Helbling Family, Springsteen (Click for Family Tree)
Although this page is technically not a funeral card, it does give more information about the deaths of our ancestors than a funeral card might. Since the Springsteens were Catholic, they would have had funeral cards made up if they could afford it. (It was surprising that none were found in the bible.) Unfortunately none have survived to this author’s knowledge.
Died Tues May 20th 1862 Indianapolis
[Ed. Note: Last child of Jefferson and Anna (Conner) Springsteen; died before his second birthday.]
John Springsteen Sr.
Died March 19th 72 Indianapolis
[Ed. Note: The year was 1872. The father of Jefferson Springsteen, John Springsteen born 1782, died 19 March 1867 per his death notice in the “Indianapolis Herald.” Was the year of 1872 an error in the bible record, since the bible copyright was 1876 and thus the entry was written after the fact? Or could this be John’s father? Or was he called “John Sr.” because he was the grandfather of John William Springsteen?]
Laura May Springsteen
Died April 13th 73 at 359 E. Market St.
[Ed. Note: The year was 1873. Laura May (Longfellow) Springsteen, born 1853, was the wife of Abram Furman Springsteen, and the mother of his first child, Laura G. Springsteen. She died just 24 days after giving birth to their daughter.]
May G. Springsteen
Died Sunday Mar. 29th 1885 at the
Residence of her Grand parents
208 Daugherty St. 5-30 P.M.
[Ed. Note: Laura Grace Alien Longfellow Springsteen, whose mother died less than a month after giving birth to her, was at the home of Jefferson and Anna M. (Conner) Springsteen when she herself died. She most likely was being raised by her grandparents, although her father is listed in their household in the 1880 US Federal Census but she is not. He remarried, to Ida Belle Dumont- probably a sister to his brother Robert’s wife Anna Dumont- in 1881. Abram married again in July of 1885 to Emma Isola Coombs, after young Laura’s death in March. (We don’t know if Ida bell died or they divorced.)]
John W. Springsteen
Died May 2[?- scratched through] 1906.
[Ed. Note: Oldest son of Jefferson and Anna (Conner) Springsteen. Death date was 2 May 1906. His wife predeceased him in 1887.]
Anna M. Springsteen
Died April 17
1878 1887 Cairo
Sunday 5 P.M.
[Ed. Note: This is Anna M. (Conner) Springsteen, probably the original bible owner. At her death, she most likely was visiting her daughter Anna Missouri (Springsteen) Beerbower in Cairo, Illinois.]
Robert Warson Beerbower
Died Sept 12th-1900, Denver Colo
Wednesday, 2 A. M.
[Ed. Note: Robert was the oldest child of Anna Missouri (Springsteen) Beerbower and her husband Edgar Peter Beerbower. His only child, Roberta Pearl Beerbower, was born the month after he died, so he never saw his daughter. Colorado death records are closed to family historians unless immediate family, so we cannot know Robert’s cause of death. Around the turn of that century, many of those with tuberculosis went to Colorado for treatment and recuperation- could that have been the case with Robert, even though his first child was to be born soon? Or was he just there for railroad business?]
Jefferson Springsteen Jr.
Died Apr 14-1905 Indianapolis
Buried Crown Hill Apr 17- 2 P.[or A.?]M.
Age 56 years.
[Ed. Note: This is Thomas Jefferson Springsteen, born in 1848, son of Jefferson and Anna M. (Conner) Springsteen.]
Jefferson Springsteen Sr.
Died Sept 15-1909 Indianapolis Ind
Buried Crown Hill Cemetary
Age 89 years_
[Ed. Note: Son of John Springsteen and Mary Logan, and husband to Anna M. (Conner) Springsteen.]
Notes, Sources, and References:
- Family treasure chest.
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