Rev. Fredrich Wilhelm Husmann


Born in Germany 1n 1807.

Taught school in Bremen, Germany.

He was recruited by Lutheran pastor Friedrich C. D. Wyneken to start a church school in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. On May 17, 1840, Teacher Friedrich W. Husmann arrived at Fort Wayne, where he became the first instructor of St. Paul's Lutheran School. Under pastor Wyneken's mentoring, Husmann began to study theology and Greek. Later he would preach at St.Paul's during Wyneken's absences and eventually serve as a missionary pastor among preaching stations established by Wyneken in Indiana.

He participated in a meeting in Cleveland at which several pastors broke with the Ohio Synod.  In a Chicago meeting with other pastors in 1847 he was formally ordained and served as the first secretary of the new German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States. The name was later shortened to Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

He continued to serve in Allen County Indiana until moving to Euclid, Ohio in August of 1863 to serve as pastor of German Evangelical Saint. Johns Congregation. There he assisted the congregation in the drafting of the rapidly growing church’s constitution. Besides being the pastor Husmann established a school and taught until the congregation hired his son-in-law Heinrich August Lossner in 1875.

 Rev. Fredrich Wilhelm Husmann died in 1881 and is buried in the church cemetery.

This from the Christian Cyclopedia of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod:

Husmann, Friedrich Wilhelm

(November 9, 1807–May 4, 1881). B. Nordel, Hannover, Ger.; teacher in Bremen; responded to call of F. C. D. Wyneken* for ch. workers in Am. by going to Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1840; miss. teacher and pastor in and near Fort Wayne and elsewhere in NIndiana and Ohio; 1st secy. Mo. Syn. 1847–60; pastor South Euclid, near Cleveland, Ohio, 1863–81.

Fredrich was married to Elizabeth Meinke (1820 - ????) They were the parents of:
Lucy (1843-1943)
Dedrick (1847-1907)
Joanna (1850-1921)
Susan (1853-????)
Elizabeth (1855-????)
Dora C (1856-????)
Fredric W 1857-1948)
Martin (1864-????)

All the children were born in Indiana except Martin who was born in Ohio. Fredrich made at least one trip back to Germany, returning home on the steam ship Oder via Bremen, Germany and Southampton, England and New York, arriving on 5 Aug 1875. He was 67 at the time.
In the 1880 census his occupation is listed as Doctor of Divinity. It is unknown if this was an earned degree or an honorary degree bestowed possibly during his visit to Germany five years prior.