Here's what we know. John R. Aufenthie, also known as Rudolph Aufdenthie, immigrated to America from Germany at the age of 22 arriving at the Port of Baltimore in September of 1868. He was accompanied on the voyage by Hermann Aufdenthie, age 12.
John Rudolph Aufenthie was a saloon keeper, or as later described in his son Charles' obituary, a "restauranteur."
Rudolph Aufenthie married Rosa Schweir May 10, 1875, at the Concordia Lutheran Evangelical Church in Washington, D.C. In 1890 Rose was filing for a divorce. You don't want to know why.
John R. Aufenthie died of consumption at the age of 53 in 1899 and was buried in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in D.C. on 16 Feb 1899 in a burial plot owned by a Mrs. Wessler.
Mrs. Wessler is likely Mrs. Marie Wesseler, wife/widow of David Wesseler. It is not known what the relationship was between Mrs. Wesseler and Mr. John Rudolph Aufenthie that she would allow him to be buried in one of the burial plots owned by her.
Nor is it known what Mrs. Marie Wesseler's maiden name was. I have requested a lookup in in the D.C marriage books for a union between David Wesseler and a Marie, Maria or Mary to see if Marie's maiden name was Aufenthie. No reply yet from the 1870-1877 book by Dorothy Provine and Wesley Pippenger, but some kind soul has looked in the 1877-1885 book by Wesley Pippenger and no such marriage is recorded there.
So far we have not been able to make any proven connections between the John Rudolph Aufenthie and the Wesseler's and the Wienecke's but we know there is something because Mrs. Wesseler was also the owner of the burial plot where the two little girls Annie and Emma are buried.
There is a great deal known, not enough to make the links. Many thanks to a genealogical angel named Kate who today performed a lot of the research herein reported. -- Alice
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