indexes, the ship “Germann” leaves Bremen
on Aug 6 1882 and enters the
of BALTIMORE, MD on
26 Aug 1882. An examination of the roster shows the name of the ship may
have been “Hermann.” These passengers appear to be from Drachhausen and
traveling together in steerage:
1) Friedrich SCHULTZE, 22 farmer, born 19 Oct 1859, Drachhausen
GOSCHMANN, 40 joiner,
Martin MARKUSCH, 32, shoemaker
6) Matthes MARKUSCH, b. 30 Jan 1851,
Drachhausen, d. 1919, Sheboygan, WS, USA
GOSCHMANN was born 4 Sept
1841 in Drachhausen. This is
the first record we have found of him entering the
United States. He was likely going to
his sister’s home, Mary and John
SCHMELLICK, who had immigrated to
MARSHALLTOWN in 1868. His second trip may have been the result of a vacation
back to DRACHHAUSEN in 1893;
he returned with another sister’s (Mary Christine’s)
son, nephew Fred
HANNUSCH. He never
married, or owned land, and died in
MINERVA TWSP, MARSHALL CO, IA.
in 1918. (See 1893 HANNUSCH)
MARKUSCH, born 30 Jan 1851, in Drachhausen, may be the man
represented as “Martin” in this record. There have been no records of a
Martin MARKUSCH, of the right
age, born in DRACHHAUSEN or
living in IOWA.
Matthes MARKUSCH moved
SHEBOYGAN, WI, marrying a German, but not Wendish,
woman and having 10 children.
JURTH, born 22 Sep 1849
Drachhausen, was a married man with two children. He was headed for the USA to prepare a
home for himself and his family.
He went first to
MARSHALLTOWN; family lore says he stowed away. Perhaps, coming into Baltimore, he makes his way via land to the Mississippi and stows away on a riverboat to FORT
MADISON or some other Iowa port city (this route was used by
previous Wends STEMPEL and GRAFF).
Carl went to
first; he lived with the
GRIMSCHEL family in
MINERVA TOWNSHIP, in the 1885 Iowa Census.
He may have worked on the
RIESE or SCHMELLICK farms (Anna RINZA
SCHMELLICK was his third cousin). This is where Martin
GOSCHMANN goes or perhaps already lives.
JURTH filed to become a
citizen less than one year later, on 18 June 1883, in
Marshalltown. He returns to DRACHHAUSEN,
likely in response to a letter reporting the death of his wife and one
of his children, around 1886. He is in DRACHHAUSEN, or nearby,
about 3 years; returning to
by 1890, with his remaining child, his widowed sister-in-law, who he has
married, and his two nephews, plus a new baby. (See JURTH 1890)
We have no
research on the two SCHULTZE’S
on this ship. There is a Fred SCHULTZ who was a member of
St. John’s in FORT
There are others on this
ship who could be Wendish, including: Buchner, Nuemann, Kohl, Urban,
Kleim, Werth, Nowi, Tietz.
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