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William Behrens

Meppen, Calhoun County, Illinois, USA
Death 25 Jul 1924 (aged 46)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 77201735 · View Source
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William was the youngest child of John Behrens and Anna Maria "Mary" Brinker. His father, John, died when William was only 3-months-old.

William's widowed mother, Mary, married Henry Bentrup in the summer of 1879. She died in early 1883 leaving William an orphan before he was 5-years-old.

William married Caroline "Carrie" Haselhorst on 08 Jan 1901 in Calhoun County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Martin Haselhorst and Helena "Lena" Verborg.

William's bride, Carrie, had been born on 10 Dec 1883 in the same hometown as him. After their 1901 marriage, William and Carrie were the parents of at least 7 children, and he worked as a liveryman in Richwood Pct. in Calhoun County.

The Behrens family moved to St. Louis, Missouri in the late summer of 1916, and William worked there as a laborer in a foundry.

Carrie gave birth to a boy, Melvin Peter Behrens, the day before her 33rd birthday. However, she died at St. Mary's Infirmary of peritonitis 6 days after his birth. She was buried on 18 Dec 1916. The baby lived for another month, but died on 16 Jan 1917.

After the loss of his wife and youngest son, William continued to live in St. Louis with his surviving children. He died of pneumonia in 1924 at the age of 46 years, 6 months and 3 days. He was buried on 28 Jul 1924.

Children: 3 daughters, 2 sons, 2 infants.

Father of:
Infant Behrens
Freda H. Behrens Stahl
Catherine "Kate" Behrens
John William Behrens
Infant Behrens
Sophia M. Behrens
Melvin Peter Behrens

William's siblings:
Anna Behrens
William Behrens (died in infancy)
Herman Behrens
Elizabeth M. "Lizzie" Bentrup Bimslager (half-sister)

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  • Created by: Lynn
  • Added: 27 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77201735
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Behrens (22 Feb 1878–25 Jul 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77201735, citing Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Lynn (contributor 47138895) .