Seelitz, Missouri

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Seelitz, Perry County, Missouri
Location of Perry County, Missouri
Location of Perry County, Missouri
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountyPerry
TownshipBrazeau
Elevation
791 ft (241[1] m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)

Seelitz is an abandoned village in Brazeau Township in Perry County, Missouri.

Name[edit]

Seelitz was named after Seelitz in Saxony, Germany.[2]

History[edit]

Seelitz was a short-lived town near Altenburg, Missouri, one of the seven colonies established in 1839 in the Saxon Migration.[2] Pastor Ernst Moritz Bürger was the Lutheran pastor of the village.[3][4] Seelitz was settled by people from Ernst Moritz Bürger's congregation in Germany and from that of his father. Although only one of the colonists is recorded as coming from the small parish of Seelitz, which is near Rochlitz in the Zwickauer Mulde valley, Bürger may have chosen it out of filial piety and the memory of his own first pastorate, rather than Lunzenau, from which he and most of his people had actually come. Seelitz must have been near Frohna, somewhere to the north of it in the Brazeau Creek bottom, because the "special partition" between them had not yet been agreed upon in November, 1839. Its low-lying situation made it unhealthy and subject to various fevers. By 1841 Bürger's congregation had been reduced to five, and after much dissatisfaction he resigned, and the parish was made a branch of Altenburg. Thereafter the name disappears from the map. It has been impossible to ascertain whether its territory was united with that of Altenburg, or Frohna, or perchance changed its name to Brazeau, a little community which still survives a short distance away on Brazeau Creek, and which is said to have been originally settled by the Saxons in 1839.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ cartographic.info http:// cartographic.info/usa/map.php?id=739094
  2. ^ a b c State Historical Society of Missouri: Perry County Place Names http://shs.umsystem.edu/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay_perry.html
  3. ^ Robert Sidney Douglass (1912). "History of Southeast Missouri: A Narrative Account of Its ..., Volume 1".
  4. ^ Margot Ford McMillen (1994). "Paris, Tightwad, and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names". ISBN 9780826209726.