Anna Katharina “Kate” (Dreydoppel) Steinauer

Anna Katharina “Kate” (Dreydoppel) Steinauer (1855-1892) was born to David Jacob and Sophia (Neitzert) Dreydoppel on March 2, 1855 in Louisville. Her parents immigrated to the US from Oberhonnefeld, Germany in the 1851. Between 1820 and 1870, over seven and a half million Germans immigrated to America in order to escape economic poverty and political unrest. By 1850, German immigrants embodied nearly 20% of Louisville’s population, and they shaped every facet of daily life, from politics to fine art. Their last name was frequently anglicized to Threedouble. Kate was one of approximately 5 children. On September 21, 1875, she married Peter Steinauer, a Swiss immigrant, in Louisville. Peter was the son of Josef Leonz and Maria Elizabetha (Fuchs) Steinauer and he worked as a dairyman. Together the couple had eight children: Peter David, Joseph, Michael John, Emma Margaret, William Joseph, Andrew, Sophia, and John Frederick.

On November 17, 1892, Kate died from tuberculosis at the age of 37. She was buried in Section 4, Row 44, Lot 36 of Eastern Cemetery. Her grave appears to be unmarked. It is interesting that Kate was buried in Eastern Cemetery as she was the only member of her family buried there. Her infant son John Frederick died in 1890; her infant son Andrew died in 1893; her husband Peter died in 1902; her daughter Emma died in 1904; and her daughter Sophia died in 1908. All were buried in St. Michael Cemetery. Her remaining adult sons were buried elsewhere in Louisville. Photo of Kate is from Ancestry user Deborah Jackson.