1.    Matthes Domann, 22, farm laborer, of Drachhausen

2.    Christian Post, 22, tailor, of Drachhausen


On 27 Mar 1905, 2 cousins arrive on the ship “Pretoria,” out of Hamburg, Germany.

They are shown to have $6 a piece and were headed to their "Uncle:" Martin Posh/ or Post, in Ft. Madison, Iowa.


Matthes DOMANN may have headed on for the Zearing area, fairly soon after arrival.  He may have been sponsored by Johan SCHMELLICK, who had sponsored other Wends, and he (Schmellick) was close friends with FORT MADISON,  NUEMANN and BUCKWAR families. DOMANN is found working on the Schmellick farm in 1910, a married man.


Matthes was the son of  Matthew DOMANN and Christina BUDER, of DRACHHAUSEN, and was born 14 August 1882. He married Anna Liese MEHLISCH, April, 1908, in Marshall County, Iowa.  They had one child, Caroline, born shortly after their marriage. Much secrecy surrounded this marriage and birth and they were very oddly divorced with in a short time.


He married Dena Honeck in about 1912 in the State Center area, and is believed to have served and perhaps died; having been killed in World War I.


Anna Liese MEHLISCH’S Aunt, the oldest sister of Martin MEHLISCH Sr., 14 years his senior, had married Martin DOMANN, also of  DRACHHAUSEN, in 1867, when her youngest brother Martin was only 8 years old. This would have created a Domann/Mehlisch family relationship.


CHRISTIAN POST, Jr., was born 10 Jul 1882, the son of Christian POST, Sr. and Anna KUBA. The Uncle he declares he is going to visit in FORT MADISON, IOWA, Martin POST, was Christian Sr.’s older brother.


Christian Jr’s  paternal grandmother was a KONZAK, a family found in the ZEARING, IOWA area.      

Revised 27 Jun 2007




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