Hello again, history fans! Please prepare yourself for part two of the Aydelott-Rosenberger house history, which focuses on the second family to occupy the home–the family that was the last to live in the house near the ponds.
As with my previous post, I’ll start with the family patriarch who was responsible for moving the family into the home. Meet Martin P. Rosenberger and his wife, Addie Plenge, who married right around 1920. Martin is from a large family of seven children, and as best I can tell, his family had lived in Jefferson County around Louisville since about 1860, which would’ve been about 20 years after his grandfather immigrated to the US from Germany.
For your reference, I have included a family tree for you which starts with Martin and Addie.
Just to give you a feel for who the Rosenbergers were, let’s start in 1920. Martin P. (25) and wife Addie (26), married earlier that year, are renting their home on a Cane Run Road farm in Albemarle, Jefferson, KY. Martin indicates that he’s working on a truck farm on his own account. There are no children in the home at this time. In addition to another family that lives in the home, there is a servant named Henry Sharp (46) also living in the home.
It is in this year that I believe we get our first look at the Rosenberger family occupying the Aydelott-Rosenberger house. Martin (35) and Addie (36) are living in Louisville, KY with their three children: Plenge (9), Martie L (6), and Patty (3). Martin indicates the home is owned and worth $14,000, which translated into modern dollars, is just shy of $196,000. Given the size of the house and farm, this seems consistent with the Aydelott-Rosenberger house and land. If that isn’t enough to convince you, then consider that just one dwelling down in the census is the Moreman family, whose home still sits less than a mile from the Aydelott-Rosenberger house.
It is noteworthy that Martin and his family aren’t the only ones living on the farm in 1930. Also listed under family #100, farm #33 is one August Rosenberger (25), wife Sallie (20), and daughter Margie (1). A search of previous census records shows that August and Martin are brothers. While Martin and his family are listed in dwelling #89, August and his family are listed in dwelling #90, which is consistent with the Aydelott Family History post in which there is a sketch of the farm and homestead that lists several private dwellings aside from the main house.
Ten years later reveals Martin (45) and Addie (46) living at the intersection of Cane Run Road and Bethany Lane, the latter of which is written vaguely in the margin of the census record and positively confirms the location of their residence as the Aydelott-Rosenberger house based on street names. At home are Plenge (19), Martie Lee (16), and Pattie (13). Martin and Plenge list their livelihood as farmers. Their farm number is 69.
Still next door on the same farm are Martin’s brother and sister-in-law, August Rosenberger (35) and Sally (31). Their children, Margie (11) and August (6 months) are living with them. August indicates that he is a farmer.
Further proof that the family is in fact occupying the Aydelott-Rosenberger house and land is the fact that the Moreman family shows up in the census records one dwelling away.
1940 and Beyond
By 1940, Plenge is a young man, poised to move out and start a life of his own, and his sisters are quickly preparing to follow in those footsteps. From 1940, we see the nuclear family split up and go their separate ways, making new families of their own.
Martin P. Rosenberger only lived two more years after the 1940 census. His death certificate indicates that he died of kidney cancer at age 48.
Despite Martin’s early death, his wife Addie Rosenberger lived to be nearly 100 years old, dying in December of 1982.
A website showing the final resting place of Martin and Addie is linked below.
The Rosenberger’s only son, Plenge, who bore the maiden name of his mother, apparently continued to live at the Aydelott-Rosenberger house for some time. A Valley Station public record from 1976 lists him at 6618/6814 Bethany Lane, both known addresses of the Aydelott-Rosenberger property. He was a member of the Free Masons and also ran for public office back in the 70’s as a Republican candidate for the Kentucky state house of representatives. While I can find very little information about him, Plenge married a woman named Rosetta, or “Bunny”. Plenge Rosenberger passed away in 1993 at 73 years old.
Martie Lee Rosenberger remained in the Louisville area, marrying one C.T. Korfhage and having four children with him. They lived in nearby Shepherdsville, KY where she was reportedly involved with her church and kept the books for her family farm with C.T. Martie Lee died in 2013 at the ripe old age of 90.
Patti Rosenberger, the youngest daughter, attended U of L and UK. She married Don Huebner in 1945, and the couple moved to Kansas in 1963. They had four children together. Patti worked in the Huebner Insurance Agency as an office manager until 1986. She was reportedly a talented cook, a seamstress, and active in her church.
Yet again, while this isn’t necessarily relevant to the Rosenberger family that occupied the home, my research took me back in to Martin P. Rosenberger’s family history, and I found a few interesting things back there.
First is that Martin Rosenberger wasn’t the only Rosenberger to marry an Plenge. Martin’s older sister, Lillie, reportedly married one William H. Plenge. His younger sister, Loraine, also married a William H. Plenge (upon further research, I believe these two men are in fact cousins or uncle/nephew). And finally, another younger sister, Minnie Mae Rosenberger, married a John Henry Plenge. In total, four out of seven Rosenberger children married Plenges.
One of the more confounding mysteries I’ve ever seen hit me while researching Martin’s family history. For this rabbit trail, I made you another family tree, this time encompassing Martin’s parentage and grandparents.
Jumping back to 1880, we see Martin P.’s father, Martin W., living at home with his father and brothers.
1880: Cane Run, Jefferson, KY:
Rosenberger, Phillip 60 Head of household
Rosenberger, Phillip 30 Son
Rosenberger, Codie 29 Daughter-in-law
Rosenberger, Phillip 2 Grandson
Rosenberger, Henry 22 Son
Rosenberger, Martin 17 Son
Now, Phillip (60) indicates that he was born in “Bravia”, which appears to be a misspelling of Bavaria. Expecting I’d be able to find him in 1870, I took a look, only to be stunned by the fact that there appears to be no Phillip Rosenberger in the entire country that matches our guy!
Imagine my surprise when I look into the 1860 census to find this:
If you study the records above, you’ll notice what appears to be two almost identical families living right next to each other, the exceptions being the name of the wife in the Phillip Rosenberger homes and the last name of Peter Rosenberger is changed to Rosenbaum in one census. Otherwise, everything from the names and ages of the children to the ages of the adults are exactly the same to the occupation of the men to the countries of origin are exactly the same.
Now, what does this mean exactly? Here are the options as I see them:
1. Peter and Phillip are brothers who moved in 1860 while the census taker was making his rounds. This would explain the similar names and ages and how the families would’ve been in two places at once.
2. Peter and Phillip Rosenberger are separate people from the other Phillip Rosenberger and Peter Rosenbaum. While this explains the slight discrepancy in the name of Phillip’s wife and Peter’s last name, this doesn’t explain how two incredibly similar families are both living in Louisville at the exact same time and then disappear exactly one year later. One possibility is that these families are in fact related, but they are perhaps cousins who used family names for their children in the exact same order at nearly the exact same time. In my opinion, this isn’t likely.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer for you on this one, dear reader. Neither of these men appear in the 1850 census, so it’s impossible for me to say which family represents our Rosenbergers, or if in fact both do.
That’s all I have to tell you at this point about the Aydelott-Rosenberger house, its inhabitants, and their histories. Please be sure to visit my previous posts regarding the Aydelott Family history for their genealogy, photos, and a map of the farmstead as sketched by a Rosenberger descendent.
And don’t forget to visit the post that started this all, complete with photos of the home in 2013.
Until next time!