Jakob and Salome Schmid are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anna Maria to Johann, son of Johann and Anna Wanner. Johann and Anna were married 6 June 1870 in Holzgerlingen, Böblingen, Württemberg.
Anna Maria Schmid was the third child of three born to the marriage of Jakob Frederick Schmid (he went by Frederick) and Salome Notter on 21 January 1849 in Holzgerlingen. Solome was 38 years old when Anna was born and died two and a half years later in Holzgerlingen. Anna’s father, Jakob, then remarried to Agnes Margarete Hasenmaier in 1852. Unfortunately, Agnes passed away a year and half later when Anna was barely over 3 years old. Jakob remained single as far as we know and raised the two girls and boy on his own afterward. Jakob was a weaver. Anna likely had few if any memory of either of her mothers. Anna was christened the same day she was born. Below is a picture of St. Mauritius’ tower in Holzgerlingen where Anna was christened. This tower has been there since the eleventh century.
St. Mauritius Church in Holzgerlingen where Anna Schmid was christened
Johann Georg Wanner was the fourth child of five born to the marriage of Johann Friedrich Wanner and Anna Maria Marquardt on 18 October 1845 also in Holzgerlingen. He was christened the next day in the same church as Anna.
St. Mauritius from the nave looking toward the chancel. Inside this church is where Johann Wanner was christened
Holzgerlingen is a small town and it is very likely that Johann and Anna knew of each other growing up if not more personally. Johann and Anna were married 6 June 1870 in the same church in which they were christened.
The altar of St. Mauritius in Holzgerlingen before which Johann and Anna were likely married
Johann and Anna welcomed a baby boy named after his father on 29 October 1870. Young Johann Georg was christened the next day in the same church, likely before a congregation seated in the below nave.
The chapel/nave of St. Mauritius where family sat for generations if not hundreds of years attending church
Johann and Anna welcomed Christina Wanner 30 March 1872 in Holzgerlingen. She was christened on 1 April 1872.
The train platform at Holzgerlingen
Between 1872 and 1873 Johann and Anna moved to Grünkraut, Ravensburg, Württemburg. This is about 50 miles to the south. We don’t know why they moved to this tiny town. It was in Grünkraut that Maria Magdalena Wanner was born 12 September 1873. She was christened 14 September 1873 but I do not know which church the family used in Grünkraut.
Johannas Wanner was born 23 June 1875 and christened the same day in Grünkraut. He died later that year on 5 November 1875. He was buried at Atzenweiler according to family records, but I cannot find this place so it must be an area nearby Grünkraut.
Johannas Frederick Wanner came 28 July 1878 and was christened on 3 August 1878. He died 12 November 1878 and is also apparently buried at Atzenweiler.
On 30 March 1879 Johann and Anna welcomed Luise Sophia Wanner. Christening followed 6 April 1879 in Grünkraut.
Jakob Frederick Wanner appeared 14 January 1881 with christening 23 January 1881.
Fred told a couple of stories I think proper to share here. I cannot verify accuracy or the time frame. “They left the farm work to Grandfather and the children. They used the milk cows to do the farm work and then would milk them morning and night. They also got wood from the forest for fuel. It rained a lot in Germany so the out buildings were connected to the house. One time Grandma went downstairs to get some fruit. She reached over and touched something hairy and she thought it was the devil! It was a cow that had wandered down from the barn. Dad didn’t talk much about his life as a child but he did say he got a drum for Christmas and then it would disappear about New Years Day and he would get it for Christmas again the next year. He may have been joking. The family belonged to the Lutheran Church and was very religious.”
Pauline Wanner arrived 1 April 1884 in Atzenweiler and was christened 10 April 1884 in Atzenweiler.
Gottlop Wanner showed up 18 June 1886 in Kronhalden with christening 29 June 1886 in Atzenweiler.
Lastly, Wilhelmina ended the caravan on 12 September 1887 in Atzenweiler and was christened 19 September 1887 in Atzenweiler.
During the summer of 1890 LDS missionaries visited Grünkraut. The missionaries apparently visited with Jakob, Anna’s father. The missionary showed Jakob the Book of Mormon and Jakob took the missionaries home with him. The missionaries lived with the family for a time and the Wanner family was converted. Johann Georg Jr was the first to join the LDS Church on 11 July 1891. Johann Sr, Anna, Christina, and Maria were all baptized 16 October 1891. Jakob, Anna’s father, joined 22 February 1892.
Johann Jr emigrated to America with Elder Theurer. They went to his home in Providence, Cache, Utah. We don’t know who Elder Theurer is, but he helped Johann Georg, now John George, find employment with Fred Nuffer who lived in Mapleton, Franklin, Idaho. Elder John Theurer had converted the Nuffer family in Germany, so it was likely a sibling of John who helped find John Jr his employment.
In 1893, the family emigrated from Germany. John, Anna, Christina, Maria, Luise, Fredrick, Pauline, Gottlop, and Wilhelmina all departed Liverpool, England on 3 June 1893 on the Arizona. They arrived on 13 June 1893 at Ellis Island in New York, New York, New York. Immediately, the family caught multiple trains through Chicago and Salt Lake with the last stop at Franklin, Franklin, Idaho near where John Jr met them with a wagon. The family arrived at Franklin on 18 June 1893 where John took them in to Preston. It was in Preston that Luise, Fred, and Pauline, were baptized 7 June 1894. Gottlob followed on 6 June 1895 with Wilhelmina 6 August 1896, all in Preston.
The family immediately began to integrate with society. Christina married Charles August Nuffer 1 February 1894 in the Logan LDS Temple. John Jr married Eliza Stirland 14 November 1894 in the Logan Temple.
Wanner Family about 1895. Standing (l-r): Maria (Mary), Christina, Johann (John but went by George), Pauline. Sitting (l-r): Anna, Jakob (Fred), Luise (Louise), Wilhelmina, Gottlop, Johann (John).
Maria, now Mary, married William Addison Wagstaff 17 June 1896 in the Logan Temple. Luise, now Louise, married Jeffery Marcelin Bodrero 16 March 1898 in the Logan Temple. John Jr remarried after divorce to Regina Frederike Nuffer 31 August 1898 in the Logan Temple. Jakob, now Fred, married Mary Elizabeth Carter 30 September 1903 in the Logan Temple. Pauline married William Henry Crossley 14 December 1904 in the Logan Temple. Wilhelmina married Moses Bodrero 18 December 1907 in the Logan Temple. Gottlop married Rebecca Hicks 16 November 1908 in Preston.
The Wanner family purchased a farm from John Nuffer, a brother to Charles and Regina, near Glendale, Franklin, Idaho. Fred purchased the farm from them around 1910. John Sr and Anna moved to Logan where they were living at 791 North 500 East when the 1910 Census was taken (the whole family was in Preston city limits for the 1900 Census). On the 1920 Census I believe they lived at 304 East 500 North, but the census is unclear exactly what street 304 is on, but going from the pattern of the census taker I believe it is the address I have listed.
John died 16 February 1922 of pneumonia in Logan. Anna listed their address as 272 East 400 North in Logan. He was buried on the 19th in the Logan Cemetery. She also died of pneumonia but on 9 December 1929. She was living at the same address when she passed away. She was buried 12 December 1929 next to her husband.