The Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Gerlach family of Papsdorf, Saxony came to the United States in 1882, settling in Moniteau County, Missouri. The Gerlach ancestral villages are in an area known as the Muldental, or Mulde River Valley. These allied families are in our Gerlach direct line ancestry: Wittig, Albert, Lehmann, Fischer, Gatsch, Stuhr, Steier
Gerlach residence, Papsdorf Windmill, Saxony
Friday, July 15, 2011
Zschoppach Church - place of marriage for JFW Gerlach and Christiane Wilhelmine Stuhr
Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Gerlach and Christiane Wilhelmine Stuhr were married on 18 Jan 1863 at the Zschoppach church. The Stuhr family lived nearby in Draschwitz.
The famous theologian and Augustinian Vicar, Johann von Staupitz, was born nearby in Motterwitz. He was baptized in the Zschoppach church in 1465. Staupitz is known for his influence on Martin Luther regarding Grace and Salavtion through the Blood of Christ, while Luther struggled with forgiveness while serving at the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt.