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The following narrative is prepared from documentation found through records, family obituaries and stories passed down by family members.[Differences in spelling of names are the actual spellings taken from recordings].
According to information provided by his oldest daughter, Elsie, Albert Aubrey was known as A.A. Mertel.The family was of German origin and of the Catholic faith.He could speak German and sang German songs.Elsie related that the family spelled their name Mertel and it was pronounced to sound like "Myrtle," and that he later changed the spelling of his last name to Mertell.His son, Ildia, told thestory thatAlbert did not want to be associated as a German during WW I and changed the name to Mertell so that it would have the French pronunciation.Yet the name Mertell is shown on the marriage license of Albert and his third wife, Alice Barnhart Wallgren, and her tombstone records the spelling of the name as Mertell.In later documents the name reverts to Mertel.
Albert Aubrey had four wives and eleven children.The family lived in Missouri in the proximity of Maries and Miller counties prior to moving to the farm near Meta, Missouri in Maries County.It is related by the family that Albert worked shipping logs on the river and for the railroad prior to becoming a farmer.
The children by his first wife were born in Maries County.His second wife lived in Miller County where one child, Ildia, was born at St. Elizabeth.The one child, Oliver, by his third wife was born in Maries County at their farm near Meta where the five children by his fourth wife were also born.
Elsie's information is that his third wife, Alice, had received an inheritance which should have passed to her son, Oliver, and her two children by her first marriage, upon her death in 1897.The inheritance was used to buy the farm at Meta.Court documents (noted later) reveal the "inheritance" was most likely from her first husband.Albert and his fourth wife, Catherine, raised their family at the farm before moving to Union, Missouri.Elsie commented that some of the children left home at an early age, as teenagers of fourteen and fifteen, to provide for themselves.
Albert Aubrey Mertel was born in Glasgow, Missouri, June 29, 1853, according to his obituary.
The 1860 Federal census for Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri registers Albert, age 6, living with his parents, Henry and Manirva Mirtle, and his brother, Robert, age 5; that both boys and their mother were born in Missouri and their father in Germany; and his father's occupation was Master Carpenter.
The 1870 Federal census information for Henry and his sons has not been located.Perhaps the family was missed.
The 1880 Federal census for Monroe County, Missouri, registers Albert Mertel, age 33,living in the household of Charles F. Carlson.Names other than Carlson are listed and perhaps this residence was a boarding house.It lists Albert's occupation to be "makes R.R. Ties," and states that his father was from Saxony, Germany and his mother from South Carolina.[His stepmother, Elizabeth, was from South Carolina.His age listed as thirty-three is not consistent with his birth date or other census records.Most likely as was the custom, a member of the household responded to the enumerator's questions regarding Albert in his absence].
The 1890 Federal census records are not available to researchers due to a fire at the National Archives.
A marriage license was issued in the office of C. H. Hance, Clerk and Recorder, in the County of Randolph, at Moberly, Missouri on September 1, 1881 and recorded on September 8, 1881 in Book 1 at Page 6 of Marriage Records, 1829-1917, of Randolph County.The license and recording reads that Albert A. Myrtle of Russell, County of Howard, over the age of twenty-one years and Martha A. Reid of Russell, County of Howard, over the age of eighteen years were married on September 1, 1881 by A. Clarkson, Justice of the Peace, in Moberly, Missouri.Martha was twenty-three years of age and Albert twenty-eight at the time of their marriage.[Russell, Missouri was a town in Northern Howard County, just south of Randolph County and was the first stop on the MK&T Railroad inside Howard County.Information provided by Randolph County Historical Society].
A marriage license was issued in the office of W. P. Furman, Circuit Clerk, W. F. Clark, in the County of Miller, at Tuscumbia, Missouri on the 2nd day of April 1892 and recorded on the 3rd day of April, 1892 in Book C-E at Page 17 of Marriage Records of Miller County, Missouri.The license and recording reads that Albert Mertel of St. Elizabeth, Miller County, Missouri, over the age of twenty-one years and Mary M. Sweaney, of Mary's Home, Miller County, Missouri, over the age of eighteen years were married on April 3, 1892 at the Brides Residence by Elder L. E. Melton, Minister of the Gospel.Mary Margurette was thirty-seven years of age and Albert thirty-nine at the time of their marriage. [Mary's Home is located south of Eugene, Missouri and west of St. Elizabeth, Missouri].
A marriage license was issued in the office of Christian C. Gremp, Circuit Clerk and Recorder, in the County of Maries at Vienna on the 24th day of December 1896 and recorded on the 4th day of January, 1897 in Book C at Page 206 of Marriage Records of Maries County, Missouri.The license and recording reads that Albert A. Mertell of Van Cleve, Maries County, Missouri over the age of twenty-one years and Alice Wallgren of Van Cleve, Maries County, Missouri, over the age of eighteen years, were married on the 29th of December, 1896 at the bride's residence by Rev. Benjamin Seaton, a minister of the gospel.Alice was twenty-five years of age and Albert was forty-three years at the time of their marriage. [Van Cleve is just south of Meta, Missouri].
Marriage application #79175 dated January 31, 1899 is recorded in the City of St Louis, Missouri for Albert A Mertel of St Thomas, Missouri and Miss Katie O'Shaughnessy of Miller County, Missouri and indicates Albert as age 45 years Katie as age 31.That same day,Marriage License #79175 is recorded in the City of St Louis, Missouri which states that Albert A Mertel and Miss Katie O'Shaughnessy were married on January 31, 1899 by Justice of the Peace, Richard B Haughton.Records of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Meta, Missouri indicate that the marriage of Albert Mertel and Catherine O'Shaughnessy was solemized in the church on April 24, 1905.Family members have related that they were the first couple to be married in the new Catholic church.
A Warranty Deed is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 8, Page 128 dated December 13, 1896 with Marion Adam Barnhart as Grantor and Albert Martel as Grantee in consideration of the sum of $550 for the following described property in Maries County, Missouri:
The South half of the North East Quarter and the South East Quarter of the North West Quarter, and the North East Quarterof the South East Quarter, and the South West Quarter of the North West Quarter, all in Section Number Nineteen (19) in Township Number Forty-one (41) of Range Number Eleven (11), containing in all two hundred acres more or less.The document is signed by Marion AdamBarnhart making an "X" mark and witnessed by William Whitlock and W.C. Seaton and notarized on December 30, 1896. in Miller County, MissouriThis property describes the farm just southwest of Meta, Missouri, and purchased by Albert just prior to his marriage to Alice Barnhart Wallgren.
A Trust Deed is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 4 at Page 522 dated December 30, 1896 between Albert Martel and Allice Mertel, his wife, and Marion Adam Barnhart, Calvin Seaton, Trustee, citing the above described property and a note in the amount of $250 with interest at 7% annually, executed by Albert Mertel and Allice Mertel and notarized in Miller County, Missouri.
A Deed of Release is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 9 at Page 293 and dated November 28, 1898, between Marion Adam Barnhart and Albert Mertel and Alice Mertel, citing the above described property and note for $250 paid in full.Marion Adam Barnhart's "X" mark witnessed by George W. Schell and W. S. Eckles and notarized in Cole County, Missouri.
A Trust Deed is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 11, Page 110, dated November 28, 1898, between Albert Mertel and Thomas B. L. Walther, of St. Thomas, Cole County, Missouri, John Sommerhauser, Trustee, citing the above described property and a note in the amount of $300 with interest at 7% annually, executed by Albert A Mertel and notarized in Cole County, Missouri.
A Deed of Release is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 14, Pages 18-19, dated September 15, 1900 between Albert A. Mertel and Thomas B. L. Walther, citing the above described property and note for $300 paid in full and notarized in St. Thomas, Cole County, Missouri.
A Trust Deed is recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 11, Page 320, dated September 15, 1900, between Albert A. Mertel and Catherine Mertel, and Thomas B. L. Walther, George W. Schell, Trustee citing the above described property and a note for $385 with interest at 7% annually, executed by Albert A. Mertel and Catherine Mertel and notarized in St. Thomas, Cole County, Missouri.[A Deed of Release for this Trust Deed was not found--to be added later].
Recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 9 at Page 351 is found a Lis Pendens action filed in the Circuit Court of Maries County, Missouri October Term 1900 between Lenard Walgren and John Walgren, Infants, by H. H. Barnhart their Guardian as Plaintiffs vs. Albert Mertle and Oliver Mertle as Defendants.The pleading reads:To whom it may concern:Know ye, that the undersigned has filed a suit in the Circuit Court of Maries County, State of Missouri, returnable to the October Term 1900 of said Court, entitled as above, the object of said suit being to have defendants, Albert Mertle declared a trustee for plaintiffs of the undivided four elevenths of the legal title in and to the S 1/2 of the NE qr the SE1/4 of the NE qr the NE 1/4 of the SE qr and the SW 1/4 of the SW qr of Section 19, Township 41 of Range 11 West and that said defendant, Albert Mertle be divested thereof and that same be vested in plaintiff.That the title to said land is affected by reason of the filing of said suit and any person purchasing same from said Albert Mertle will do so at his peril./s/ Lenard Walgren and John Walgren, by H. H. Barnhart, their guardian; by Jno O Homes, Attorney for Plaintiffs.Filed for record March 22, 1900.
Recorded in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 14 at Page 7-8 is the following Affidavit filed for record October 9, 1900:State of Missouri, County of Cole.Be it remembered that before me a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid personally appeared Henry H Barnhart of Maries County to me personally known, who makes oath and sayeth that he is the Guardian legally appointed by the Probate Court of the County of Maries, State of Missouri of John and Leonard Walgren, minor children of John Walgren, Dec'd and he states further that he has received by hand of Thos B. L. Walther, the sum of One Hundred and twenty five Dollars ($125.00) being payment in full of all demands of whatever kind and nature of the said John Walgren and Leonard Walgren, minors against A. A. Mertel, and particularly of their share or interest in a certain sum of money left by their late mother Mrs. A. A. Mertel, nee Mrs. John Walgren, and he states further that in consideration of the above mentioned sum of $125.00 in settlement of the said minors claim as above set forth, he, as the legal Guardian of the said John and Leonard Walgren and for them and in their behalf hereby receipts in full for any and all claims of whatsoever nature against the said A. A. Mertel their stepfather his heirs administrators and assigns forever./s/ H. H. Barnhart and notarized by Simon N. Schell on August 22, 1900.
The 1900 Federal census for Maries County, Missouri, Boon Township, registers Albert Myrtle, age 47, married for one year,his occupation listed as farmer, he and his parents born in Missouri (father in Germany); his wife, Kate, age 33, married for one year, born in Missouri, her parents born in Ireland; three children,Henry E, age 17, his occupation listed as farm laborer; Elsa, age 12; and Ildee, age 4.The census registers that Albert, Kate and the three older children could read, write and speak English, and that Albert owned his farm which carried a mortgage.The report indicates this was the fourth marriage for Albert and the first for Catherine.
The neighbors listed on this census are Calvin Seaton, age 37, and his wife, Sarah, age 33;two sons, William, age 16 and Jesse, age 14.These are the neighbors that Ildia lived with as a young boy and of whom he spoke with great regard.
Also to be noted is that Albert's son, Oliver,was not living with the family in 1900.Alice, Albert's third wife, and Oliver's mother, died in childbirth in 1898, and he lived with his aunt and uncle, Harrison and Sarah (Barnhart) Champlain who were also neighbors.Albert was married again in 1899 to Catherine.
The 1910 census for Maries County, Missouri, Boon Township, registers Albert A. Mertel, age 57, married eleven years, his fourth marriage, his occupation as farmer, and owner of the mortgaged farm, born in Missouri, his father of German ancestry born in Germany, and his mother in Missouri; Catherina, age 43,born in Missouri, her parents of Irish ancestry born in Ireland;Ildia, age 14, his occupation as farm laborer; Charles, age 9; Mary, age 7; John age 5; and James, age 3; they and their parents born in Missouri.The Seatons and Champlains were still their neighbors.
The 1920 census for Maries County, Missouri, Boon Township, registers Albert A. Mertell, age 67, his occupation listed as farmer and owner of the farm, his father born in Germany, his father's "mother tongue" as German, his mother born in Missouri; Catherine, age fifty-two, born in Missouri, her parents born in Ireland and their"mother tongue" as Irish; and five children: Charles V, age 19, his occupation listed as farm laborer; Mary C, age 17; John F, age 14; James B, age 12; and Frederick, age 8; they and their parents born in Missouri.
Records of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Meta, Missouri indicate that Albert Mertel was baptized there on January 21, 1905, by Rev. H. Wagener.Records also represent that five of his children, Elizabeth, Ildephonse, Jacob (James), John and Fred (Frederic) were baptized at this church.Sponsors for the family members is shown as Richard O'Shaughnessy and Margart O'Shaughnessy.
Albert's oldest daughter, Elsie, and her family lived nearby the Mertel farm.Mildred, daughter of Elsie, recalling her childhood days, remembers Albert as a tall handsome man very clean and neat in appearance.She relates the family lived in a log cabin that consisted of three rooms, a large room that had a large fireplace and beds, another bedroom and a large kitchen with a big cooking range.There was also a loft.Mildred continues that Albert would roll a log on the fire at night and then carefully sweep the entire room prior to his retiring for the night, his habit to keep the rooms neat and clean.Albertwas well-known for his making of sorghum molasses, being diligent in the process of squeezing the sorghum cane and cooking the juice.He alone would stir with his special wooden paddle until the sorghum was just the right consistency and tested the texture by lifting the paddle to let the sorghum run slowly down.
Mildred also told the story of a time when her family was at the Mertel farm for Albert to process sorghum for Elsie, Kate had just baked several loaves of bread in her large oven, called the family to lunch where they were treated with fresh homemade bread, freshly churned butter and Grandpa Albert's fresh sorghum.Albert was also a beekeeper and had several beehives to furnish honey for the family.
Elsie related the story regarding Albert Aubrey's death in Union, Missouri as:"He walked to the corner to mail a letter in the mail box there and collapsed and died from a heart attack."
In Book H at Page 377 of the Probate Court Records of Franklin County, Missouri the Last Will and Testament of Albert A. Mertell is found as filed and endorsed July 7, 1928 by Edwin Hoemann, Judge of the Probate Court.The will is a typed copy for the Probate files.It reads as follows:
Know All Men By These Presents:That I, Albert A. Mertell of the County of Maries, State of Missouri, being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this, my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following:
1st.It is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses by paid and satisfied as soon as can be conveniently done after my demise.
2nd.It is my will and I do give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Katherine Mertell, all my personal property and custody of my real estate.She is to have absolute controle (sic) of real estate during her natural life or so long as she remains my widow.At her death or should she re-marry it is my will and I do order that disposition be made of the real estate and the proceeds divided as follows:To my son Edgar Mertell the sum of Fifty Dollars, to my daughter Elsie Orr the sum of Fifty Dollars, to my son Ildia Mertell the sum of Fifty Dollars, to my son Oliver Mertell the sum of One Hundred and Twenty-five Dollars and the balance to be equally divided with my son Charles Mertell, my daughter Mary Vaughan, my son John Mertell, my son James Mertell and my son Frederick Mertell.
And last I hereby constitute and appoint Charles Mertell (without bond) to be the administrator of this, my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me made, and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 5th day of July, A.D. 1927.
/s/ Albert A. Mertell
Robert Prater and N.J. Rowan Witnesses.
An Inventory and Appraisement of the Real and Personal Estate of Albert A. Mertell was filed in the Franklin County Probate Court on July 30th, 1928 naming Charles Mertell as Executor and Ulysses Pendleton, Jesse Helton and Leo Koester serving as appraisers.No personal property was inventoried.Real estate inventoried is described as follows:The South half of the Northeast quarter and the Southeast quarter of the Northwest quarter and the Northeast quarter of the Southeast quarter, all in Section Nineteen (19), Township forty-one (41) of Range Eleven (11), containing 200 acres, more or less, and all situated in the County of Maries in the State of Missouri.A value of $2,500 was placed on the real estate.
Elsie related that she inherited a sum of $18 from her father, but had to return her $18 inheritance to help pay for his tombstone which was later reimbursed to her.
The Will and all Probate Documents were filed in Maries County, Missouri Deed Records Book 53 at Pages 314-315-316 on July 7, 1928.No disposition of the real estate was found to be filed in the Probate records of Franklin County, nor any distribution of funds.The final settlement filed by Charles Mertell in August 1929 only listed estate expenditures of $27.74 for publication and probate fees.It is interesting to note that Albert still considered himself a resident of Maries County in 1927 when he made his will, even though they lived in Union in Franklin County.
A Warranty Deed dated September 30th, 1933, was recorded in Book 53 at page 120 in Maries County, Missouri on the 24th day of May, 1934, between Catherine Mertell, Charles Mertell, Euna Mertell, Fredie Mertell, Norma Mertell, Oliver Mertell, Della Mertell, John J Vaughn,Mary Vaughan, Ildia Mertell, Syble Mertell, Henry E Mertell, Ona R Mertell, Elsie Orr, R E Orr, John Mertell, Una Mertell, James Mertell and Ruby Mertell as grantors, and Marion Froshaug of Union. Missouri, grantee, for the real estate described above for the consideration of $1,000.There were 200 acres in the farm, this amount indicates the farm sold for $5 an acre.
One family member related that Albert's daughter and husband, Mary and Johnie Vaughan and family, lived on the farm in the original house for sometime in the 1930's.When they moved from the farm it was rented to a neighbor, Mr. Prater, who later purchased the property.The house was still standing in 1956 when visited by Ildia, Syble and their daughter Treva, but has since been torn down.
Albert's tombstone in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Union, Missouri reads:Albert A. Mertell, June 29, 1853 - June 25, 1928.At Rest.There is a Christian cross in the middle of the wording.
The following obituary was found in the Republican Tribune, Union, Missouri dated July 31, 1928:
Albert A. Mertell Dead. Albert A. Mertell, well known resident of this city for a number of years, passed away at his home Wednesday, June 25, 1928, at the age of seventy-four years, eleven months and twenty-seven days.Funeral services were held at the Immaculate Conception Church of this city, Friday morning, June 29.Interment was made in the church cemetery.Rev. Father Theophilus officiated at the services.Mr. Mertell was born in Glasgow, Missouri, June 29, 1853.He was married to Miss Catherine Shaughnessy.His wife and children survive him.
A footnote:We wish to express our sincere thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our dear husband and father, Albert Mertell.Especially do we wish to thank the Western Catholic Union, all those who donated cars and the floral offerings.Mrs. Catherine Mertell and Children.
The death certificate for Albert Aubrey Mertell lists his cause of death as cerebral hemorrhage at age 74 years 11 months and 27 days, and that he was born in Glasgow, Missouri to Henry Mertell, born in Germany, and Minnie Schanherst (as spelled), born in Lexington, Missouri. His occupation is indicated as "shoe worker."The certificate information was provided by his wife, Catherine.The certificate is signed by J L Walker, MD.