Adolph Heinrich Fiegenbaum

Adolph Heinrich Fiegenbaum

Ladbergen, Kreis Steinfurt, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 11 Jan 1877 (aged 84)
Garner, Hancock County, Iowa, USA
Burial Garner, Hancock County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 27526923 · View Source
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Born 17 December 1792 in Ladbergen, Westphalia, Prussia, Adolph Fiegenbaum married Christine Peterjohann there on 25 Oct 1820, marriage entry #19. The Fiegenbaum family immigrated to America in 1834 first settling in MO and then in Iowa. Mr. Fiegenbaum died 11 January 1877 in Garner, Hancock County, IA.

Father Fiegenbaum's obituary from Der Christliche Apologete, January 29, 1877, is translated below; please forgive unintended errors:

On the 11th of January 1877, about 10 o'clock in the evening, Father Fiegenbaum died, old and life complete. Father Fiegenbaum was born on the 17th of December 1792 in the Ladbergen parish, governmental district of Munster, Kingdom of Prussia. In 1832 [1834]he came to America and settled down in St. Charles County, Mo.; from there he moved to Warren County, Mo., where he, with his wife and three of his children, was moved by the work of Brother Swahlen [Brother John Swahlen, Methodist preacher sent to Pinkney mission, 1841 (Experiences of German Methodist Preachers, 1859)] and then, under the work of the blessed departed Brother F. Horstmann, he turned to God and joined the Church of his choice, where he remained the rest of his life. His other three children had already turned to God in St. Louis, Mo.

Father Fiegenbaum was always willing to sacrifice and never objected as the Lord called one after the other of his sons to the ministry. Finally came the call to the youngest son on whom the old father wanted to depend in his old age. This youngest son must also leave the home. The presiding elder declared: No, it is not fair that I should rip away from the old people. But father was willing to give this son also. Oh, what a willingness to sacrifice, your father!

In the last three years Father F. suffered greatly after he fell and injured himself, so much that he was helpless and must be nurtured and cared for as a child, the care provided with love. He carried all with patience and gave himself to the will of God, knowing that this time of suffering would not be worth the wonders yet to be revealed. He saw himself at home with the Lord. "Yes," he said, "I would gladly go home with the Lord, for I have long awaited it." "Oh, yes," he repeated, "I go home soon." His youngest son said to him several days before the end, "You will soon go over the Jordan." "Oh", said he, "I have already passed through the Jordan." When the pain was great, he called to the Lord for help. He answered and brought an end to the suffering.

Now it is overcome,
Only through the Blood of the Lamb,
That in the most difficult hours
The greatest deeds are done. Hallelujah!

Yes, he has now passed over what we must still pass over. He is now at home with his wife, who went before him 5 years ago into the hope of eternal life. He left behind four sons, who all stand on Zion's walls and have already shown many, many souls the way to heaven.. He also left behind two daughters, whereof one is the wife of Brother Winter, the present preacher in Springfield, Ill, and the other lives here and is the wife of Brother Wellemeyer, in whose house he died, and who nurtured and tended him until his death. All look to him in faith and hope of eternal life. May they all be united again as a "whole family," where his fate lies. "What a joy that will be, when all join in with the blood washed band: "Hail be to Him who sits on the throne, to our God and to the Lamb! Amen. Praise and honor, and wisdom, and thanks, and worth, and power, and strength be to our God forever and ever! Amen."

Garner, Iowa
C. W. Henke

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 [1821] 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 Father Fiegenbaum's headstone was taken in 2006 and is courtesy of Arlene (Stoltenberg) Gilbert.

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:


2 Timothy 4:7,8:

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.



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