The records for Kripplein Christi Church, located in Section 36 SW of Emmet Township of Dodge County, Wisconsin was translated from German by Mrs. Viola Wahl, owner of the church record book. Some of the names were difficult to read and there seems to be some discrepancies between the dates given in the baptismal record and those of the burials (which are noted on each name listing).
The original name of the church was the Evangelic Lutheran Church. It was organized in 1843 and records seem to stop after the one baptism in 1874. The list of communicants, which counted only six of the Bentert family in 1869,seems to have ended in that year. The church building, a half-timber structure rather than a log cabin, was built about 1856 on land given by Peter Bentert. After the congregation disbanded, the edifioe was used for several years as a home, first by Marian Engel and then for about 40 years by Ferdinand Bergman. Later Arthur Bentert acquired the property and used the former church as a dwelling.
Mrs. Viola Wahl of Watertown inherited the farm from her uncle, the above Arthur Bentert, before World War 11. About 1960 she sold the former church property, but not the cemetery, to the Mark Trail Club of Milwaukee. This club in turn sold the church building to a private party in March 1970, who dismantled the church and used the timber in a house.
Peter Bentert died at his home in the Town of Emmet on Oct. 22, 1881, and since he was unmarried, his two sisters were the heirs of thee farm. The cemetery property is still in the family. It is doubtful Peter was buried there, since most of the burials are from the 1850's and 1860's.
Note: These records were obtained by Rita Sugien in interviews with Mrs. Wahl in Oct 1975 and the material was typed by Clara Turner.
Special Thanks to Mr. Steven Seim for his research at Beaver Dam library to bring this to the FAG attention.
GPS Coordinates: 43.197, -88.67371
- Added: 31 Oct 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2654560
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