Louise and Annie? Hmmm...
My great-grandmother was Catherine Rauser (b. 7 Nov 1858, d. 15 Apr 1922) - I have a photo. She married John Wesley Clark in New York. They lived in Brooklyn.
Catherine's parents were Christian Rauser, born in Germany and Margaret Hohenstein (b. Oct. 1834, Bremen, Germany, d. bet. Apr - Dec 1930, Tarrytown, NY).
Christian and Margaret had children:
Catherine - 7 Nov 1858
Louise - b. 1872
Notes for Christian Rauser:
Christian came from Germany in his youth.
From the ancestry.com immigration and naturalization records (NY passenger lists):
Christian Rauser, Arrival date: 25 Oct 1854; Age: 28 (1826); Sex: M; Port of Departure: LeHavre, France; Destination: USA; Place of Origin: WUE; Ship name: Splendid.
This may or may not be the record for this Christian Rauser.
Also shown - brothers, possibly?
Basilius Rauser, Arrival date: 17 Aug 1854; Age: 27 (1827); Sex: M; Port of Departure: Bremen; Destination: WUE; USA; Place of Origin: Alendorf, WUE; Ship name: Lina.
Leopold C. Rauser, Arrival date: 17 Aug 1854; Age: 25 (1829); Sex: M; Port of Departure: Bremen; Destination: TX; USA; Place of Origin: WUE;DEU Ship name: Lina.
According to Jacque Gomez, there is a Gerstenburg family connected in some way with the Rauser family. According to her, in 1835 Anna Rauser came from Germany. Her great grandmother's name was Gerstenburg.
Notes for Margaret Hohenstein:
From Kay Kinstler: Margaret came from Germany as a young woman and lived with an aunt after her husband's death; she lived with her daughter Catherine ("Kate") until Kate's death in 1922. (In 1900 the census describes Margaret as being a laundress.) She then lived with her daughter Louise in Tarrytown, NY where she died at age 96, and was buried there. (Verified by the 1930 census - see below.)
Margaret had come alone from Germany as a 16 year old girl to live with cousins in NYC. (According to the 1900 census, this was in 1833, but this conflicts with the census information placing her birth in October 1834. Maybe I'm misreading it and that "3" is a "5," which makes more sense.) According to Florence Swan, she used to recall that when they got on the boat in Bremen the boat was found unsafe and they had to change boats, and she said she was the most "agile" of all the passengers.
As Kay Kinstler heard this story as a child, she proceeded to tell classmates that her great-grandmother had come over on the Mayflower!
1930 Census for Tarrytown, NY (April 3rd & 4th) - household 16 11 29
Greenburgh Township, Bird Avenue
BUSHEL, Louise head of household, F,W, 58, WD, 29, N, Y, NY, Germany, Germany
RAUSER, Margaret, mother, F,W, 96, WD, 24, N,Y, Germany, Germany, Germany, immigrated in 1852
Henderson, Florena M., step-daughter, F, W, 41, S -, N, Y, NY, NY, NY, stock clerk
From ancestry.com immigration and naturalization records, New York passenger lists 1851-1891:
Margretha Hohenstein - Arrival date: 13 June 1853; Age: 25; Sex: female; Port of Departure: Bremen; Destination: NY; Place of origin Hungen; Ship name: Ocean.
This appears to fit what Kay Kinstler knows about Margaret Rauser except that the ages are wrong. Kay remembers that she was 16 when she came over and the age given on the passenger list is 25. Perhaps she needed to lie in order to make the journey.
Note that the 1930 census gives 1852 as the year of immigration, the 1900 census says 1833 (impossible), and calculating Kay Kinstler's remembered age 16 gives 1850.
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