On 6 May, 1884, just 2 days after their friends, the BULKO girls & Gottfried WIEDNER left on the “Harmonia,” Gottlieb NUEMANN Jr., his family and sister-in-law, left HAMBURG, Germany, on the 1100 passenger ship “Lessing;” arriving in New York on the 27 May 1884. Their names are misspelled in indexes as “Naumann”  and “Chittau.” The entry clearly brackets them as traveling together, from TURNOW, BRANDENBERG.  Suspected Wends on the boat included: Anna BARTUSCH from LANDAU, Johan BARTELS, Hienrich HEINS, Johan KUBISCH, Augustine BARSCH, Wilhelm MAUST,  Ida and Auguste OTTO, among others.


1)   Gottlieb John NUEMANN, 33, farmer, of TURNOW

2)       Wife: Louise CHITTAN Nuemann, 33

3)       Daughter: Mary NUEMANN, 7, married Martin BUCKWAR who immigrated in 1893, from DRACHHAUSEN

4)      Daughter: Anna NUEMANN, 8 months, married Edgar Kern in 1906

5)      Sister-in-law Anne CHITTAN, 22, marries DENNING and moves to NEW YORK CITY, by 1915.


The 3 generations of the NUEMANN family moved directly to FORT MADISON, IA, where they stayed. Their family tree was entangled in the SCHLODDER, MEHLOW, BUCKWAR, HARNASCH, and CHITTAN families.


6)      Martin NUEMANN, Sr. 62, of HORNO, Brandenberg, Germany


Family lore says Martin senior arrived with them, but he is not shown on the roster of this boat, either leaving Germany or entering the US, which would indicate he traveled in some separate manner.


They became members of St. John’s United Church of Christ & had 3 more children after arriving in FORT MADISON:


7)      Elizabeth Loy NUEMANN, b 1887, married Harry Breen.

8)      Helene Clara NUEMANN, b 1891, married Walter Brown.

9)      Unknown son NUEMANN, Abt. 1895


Louise died in 1915, from an infection caused by a sliver from an elderberry bush.  


By 1880, the population of Iowa had grown to 1,625,000. Of those, 88% lived on farms and 12% were in towns, Nearly all of Iowa’s 36 million acres were under cultivation and the Iowa frontier was gone. All the land had been sold; none was given away free. 5 major railroad lines ran through Iowa; with 5,235 miles of track, no spot in the state was more than 25 miles from a station.          

Revised 6 Apr 2006




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