Anna Amelia C. Fiegenbaum
1861 — 1873
Colony Township, Delaware County, Iowa, USA
Anna A. C.
H. R. & E. A.
July 9, 1873
Sharyl Ferrall, coordinator for the Allamakee County & Clayton County sites for IAGenWeb, submitted the original of this photo to the IAGenWeb Gravestone Photo Project and has graciously allowed a copy to be included here.
Sharyl noted that Anna Amelia's is one of six gravestones in a row that have been re-set in concrete. Just to the left of Anna's stone is the marker for Anna G. Schenke (died 16 February 1886). To the right of Anna's are the gravestones for Mary Alice Klaus (died 3 July 1862), Charles H. Klaus (died 9 May 1866), Infant daughter Klaus (died 20 August 1867), and Benjamin J. Klaus (died 24 February 1872).
These last four graves are probably the children of Herman H. and Katherine M. (Krümpel) Klaus (see the biographical sketch of Herman H. Klaus, published in The History of Delaware County, Iowa... (Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878), page 611).
Anna Amelia's mother was Elizabeth Ann (Krümpel) Fiegenbaum (see the brief genealogy, below). If or how she and Katherine M. (Krümpel) Klaus were related to each other is not known to me at this time, even though it seems very probable.
Just behind Anna's stone in this picture can be seen parts of two markers for John D. Klaus and Elisabeth Klaus (her maiden name was Hartbeck, Hartbecke or Hartbecka, depending on who is telling the story). John's biographical sketch was also published in The History of Delaware County, Iowa... on page 611. One of their daughters, Mary Malvina Klaus (1853-1930), was married to Rev. Frank Henry Wellemeyer (1848-1909).
Frank H. Wellemeyer's mother, Christine Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer, and Anna Amelia's father, Rev. Heinrich Rudolph Fiegenbaum, were siblings; Frank H. Wellemeyer and Anna Amelia C. Fiegenbaum were first cousins.
Frank Henry Wellemeyer, his father, Henry Frank Wellemeyer, and his uncle, Heinrich Rudolph Fiegenbaum, were all pastors in the German Methodist Episcopal Church. This association is no doubt how the Fiegenbaum, Wellemeyer and Klaus families became acquainted.
If or how Herman H. Klaus and John D. Klaus were related to one another is another question that awaits resolution.