FFF~Week #29

Ancestor: My maternal 2nd-great-grandmother (Caroline (Lichtenfels) Hammann Mayer)

Facts: I’ve written about Caroline before (here).  I am still trying to work back to her German roots through her father, John Lichtenfels, and mother, Eva Baetz.  I was going through my Evernote notes and came across this:

On CastleGarden.org:
Joh.Fredk. Lichte, age 34, occupation: baker, ship: Phoneix; arrived: 15 Mar 1834; port of departure: Bremen; country of birth: Germany (this gives me a fourth first name for John: John, middle initial C, John Henry on his will, and now John Frederick).
Eva Betz, age 24, occupation: unk; ship: Annawon; arrived: 28 Jul 1834; port of departure: Bremen; country of birth: Germany (was Eva married in Germany before immigrating? Or did she have a child out of wedlock? Her headstone lists her name as Eva Batz Drapert.)
George A. Betz, age 2, child/youngster; ship: Annawon; arrived 28 Jul 1834; port of departure: Bremen; country of birth: Germany
Also, Gottlieb Lichtenfels must’ve joined John at a later date in Ohio because he was married in 1849 in Montgomery County, OH. John and Eva’s first child together, Mary, was born in 1838 in Ohio.
Gottlieb Lidenfeld in 1846, age 24, on CastleGarden.org
On 1860 census, a George Batz is listed as living with Paul and Eva Drapert. He is age 24, born in Bavaria, and has $1000 (value of personal estate). By 1868, he has married a Caroline Vebel/Fobel. I have seen children George, Mary, Joseph.
I’m curious if Eva Baetz was an unwed mother.  Her headstone names her as “Eva Drabert Geb. Eva Batz.”

Photo by Life/Citation

I’ve slipped off onto a tangent here.  Back to Caroline, I wonder what she was like.  She lost 2 of her first 4 children (with her first husband) and then he died while in Germany.  She then met and married Paul Mayer, himself a widower twice over at that point.  I have Catholic church records from the church they attended in Richmond, Indiana; I just need to get better at reading German.

FFF~Week #28

Ancestor: My maternal 2nd-great-grandfather (Paul Mayer)

Facts: I’ve discussed Paul Mayer in great detail in earlier posts (one is here).  You can also use the search feature to find more about him.  Still no headway on finding his parents.  Right now, I’m working on a possible connection between Paul and another man named Mayer who came to Indiana at roughly the same time, Anton Mayer.  I did find Paul’s immigration, and he migrated with a younger man by the name of Anton.  The Anton Mayer who came to Indiana is a different Anton, but I have found his father’s name, Bartholomew.  My hope is that Paul and, I presume, his brother Anton are possible cousins to Anton in Indiana.  The Anton who immigrated with Paul remained in Cincinnati for the rest of his life, I’ve found.  Bartholomew, then, would be my Paul and Anton’s uncle.  So, who are Bartholomew’s siblings?

I’ll have to pick up this line of research after my new society gets off the ground.  I might use this case as an example in German research. Note to self: Add that to list of topics!

Another Brick…Busted!

I was reviewing copies of Catholic records I had requested and realized that John C. Lichtenfels’ middle name was part of his last daughter’s baptism record…Conrad. His will has a middle name of Henry. My best guess for his name would be John Conrad Henry Lichtenfels, or Johann Conrad Heinrich Lichtenfels. I mentioned that a Conrad Lichtenfels immigrated to Indiana about the same time as my John C. Lichtenfels and the family story was a younger brother immigrated with him. In doing some German research, I found Conrad’s father was Conrad who had a brother Philipp. I’m wondering if my John C. was Conrad’s cousin and his father was Philipp?

A quick search on FamilySearch.org for Johann Conrad Lichtenfels brought up a christening record for a boy born 17 July 1800 to a Philipp and Magdalena (Mueller) Lichtenfels in Langensteinbach, Karlsruhe, Baden.  I’m excited to be moving my research closer to Germany!