Ludwig Cemetery Entries for Burtel/Bartell (Buertel)
BARTELL. CHARLES ... DIED SEPT. 4, 1903 - AGED, 44 YRS - 6 MONTHS.
BARTELL. ELIZABETH ... BORN JUNE 29, 1861 - DIED NOV. 20, 1942.
... EHE. VON ADAM BURTEL GEB DEN 11, FEB. 1815.
BURTEL. PHEBE ... BORN, 1836 - DIED, 1881.
This family is complexly intertwined into my family history. First, a word about Adam Buertel (1806-<1885), the patriarch of this family, about which quite a bit is known. Adam is no doubt buried in the Berg Church Cemetery, if the inscription listing the dead there buried, is correct. Entry # 20 in the Personal Descriptions of the Berg Church Records, describes Adam's parents and grandparents, his first and second wives, some of his children and his emigration to this country. Adam was my great great grandfather.
Katherina Born Buertel (1815-1902)
Why it is that my step-great great grandmother (Adam's second wife), Catharine Buertel (1815-1902), is buried in Ludwig Cemetery is not clear to me. Adam's farm was on Sugar Creek Road just a stone's throw from Ludwig Cemetery. Adam had a son Frederick in 1839, and "Fritz's" farm in 1875 abutted the Adam Buertel homestead. Did the mother go to live with Frederick? did she live with Carl, who IS buried in Ludwig? where is Frederick buried? these are questions I have no answers to.
Charles Bartell (1859-1903) and Elizabetha Fickeisen (1861-1942)
Elisabetha Fickeisen's parents were Jacob and Elisabetha Born Fickeisen. Jacob was christened in Gumbsweiler, Pfalz on 19 Feb 1823, a town that I have been to, and was the older brother of my great great grandfather, Abraham Fickeisen. The Fickeisen brothers and possibly a sister emigrated some time around 1849.
Charles (Karl) and Elizabetha Fickeisen Bartell, buried here, were man and wife. Charles was the youngest son of the patriarch, Adam Buertel, and that made Charles my grandfather's (Frank Sullivan's) uncle. From Charles' 5 Sep 1903 Marietta Times obituary and from the 1900 Washington Co. Census we find that the couple had five children, Edward (1885), Bertha (1886), Laura (1891) and Clarence (1894), and another daughter. Charles died near Dye Post Office of a typhoid attack.
Laura Bartell Withington
To inject a personal note into these cold statistics, as a child, I knew well one of the daughters of the Charles and Elizabeth Bartell that are buried here. Her name was Laura Bartell Withington. She took a shine to me, and I did like her very much. My mom and grandmother, Clara (Frank's wife) used to play canasta with Laura and another relative, Tillie Hemmiger, who was a grand daughter of Abraham Fickeisen, in the 1950's, when canasta was all the rage. I took this picture of Tillie, Laura (second from right) and my grandmother, Clara Noe Sullivan. The card game took place in the front room of my childhood home at 317 Greene St. in Marietta, Ohio. Laura used to live 507 College Street, near Marietta College, and I would go up and have cookies and tea with her on occasion.
Phebe Burtel (1836-1881) and Freddy D Burtel (1876-1897)
Phebe Burtel and Freddy D. Bartell, I do not know the pedigree of, but I hope to check out the possibility that Freddy was the grandson of Adam Buertel through son Frederick. Adam Buertel had a daughter Philipena, but the Berg Church records list her birth as 1834, not 1836.
The Buertel Name
Finally, a word about the family name. For a long time, this much mispelled name gave me genealogical gas pains. The name is correctly spelled on the Berg Church monument: Bürtel. That's B-u umlaut-r-t-e-l. The u umlaut is made easily by Germans, not at all by English speakers. What they tell you in German class is "start to say a 'u' but then really say 'e' after your lips are in the 'u' position." Consequently, this name is almost never spelled correctly in genealogical records. In fact, it is only spelled correctly with the umulaut, although the English transliteration of the sound long ago was set at "UE." That is why the spelling 'Buertel' is probably the most accurate English spelling. But it has been spelled eight ways to Sunday, including Bartle, Battel, Batell, Burtel, Buttle, and Buttel. (I think that IS eight ways.)
Created by James F. Andris, Oct. 16, 2007, mod. Oct. 20, 2007.