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Bob Jennings - Possible Ship Data
Posted by: Martin P. Wolke Date: July 09, 2001 at 14:51:35
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Well, as you know, I have been looking for ship infromation for Michael REIFERS for a long time. I might have some leads. The other day, I found some data that stated that there was a Mich REIFERS in the Germans to America Index between 1850 and 1874. I checked this index years ago and did not find anything. I had a guess that it would be in 1854, because of another piece of information I found. Well, someone over the phone looked up Mich REIFERS in 1854 and found it. However, it stated that the kid was 4, but if he was born in 1840, how can he be 4. Others in the group were Andr 30, Cath. 30, Margar. 22, Nicolas 2, and Cath .3

What do these names and ages mean to you?

Could the 4 realy be a 14 and could the 2 marked for Nicolas be a 7? Michael's mother's name was Catharina or something like that, but she would be somewhere around 40 and not 30. This is probably NOT the Michael we are looking for, but there is probably some relation here. This data might be helpful for someone else. The entry is in volume 7, page 213, which covers May - Aug 1854. The date might be May 26, 1854, the ports might be New York and Antwerp, and the name of the ship is the William something.

But before I really research this Germans to America entry, there is that other piece of information that made me pick 1854 in the first place.

There is data that suggests that a person or persons named REIFERS were on a ship named Hermann (NOT SS Hermann) that left Bremen and arrived in New Orleans. The ship either left or arrived on May 8, 1854.

The interesting thing is that if Michael arrived in New Orleans, it would have been easy to get on a boat going up the Mississippi river to end up in Dubuque.

I have been unable to find any other info on the Hermann or the passenger list.

Any thoughts? Have you found any ship record information? In all my research, this has been one of the toughest things to find?

My phone number is (216) 739-9333 and the fax is (216) 739-9344. My address is 2015 Natchez Ave., Cleveland, OH 44109-4466

Have you found any new information lately?

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