My great great grandfather, Herman Lutter, remarried to a woman named Emma. This was discovered when viewing the 1920 census.
|1920 United States Federal Census|
58 Hunter Street, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
Herman was “single” in the 1910 census. A search of New Jersey marriage records from 1910 through 1920 produced a marriage certificate in 1915 of Herman Lutter to Emma Neubauer, widow of Grieser.
Herman Lutter to Emma Neubauer
March 2, 1915 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
Via microfilm at New Jersey State Archives
This marriage was also an unhappy one for Herman. He filed for divorce from Emma in 1923 and relocated to Spring Lake in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
|Red Bank Register online|
Monmouth County, New Jersey
Neubauer was not an unfamiliar name in my research of Herman Lutter. Lutter v. Neubauer (100 N.J.L. 17; 125 A. 113) was a precedent-setting legal case in mental health decided June 17, 1924. Herman Lutter sued Albert Neubauer for room and board and won by default. Rose Seipel, administratrix of Albert’s estate, appealed and won. Herman appealed and lost. The Court held, “[A]lthough an insane person may be sued at law for an alleged debt, his incapacity requires that he be protected . . .” I thought it was strange that someone owed Herman for room and board when Herman himself was always renting a room.
|1917 City Directory for Newark, Essex County, New Jersey|
Note that Herman Lutter was rooming at 58 Hunter.
In the 1920 census, he was still renting at this address.
Then I remembered that the court’s opinion contained the date of death of the defendant, Albert Neubauer: October 13, 1921 at the Newark City Almshouse. With a date, the death certificate was easy to locate at the Archives.
|Via microfilm at New Jersey State Archives|
Albert was buried at Fairmount Cemetery, where Herman was supposed to be buried. Returning to Fairmount, I located Albert’s record. Burials are not organized in strict alphabetical order, but rather in chronological order based on the first few letters of the surname. Having a date of death ensures a more accurate search. Albert was buried October 15, 1921 in Section L, Lot 51.
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
Burial log for surname Ne* 1916-1936
Looking up the plot card, we find that the owner was Schmidt. Without knowing this surname, we needed the date of death of someone else in the plot to locate the record. Emma Lutter was buried in this plot on December 18, 1946. This is why I did not locate her death certificate- I had not looked in the 1940s- yet. Louis Grieser was buried in this plot on February 1, 1906. No gravestones are in this location.
Plot card for Section L, Lot 51
Using these dates of death, I looked for these people online in hopes of ascertaining their relationships. A great great granddaughter of Emma had posted the tree online with photographs! Emma, Albert, and Rose were siblings. Louis was Emma’s first husband.
Emma married Herman Lutter.
Rose married Henry Seipel.
Herman Lutter sued Albert Neubauer and Rose appealed the case.