|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1814|
|Death: ||Dec. 20, 1886|
Gottfried Baernd, father of Mrs. Charles Ahlers (Caroline) and Mrs. Fred Luchau (Augusta), died this morning, Dec. 20, 1886, at the age of 72 years, after a protracted illness. He was an old resident of this county, having settled in Hay Creek in 1855, where he resided until about 7 months ago. His remains will be interred in the Hay Creek cemetery tomorrow. The services taking place at the residence in this city (Red Wing) at 11 A.M.
Dec. 21. The funeral of Gottfried Baernd took place from the residence of Charles Ahlers, on 3rd street, this forenoon. Rev. George Hartung, of the German Methodist Evangelical Church officiating. The remains were taken to Hay Creek for interment. - Red Wing Daily Republican, Dec.20, 1886
Father Gottfried Behrend went to rest in the Lord at the age of 72 years, 2 months, and 17 days, of kidney failure. In 1849 he and his wife joined the church in Milwaukee and were converted (to God) the same year. He was one of the first fruits in the Northwest. He lived in Galena and later in Hay Creek, MN. where he helped organize the congregation. His wife preceded him in death in 1877 after 39 years of marriage. 2 daughters and 15 grandchildren survive him. He served the church in various offices for many years and guided many souls to the Lord. Memory of him will remain blessed. - Obituary that appeared in the Die Apologete, a publication of the Northern German Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church....On Dec. 20, 1886
2 inscriptions written and signed by Gottfried on the front flyleaf of the Baernd family bible. (Translated from German): On August 2, 1846, we arrived in Milwaukee from Germany. On January 20, 1849, during the ministry of Pastor Yost, we were converted. Signed G. Baernd.
Gottfried signed a Declaration of Intention March 15, 1847, at Milwaukee County, Wis. In it he states that he landed at the port of New York in August of 1846, and he renounced his allegiance and fidelity to Fredrick William King of Prussia. He signed it Gottfried Bernd., but it is Barnd at the top of the declaration.
This was written by Louise Bublitz (daughter of Louise Luchau Bublitz): Gottfried and Carolina went to Milwaukee, Wisc. where Augusta was born five weeks later. They lived in Galena, Ill. for awhile, then settled in Goodhue Co. MN. on a farm at Hay Creek by Red Wing. In his Bible, Gottfried recorded that he and Carolina joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1869. His pastor called him "a first fruit of the Northwest", probably meaning that he was an early product of Methodism in that pioneer land. Gottfried was active in the church, helping organize the church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, prayer meeting leader, and lay leader. - Norene Luchau Schlader as told by Louise Bublitz Johannaber.
Carolina Tietz Baernd (____ - 1877)
Caroline Behrend Ahlers (1839 - 1923)*
Augusta Amelia Behrend Hermann (1846 - 1931)*
Hay Creek German Methodist Cemetery
Created by: Wayne Diercks
Record added: Apr 19, 2013
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