28 April 2013

Heinrich Arnold Oberhellmann

1846 — 1926

Biograpical Material

Henry A. Oberhellmann

(Farmer and Justice of the Peace, Post-office, Holstein)

'Squire Oberhellmann was a grandson of Henry A. Oberhellmann, who settled in this county from Germany in 1833, and is a son of Frederick A. Oberhellmann and nephew of Henry W. Oberhellmann, the last two of whom are still living, and are worthy, respected citizens of Warren county. 1   'Squire Oberhellmann was born in this county, December 31, 1846, and was reared on his father's farm.  He obtained a good common school education in the district schools of the neighborhood where he was reared, and continued to make his home with his parents until he was bout 25 years of age, or until he was married.  August 24, 1871, he was married to Miss Margarethe, a daughter of Henry and Christine Borgman, formerly of Germany. 2   The 'Squire and Mrs. Oberhellmann are blessed with five children:  Caroline, Mary, Emily, William and Ida. 3   After his marriage 'Squire O. located on a farm with his young wife and engaged in farming for themselves.  He has a neat farm of about 100 acres, and is regarded as one of the industrious, frugal, thrifty farmers of the vicinity.  In 1874 he was elected justice of the peace, which office he still holds, having been appointed and re-elected ever since.  He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Church at Holstein, Mo.

Source: History of St. Charles, Montgomery, and Warren Counties, Missouri, Written and Compiled From the Most Authentic Official and Private Sources, Including a History Of Their Townships, Towns and Villages, Together With a Condensed History af Missouri; a Reliable and Detailed History of St. Charles, Montgomery and Warren Counties - Their Pioneer Record, Resources, Biographical Sketches of Prominent Citizens; General and Local Statistics of Great Value; Incidents and Reminiscences (National Historical Company, 1885), page 1,047.


  1. In other documents, the grandfather of Heinrich Arnold Oberhellmann has been identified as Arnold H. Oberhellmann, which is the way the name appears in the genealogical database at this web site.

    The father I have identified as Heinrich Wilhelm Oberhellmann. A transcription of his biographical sketch from the same source is available elsewhere in the Documents section of this web site.

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  2. Margaretha Elisabeth Borgmann (1848-1918) was the daughter of Heinrich Stephen Borgmann and Christine Elisabeth Fiegenbaum. Their marriage on 24 February 1842 was recorded in the register of the German evangelical church at Femme Osage, Missouri (founded in 1833 as Die deutsche evangelische Kirchengemeinde and known since 1957 as Femme Osage United Church of Christ). Rev. Hermann Garlichs officiated at the wedding.

    Christine Elisabeth Fiegenbaum celebrated her 22nd birthday during her voyage in 1841 from Ladbergen, Province of Westphalia, Kingdom of Prussia to the USA. She travelled with her father (age 53), mother (age 54) and younger brother (age 18). Her family was accompanied by two other, related families. Her married sister, Anna Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Aufderhaar (age 29), her husband, Johann Aufderhaar (age 32) and their three oldest children (ages 8, 4, and less than 2 years) also made the voyage. The third family consisted of her other married sister, Anna Christine (Fiegenbaum) Bierbaum (age 26), her husband, Johann Bierbaum (age 28) and their child (age 1 year), as well as Johann's sister, Catharina Sophia Wilhelmine Bierbaum (age 18). In all, at least 13 members of the extended family departed Germany from the port of Bremen on the bark Leontine. Of the 102 persons on board the ship, 56 were identified on the passenger list as former residents of Ladbergen. Four other persons were from the nearby towns of Brochterbeck and Lengerich. The Leontine arrived at Baltimore, Maryland on 28 June 1841. The Fiegenbaums, Aufderhaars and Bierbaums traveled further west and settled in Warren County, Missouri.

    Catharina Sophia Wilhelmine Bierbaum, who emigrated with this group in 1841, was the second wife of Heinrich Wilhelm Oberhellmann, who is identified as the uncle of the subject of this biographical sketch.

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  3. The names of the children mentioned here are different than the names which appear in the published birth, confirmation and death registers of the German evangelical church at Holstein, Missouri, to which the family belonged. In this web site's genealogical database and in the Brief Genealogy which appears lower on this page, I have chosen to use the information from the church records.

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