Henry Ebert (Heinrich Eperty) and family of St. Louis, MO

Henry/Heinrich and Rosalle (Reimann/Raymond) Ebert/Eperty were my great-great-grandparents. Heinrich Eperty, later called Henry Ebert, was born in 1841. According to the 1870 census, he was born in Bavaria, Germany. The 1880 census gave his place of birth as Kentucky, but this seems unlikely.

The original form of his last name is not clear. He is referred to in records as Eperty, Eberty, Ebberton, and Ebert. These names, as used in America, would suggest that his German name was likely something like Eperte, Eperte, Eberde, or Eberte. In each case, the name would have been pronounced in German roughly like EH-per-tuh. Americans, of course, have an extremely hard time accepting the idea that an “e” at the end of a name should be pronounced in any way other than “ee,” which might explain the eventual presence of a “y” at the end of the name.

He was 5 feet, 6 inches in height, with fair complexion, auburn hair, and blue eyes. In St. Louis, Missouri, he and his family attended St. Peter’s and Zion Evangelical Church or Churches. (These appear to have been two names for the same church.)

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I have not been able to find Heinrich or Henry listed in the 1860 census in St. Louis, despite repeated attempts using a variety of methods.

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Heinrich or Henry enlisted in the army for Civil War service on July 22, 1861. He served as a private in Company B, 3rd Missouri Infantry. He was involved in battles of major historic importance, including Pea Ridge, Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. He was honorably discharged September 3, 1864. When he applied later for a pension, he was denied because of syphilis. His wife was originally rejected, but she finally obtained a pension in 1900.

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I could not find Henry/Heinrich Ebert listed under any variant spelling in the St. Louis city directories for 1863 or 1864, but this would have been during the period of his Civil War service. I also did not find him in the 1866 directory, however.

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He and Rosalle/Rosalie/Rosa/Rose Reimann/Raymond decided before his Civil War service to marry “if he should survive the same,” as they put it. She is listed in the 1880 census as “Emma,” so perhaps this was a middle name. She is referred to as “Rose” in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in 1884.

She was born 12 Jan 1844, and was from Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois. According to the 1870 census she was born in Prussia, Germany, but Illinois (presumably St. Clair County) has also been given as her place of birth. The marriage was performed by Charles F. Walther, Justice of the Peace, on 4 Oct 1865 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rosalle was a daughter of Valentine Reimann/Reiman. He died on 29 Jul 1869 at 929 Cass Avenue in the northern part of St. Louis. This is the same address that is listed as Henry’s address in the 1870 St. Louis city directory. Henry and Rosalle were, of course, married by this time.

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I did not find Henry in the 1866 St. Louis city directory.

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In the 1868 St. Louis city directory, there are two listings for the same individual, listed once as Henry Eperty and again as Henry Eberde. This, however, was probably not him, as this individual was living in the south part of the city. Other records always associated my ancestor with the northern part of St. Louis. The individual listed appears as Henry Eperty on Victor at the northeast corner of Carondelet, a porter for H.B. Graham & Bro., and also as Henry Eberde, living at 2426 Carondelet Avenue, listed as a porter.

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On 29 Jul 1869, Henry’s father-in-law Valentine Reimann/Reiman died at 929 Cass Avenue in the northern part of St. Louis. This is the same address that is listed as Henry’s address in the 1870 St. Louis city directory.

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The 1870 directory lists Henry as “Henry Eperty,” 929 Cass Avenue, with occupation listed as “riverman.”

On July 15, 1870, Henry and his family were listed in the 1870 federal census. They were living in the 10th ward, in the north part of the city, where Henry is listed as “Henry Eperty.” His occupation is listed as “steamboat hand.”

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The 1874 St. Louis city directory lists him as “Henry Ebberton.” He was living in the rear of 931 Cass Avenue. Note that this was next door to his 1870 address. His occupation is listed as “laborer.”

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The 1875 St. Louis city directory shows him as “Henry Ebert,” laborer, living at 931 Cass Avenue.

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He may have been the Henry Ebert mentioned in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 24 Jan 1876, p. 8, col. D, under “New Suits” brought in “Circuit Court No. 5.” Listed among the names is “Henry Ebert et al. vs. Jacob Unkelbach.”

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He is listed as “Henry Ebert” in the 1877 St. Louis city directory. In that year, his occupation is listed as “river,” and he was living at 117 Cedar (close to the current Poplar Street Bridge). A John Ebert, laborer, was boarding at the same address. This could not have been Henry’s son John, as that John would only have been around 9 years old at the time.

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The 1880 census shows Henry as a laborer living at 1404(?) North 16th Street in St. Louis.

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Under “Altercations and Assaults,” the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported on 7 Aug 1884, p. 8, an assault involving the Ebert family. Although the press initially represented the Ebert family as having committed a despicable crime, this seems to have been based on the wording of a complaint that was later seen as being at least mostly groundless. Note that one of those charged was Henry Ebert’s daughter Louisa, who was only 13 at the time. The news report reads as follows:

“SHAMEFUL TREATMENT OF A WOMAN. Henry, Rose, John and Louisa Ebert and Anna Fishback, living at 1344(?) North Fifteenth street, in the rear, gave bond before Judge Noonan yesterday to appear to answer the charge of having committed a deadly assault upon Catharine McCone, of 1340 [or 1310?] North Fifteenth street, on the 29th of July. The latter was in a delicate condition at the time, and receiving rough treatment at the hands of her assailants, the most serious results are feared. The quarrel, which may end in the death of Mrs. McCone, was one about children, and it is claimed that all the defendants set upon the complainant, beating and kicking her. The bond exacted in the case of each of the defendants was $1,500, and they are to appear for examination on the 15th inst. [instant, i.e. the same month]”

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported on 16 Aug 1884 the continuance of a criminal case as follows: “Henry, Rose, John and Louisa Ebert and Annie Fishback, assault with intent to kill.” On 29 Aug 1884, essentially the same was reported under “Cases Continued:” “Henry[,] Rose, John and Louise Ebert and Annie Fishback, assault to kill.”

The same paper noted on 17 Sep 1884 that “The case against Henry[,] Rose, John and Louisa Ebert and Annie Fishback, charged with a deadly assault on Catharine McCone, on the 29th of July last, was nolle pros’d. It was nothing more than a neighborhood quarrel, nobody being badly hurt.” Interestingly, although the paper had earlier referred to the Eberts’ “shameful treatment” of this woman, now the paper admits that the matter was essentially “nothing.”

This was, however, not the end of the story. Mrs. McCone decided to pursue the matter further. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported on 21 Sep 1884 that “Henry and John Ebert and Annie Fishback gave bond yesterday to answer the charge of assault and battery preferred by Kate McCone.” This attempt by Kate McCone achieved nothing, however. The Globe reported on 25 Oct 1884 that the case against “Henry and John Ebert and Annie Fishback, assault and battery” had been “dismissed for want of prosecution.”

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He was almost certainly the Henry Ebert mentioned in an ad in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 31 Dec 1885, p. 10:

“HENRY EBERT, No. 1314 North Sixteenth street, St. Louis, Mo., says: I called to tell you that the bottle of Tar Wine Lung Balm which I bought of you is the best remedy in the world for croup. My little girl, 4 years old, had a very bad attack, and we despaired of her life, but two doses of Tar Wine Lung Balm made her all right. I would not take $100 for the good it done her.”

If so, however, I am not sure which girl this would be.

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Sometime around 25 Jul 1888, he became sick while working onboard the Mississippi River steamboat called the Arkansas City, while it was enroute from Vicksburg, Mississippi to St. Louis, Missouri. This vessel, which was built in 1882, was one of the fleet of steamboats owned by the Anchor Line. The Arkansas City, along with the Anchor Line’s City of Cairo, would later be totally destroyed in the 1896 tornado in St. Louis.

During at least part (or perhaps all) of Henry’s career as a steamboat hand, he worked for the river steamboat company known as the Anchor Line. The Anchor Line was in operation from 1859 to 1898 and operated steamboats on the Mississippi between St. Louis and New Orleans. When the company began in 1859, it was known as the Memphis and St. Louis Packet Line. At some point, perhaps only as his health worsened, his work onboard steamers consisted of light duties, such as sweeping the deck. This might explain why his occupation was sometimes listed as “river” or “steamboat hand” or the like, while at other times he was referred to as a laborer.

As a result of the sickness contracted on the Arkansas City, Henry died at 11:30 p.m. on 4 Aug 1888. He was only 47. He died at his home at 1416 North 15th in St. Louis. The cause of death was noted on his death certificate as “heat exhaustion” and in a newspaper’s burial permit notice as simply “heat.” According to his doctor, however, he had been suffering from “a chronic form of consumption [tuberculosis] of the lungs.” Obituaries appear in both German-language and English-language local papers. See also City Death Records, Vol. 22, p. 344.

He was buried August 7th in St. Louis, after a 2 p.m. funeral from the family residence to Bellefontaine Cemetery. He was buried in Public Lot 22.

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In 1900, after her husband had died in 1888, Henry’s widow Rosalle (Reimann) Ebert appeared in St. Louis in the census in the Alexander Brod household at 1719 Jefferson Avenue. Rosalle’s daughter Kate married Alexander Brod (see below). In that household are listed Alexander and Katie Brod with their daughters Ethel and Alice, Andrew and Louisa McNamara, and Rosalla and Stella Ebert.

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Rosalle died at 6:20 a.m. on 25 Sep 1912 at her home at 5608 Greer Avenue in St. Louis. She was 68. The cause was cerebral hemorrhage with interstitial nephritis.

She was buried 27 Sep 1912 in Evangelical Zion Cemetery in Section 1, Lot 36, after a 2 p.m. funeral at the family residence at 5608 Greer Avenue in St. Louis. A bill from Cullen & Kelly, undertakers, dated in October 1912 to her son John for the funeral, refers to expenses for a hearse and six carriages.


1. John Alfert (Alfred) EPERTY (Ebert)

His middle name was originally “Alfert,” but this was eventually anglicized to “Alfred.” The 1870 census lists a “Charles” as a son of Henry with about the same birthdate as John, listed instead of John. Could Charles have been another middle name?

John was born 4 Aug 1868 in St. Louis, and was christened at St. Peter’s on 22 Nov 1868. His christening is noted in church records (#429), where he is listed as “John Alfert Eperty.” His parents are listed as “Heinr. Eperty” and “Rosalia gb. [geboren, German for born] Reimann.” (Reimann is written with only one “n,” but with a horizontal line over the letter, indicating that it should be doubled.) Witnesses are listed as Ida and Johann Hauck.

He married Sophia Regina Hauck/Haug in the Catholic church in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve Co., MO, on 30 Apr 1895. The marriage license was dated the day before. She was a daughter of Benjamin and Chlotilde (Ehler) Hauck. Her maiden surname eventually became spelled Haug. Originally, Haug and Hauck would both have been pronounced “Howk” or “Howg” (virtually indistinguishable in German). Sophia was born May 20, 1871 in Ste. Genevieve Co., MO. She died in Sep 1967 in St. Louis Co., MO and is buried in Zion Cemetery (Section 1, Lot 36).

John worked as an electrician for the city lighting department in St. Louis. City directories show him as living at 1420 Monroe, with occupation listed as “electric,” in 1899-1904 listings. He is listed with the same occupation, but living at 5608 Greer Avenue, in 1905-1911 listings.

Children of John Alfred and Sophia Ebert were Raymond Joseph Ebert who never married, Harry Alfred Ebert who married Rita Wilder, Andrew Reynolds Ebert who married Helen Dehner, Alice Amelia Ebert, and Cora Agnes Ebert who married Harry L. Springer.

John died at 10:35 p.m. on July 31, 1919 in a hospital after he was struck by a car. His death certificate notes “Shock & Injuries (Internal) Struck by Automobile Criminal Carelessness.”

John was buried 4 Aug in Zion Cemetery (Section 1, Lot 36) in St. Louis. A bill dated August 15th from Mullen Undertaking Company of St. Louis to his widow, Sophia Ebert, of 5608 Greer Avenue, is for his funeral. She was charged for moving his body from the hospital to the family residence at 5608 Greer Avenue, as well as for the use of six limousines and for the placement of three death notices each in the Post-Dispatch and Globe-Democrat.

2. Ida Ebert

She was born about 1866 in St. Louis. She died in St. Louis at age 7 of heart trouble, and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

3. Louise Ebert

She was called Lu, Lue, Lulu, or Louise, and is referred to twice as “Louisie” on her husband’s death certificate. She was born in St. Louis. Her date of birth was 2 Feb 1871 according to her death certificate, but Feb 1873 according to the 1900 census.

About 1895, she married Andrew Joseph McNamara, called Andy, who was born in St. Louis. Andy McNamara was born 30 Dec 1866 according to death certificate, but Dec 1867 according to the 1900 census. Both his parents were born in Ireland according to the census and his death certificate. He became a farmer after moving to the Blackwell, Missouri area.

He may have been the Andrew McNamara who was mentioned in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat on 1 Jun 1884. That individual was put in jail, charged with having stolen a gold ring on June 28 from the home of “Delegate James M. Sullivan” at 2331 (2381?) Division St. In the 4 Jun 1884 issue, he was “held to the Grand Jury in the sum of $800 for stealing a $60 gold ring from the residence of Delegate Sullivan. He failed to give bond and was sent to jail.”

Andy McNamara appears in the 1900 census living at 1719 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis. There he is listed with his wife Louisa in the Alexander Brod household. Rosalla and Stella Ebert were also in the same household.

The 1920 census shows him as a farmer in Big River Township, St. Francois County, Missouri, on 5 Jan 1920. He was living with his wife and with Celestine and Viola Ross. Celestine and Viola were my grandmother and her sister, who were wife Lu’s nieces.

His death certificate also refers to him as a farmer. He died of apoplexy with arteriosclerosis on April 17, 1936 in Union Township, Washington County, Missouri. He is buried in Masonic Cemetery near Blackwell, St. Francois County, Missouri.

Andrew McNamara’s wife Lu appears twice as “Louisie” in Andrew’s death certificate. Lu died of carcinoma of the colon on 24 Apr 1950 in Union Township, Washington County, Missouri. She was buried 27 Apr in Masonic Cemetery near Blackwell, St. Francois County, Missouri.

4. Katherine Marie Ebert

Katherine was called Kate, as well as Kathrine, Mary Katherine, and Katie. On the St. Louis birth record for her daughter Addie she is listed as Katie Ebert. She was born 20 Dec 1875 (one source says 1874) in St. Louis. She was christened in St. Peter’s Evangelical Church.

On 7 Mar 1895, she married Alexander Brod, called Alex, son of Anton and Margareth (Bartling) Brod. Anton Brod, called Anthony, was born in 1817 or 1818 in Bavaria, Germany, and died 29 Jun 1890 in St. Louis. His wife Margareth was born in 1830 or 1831 in Oldenburgh, Prussia, Germany and died November 6, 1885 in St. Louis.

Their son Alexander Brod was born 26 Jul 1870 in St. Louis. He became a farmer in Jefferson Co., MO.

Earlier, however, Alex is listed in the 1889-1890 St. Louis city directory as living at 1103 High Street. This street was known at times as 13th Street. His occupation at the time was “whitener.”

In the 1900 census, Alexander Brod appears at 1719 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis with wife Katie, daughters Ethel and Alice, Andrew and Louisa McNamara, and Rosalla and Stella Ebert.

Sometime between 1900 and 1907 he moved to Jefferson Co., MO. There he appears in the 1907 county directory as living on the De Soto-Bonne Terre Road. He seems to be the individual listed in the 1910 census as living in St. Louis and working as an “elect.(?) trimmer.” In the 1920 census Kate and the children are listed as living in Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, but his name does not appear. Perhaps he was working in St. Louis and commuting on weekends, as was my great-grandfather William E Bernhardt around the very late 19th or early 20th century.

Alex’s occupation is listed on his death certificate as “plaster,” “foreman.”

Alex Brod died 25 Nov 1936 in the city hospital in St. Louis. He died as the result of an auto accident on the 23rd, which fractured his skull. He was buried 29 Nov 1936 in Masonic Cemetery near Blackwell, St. Francois Co., MO.

Kate died of cerebral hemorrhage with hypertension on 2 Jan 1952 in Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO and was buried 6 Jan in Masonic Cemetery near Blackwell, St. Francois Co., MO.

Children of Kate and Alex Brod were Ethel Margarite Stella Brod who married Lee Austin Moon, Alice Melba Brod who married Albert H. Buchenberg, Addie Lillian Brod who married George Lester Bernhardt (brother of my grandfather William Charles Bernhardt), Chester Ebert Brod who married Estelene L. Pinson, and Oliver John Brod who married Cecilia C. Hamilton (called “Sis”).

5. Alice Sophia Ebert

She was born about 1876 in St. Louis and died at home, 1416 North 15th St., St. Louis, on 9 Jul 1890. She is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in Public Lot 22.

6. Wilhelmine Emilie Estelle Ebert

She was my great-grandmother, and was called Estella or Stella. She was born in Oct 1879 in St. Louis. The “Emilie” name may possibly have come from her mother (perhaps a middle name?), since Rosalle is listed in the 1880 census as “Emma.” Stella was christened 7 Dec 1879 at St. Peter’s German Evangelical Church in St. Louis by Rev. E. Roos, pastor.

She appears in the 1900 census with her mother in the Alexander Brod household (after the death of Heinrich/Henry) at 1719 Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis.

On 24 Sep 1902 she married August Charles Ross, son of Jakob (Jacob) D. and Cölestina (Celestina) (Hör) Ross. Jakob was born 26 Oct 1840 in Kehl, Baden, Germany, where he was christened in the evangelical church on 12 Nov 1840. Jakob and his family moved to St. Louis, MO from Germany, then back to Germany, then back to St. Louis. He was probably the Jacob D. Ross who was naturalized in St. Louis 8 Oct 1892, although there was also a Jacob Ross (no middle initial) naturalized there 2 Nov 1896. He may be the Jacob Ross who is listed as a patient in City Hospital in the 1910 census. That individual was 69 (so born around 1841), born in Germany, listed as a laborer in cement, but he is listed as still an alien, having immigrated in 1882. Jakob died of chronic interstitial nephritis in City Hospital 6 Aug 1915 in St. Louis, MO. He was buried 6 Aug 8th in Bethania (Bethany) Cemetery in St. Louis. He had been living at 1520 Bacon.

Jacob’s wife Cölestina was born 17 Nov 1841 in Haslach im Kinzigtal, Offenburg, Baden, Germany. She was christened there on the same day. She died 6 Jan 1905 in St. Louis and was buried in Bethania Cemetery on the 9th.

Children of August Charles and Stella (Ebert) Ross were Celestine Bertha Ross who married William Charles Bernhardt and Viola Ross who married a Colson.

Stella died at age 29 at 10:20 a.m. at home, 2308 Cass Avenue, in St. Louis. The cause as noted in her death certificate was “abscess of ear.” A local German-language newspaper, however, gives her cause of death as “Hirnleiden,” which translates as “cerebral ailment.”

Stella was buried in Bethania (Bethany) Cemetery in St. Louis after a 2 p.m. funeral at the family residence at 2308 Cass Avenue. She was buried with her Ross parents-in-law.

7. Henry or Harry Ebert

He died of diphtheria at the age of 13 months and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.


3 responses to “Henry Ebert (Heinrich Eperty) and family of St. Louis, MO

  1. As a great, great, great granddaughter of Rosalle (via Katie), I thank you.

  2. Christopher Brauss

    Thank you John. As a grandson of Andrew R Ebert, this helps fill in the gaps for me during our family discussions

  3. Wonderful family story and a beautify family.
    John Ebert
    Sterling Heights, MI

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