My 3rd-great grandmother, Metta Hagenah, was one of my longest-living direct ancestors. She lived to be 95 years old, living the first third of her life in Germany, and the last two-thirds in Benton County, Missouri. This is a quick look at her life.
Metta Hagenah was the second child of Johann Friedrich Hagenah and Gesche Brückner. She was their oldest daughter, and she was born 3 March 1825 in Graepel, Hannover, Germany. She was baptized in the church at Oldendorf, Hannover, Germany when she was four days old. She had an older brother, two more younger brothers, and two younger sisters.
When she was 26 years old, she married Herman Tietjen, who was from the nearby town of Bremervörde, Hannover, Germany. They were married in his hometown on 24 April 1851. A few years after their marriage, in about 1854, they emigrated to the United States. They may have traveled to the U.S. and settled in Missouri with others in the Hagenah and Tietjen extended families, but I’m uncertain.
After their arrival, the newlyweds settled in Benton County, Missouri. Herman was a farmer who lived in Williams Township. Metta and Herman had five children, all born in Benton County. They may have had one other child, who died young. Their children were:
- Gesina Margaret Tietjen, born 30 Sept. 1857
- Claus Henry Tietjen, born 17 June 1861
- Katherine Tietjen, born 14 Sept. 1863
- Johann Tietjen, born 7 Nov. 1867
- Anna Tietjen, born 12 May 1870
Metta took care of the household, and presumably helped take care of the farm as well. The family spoke German at home, and Metta likely knew very little English. Herman served a few months as a Private in the German Regiment in the Civil War, from June 1861 to September 1861. This regiment was also known as the Benton County Home Guards. Metta must have been relieved when his service was quickly over. As her children grew up, got married, and had children of their own, many of them stayed in the local area.
The family lived in Benton County until Herman’s death on 21 January 1897. After his death, Metta lived by herself for a couple years, and later moved in with her daughter, Katherine, and her son-in-law, Florenz Gardner. They all moved to Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, in about 1915.
Metta outlived all the men in her immediate family, including her father, her husband, her two sons, and (as far as I know) her three brothers. Her three daughters outlived her. Before she died, she had 6 children, 24 grandchildren, and at least several great-grandchildren. Metta passed away at the age of 95 on 27 April 1920, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. She had been in feeble health for several years. She was buried two days later in Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri, at Monsees Cemetery (also called Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery), next to her husband, Herman. I only know little tidbits about her life, but what a long life she lived!
- “Elbe-Weser Triangle, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1574-1945 / Taufen, Oldendorf, Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, Standesort Stade” page 146, No. 4 (image 460), March 7 1825; browsable images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61007 : accessed 1 Aug 2018).
- Paul Weil’s Baby Book, Weil family archive; held privately by Paul W. Weil, Kingston, IL.
- 1860 United States Federal Census, Benton County, Missouri, Population Schedule, Township 43 Range 20, p. 5A, dwelling 1213, family 1179, Harman, Metta and Sena Tietchens, image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 2 Aug 2018); citing FHL microfilm: 803607.
- 1870 United States Federal Census, Benton County, Missouri, Population Schedule, Williams Township, p. 17-18, dwelling 114, family 115, Herman, Martha, Seano, Claus, Ireno, John and Anna Tetgen, image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 2 Aug 2018); citing FHL microfilm: 552258.
- 1880 United States Federal Census, Benton County, Missouri, Population Schedule, Williams Township, p. 392A, dwelling 127, family 135, Herman, Metta, Cena, Claus, Katie, John and Annie Titjens, image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 2 Aug 2018); citing 1880 United States Federal Census, roll: 674.
- 1900 United States Federal Census, Benton County, Missouri, Population Schedule, Williams Township, p. 196, dwelling 39, family 39, Meto Teiton, image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 1 Aug 2018); citing FHL microfilm: 1240839.
- 1910 United States Federal Census, Benton County, Missouri, Population Schedule, Williams Township, p. 7B, dwelling 9, family 9, Florence, Catherine, Jesse, Lawrce, Pauline, Leonard, Theodore, Alwin, Charlotte Gaertner and Metta Tietjen, image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 2 Aug 2018); citing FHL microfilm: 1374782.
- 1920 United States Federal Census, Pettis County, Missouri, Population Schedule, Sedalia Township, Ward 3, p. 1A, family 146, Florence, Tietjen, Mattie, Theodore, Elsie and Lottie Gardner, image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 2 Aug 2018); citing 1920 U.S. Federal Census roll: T625_940.
- Pettis County, Missouri, death certificate no. 17212 (1920), Metta Tietjen; image copy (https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Records/Archives/ArchivesMvc/DeathCertificates/ : accessed 1 Aug 2018); Missouri Digital Heritage, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 – 1967.