Charles Lindbergh
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Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902 - 1974)

Charles Augustus "Slim, Lucky Lindy and The Lone Eagle" Lindbergh
Born in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 27 May 1929 in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USAmap
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Father of , , [private son (1930s - unknown)], , [private son (1940s - unknown)], [private daughter (1940s - unknown)], [private son (1950s - unknown)], [private daughter (1960s - unknown)] and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Kïpahulu, Maui, Hawaii, United Statesmap
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Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 4, 1902. He was the third child of Swedish immigrant Charles August Lindbergh (birth name Carl Månsson) (1859–1924), and only child of his second wife, Evangeline Lodge Land Lindbergh (1876–1954), of Detroit. His parents divorced when he was just seven years old. Lindbergh's father, a U.S. Congressman (R-Minnesota (6th)) from 1907 to 1917, was one of just 50 House members to vote against (373–50) the entry of the U.S. into World War I. In his early years Lindbergh spent time on the family's farm on the banks of the Mississippi River near Little Falls, Minnesota. From the first time he heard an airplane in the air, he was hooked on aviation.

After completing high school, Lindbergh enrolled at the University of Wisconsin. Not long after however, he decided to follow his passion and entered a flying school in 1922. In 1924, Lindbergh entered a U.S. Army flying school at San Antonio, Texas.

On May 20–21, 1927, Lindbergh completed a solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris (a distance of 3,610 miles), in a single-seat, single-engine monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis. The flight lasted 33 hours and 30 minutes.

Lindbergh was instantly famous, and wealthy. The flight was celebrated in New York City with the largest ticker tape parade ever. Sponsored by a NY hotel owner, the historic flight paid a purse of $25,000. True to his obsession with flight, he used his new fame and fortune to advocate advancement of commercial aviation.

On May 27, 1929, Charles married Anne Morrow Lindbergh and together they had six children. Lindbergh taught his wife how to fly and theirs seemed to be a marriage of many blessings.

Tragedy and horror struck the couple however, in March 1932 when their 20-month old Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., was abducted and later found murdered.[1]

Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a 34-year old German emigrant carpenter, was arrested near his home in the Bronx, NY, on September 19, 1934. Found at his residence was $13,760 of traceable ransom money. Charged with kidnapping, extortion, and first-degree murder, Hauptmann was convicted and sentenced to death. He was electrocuted at Trenton State Prison on April 3, 1936. What became known as the "The Crime of the Century" led US Congress to enact the "Lindbergh Law". In June 1932, kidnapping became a federal offense.

Charles Lindbergh had many other love affairs in his lifetime. While living in Europe, attempting to shield himself from the media frenzy that haunted his family after the death of his son, Lindbergh began an affair with Brigitte Hesshaimer. This relationship would last until his death in 1974. In addition to the six children he fathered with Anne Lindbergh, Charles fathered three children with Hesshaimer.

Public discretion was of some importance to Lindbergh during these times, the two attempted, and were successful, in keeping their affair secret from everyone, including their children. The affair was only brought to light after both Brigitte and Anne Morrow Lindbergh had died.

In addition to the children he fathered with Hesshaimer, he also fathered two children with her sister, Marietta. Two other children were the result of a relationship with his private secretary, an East Prussian aristocrat named Valeska. There have been various claims of other children fathered by Lindbergh throughout Europe.

Lindbergh wrote letters to his mistresses from his deathbed asking for confidentiality regarding their relationships.

In August 1974, Charles Lindbergh died of lymphoma.[2]

He is buried on the grounds of the Palapala Ho'omau Church in Kipahulu, Maui. There is some talk about those remains being moved because of a volcano (anyone have information about this?).


  1. "British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 26 October 2019), Colonel Lindbergh in entry for Infant Charles Augustus Lindbergh, 13 May 1932; citing Obituary, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, page , Records extracted by FindMyPast and images digitized by FamilySearch. The British Library, London; FHL microfilm 102,001,212.
  2. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Charles Lindbergh, Aug 1974; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • Wikipedia contributors. "Charles Lindbergh." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 Sep. 2015. Web. 9 Sep. 2015. Wikipedia:Charles_Lindbergh
  • Wikipedia contributors. "Kipahulu, Hawaii." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 Sep. 2015. Web. 20 Oct. 2015. Wikipedia:Kipahulu,_Hawaii
  • "United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956", database, FamilySearch ( : 13 November 2019), Charles A Lindbergh, 1931.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2018), Charles Lindbergh, 1937; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "Hawaii, Passenger Lists of Airplanes departing Honolulu, 1942-1948," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 March 2018), Charles Lindbergh, 1947; citing Immigration, 1947, Ship NC 88957, NARA microfilm publication A3392 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year).
  • "Brasil, Cartões de Imigração, 1900-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 May 2019), Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Immigration; citing 1953, Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro (National Archives, Rio de Janeiro).
  • "Brasil, Cartões de Imigração, 1900-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 May 2019), Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Immigration; citing 1953, Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro (National Archives, Rio de Janeiro).
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 April 2020), Chas A Lindbergh in household of Chas A Lindbergh, Pike Creek, Morrison, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 115, sheet 12B, family 193, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 711; FHL microfilm 1,374,724.
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 April 2020), Charles A Lindberg, Jr in household of Mrs L L Lindberg, Pike Creek, Morrison, Minnesota, United States; citing ED 165, sheet 6B, line 87, family 130, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 846; FHL microfilm 1,820,846.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 April 2020), Charles A Lindbergh in household of Harry H Knight, St Louis (Districts 1-250), St Louis (Independent City), Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 173, sheet 8A, line 31, family 156, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1241; FHL microfilm 2,340,976.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 28 July 2019), Chas A Lindbergh, Lloyd Harbor, Huntington Town, Suffolk, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 52-83, sheet 4B, line 73, family 91, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2785.

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My grandfather Vincent Marshal Kersey nicknamed(Doc), was a mechanic for Charles Lindbergh as well as Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Doolittle.
posted by Kelly Kersey
I wonder if he was the anonymous mechanic in this article.

“The Fresno Bee”, (Fresno, California), 30 Jul 1928, page 5

Lindy Takes Girl To L. A.; Goes East With Mrs. Mitchell
LOS ANGELES, July 30 — (AP) — Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, with a woman passenger and a mechanic aboard his plane, was winging toward the grand canyon of Arizona at midday to-day. The famous flier, mysterious as usual about his destinations, left Santa Barbara at 5:30 A.M. with two women on board. He became lost in the fog for three hours before making a landing at an east side airport here. One of the passengers, Miss Betty Awl, 16, of Santa Barbara was left here, while Mrs. John Mitchell, wife of Lindbergh’s host at Santa Barbara, and the mechanic whom the flier picked up here, continued on the flight which was declared by Miss Awl's father in Santa Barbara to be destined for a swing over the Grand Canyon.
posted by Cathryn (Hallett) Hondros
edited by Cathryn (Hallett) Hondros
Lindbergh-7 and Lindbergh-1 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge the unsourced profile Lindbergh-7 into Lindbergh-1 for the Notables project. Thank you.
posted by Michele Britton
"Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh were married in a private ceremony on May 27, 1929, at the home of her parents in Englewood, New Jersey.[11]"

(Place of marriage noted in WIkipedia article)

FYI: Children: Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr 1930 - 1932 (the one who was kidnapped and killed) Jon Morrow Lindbergh, b 16 Aug 1932 Land Morrow Lindbergh, b 1937 Anne Lindbergh, 1940 - 1993 Scott Lindbergh, b 1942 Reeve Lindbergh b 1945

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posted by Ed Burke

Rejected matches › Roy Charles Linberg (1902-1967)