Colonel Robert Hundhausen(Gasconade Co.)

Robert Hundhausen, was born March 3, 1822 in Neukirchen, near Cologne Rhine Province, Prussia, Germany, the son of John Frederick and Fredericke (Koester) Hundhausen, also a natives of Prussia, Germany. The father was born May 1, 1792 in Prussia, Germany as was the mother. The father with his four sons, Frederick, Robert, Juilus, and Hermann, came to the United States in 1840, and settled on a farm in Franklin Co., MO. He had studied theology, was a graduate of the University of Marburg, and had been an acting minister of the gospel since July 30, 1813, evidenced by his first commission granted by Napoleon Bonaparte. He afterward established the Lutheran Church in Hermann, Gasconade Co., MO, where he preached for a number of years, and died January 28, 1871/4 and is buried at the Herman City Cemetery.

Robert is found living with his older brother Frederick in Franklin Co. in 1850. He married Clara Braches on ? in ?(MO). Clara was born December 3, 1833 in Neukirchen, near Cologne Rhine Province, Prussia, Germany, the daughter of John and Theresa Braches. They came to the United States when Clara was twelve, settling in St. Louis where John was a successful medical practioner. Robert enlisted as a private in Franklin Co., MO, together with his brother Julius, in the Mexican War, in Co.E, First Missouri Cavalry, commanded by Col. Doniphan, and participated in the battles of Bracito and Sacramento, and the entire march of Doniphan's regiment through Mexico down to the coast.

During the Civil War Robert was commissioned Colonel of the 4th MO Inf. USV (Commissioned Mar. 19, 1862 from Jan. 18, 1862-muster out). His brother Julius also served as Lt. Col. of the regiment. The 4th MO Inf. USV was employed chiefly within the State, and performed valuable service to the cause including duty in Districts of Southwest Missouri and St. Louis at Pacific City and St. Louis till February, 1863. It was mustered out of the service under Special Orders No.13, February 1, 1863. He was appointed paymaster of volunteers, to New Orleans, which he served as to the close of the war. (There should be more in his record, check muster rolls).

They are found living in Franklin Co., MO in 1870 with Robert as a retired merchant (RE:2,500 PE:8,000). Robert died April 10, 1872 and Clara died January 12, 1899. They are both buried at the Pacific City Cemetery in Pacific, MO. S/1,2,3,4,5

Children of Robert and Clara (Braches) Hundhausen (nine total):


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