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Fred and Mary Ann Heiden sail to the USA

September 23, 2011

Fredrick Carl August Heiden and Marianna Allwardt were both born in Germany–Fredrick (or Fritz) in 1832 and Marianna (or Mary Ann) on 12 July 1829. They immigrated in 1857 on board the Charles C. Fowler passenger ship which took them from Hamburg, Germany to New York, NY. The family arrived at the port on June 20. Mary Ann was pregnant with their second child on the journey across the Atlantic.  According to the ship’s passenger list, their son, Theodore, traveled with them on the journey.

Passenger List showing Fritz, “Mina” and Theodor Heiden

When they arrived in the United States, they lived in Berghotz, NY. Their second son, Henry Carl, was born in Berghotz on Dec 6, 1857 . Five years later, they moved to West, Effingham County, IL where they lived the rest of their lives. According to the ships’s passenger list and later U.S. Census information, Fred’s occupation in both Germany and Illinois was farming. Fred and Mary Ann died within 29 days of each other–Fred on Jan 2 1907 and Mary Ann on Jan 31, 1907. Fred’s cause of death was noted as cirrhosis of the liver*; Mary Ann’s was consumption of the lungs and pulmonary tuberculosis**.

Yet to determine: when were Fredrick and Marianna married? According to the 1990 U.S. Census, they had been married 43 years at the time of the census, estimating their marriage to be 1857. Maybe that is accurate, except their first born child, Theodore, was recorded as being three years old in June of 1857 when they immigrated (see image above). That would put his birth in 1853 or 1854. It seems more likely they would have married at or before that time.

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