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August Klump


Baptism and Early Life    Marriage to Emma Wilt    Marriage to Martha Eveline Thorpe    Sudden Death    Children of August Klump and Martha Eveline Thorpe    Links    Email    Credits

Baptism and Early Life

On 08 November 1868, the 3-week old Augustin Klump was baptized at St. Mary's Church in Perryville, Missouri, by Father William V. Moore, C. M. August was the second child of Ferdinand Klump and Christina Doerr, and had been born on his parents farm, 19 Oct 1868 . He was named for his father's brother, August Claude Klump. His godparents were his mother's uncle, John Doerr and his wife Louisa Greenwell Doerr.

August Klump's grandparents, Anton and Theresia Klumpp, had emigrated to the United States from Baden, Germany in 1831. August grew up on the family farm, along with his nine siblings. He attended school at least until the age of 12. As one of the older children, he probably quit school early to attend to duties on the farm. It is said that as an adult he stood well over six feet tall.

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Marriage to Emma Wilt

August Klump married for the first time when he was 32 years old. His wife was 19 year-old Emma Josephine Wilt, daughter of Oswald Wilt and Mary Josephine Colin, and granddaughter of Martin and Julia Wilt. The Wilts, like the Klumps, had come to America from Baden, Germany in the late 1850s. August and Emma shared a common German heritage and Catholic faith. The witnesses to their marriage were August's brother Emmett and Emma's sister Julia.

"01 May 1900 I the undersigned this day united in holy marriage August Klump, son of Ferdinand and Christina Doerr, and Emma Josephine Wilt, daughter of Walter Wilt and Mary Josephine Colin. Witnesses were Emmet Klump and Julia Wilt. (sig) Jas. V. Devine, C.M."
Source: FHCFilm #1940098, Catholic Church records, Perryville, Mo., 1857-1920, Marriages, pg. 56

August and Emma Klump had been married just one month when the 1900 census was taken. At that time they were living on a farm which they rented, and had a boarder, August Hager, living with them. Emma died suddenly on 13 January 1902. She was just 21 years old. She was buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. There were no children of this marriage. August was left alone.

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Marriage to Martha Eveline Thorpe

On 12 September 1905, August Klump witnessed the will of Joel C. Thorpe. Apparently Joel was in poor health and did not expect to live much longer. His will attempted to compensate all of his six children and provide for his wife, Margaret Catherine Manning, until her death. To his two sons, he left the farm, while to his three married daughters, he left $150 each. The exception was his daughter Martha Eveline Thorpe. She had just turned 15 and was unmarried. His will stipulated that she should receive $300. He might also have suggested to August Klump that Mattie would make him a good wife. Joel Thorpe died 15 December 1905.

After 3 years as a widower, August Klump might have been agreeable to another marriage, but for one thing. Although her parents were married in a Catholic ceremony, Mattie had never been baptized and was not a member of the Catholic church. On Christmas day, 1906, Martha Eveline "Mattie" Thorpe was baptized at St. Mary's Church in Perryville, apparently in preparation for the marriage to August Klump. In the marriage book for the parish, Father S. P. Huber, C. M. wrote:

"16 Apr 1907 I united in matrimony August, son of Ferdinand and Christina Duerr and Martha Eveline, daughter of Joel Thorpe and Margarette Manning. The witnesses were George Klump and Mary Manning."
Source: FHCFilm #1940098, Catholic Church records, Perryville, Mo., 1857-1920,

The marriage seemed to be a happy one, despite the 22 year difference in their ages. By the 1910 census, August and Mattie had three young children: Ethel, Elbert and Emmett. They lived and worked on farmland they rented on Allen's Landing Rd. August's brother Emmett also was living with them and working on the farm.

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Sudden Death

On 26 February 1916, August Klump became ill with "lagrippe", which is the old term for influenza or the flu. He died a few days later on 01 March 1916. He was just 47 years old, and he left behind a 25 year old widow and 6 young children.

His death at such a relatively young age was a shock not only to his family, but to the Perry County community. His obituary was printed on the front page of the local newspaper, the Perry County Republican. August Klump was buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. His family and friends were still grieving when just a few weeks later on 27 March 1916, August's mother-in-law, Margaret Catherine Manning Thorpe, also died of the same illness.

After August Klump's death, Mattie struggled to raise her children. She moved to St. Louis and eventually to southern California. She died on 07 June 1969, and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

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Children of August Klump and
Martha Eveline Thorpe

August KLUMP, born October 13, 1868 in Perry County, Missouri; died March 01, 1916 in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri. He was the son of Ferdinand KLUMP and Christina DUERR. He married (1) Emma Josephine Wilt May 01, 1900 in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri. She was the daughter of Oswald Wilt and Mary-Josephine Colin. Emma died childless in 1902. He married (2) Martha Evelyn THORPE April 16, 1907 in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri. She was the daughter of Joel Calvin THORPE and Margaret Catherine MANNING.

Children of August KLUMP and Martha Eveline THORPE are:

  1. Ethel Agnes Klump, born January 19, 1908 in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri; died August 23, 1977 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri; married (1) John Shelby Unger October 15, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri. They were the parents of one daughter; she then married (2) Lester Griffith June 30, 1931. They were the parents of five children.

  2. Elbert August Klump, born March 02, 1909 in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri; died December 1968; married Marion Lena Hunt June 23, 1934 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri.

  3. Emanuel Sylvester Klump, born January 12, 1912 in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri; died February 26, 1995 in Perry County, Missouri; married Kathryn Bobo September 21, 1940 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri.

  4. Cecilia Manetta Klump, born October 13, 1913 in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri; died February 23, 1994 in Harmon, Illinois; married Wilbert P. Bohnert April 12, 1941 in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri. They were the parents of seven children.

  5. Joseph Emmet Klump, born August 04, 1915 in Perryville, Missouri; died September 24, 1996 in Miami, Dade County, Florida; married Catherine. They were the parents of one son.

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Klump Family Pages and other links

Generation 1:  Anton Klump    Generation 2:  Ferdinand Klump    Klump Surname Definition

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