Bodenstein

Letter writing proved very fruitful when I wrote to the Lutheran Church in Braunschweig, Germany.  The reply arrived six months later with two additional  generations listed for Johanna and Bertha’s family.  I was overwhelmed when I read the name of my great great grandfather and the names of his parents.

Johanna Christine Justine Bodenstein

Joanna Christine Justine Bodenstein boarded the ship “Kepler” in Hamburg at 18 years of age and landed in New York on 20 Jun 1863 alone.  I believe her marriage was prearranged because she and Charles Gustave Spormann married two weeks later on 4 July 1863 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. 

Johanna is listed in the “Auswandererlisten Des Ehemaligen Herzogtums Braunschweig, 1846-1871,” pg. 216:

Bodenstein, Johanna Christine Justine, born Hasselfelde (Harz) 4 Dec 1844, daughter of tilers/glaser/roofer of slate roofs Johann Matthias David Bodenstein and Johanna Christiane Steinmetz.  Left for America 1863. 

Bertha Henriette Luise Bodenstein

Bertha is listed in the “Auswandererlisten Des Ehemaligen Herzogtums Braunschweig, 1846-1871,” pg. 216:

Bodenstein, Bertha Henriette Luise, born 2 Sep 1853, daughter of tilers/glaser/roofer of slate roofs Johann Matthias David Bodenstein and Johanna Christiane Steinmetz.  Left for America 1874.

Bertha married Charles Conrad Barth 3 Oct 1875 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.  Shortley after the birth of their first child, they moved to San Francisco, California.   I believe she stayed with her sister and brother-in-law until her marriage.

Johann Matthias David Bodenstein

Their father, Johann Matthias David Bodenstein, left Germany for America in 1874.  I have no idea what happened to him and wonder if he died during the journey here.

He is listed in the “Auswandererlisten Des Ehemaligen Herzogtums Braunschweig, 1846-1871,” pg. 216:

Bodenstein, Johann Matthias David, tiler/slater of roofs, son of Johann Friedrich Christian Bodenstein and Christiane Elisabeth Fessel.  Left for America 1874. 

I have no other information.  No mention of him has been found in the U.S.  He may have either died during his journey here or remarried and settled somewhere in the U.S.

 

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