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MUELLER FAMILY HISTORY
The name Mueller, of course, means "miller." Several centuries ago surnames began to be used to differentiate one Wilhelm from another, one Johann from another, etc. Sometimes place names were used, such as Steinberg, which means stone mountain. Often occupations names were used, such as miller, farmer (Bauer), tailor (Schneider), etc. Apparently then, we can assume that sometime in the past, our ancestors, or at least one very significant ancestor, worked as a miller. Since every community needed a source of flour, there were many millers, and the name arose all over the German-speaking lands. Today it is the single most common German name.
One other thing that should be said here about names is that the German people often gave their children several "given" names, any one of which might have been used as the "calling" name. For example, Johann Friedrich Christian Mueller was called Friedrich.
OUR MUELLER FAMILY
Most of the Muellers of our ancestry that I was able to find in the church records were weavers. They lived about 50 miles north of Berlin in the area called Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Each generation seemed to have moved to a new town down the road from the place of their birth. Perhaps each village needed only one weaver.
The earliest Mueller ancestor I've been able to identify so far is the master-weaver Johann Christian Mueller who was married first in Moellenbeck, Mecklenburg-Strelitz
to 1) Anna Charlotte Steinfuehrer who died the day their baby was born, 6 January 1784.
Johann then married 2) Christina Radloff on 6 April 1784 at Moellenbeck.
Johann Mueller appears in records:
- as a weaver in Mollenbeck during the years 1782 - 1787;
- as a weaver and eigentuemer (proprietor) in Neuhof, 1792 - 1801;
- as "Weberamtsmeister" in 1831. I believe that translates to "official master weaver."
Children, all born in Neuhof:
- Johanna Marie Mueller, born 6 January 1784, daughter of Anna; confirmed 1799.
- Maria Christina Mueller, born 22 March 1785 baptized 25 March 1785
- Johann Joachim Martin Mueller, born 29 August 1787, baptized 3 September 1787, died 22 April 1794. His godfather was Martin Mueller
- Hanna Mueller, born 2 January 1790. (Not included in the list from Herr Wacker.)
- Johann Friedrich Mueller, born 20 April 1792, baptized 23 April 1792.
- Christian Heinrich Erdmann Mueller, born 13 October 1794, baptized 19 October 1794. His godfather was Christian Radloff, worker in Cantnitz (Carwitz?)
- Johann Martin Mueller, born 1 April 1797, bapt 8 April 1797, died Jan 1801. His godfather was Martin Mueller, weaver in Dolgen.
- Hanna Louise Maria Mueller, born 15 Mar 1799. (Not included in the list from Herr Wacker.
- Joachim Friedrich Theodor Mueller, born 15 May 1801, baptized 21 May 1801. This entry was not found in the LDS microfilms of the church records because, when the records were being micro-filmed, 2 pages were turned at once, and the baptisms of several months cannot be seen. (Murphy's Laws of Genealogy at work here?) Baptism date supplied by Herr M.F. Wacker of Triepkendorf, Germany.
- Johann Wilhelm Mueller, born 23 Jun 1804. (Not included in the list from Herr Wacker.)
Big thanks to M.F. Wacker who found and sent information about these Triepkendorf area families!
Joachim Friedrich Theodor Mueller,
- born 15 May 1801, Neuhof, Mecklenburg;
- baptized 21 May 1801.
- died 3 January 1881, Laeven,
- married 8 November 1831, Moellenbeck; (at which time he was the 2nd living son of Johann Christian Mueller.)
Maria Christina Bergmann, born about 1809 in Stargard, and youngest daughter of Jacob Bergmann, laborer of Stargard, now Burg Stargard.
CHILDREN, all born at Laeven:
- Wilhelm Carl Johann Mueller born 22 Nov 1833 Laeven, Mecklenburg.
- Carl Friedrich Adolph Wilhelm Mueller born 23 August 1835 Laeven.
- died 09 June 1882, Triepkendorf, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany
- Johann "Friedrich" Christian Mueller born 21 Jan 1839 Laeven
- died 10 April 1901, Hamilton county, Nebraska, USA.
- August Theodor Friedrich Mueller born 26 Jan 1842 Laeven. Said to have been a tailor.
- Johann Carl Theodor Mueller born 04 Aug 1846 Laeven.
died 1 April 1847, Laeven/Triepkendorf.
- Friedericka Carolina Dorothea Mueller born 15 Jun 1849 Laeven.
- Ludwig Carl Friedrich Mueller born 27 Jul 1850 Laeven.
- died 14 Feb 1922, Buffalo County, Nebraska, USA.
We see here a line of weavers, each of whom moves to the next town, beginning with Johann who married and began his family at Moellenbeck, but lived at Neuhof when his son Friedrich was born in 1801. Friedrich's children were born at Laeven. Some of those children lived and died there, and one of them (Carl) moved to Triepkendorf. But two sons and a grandson left Germany and immigrated to the U.S. Two other sons apparently moved from Laeven, as I found no record of marriages or children in the church records of that parish. (Records of Leaven are included in the Triepkendorf books.) From conversations and other oral reports we have learned that the first son, Wilhelm, was an inn-keeper who remained in Germany, and that August, a tailor also remained in Germany. Some of their names appear in the church records of baptisms, but other than that, we have no further information about them at this time.
I. Wilhelm Carl Johann Mueller born 22 Nov 1833 Laeven, Mecklenburg. Said to have been an innkeeper
Confirmed in 1847. He probably lived at Fürstenhagen.
m. Agnes (last name unknown).
Wilhelm and Agnes's names are found in the records of baptism of Ludwig Mueller's children.
(Anna's sponsors include: Agnes Mueller, Fuerstenhagen;
Frederick's include Gast___ Mueller of Fuerstenhagen.)
VI. Friedericka Carolina Dorothea Mueller
- born 15 June 1849 Laeven, Mecklenburg.
- baptized 08 July 1849, Laeven.
- married 1 November 1872, Laeven
Friedrich Carl Christian Manzel, son of Johann Manzel of Lüttenburg.
- born 23 July 1943, Lüttenburg.
In the Triepkendorf baptismal records, I found:
"Maria Christina Mueller, an out-of wedlock child,
- born 22 Mar 1867, bapt 07 Apr 1867,
daughter of Friedericke Wilhelmine Caroline, daughter of weaver Mueller of Triepkendorf."
(I remember hearing from Fred Mueller that his father had mentioned a sister who had worked for a military man, and because of her, this military man had arranged for her brothers to be excused from military service. I have found no verification for this family story, but when I found the out-of-wedlock child, I wondered if there was some connection to the military man.)
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