Johann Heinrich MEISENSCHMIDT

Male 1812 - Abt 1852  (40 years)


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  • Name Johann Heinrich MEISENSCHMIDT 
    Born 1812  Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Passenger LIst 29 Nov 1849  New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • John Meigensmidt Nov 29, 1849 38 M Bremen Germany Chenango
      Maria Meigensmidt Nov 29, 1849 3 m F Bremen Germany Chenango
      Whilemina Meigensmidt Nov 29, 1849 33 F Bremen Germany Chenango
    Reference Number 38 
    _UID C54A253E478546D2AB644F63316EBD61D4C1 
    Died Abt 1852  St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1337  Clan Home Genealogy
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2014 

    Father Phillip Wilhelm MEISENSCHMIDT,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Anna Margaretha Elisabeth HOENER,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 4 Nov 1808  Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9457  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hanne Christine Wilhelmenia BENTLAGE,   b. 6 May 1815, Isselhorst, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1890, Near Berdan, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 8 Apr 1840  Steinhagen, Westfalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Christine Louise MEISENSCHMIDT,   b. 7 Jan 1841, Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Heinrich Wilhelm MEISENSCHMIDT,   b. 20 Jan 1843, Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     3. Hanne Caroline MEISENSCHMIDT,   b. 10 Feb 1845, Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Johanna Maria Karoline MEISENSCHMIDT,   b. 12 Sep 1847, Steinhagen, Westfalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1931, Black Jack, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Johanne Marie Christine MEISENSCHMIDT,   b. 1 Aug 1849, Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2008 
    Family ID F518  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsPassenger LIst - 29 Nov 1849 - New Orleans, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • BIOGRAPHY:
      Version #1
      Henry & Wilhelmenia left Steinhagen Bielfeldt in North-Eastern part of the province of Westphalia in the state of Prussia German empire, in the year of 1847. They decided to try to improve their fortunes by emigrating to America. Prussia at that time had just gone through the disastrous period of the Napoleonic Wars, and had at last driven the French army out of Germany, and conditions in north-eastern Westphalia, which was a rough and mountainous section of the province, were anything but promising with the prospect of more wars to come. These conditions probably were the cause of the desperate desire for them to try their luck in a new country. Having only enough money for ocean passage for two to the United States, it was necessary to leave the four children behind with friends in Germany until such time as they could become settled in America, secure work and save enough money to pay for their passage. The decision to leave the four small children behind was a heart breaking one to make, but the desire to leave Europe was a pressing one, and the sacrifice had to be made. Upon reaching America they made their way to St. Louis, Missouri where he found work in a sugar refinery. It took four long years of hard work and frugal living to enable the couple to save enough money to send back to Germany to pay for the children's passage across the ocean, and during that four years another daughter had been born to them in St. Louis, Missouri. But at long last the money was saved and sent to Germany and in 1851 after a stormy passage of eighty-one days on an old sailing ship, the four children were happily reunited with their parents. The four children's ages at this time ranged from eleven down to four years. It is hard to appreciate the responsibility borne by Louisa, an eleven year old girl in caring for the three younger children on this long rough voyage, with another family on this sail ship.

      BIOGRAPHY:
      Version #2
      Henry and Wilhelmenia left Steinhagen Bielfeldt in the North Eastern part of the province of Westphalia in the State of Prussia German Empire. In the year 1847 they decided to try to improve their fortunes by emigrating to America. Prussia at that time had just gone through the disastrous period of the Napoleonic Wars, and had at last driven the French Army out of Germany, however conditions in North-Eastern Westphalia, which was a rough and mountainous section of the province were anything but promising with the prospect of more wars to come, there conditions probably were the cause of the desperate desire for them to try their luck in a new country. Having only enough money for ocean passage for two to the United States it was necessary to leave the four children behind with friends in Germany, until such time as they could become settled in America, secure work and save enough money to pay for their passage. The decision to leave the four small children behind was a heart breaking one to make, but the desire to leave Europe was a pressing one and the sacrifice had to be made and upon reaching America they made their may to St. Louis.
      Hardly had the family been reunited in this country when an epidemic of the dreaded Asiatic Cholera broke out in St. Louis, Missouri. The father, the young son who had been born in Germany, and the little daughter who had been born in St. Louis, all contracted the terrible disease and in a few days all three were dead.
      This tragic event left Wilhelmenia a widow with three young daughters, Louisa, Mary, and Johanna Maria Caroline to care for. Far from her native land and relatives, and with no financial resources. But the family was some how able to stick together and weather the storm of disasters which had overtaken them.

  • Sources 
    1. [S341] Email from A. Kay Anderson, A. Kay Anderson, Email dated 30 May 2004 (Reliability: 3).
      Jim & Jill,

      Thought I'd share something else I came across. This, I believe, is the ship record for Johann and Hanne Christine Wilhelmenia (Bentlage) Meisenschmidt. Everything seems to fit. It was in the New Orleans Immigration Records on Ancestry.com.

      John Meigensmidt Nov 29, 1849 38 M Bremen Germany Chenango
      Maria Meigensmidt Nov 29, 1849 3 m F Bremen Germany Chenango
      Whilemina Meigensmidt Nov 29, 1849 33 F Bremen Germany Chenango

      The fourth child that I mentioned on the earlier e-mail seems to be a young Caroline Lindemann ... I had just never seen her name abbreviated as such before.

      Kay