Anton Philip Sauer Sr.

Anton Philip Sauer Sr.

Hessen, Germany
Death 16 Aug 1879 (aged 53)
Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section C Lot 44, Sauer-Voegli-Kinney-Perkins Family plot
Memorial ID 58515207 · View Source
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20 Jan 1844 Marriage to Francesca
Vienna, Austria
• Gustav O L "Gus" Sauer
• Anton Philip "Anthony" Sauer, Jr
• Julius J "Joe" Sauer
• Emil Sauer
• Johanna Sauer Bang

1858 Immigrated to New York City to join his mother and sisters who had immigrated earlier

1868 Moved to Wyandotte County, Kansas after Francesca's death

1869 Marriage to the widow Marie Einhellig Messerschmidt
• step-daughter Anna Messerschmidt Voegtli
• step-daughter Maria/Mary Messerschmidt Klotz
• Eva Marie Sauer Van Fossen Perkins
• Antoinette Sauer McLean
• Josephine Sauer Kinney
• Clara Sauer
• Helen Sauer

Built a castle-like home along the Santa Fe Trail in Wyandotte County, Kansas, which is well documented on other websites as Sauer Castle. The home is designated a Kansas City, Kansas Historic Landmark, and is on the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places.

From various articles and family information, it is learned that Anton Sauer had several properties and businesses in the Kansas City area including: a fur-trading business, a tannery, part-owner of Crider-Sauer Grocers, a seed importing business near Fourth and Walnut, an overland freight hauling business from Kansas City to the Southwest which he operated with his sons, a riverboat which floated between Kansas City and St Louis to bring foods, seeds, fruits, flowers and plants to the area. He was also the president of the German Savings Association at 823 Main Street. Prior to settling in the Kansas City area he had been a bookkeeper in Russia, a merchant in Vienna, took business and buying trips to Paris, Italy, southern Europe, London, Australia, and Costa Rica.

Record of death not found, but several family references state that he suffered from tuberculosis even before he moved to Kansas City.


Mr. Anthony Sauer died at his late residence on the Shawnee road, Saturday night, of congestion of the lungs. He had been a resident of this city or vicinity since 1859. By careful business management he had amassed considerable property. He owned a large amount of real estate in the city, and had a strong faith in the town. His residence is one of the finest in the state. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and was followed to the grave by a large number of old citizens and friends. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the house. Internment in Union cemetery.
Kansas City Journal
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Vol XXII, No 51, p8, c5
Tue 19 Aug 1879

Cemetery records were destroyed in a fire in the sexton's cottage in 1889 so details about burial are not available

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With thanks to Linda Dukes for the following information:
Birth: abt 1825, Hesse, Germany
Death: Aug 1880, Rosedale, Wyandotte, Kansas

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With thanks to msn for the following information:
Anton Philip Sauer was born 10 Mar 1826. He married his first wife, Francisca on 20 Jan 1844 in Vienna, Austria. They had four sons and one daughter. Emil J Sauer is one of their sons. They came to America in the late 1850's. Francisca died in New York in 1868. Anton married Marie Einhellig Messerschmidt, widow of George Messerschmidt, on 20 Jun 1869. Anton and Marie had five daughters.
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On north face of family obelisk:

DIED AUG. 16, 1879.
DIED JULY 15, 1879.
NOV. 23, 1840.
NOV. 30, 1919.
FEB. 28, 1876.
OCT. 16, 1926.

On individual marker:

A. S.

Gravesite Details Tall obelisk in very good condition; Kinney inscription on west side; Voegtli family on south side; Sauer family on north and east sides. Individual markers with initials only for each person. (Sep-10-2010)


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  • Added: 11 Sep 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anton Philip Sauer Sr. (10 Mar 1826–16 Aug 1879), Find a Grave Memorial no. 58515207, citing Union Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by J F-B (contributor 47283216) .