Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Emigrants from Rauenthaler Hof near Bornheim, Hessen-Darmstadt: the Weiser family

Johann "Phillip" Weiser was born in 1782 in Oberwiesen near Alzey, Hessen-Darmstadt. He married Maria Magdalena "Mary" Grumber in 1819 in Weinheim. Phillip and Mary and their children eventually settled in Rauenthaler Hof,near Bornheim, where he was a farmer. Today this town is located in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

The Weisers, along with Mary's mother Elisabetha Margaretha Lahr emigrated to America in 1838.

The Hessen archives list the following family in their emigrant database:

Weisser, Philipp (age 54, Ackersmann=farmer)
Herkunft (origin): Rauentaler Hof, Gemeinde Bornheim.
Auswanderungsdatum (emigration date): 1838-04
Ziel (goal): Amerika, USA.Ackersmann.
Ehepartner (spouse): Weisser, Magdalena geb. Gember (age 36)
Bemerkungen (remarks): mit Ehefrau (wife), Kindern (children) Nicolas 18, Margarete 16, Georg 13, Johann 10, Katharina 7, Susanne Maria 5, Philipp 3 and Schwiegermutter (mother-in-law) Elisabeth Margarete Lahr, 61

The Weiser family initially setttled in Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County, near Pittsburg. They had one daughter, Carrie, in Pennsylvania.

In about 1841, the Weisers moved on to Cass County, Illinois, wher our ancestor, Barbara Weiser was born in 1842.

Links
1848 Map of Hessen (Rauenthaler Hof is in southwestern Hessen-Darmstadt, near Alzey).
Hessisches Archiv-Dokumentations- und Informations-System (Hessen archives - in German)
The Weiser Family (excellent site with information about the Weisers in Germany and scans of original documents)
History of Bornheim in German. Includes Wappen (coat of arms), Geschichliches (history) and Sehenswurdigkeiten (things worth seeing). Translate text here.

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