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Biewend Family Papers

Identifier: Collection ID-1753
Adolph Friedrich Theodor Biewend Photo
Adolph Heinrich Angelo Biewend Photo

Scope and Contents

The Biewend Family Collection includes papers, correspondence, legal documents, photographs, printed and general material of two generations of Biewends. The greatest part of this collection pertains to Adolph Heinrich Angelo Biewend (the son). The legal documents include an acceptance document of A. F. T. Biewend to the University in Göttingen (dated 18 March 1837), Sophie’ s passport of 8 Oct 1842, the wedding certificate of A. F. T. Biewend and Sophie Martin dated 1 August 1844, Adolph H. A. Biewend’s confirmation certificate (17 April 1859), his report card of the academic year 1862/63, and his call document from 29 May 1871. The financial records include receipts for purchases of supplies and property tax payments to the city of Saint Louis in the 1860s by the widow, Sophie Biewend. Papers of Dr. Edward F. Biewend include a booklet of medicinal remedies and travel diaries from European trips in 1895–1896.

The legal papers, as well as the correspondence, are filed in chronological order.

Folder list
  • Correspondence (various family members)
  • Edward F. Biewend Papers, 1886–1896
  • Financial Records, 1851–1865
  • General Information
  • Legal Documents
  • Miscellaneous manuscripts and notes
  • News Clippings
  • Photographs
  • Printed Material


  • Creation: 1816 - 1871

Biographical / Historical

Adolph Friedrich Theodor Biewend, was born in Rothenbuettel, Hanover, Germany, on 16 May 1816. At age 19 he entered the University of Goettingen, Germany, and completed his studies of theology there with honors in 1839. As customary at this time, Biewend accepted a position as a private tutor, and during this time he pursued further studies of French, English, philosophy and theology. Following a personal plea from Pastor F.C.D. Wyneken, Biewend arrived in America in 1843. His first call was to Washington, D.C., for a three-year duration until October 1847. In 1848 he was appointed professor of languages and philosophy at Columbia College (later to become George Washington University). After a very short time there he accepted a call to the preparatory college at Fort Wayne, Indiana, founded and supported by Wilhelm Loehe. In 1850 he transferred to the newly dedicated theological seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri. He taught there until his untimely death of typhoid fever on 11 April 1858.

On 5 August 1844, Biewend married Sophia Martin of Washington City. Seven children where born to this union: Adolph, August, Charles, Edward, Henry, Albert, and Sophia.

Adolph Heinrich Angelo Biewend was born as the first child of A. F. T. and his wife Sophie Biewend on 30 August 1845 in Washington, D.C. He was educated at Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1868. His first call brought him to Belleville, Illinois, where he was ordained on 19 July 1868. A. H. A. Biewend remained there until 1871, when he accepted a call to Trinity Lutheran Church, Boston, Massachusetts. He served this congregation for almost 50 years. From 1900 to 1912 he also served as the vice-president of the Eastern District and later the newly founded Atlantic District. For 30 years he was president of the Martin Luther Orphans Home. He married Lisette Schmitz in 1868. They had four daughters and one son. A. H. A. Biewend died on 16 June 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Edward F. Biewend was born in November 1853 in Saint Louis. He was married in 1884 to Lizzie ?. He was a medical doctor specializing in tuberculosis.

See the Emil Martin Biegener Collection for a manuscript biography, “Adolf Fr. Th. Biewend” (1949).


.42 Linear Feet (One 5" letter box)

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Custodial History

Original collection ID: M-0012

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs. Joseph Johnson, August 1958; George Schick, November 1962; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Koch, June 1984. Most material of the Biewend Family Collection was donated in August 1985 by Rev. Luther Willer. Additional material was received from Donna M. Etala on 18 January 2008, consisting of a portable writing desk and various family papers, mostly financial but also including correspondence, class notes and various other items from Prof. A. F. T. Biewend and European travel diaries of Dr. Edward F. Biewend.

Biewend Family Papers
Brigitte H. Conkling
August 1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Edition statement
Revised by Marvin A. Huggins, January 2009

Repository Details

Part of the Concordia Historical Institute Repository

804 Seminary Place
Saint Louis MO 63105 USA