I have stumbled onto to a possible surprise in my Heidel lineage. One who was named ‘Fred’ appearing as a ‘Fritz’ on a passenger ship list. There is too good of a fit for the year of arrival and amongst the ages and names of the other Heidel family members on the list for it not to be considered a possibility and something worthy of further corroboration. However, the most prevalently used name I have found for this individual has been Fred. So this is the first I have seen a Fred referred to as a Fritz, but possibly it has been as much the handwriting as the a phonetic spelling. These would have been Germans departing from the port of Marseilles, France. So who knows what the native tongue of the crew was.
It has been shared on another board that Fritz HEIDEL married Barbara KAPP on 04/29/1890. This can be found on rootsweb by searching for either Fritz Heidel or Fritz Heidle. The marriage was in Clinton County Illinois. It would seem that given the significant number of Heidels appearing that have once lived and who were buried in this county, an obit for Fritz would likely have been printed in a Clinton County newspaper - particularly if his death occurred before that of an older brother or his father (?) HEIDEL, John (Oct 5, 1846 - May 29, 1928). With ten other Heidels being buried in Clinton County, one would think a line on Fritz could be found.
This is how I have found the Fritz, I mean, the Fred I refer to above. Unfortunately, when one is the first to go that one becomes the first forgotten or the first to be overlooked later. I think this predicament has attributed to possibly a missing male in my lineage, which the passenger list, several other records, and a family secret are seriously beginning to suggest.
By the way, what is the significance of the year 1892?