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Descendants of
Friedrich Mueller

of Hampton, Nebraska


Johann "Friedrich" Christian Mueller, son of Friedrich Mueller and Maria Christina Bergmann
- born 21 January 1839, Laeven, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Prussia
- baptized 3 February 1839, Triepkendorf, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Prussia
- immigrated about 1873
- died 10 April 1901, Hamilton County, Nebraska
- married about 1858 to
Carolina Stach
- born 3 March 1845, Prussia
- immigrated 1874, with children Amos and Ottilie Mueller
- died 28 February 1928

It is difficult to identify Fred Mueller on immigration records because of the frequent occurrence of the Mueller name. He apparently came first and then sent for his family. Carolina and the children came to the US, arriving on 23 November 1874 on the ship Hermann

They lived in Valley Township, near Hampton, in Hamilton County, Nebraska, where they farmed for many years. At the time of the 1920 census, Carolina, widowed, lived with her daughter and son-in-law Tillie and Henry Rahrs, in Beaver Township, Hamilton County, Nebraska. Fred and Caroline are buried in the cemetery of Zion Lutheran Church, 2306 East 16th Road, northeast of Hampton, Nebraska. A single stone marks the two graves.

Fred and Carolina Mueller's Gravestone

On the front of the pillar is Fred's name and this inscription:
Ich halte es dafür, dass dieser Zeit Leiden der Herrlichkeit
nicht wert sei die an uns soll geoffenbaret werden. Rom 8.18
[King James' Translation: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.]
Alle Leiden dieser Zeit
Sind nicht wert der Herrlichkeit
Die dir wird dein Jesus geben
Dort in jenem Freudenleben.
[This hymn verse expresses a sentiment similar to the Bible verse quoted above.]

The back of stone has the name and dates for Carolina Mueller, born March 3, 1845, died Feb. 28, 1928.
Carolina's Gravestone

  1. Amos Arnold Erich Miller
    - born 24 May 1871, West Prussia,
    - immigrated 23 November 1874 on the Hermann, arrived in New York
    - farmed in Valley Township, Hamilton County, Nebraska
    - died 1 April 1944, Hampton, Nebr.
    - married 23 August 1896 Buffalo County, Nebr., Immanuel Lutheran Church
        Lydia Laura Hartmann, daughter of Jacob F. Hartmann and Helen Herzog.
    - born 14 April 1875, Pennsylvania
    - died 16 July 1961, Hampton, Nebr.
    Witnesses at their marriage: Christian Hartmann, Johanna Hartmann, Fritz Mueller (father of the groom?), Ida Heintz.
    Amos and Lydia Hartmann Miller were buried at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, near Hampton, Nebraska Gravestone


    • Ella C. Miller
      - born 11 July 1898, Hampton, Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - died 11 January 1978, Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska
      - married 05 September 1920 to
          Herman Ernst Mowitz, son of John F. H. Mowitz and Wilhelmine Kark
      - born 15 October 1897 in Nebraska
      - died May 1985 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska
      - WWI draft registration describes Herman as tall, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair.
      Ella and Herman farmed in Hamilton County, Nebraska.
    • Lorene H. Miller
      - born 31 October 1899, Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - died 14 March 1976, while residing at York, York County, Nebraska
      - married 18 January 1920, to
          Arthur Henry William Klute
      - born 29 November 1895 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - farmed at Bradshaw, Arborville Township, York County, Nebraska
      - died 16 March 1968 in York, York, Nebraska
      - WWI draft registration describes Art as medium height and build, brown eyes, black hair
      They had four children.
    • Amanda J. Miller
      - born 6 September 1900, Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - died 29 July 1971 or 1972
      - married about 1926 to
          Raymond Reinhardt Zieroth, son of August Zierott and Minnie Opitz
      - born 17 March 1897 in Nebraska
      - died 16 March 1957
      In 1930 Raymond was a bank cashier in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska.
      They had two sons.
    • Arthur Friedrich Miller
      - born 8 May 1903, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - died 18 January 1990
      married Gertrude M. Wall, daughter of Christian Wall and Katherine Bamesberger
      - born 23 November 1911 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - died 9 July 2006, Aurora, Hamilton, Nebraska
      At the time of the 1930 census, Arthur was single, and was the proprietor of a general store in Hampton.
      Obituary of Gertrude Wall Miller
      Gertrude M. Miller, 94, lifelong resident of Hampton, died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at Hamilton Manor in Aurora. Services will be Wednesday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Hampton with Rev. Randall Smith officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery.
      Gertrude Martha Miller was born Nov. 23, 1911, in Hampton to Christian and Katherine (Bamesberger) Wall. She received her education in Hampton, graduating from Hampton High School in 1929.
      On Aug. 28, 1932, she married Arthur F. Miller at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Concord. They made their home in Hampton where they owned and operated the Corner Store for several years and then farmed until their retirement. They continued to live in Hampton. Her husband died in January of 1990. She moved to the East Park Villa in Aurora in January of 2005 and had been at Hamilton Manor for that last few weeks.
      As a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Hampton, she was active in all aspects of church life. She was baptized on Dec. 1, 1912, confirmed on April 5, 1925, had been a member of the Ladies Aid for over 70 years, and attended Bible classes. She also was a member of several card clubs, she enjoyed quilting, and tying quilts for relief missions.
      Survivors include one sister, Velma Sullivan of McLean, Va.; two brothers, Carl Wall of Aurora and Raymond Wall of Lincoln; five nieces, nine nephews and other relatives and friends.
      She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers, Herman, William, Edwin, and Walter; four sisters, Lena Driewer, Emma Fenster, Clara Hansen, and Dorothy Fenster; and one niece, Janis Clark.
      Memorials are directed to St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Hampton. Condolences may be sent to the family at
    • Edna Vera Miller
      - born 22 January 1908, in Nebraska
      - died 5 July 2004 in Hemet, Riverside, California
      - buried 13 July 2004 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska, Hampton Cemetery
      m. Carl John Wall, son of Christian Wall and Katherine Bamesberger
      - born 20 May 1915, Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - died 26 June 2017, Aurora, Hamilton, Nebraska
      Obituary of Edna Wall:
      HEMET, Calif. -- Edna Wall, age 96, of Hemet, Calif., formerly of Hampton, died Monday, July 5, 2004, of a stroke.
      Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Cemetery. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements locally.
      Services were held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hemet, California on Friday, July 9. Harford Funeral in Hemet, California was in charge of the arrangements.
      Edna Vera Wall was born in Hampton.
      Survivors of the immediate include her husband, [Living] Wall of Hemet, Calif. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, [Living] Miller of Hampton, and many nieces and nephews.
      Edna was united in marriage to [Living] Wall. She was a dental assistant for 50 years, 26 of those for Dr. Phillips in Woodland Hills. Edna also was president of the Dental Assistants Association.

      Obituary of Carl Wall:
      Carl J. Wall, 102, of Aurora, formerly of Hampton, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at Memorial Community Care. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 29, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. The Rev. Paul Kern will officiate. Interment will be in the Hampton Cemetery.
      Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements. Carl John Wall, the son of Christian and Katherine (Bamesberger) Wall, was born in Hampton, Neb., on May 20, 1915, and passed away at Aurora, Neb., on June 26, 2017, at the age of 102.
      Carl was one of 12 children. Carl graduated from Hampton High School in 1933. Carl enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1941 and retired from the Air Force in 1951. He was promoted to Master Sergeant in 1943. Carl served in both World War II and Korea. He completed four aircraft and engine schools in the Air Force, plus an Air Force Inspectors School. He was extremely proud of the time he spent in the Air Force.
      Carl was united in marriage to Edna Vera Miller on Oct. 18, 1945, at Salt Lake City, Utah. Following their marriage they lived in California, where they made their home in Granada Hills. After retiring from the Air Force, Carl worked for the City of Los Angeles, caring for its golf courses until his retirement. Edna passed away on July 5, 2004. Carl moved back to Nebraska to be closer to family. He made his home at East Park Villa for six years before moving to Memorial Community Care.
      Carl was a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society. He was a life member of 351st Bomb GP Association, Veteran Foreign Wars Post 2266, American Legion Post 53, Air Force Sergeants Association and Lester S. Harter Post 42 in Aurora. He completed one year at Cal-Aero Tech and received his diploma as a Master Aviation Mechanic and FAA license, and earned his Private Pilot’s License. In California, he was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and upon returning to Nebraska was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton.
      He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, five brothers and six sisters.
      Those who remain to cherish his memory are his nieces and nephews and many close friends.
  2. Ottilie Emelie Mueller
    - born 17 July 1873, Jacobsdorf, Prussia
    - died 3 March 1956, Hampton, Nebr.
    - married 20 April 1893 Hamilton County, Nebraska, Zion Lutheran Church, to
        Henry William (Roehrs) Rahrs, son of Henry and Christina Roehrs
    - born 9 December 1866, Wenser, Hannover,
    - immigrated about 1870, lived in Illinois as a young child
    - died 22 February 1951, Hampton, Nebr.
    Henry lived in Thayer, had a dry goods store with his brother Theodore for several years. Then they moved back to the farm where they lived until about 1941, when they moved into Hampton. They are buried at Zion Lutheran cemetery near Hampton, Nebraska.
    • Helena Mary Rahrs
      - born 25 January 1894, Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - died 24 May 1983, York, York County, Nebraska
      - married 29 April 1914, Thayer, York County, Nebraska, to
          Fred William Reetz, son of William C. Reetz and Augusta Hoffman
      - born 12 August 1890, in York County, Nebraska
      - died 5 January 1969 in Seward, Seward, Nebraska
      - WWI draft registration described Fred as medium height and build, blue eyes, dark brown hair
      - farmed at Bradshaw, York County, Nebraska and later worked for Hughes Brothers in Seward.
      They are buried at Seward Nebraska, Greenwood Cemetery.
      • Ervin Henry Reetz, born 11 September 1915 in Cordova, Seward, Nebraska
        - died 7 April 1916 in Cordova, Seward, Nebraska
        - buried in Thayer, York, Nebraska, Zion Cemetery

      • Lawrence O. Reetz, born 11 January 1917 in Cordova, Seward, Nebraska
        census 1920, 1930 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska,
        - died 15 November 2000 in Hastings, Adams, Nebraska
        - married 21 January 1940 in York County, Nebraska, to
            Ella Henrietta Epke, daughter of Frederick August Epke and Emma Louise Nabor
        - born 2 October 1915
        - died 7 August 1990
        OBITUARY of Lawrence Reetz
        Lawrence Reetz, 83, of York died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at Hastings.
        He was born Jan. 11, 1917, at York to Frederick and Helena (Roehrs) Reetz. He married Ella Epke on Jan. 21, 1940, at the family home at Waco. Lawrence was raised in the Lutheran faith. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Waco for over 60 years. He was a lifelong farmer in York County and a sports enthusiast.
        He is survived by his son, [Living] Reetz of York; two grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving is a sister, [Living] Maronde of York and a sister-in-law [Living] Reetz of Lincoln
        He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, four brothers, one sister and a great-granddaughter.
        Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, at St. John's Lutheran Church south of Waco with the Rev. Paul Kern officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation. Visitation has begun at Metz Mortuary in York.

      • Norman Elmer Reetz, born 23 January 1919 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska
        - died 24 July 1990
        - married 2 December 1945 in Polk, Polk, Nebraska, to
            Alice Louise Baack, daughter of Martin Baack and Alice Wurtz
        - born 19 December 1923 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska
        - died 23 January 2011 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska
        Norman and Alice are buried at Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln, Nebraska
        They had two daughters.

      • Lila M. Reetz, born 08 Aug 1922 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska
        - died 31 October 2000 in York, York, Nebraska
        - married 9 April 1944 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska
            Alvin Weiss, son of Karl Weiss and Anna Pauline Alwine
        - born 16 August 1915 in Benedict, York County, Nebraska
        - died 22 December 1988
        They had three children.
        Obituary of Lila Reetz Weiss
        Lila Weiss, 78, of York died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, at York. She was born Aug. 8, 1922, at Bradshaw to Fred and Helena (Rahrs) Reetz.
        Lila married Alvin A. Weiss on April 9, 1944, at Hampton. They lived and farmed near York until 1959. Lila worked at the Holland House in York from 1960 until it closed. She was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at York.
        Survivors include one son, one daughter and grandchildren.Also surviving are her brother, Lawrence Reetz, and sister, Velma Maronde, both of York. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Alvin, daughter Linda and four brothers.
        Funeral service: Faith Lutheran Church in York on Friday. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery of York. Metz Mortuary.

      • Elton L. Reetz, born 1 August 1924 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska
        - died 4 July 1990
        - married 23 July 1950 in Seward, Seward, Nebraska, to
            Lois Christian, daughter of Charles Christian and Genevieve Laura Helsin
      • Stillborn Infant Reetz, born 1 August 1924 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska
        - died 1 August 1924. Twin of Elton L. Reetz.
      • Velma Reetz, born 20 February 1927 in Bradshaw, York, Nebraska
        - died 5 August 2015, in York, Nebr.
        - married 8 February 1948, to
            Willis Maronde, son of Louis Maronde and Louise Otte
        - born 5 October 1925 in Benedict, York county,Nebraska
        - died 24 July 1977, buried in York, York, Nebraska
        They had two sons.
        Obituary for Velma Reetz Maronde
        Velma O. Maronde, age 88 of York, NE, died Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at York. She was born February 20, 1927 to Fred and Helena (Rahrs) Reetz. She was baptized on March 13, 1927 and confirmed on March 17, 1940 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hampton, NE. She graduated from Bradshaw High School on May 16, 1945. On February 8, 1948 she was united in marriage to Willis F. Maronde at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Willis and Velma lived on a farm near Benedict, NE until the death of Willis in 1977. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in York. Velma enjoyed sports, spending time with family, and playing cards.
        She is survived by two sons, grandchildren and great grand-daughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Lila Weiss, infant brother, and brothers: Lawrence, Norman, and Elton
        Funeral service: Monday, August 10, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church in York. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery in York.

    • Marcella Rahrs
      - born 7 January 1897, Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - died 13 August 1950, Hampton, Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - married 29 May 1917 Hamilton County, Nebraska, Zion Lutheran Church, to
          Ernest Driewer, born 25 August 1895 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - WWI draft registration description: medium height and build, blue eyse, brown hair
      - died 18 June 1981 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska
      Marcella and Ernest are both buried in Hamilton County, Nebraska, Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
      They had two children.

    • Elmer Rahrs twin
      - born 21 November 1900, Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - died 7 April 1989
      - married 8 April 1928, York, Nebr., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, to
          Lillie (nee Pijan) Heiden, born 19 October 1902
      - died 1 March 1979 in Hampton, Hamilton, Nebraska

    • Alma Marie Rahrs twin of Elmer (above)
      - born 21 November 1900, Hampton, Nebr.
      - died 17 Oct 1996, Aurora, Hamilton, Nebraska
      Never married.
      Obituary for Alma Rahrs:
      Alma Marie Rahrs, the daughter of Henry and Ottillie (Mueller) Rahrs, was born at Thayer, Nebraska, on November 21, 1900, and died at Aurora, Nebraska, on October 17, 1996, at the age of 95 years, 10 months, and 26 days.
      She attended Parochial School and later attended the Grand Island Business College and worked in Omaha, from December 1933 until August 1937. She worked for the Amalgamated Lithographers of America in San Francisco, California from August 13, 1937 until September 18, 1940, when she accepted a position in Washington D.C., with the United States Department of Agriculture, REA, from September 32, 1940, until May 15, 1961, when she retired on disability.
      In August of 1961, she moved to Central City and in 1968, she moved to Grand Island. For the past several years, she has resided at the Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
      Alma was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church northeast of Hampton, and at the time of her death was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Grand Island.
      She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, her twin brother Elmer, and Clarence, 3 sisters, Lena Reetz, Marcella Drewier, and Lydia Maronde. Survivors include brother Alvin, and a sister Rose Gardner, both of Aurora, and many nieces and nephews, and other relatives.

    • Rose C. Rahrs
      - born 2 November 1905, Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - died 16 January 1998 in Aurora, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - married 22 July 1951, Hampton, Nebr.
          Deacon Gardner, born 28 Jul 1912 in Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska
      - died 6 March 1955
      Both are buried in Lincoln, Nebraska, Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery
      Obituary of Rose Rahrs Gardner:
      AURORA--Rose Gardner, 92, of Aurora died Friday, Jan. 16, 1998, at the Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
      Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hampton. The Rev. George Damm will officiate. Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Lincoln.
      Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Higby Mortuary in Aurora.
      Mrs. Gardner was born Nov. 2, 1905, to Henry and Otillie (Mueller) Rahrs. She grew up and attended school in Hampton. In 1942, she moved to Lincoln until she returned to Aurora. She entered the Hamilton Manor at Aurora in Sept. 1987.
      She married Deacon R. Gardner in July 1955 (sic) at Hampton. He died on March 6, 1955.
      She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln.
      Survivors include her brother, Alvin Rahrs of Aurora, and nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Clarence and Elmer Rahrs and four sisters, Lena Reentz, Marcella Driewer, Lydia Maronde and Alma Rahrs.
    • Clarence Robert Rahrs
      - born 14 October 1909, Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - died 27 October 1982, Polk, Polk County, Nebraska
      - buried in Polk, Nebraska, Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery
      - married 20 August 1933 Hampton, Nebr., Zion Lutheran Church
          Esther Sagehorn, daughter of Paul Sagehorn and Helen Klute
      - born 21 September 1912 in Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - died 5 November 1990.
      • Robert C. Rahrs, adopted son of Clarence and Esther Rahrs
        - born 25 February 1947 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa
        - died 26 February 1999
        - married 24 February 1967 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, to
            Living Willits. They had four children.

    • Lydia Louise Rahrs
      - born 16 December 1912, Thayer, York county, Nebraska
      - died 22 March 1996
      - married 1 September 1935, Hampton, Nebraska, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, to
          Walter Maronde, born 24 November 1912 in York, York, Nebraska
      - died 4 March 1989
      They had one son.

    • Alvin Gustave Frederick Rahrs,
      - born 7 December 1915, Hamilton County, Nebraska
      - died 19 January 2008, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska
      - married 1 September 1940, Kronborg, Hamilton County, Nebraska, St. John's Church
          Elvera Marie Larsen, daughter of James (Jens) P. and Rose (Lorenzen) Larsen - born 26 September 1917 in Marquette, Hamilton, Nebraska
      - died 22 February 2001 in Aurora, Hamilton, Nebraska.
      They had three sons.
      Obituary of Alvin Rahrs:
      Alvin Rahrs, 92, of Aurora, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha
      Funeral service: Wednesday in Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora with Revs. Cheryl and Chris Kester Beyer officiating. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Mortuary: Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora
      Alvin Rahrs, son of Henry and Otillie (Mueller) Rahrs, was born Dec. 7, 1915 in Hampton. He grew up in Hampton and attended country schools through the eighth grade. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
      He married Elvera Marie Larsen Sept. 1, 1940 in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at Kronborg. Following their marriage they lived in Washington State for a year before returning to Nebraska where they lived in Seward until 1952. They moved to Marquette the spring of that year and they farmed there together until their retirement. In 1981 they moved to Aurora. His wife died Feb. 22, 2001.
      He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles and was a honorary member of the Hamilton County Historical Society. He enjoyed playing baseball in his younger years and liked to umpire and watch baseball games later in life.
      Survivors include his three sons and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; two brothers, Clarence and Elmer Rahrs; five sisters, Alma Rahrs, Rose Gardner, Marcella Driewer, Helena Reetz and Lydia Maronde.
      Excerpts from the obituary of Elvera Rahrs:
      She attended a rural country school outside of Marquette. Elvera was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Kronborg.
      Elvera was united in marriage to [Living] Rahrs on September 1, 1940 at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church at Kronborg. The newly wed couple lived in Washington State for a year before returning to Nebraska, making their home in Seward, Nebraska until 1952. They moved to Marquette that spring where they farmed together until retirement. In 1981, the couple moved to Aurora.
      Elvera was a member of the Garden Club, and also participated in church activities at Messiah Lutheran Church, including the women's circle. She enjoyed gardening, music and family.
      She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Peter, Hans, Holger, Edward and Jim Larsen.
      She is survived by her husband of Aurora and three sons.

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