Christine Louise MEISENSCHMIDT

Female 1841 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Christine Louise MEISENSCHMIDT 
    Born 7 Jan 1841  Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 17 Jan 1841  Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Passenger LIst 21 Oct 1852  New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Bremen, Germany to New Orleans
      21 October 1852

      DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI - PORT OF NEW ORLEANS

      I, Hermann Batjer, Master or Commander of the Ship Louisiana, do solemnly, sincerely and truly swear, that the within list, signed by me and now delivered to the Collector of this District, contains the names of all the passengers, taken on board the said Ship at the Port of Bremen or at any time since, and that all matters therein set forth are, according to the best of my knowledge and belief, just and true. I do further swear, that one of the said Passengers have died on the voyage. H. Batjer

      Sworn before me, this 21st day of Octr 1852. (illegible signature) Collector

      LIST OF ALL PASSENGERS taken on board the Ship Louisiana whereof H. Batjer is Master, at the Port of Bremen and bound for New-Orleans.

      Columns represent: Names, Age, Sex, Occupation, Country to which they Belong, and Number that have died on the Passage.*

      Steerage and Deckhouse

      94 Louise Meisenschmidt 11 Female Prussia
      95 Heinrich Meisenschmidt 9 Male Prussia
      96 Hanna Meisenschmidt 7 Female Prussia
      97 Liena Meisenschmidt 6 Female Prussia
    _UID 164A82798B93495E950B103699B27D0EDCD9 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I438  Clan Home Genealogy
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2014 

    Father Johann Heinrich MEISENSCHMIDT,   b. 1812, Steinhagen, Westphalia, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F518  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family FILLIGER,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2000 
    Family ID F9459  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsPassenger LIst - 21 Oct 1852 - New Orleans, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !BIOGRAPHY:
      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:
      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 22 May 2004 (Reliability: 3).
      James and Jill,

      I found the following site today, and I think it may be the ship on which the Meisenschmidt children were brought to America. Check it out and let me know what you think:
      http://www.immigrantships.net/v4/1800v4/louisiana18521021.html
      The first three names and ages fit, but the fourth is one I've never heard of before.

      I also found this reference that I wholeheartedly believe is the oldest child's confirmation record.
      http://genealogyinstlouis.accessgenealogy.com/Buecher5.htm

      Hope you both are well. I'm trying to dedicate the next month (we just sent the students home) to getting caught up on some family history. Please be sure to let me know if you've found anything interesting lately.

      Kay


      A. Kay Anderson
      Interim Registrar
      Truman State University
      100 E. Normal
      Kirksville, MO 63501
      660-785-4143
      660-785-7396 (fax)
      http://registrar.truman.edu