Birth: 13 Aug 1839 Langendorf, Hannover, Germany Baptism: 18 Aug 1839 Langendorf, Hannover, Germany Death: 6 Oct 1927 Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States Burial: near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States Religion: Lutheran Father: Johann Heinrich Eggert (*1799 Langendorf, Hannover, Germany ✝︎1872 Langendorf, Hannover, Germany) Mother: Maria Charlotta Elisabeth Gierke (*1809 Heidhof, Dömitz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany ✝︎1856 Langendorf, Hannover, Germany) Married Wilhelmina Therese Nehring (*1865 Jaszcz, Schwetz, Westpreußen, Germany ✝︎1933 Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States) 11 Apr 1882 Norfolk, Madison, Nebraska, United States Children: 1. Augusta Eline Eggert (*1883 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1974 Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States) 2. Anna Marie Amalie Sophie Eggert (*1884 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1896 Burt, Nebraska, United States) 3. August Heinrich Eggert (*1886 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1887 Burt, Nebraska, United States) 4. Ernst Jürgen Fredrick Henrich Eggert (*1887 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1937 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States) 5. Wilhelm Friedrich Heinrich Eggert (*1890 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1968 Hooper, Dodge, Nebraska, United States) 6. Bertha Dorothea Emma Auguste Eggert (*1890 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1895 Burt, Nebraska, United States) 7. Wilhelmine Louise Marie Eggert (*1892 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1894 Burt, Nebraska, United States) 8. Herman August Gustaf Eggert (*1894 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1977 Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska, United States) 9. Olga Anna Bertha Alwine Eggert (*1895 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1989 Tekamah, Burt, Nebraska, United States) 10. Arthur Wilhelm Friedrich Carl Eggert (*1897 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1978 Norfolk, Madison, Nebraska, United States) 11. Martha Gertrud Elisabeth Eggert (*1900 near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎1988 Snohomish, Snohomish, Washington, United States) 12. Paul Wilhelm Louis Eggert (*near Lyons, Burt, Nebraska, United States ✝︎Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States)Notes:
He never served in the military, either in Germany or in the US. He worked in a forest near Eitzen MN for three years, where he came to know the Spannuth family. He may have lived in St. Paul briefly in 1870, as there was an August Eggert working in a lumberyard at that time. But an August Eggert was also living in St. Paul in the 1880s, so the St. Paul connection is probably incorrect.
On 6 November 1871 he filed his declaration of intent to become a citizen of the United States, in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. At that time he could not sign his own name.
He moved to Burt County NE in 1871 (EE4) or more likely 1872 (FYH) and worked as a farm laborer for Waldo Lyon, for whom Lyons Nebraska was named. He was a charter member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church near Lyons, Nebraska, on 23 April 1874. He purchased his farm southeast of Lyons by grant from the US Government in 1879. This farm was on the southwest quarter of section 5, Everett Township (later Bell Creek Township), Burt County, Nebraska. He met his wife while delivering a load of grain to Norfolk Nebraska, where she worked as a waitress in a café. Their first eight children were born in the small house that was later turned into a chicken house. The remaining children were born in their new larger house on the farm. He had an extensive orchard and large garden. He raised grapes, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, many kinds of apples, cherries, plums, and apricots and peaches. His huge garden provided many vegetables for the family table. In 1891, a Maria or Catharina Klusendorf/Klüßendorf died suddenly at his residence. She had been living with H. A. Doescher and was seeking to sue him for breach of promise of marriage, when she suddenly fell ill while milking cows at the Eggert farm and died within four hours. August was naturalized in 1896 (CEN1920). In 1897 his house was burgled unsuccessfully, two pocketbooks having been recovered, but the perpetrator not found. He also owned a farm at McLean, in Pierce County, which he sold in 1914. They moved to Lyons in May 1922 after son Herman took over the farm.
Taufpaten: der Hw. Martens zu Langendorf, Johann Heinrich Behn zu Langendorf.
Testibus: Hermann Schieter & Ernst Nehring
The 1870 census gives his age as 27. The id on this one is questionable. The 1880 census gives his age as 32. EGG20 gives his name as Johann Friedrich August. CEN1910 says he immigrated 1870, CEN1920 says 1865, EFC.1, EGG2.1, EGG3.1, and EGG20 say 1868.
Sources: EE(Page: 4), LD(*1839#31), CEN1880(Everett, Burt, Nebraska, Sheet 10/366B), CEN1900(Bell Creek Precinct, Burt, Nebraska, ED25, Sheet 6A), CEN1910(Everett, Burt, Nebraska, ED27, Sheet 6B), CEN1920(Bell Creek Township, Burt, Nebraska, ED25, Sheet 1B), GTA(Volume: 22, Page: 271), ASR(Dates: 11 Apr 1907, 13 Aug 1911), EFC(Page: 1), EGG2, EGG3(Page: 1), EGG4, EE2(Page: 6, 8), HCEN1842, HCEN1845, HCEN1848, HCEN1852, HCEN1861, HCEN1864, REW1, BNEP, SDG, FYH(Page: 10), BNEGF, EGG11, EGG13, EGG19, EGG20, EE4, LYONS(Page: 26, 134), HCON, WORLDC(Database: mato1, ID: I781), SDG1(Page: 5), SDGCEM, HANNAUS, BNEPL, BNEPL2, CEN1885NE(Everett, Burt, Nebraska, ED 95, Page 7C), HPL(Ship: S.S. Hammonia, Page: 124), HRCOSP(Page: 412), FINDAGRAVE(ID: 48660774), LYONSM2, NYPL0(Hammonia, 6 Apr 1869), EGG72(⚭1882/Apr11), LYONSS1, LYONSM4, LYONSM5
Last changed: 27 May 2018