Hi, Brian -- thanks for being willing to help.
When Grandma (Andrew's daughter) was still alive, she told my husband that Andrew was born in Jutland, Denmark, but then, according to a cousin, her death certificate states that he was born in Aarhus, Denmark.
As far as the town in Schleswig-Holstein -- I don't know that. A cousin has letters where he talked about the horrible battles of war firsthand as a child of 10. His house, which was just outside of the town towards a Navy Yard, was eventually used as a hospital.
A genealogist assistant suggested that the family might have been from this area since a lot of Hammans live there still, the tales of war seem so up close and personal, plus the fact that Andrew ran away to Denmark to avoid bonded apprenticeship, taken to mean conscription and being made to serve in the military. I do not know how it came about that he was born in Aarhus, lived in Schleswig-Holstein, then ran away to Denmark. Sketchy info seems to indicate that he always considered himself a Dane, though, rather than German.
I thought I understood from Grandma that his first name was "Ali" instead of "Andrew". However, I found where his marriage was registered in Florida and his name is shown as Andrew. Also, a 1900 census shows him as "Andrew". Andrew named his daughter, Zuleika LaCosta Hamman, Zuleika, after a beloved cousin, and LaCosta, a family name from 3 generations prior.
In these conversations, Grandma Zuleika said that he was bonded to apprenticeship in Germany at 10 years old. She told us that he ran away to Denmark and later became an officer in the Danish Navy. Given that he was only 17 when he came to America, I found it hard to believe that he could have attained so lofty a position at so early an age. I do believe that he was a seaman and sailed extensively from aged 10 - 17 when he immigrated to America. I cannot find him on any passenger list for 1871 and he was not naturalized until 1881. He may have been a stowaway.
I apologize for the length. I have no idea if there are clues here that will help you help me. Rest assured that any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
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