story of when she fell into the Rhine and would have drowned but for two of her older brothers coming to the rescue. By the time of Anna Phillip's birth, Switzerland was strongly Protestant and stressed the authority of the Bible instead of the authority of the Church, they established schools so that all might learn to read. The schools became more than Bible schools and added subjects such as writing, arithmetic and additional skills in music, art and history. Anna had the unique opportunity to become an educated woman in a time when most could not even read. She was a good mathematician and a great lover of music.

The Phillip family came to America, not because of poverty, war or lust for land. They heard the stories of America and came for the adventure of starting something new in a new land. In 1844 the Phillip family sold their grist-mill on the Rhine, their comfortable home and all their belongings to begin the arduous journey to America. They took horse drawn vehicles to LeHarve, France where they would sail to the port of New Orleans, then up the Mississippi River by riverboat to their final destination of Hermann, Missouri. Three other families came with the Phillip family, the Krattli family, the Gruber family, and the Schindler family. They arrived at Hermann, Missouri in July 1844 and purchased government land in the hills close to Berger. They paid 12 1/2 cents per acre. The land was mostly timbered hills close to the Missouri River and reminded them of their homeland.

During their first year in America many of their number died from sickness, among them was Anna's mother. After the death of his wife, Georg Phillip remarries leaving Anna and her younger sister Mary still mourning their mother and feeling out of place with their stepmother. The girls go to Hermann where Anna finds employment as a maid for Mrs. Keane. Mrs. Keane was very happy with Anna's housekeeping abilities and was proud that Anna was intelligent and very beautiful. Mrs.Keane often spoke of Anna's abundance of beautiful black wavy hair. Anna worked for Mrs. Keane for three years and at the age of twenty one met George Carl who was age thirty-seven. Anna and George married on March 9, 1849.

George and Anna Carl immediately began farming on land near McKittrick, Missouri which is immediately across the river from Hermann. They lived and worked this farm for sixteen or seventeen years until the year 1865 or 1866 when they purchased land immediately next to the Missouri River at Berger, Missouri. By this time George and Anna had 11 of their total of 13 children, one dying at age 2 and the other at age 1. The new farmland was almost entirely a grove of willow trees that had to be cleared. George Carl took with him his two oldest sons, George Jr. and Jacob and his daughter Margaret. The boys helped to clear the land and Margaret did the cooking. When their house was built and land cleared George brought the rest of the family to what would be their permanent home.

George Carl's decision to move near Berger, Missouri, was not just for the land but for the availability of the Berger Bottom school. George was denied an education as a child did not want his children to grow up uneducated and Anna as an educated woman wanted more for their children.

George Carl dies in 1880 and Anna continues to raise their children until they are married adults. In the 1900 Census Anna is living alone on the farm and has a "boarder," John Otto Ficke age 28,who might have actually been a hired hand. In 1910 Anna is living with her daughter Maria (Mary) Schowengerdt in the Independence, Missouri area. She lives out the last two years of her life among her children and grandchildren, passing away on March 19, 1912. Anna is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

(Excerpts of this bio from the Carl family History, written by Rev. Louis Schowengerdt, A.B., M.A., D.D)
Family links: 
  George Carl (1812 - 1880)
  John Jacob Carl (1850 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Sec. 8, Lot 9, Sp. 7
Maintained by: Jude Sedich
Originally Created by: Leonard Louis Meador
Record added: Jul 28, 2011
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Anna <i>Phillip</i> Carl
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Anna <i>Phillip</i> Carl
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