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Mary (Muehlfeld) Herzog

Image Anna Maria "Mary" MUEHLFELD was born 9 Oct 1851 at 8 o'clock in the evening in Wahlen, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, the fourth child and second daughter of Peter MÜHLFELD the third and his second wife Elisabetha Margaretha nee MÜHLFELD. Mary was born after her father left Germany in April 1851, verified by the baptism record which states that his whereabouts are "unknown". She was baptized at the Catholic Church in Wald Michelbach, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany on 12 Oct 1851 with Anna Maria Sattler of Wahlen and wife of Georg Valentin acting as godmother. In the absence of Mary's father, the baptism record was signed by the midwife Anna Margaretha Fabian. Mary's name and birthdate are also listed with the family record in the Wald Michelbach Catholic Church records. 1, 2

Mary made the journey to America when she was 5 years old, coming with her mother and siblings from London aboard the "Plymouth Rock" and arriving in New York on 25 Apr 1857. It must have been quite an adventure for the young girl, added to the excitement of finally meeting her father. She is found living with her family in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census in Mad River Twp., Clark Co., OH. About 1867, she made the move to Michigan with her family.

Mary was married to Frankenmuth farmer Thomas HERZOG on 1 Dec 1868 in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan by Pastor Henry Steineke of Bethel Lutheran Church in Mittelfranken. Mittelfranken was the name used for the area between Frankenmuth and Frankentrost. Witnesses at the marriage were Peter Muehlfeld of Frankenmuth and Christian Walther of Amelith. Since the marriage record was signed at the home of Peter Muehlfeld of Frankenmuth, that was likely the place of marriage. 3, 4

HERZOG family records indicate that Thomas was born in Aargan, Switzerland 20 December 1834. Thomas was a Civil War veteran, entering the Union Army in 1862. He was a private in Company C, 13th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry and released in 1865. All subsequent records show that Thomas was a farmer.

Thomas and Mary lived in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan for a short time, where their first child was born. We see this small family on the 1870 U.S. Federal Census on the same page as Mary's father in Frankenmuth Township.5 Shortly after, Thomas and Mary moved to Kansas where Thomas farmed and their next 10 children were born. The 1880 U.S. Federal Census shows the family in Washington Twp., Wabaunsee Co., Kansas.6 Perhaps lured by one of the Oklahoma land runs in the the late 1800's, the family moved to Oklahoma Territory sometime between 1892 and 1895. This is where Mary died and was buried. We find the widower, Thomas, and some of his children in the 1900 Census in Canadian Township, Cleveland County, Oklahoma Territory.7 Thomas continued to live and farm here until his death.

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It is believed that the photo on the left is of Mary and Thomas Herzog, taken in Saginaw, Michigan, perhaps before they left for Kansas. We do not know who the older woman is, though we do know that it is not Mary's mother.

Image Mary and Thomas had 12 children together:
  • Anna Margaret (HERZOG) BETTS, 1869-1930
  • Rachel Elizabeth (HERZOG) BURTON, 1872-1958
  • Clara Gertrude (HERZOG) CUTTING, 1874-1957
  • Frank Adam HERZOG, 1876-1907
  • Amanda Louise (HERZOG) SHELTON, LEACH, 1878-1968
  • Rosa Katherine (HERZOG) MCDONALD, 1880-1974
  • Amelia May HERZOG, 1882-1956
  • Adelia Sarah HERZOG, 1884-1918
  • Charles Jacob HERZOG, 1887-1963
  • Harriet Isabelle (HERZOG) BRASELTON, 1889-1969
  • Geneva Maude HERZOG, 1892-1980
  • Thomas Marion HERZOG, 1895-1896

Mary died 2 Dec 1895 during the birth of her last child, Thomas Marion. Her husband, Thomas, died 9 Dec 1909.

Both Mary and Thomas are buried in the Chappel Hill Cemetery, 10 miles east of downtown Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma. The "newer" style gravestone either replaced older ones or was just added at a later time. It is inscribed as follows:
FATHER; THOMAS; DEC. 20, 1834; DEC. 9, 1909;
MOTHER; MARY M.; OCT. 9, 1851; DEC. 2, 1895;
SON; THOMAS M.; DEC. 2, 1895; JAN. 2, 1896;
DAUGHTER; ADELIA S.; NOV. 20, 1884; SEPT. 8, 1918

1. LDS Family History Library Film Number 0996666, Katholische Kirche Wald Michelbach, Taufen 1847-1867, p. 196.
2. LDS Family History Library Film Number 996670, Katholische Kirche Wald Michelbach, Familienbuch, p. 91.
3. St. John's Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Marriage Records, p. 144, record 4.
4. Saginaw County, Michigan, Marriages, Book A1, p. 29, Record 425.
5. 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth Township, p.274R.
6. 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Kansas, Wabaunsee County, Washington Township, p.410A.
7. 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Oklahoma Territory, Cleveland County, Canadian Township, Sheet 17A.

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Muehlfeld Family Genealogy: Mary (Muehlfeld) Herzog
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