Christian Friedrich Goerler, was born in Haertensdorf, Saxony in the Erzgebirge on the 7th of July 1810. He was baptized and confirmed Lutheran in the Church of the Three Mary's. On the 25th of January 1838, he married Johanna Rosina Brunner. To them was born a son Friedrich Wilhelm on the 29th of October 1838. The church records say he divorced her sometime in September 1839 because she was not a good house·wife and did not take care of the child.
In the year 1841, 18th of July, he married Christine Caroline Meichsner. Together they had 8 children, one of which was still born. In 1854 they decided to emmigrate to the USA with their children. They left Haertensdorf and went to Hamburg where they boarded the ship Rob Roy on September 30, 1854. From there they went to Liverpool England where they boarded the ship Kossuth and finally landed in New Orleans, LA on November 27, 1854. A trip that was just 3 days short of 2 months. A total of 34 people died on this trip, among them Friedrich's wife Christine and the 2 youngest children. They were buried at sea.
On the 30th of December 1854, Christian applied to become an American citizen but he never lived to attain that. On May 20, 1855 in a school house in Apple Creek, MO, he married Anna Oberndorfer. They lived on the farm close to New Wells. On August 27, 1855, Christian died of gangrene from an old leg injury. He is buried in New Wells.
Anna was expecting a child and Lydia was born on April 5, 1856.
Gerler History by Edgar Dreyer 2009
Christiane Caroline Meichsner Gerler
1828–1854 (m. 1841)