Christine Elisabeth <I>Peterjohann</I> Fiegenbaum

Christine Elisabeth Peterjohann Fiegenbaum

Death 17 Sep 1871 (aged 74–75)
Giard, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Burial Garner, Hancock County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 27504037 · View Source
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Christine Elisabeth Peterjohann was born circa 1796 in Ladbergen, Westphalia, Prussia. She married Adolph Fiegenbaum in Ladbergen 25 Oct 1820, marriage entry #19. The Fiegenbaum family immigrated to America in 1834 first settling in MO and then in Iowa. Mrs. Fiegenbaum died 17 September 1871.

Mrs. Fiegenbaum's obituary from Der Christliche Apologete, 16 Oct 1871, is translated below; please forgive unintended errors:

Mother Christine Fiegenbaum, nee Peterjohann, died on the 17th of September 1871 in Giard, Clayton County, Iowa. She was born in Ladbergen in early year 1796. She entered into matrimony with father Adolph Fiegenbaum on the 15th of October 1820. In the marriage she bore 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom are still living. The mother had the joy of seeing all of her children converted and to see her 4 sons in the service of her Lord as preachers of the gospel, while her youngest daughter is the wife of our circuit preacher.

Father and Mother Fiegenbaum left their old home in Germany in 1834 and settled first in St. Charles County, Mo., from which they later resettled to Warren County. As Father J. Swahlen [Brother John Swahlen, Methodist preacher sent to Pinkney mission, 1841 (Experiences of German Methodist Preachers, 1859)] in the beginning of the 40 years at first unfolded the banner of the cross in the region and then branched out the customs of the ancestor Church, Father F. was the first to open his home to the message of our Church and out of the mouth of Father Swahlen Mother Fiegenbaum first found the unspeakable Kingdom of the grace of God. The Lord blessed his Word on the hearts of the parents as well as the children of this family so that it came to fruition, although first later under the work of the long deceased F. Horstman would their souls be bound in the freedom of the children of God and the mother also know the forgiveness of sins.

Since that time was Mother Fiegenbaum continually a shining light in the community, gladly giving her sons to the service of the gospel. Always she was prepared through loving reception of the circuit preacher to lighten his travels. Her fellowship with the savior was profound; her love to him was fruitful and sacrificial. In prayer she found the salve and power that especially in the younger years, the salvation seeking are blessed. Never did Mother Fiegenbaum know the full love she longed to have. She was too careful of this her place in life, that she was a poor sinner -- so she claimed herself --, yet she lived as one with Christ united with God that she enjoyed the satisfaction in the religion as one of the little ones. In earlier years as the Church took one after another of her sons into the preacher's office, she asserted one time, if the Lord finally would call her youngest, she would be ready to go along. Her wish was fulfilled to this extent that in the circle of the family of her youngest son her soul washed in the blood of the lamb was taken up. Until the last moment she was in full possession of her mind. She was in the weakness of old age almost since the New Year, and since that time almost continually bed fast. Finally the release came, her sighs are silent, her pains gone, her work over, her race ended, the victory achieved. Hallelujah!

Then as I was already on the way here to conference, Father Fiegenbaum requested me to have the funeral sermon. The large gathering, the profound participation, all showed how great in the respect of the people the good Mother stood.
Giard, Iowa - F. Schuler

In 1859, the Reverend Heinrich Hermann Fiegenbaum (1821-1905), son of Adolph and Christine Fiegenbaum, recalls the 1834 crossing and the early years in Warren County, MO, in AMERICAN EXPERIENCES OF GERMAN METHODIST PREACHERS, stories collected by Reverend Adam Miller, M.D.:

I [Reverend Fiegenbaum] was born on the 18th of October, in the year 1820 in Westphalia, kingdom of Prussia, Germany. In the year 1833 [1834] our family migrated to America, and about midsummer my parents with five children landed in New Orleans. This was the year when the cholera raged with such violence, and scores fell victims to it every day. A gracious Providence preserved our lives, and we took steamboat for St. Louis, which we reached in nine days. We did not remain long in the city, but moved to the country, and settled seventy-five miles west of St. Louis, in St. Charles county, Missouri. Here we were in an entire wilderness, on which account no one grieved more than my mother [Mrs. Adolph Fiegenbaum], as she had been converted in Germany, and was now deprived of church privileges and Christian associations.

Photo of Mrs. Fiegenbaum's headstone was taken in 2006 and is courtesy of Arlene (Stoltenberg) Gilbert.

Information from Garner Public Library, source unknown, reports: The township cemetery, established December 25, 1874, is located on five acres in the NE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 31, on the southeast edge of Garner. The first burial in what was to be the Concord Township Cemetery was that of Christine Fiegenbaum who died September 17, 1871.

Other sources report that Mrs. Fiegenbaum's body was moved to/interred in Concord Cemetery circa Jan 1877 to rest at the side of her husband, Adolph Fiegenbaum, who died 11 January 1877.

Two sisters of Mrs. Fiegenbaum were buried in MO: Maria Christine (Peterjohann) Schoppenhorst (1809-1862), Hopewell Cemetery, Hopewell, Warren, MO, Find A Grave Memorial# 57197556; Anna Sophia Elisabeth (Peterjohann) (twin) Stienecker (1812-1865), Ebenezer "Stone" Church Cemetery, Gerald, Franklin, MO, Find A Grave Memorial# 27305269.

Gretchen (Klein) Leenerts deserves much credit for researching the Fiegenbaum family. For additional Fiegenbaum family information, please visit the web site of J. Mark Fiegenbaum:


Hebrews 4:9: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.



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