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"Ship Passenger Record 0001"

Ship name: John Hermann

Port of departure: Breman, Germany

Date of departure: The evening of March 10, 1858.

Port of arrival: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Date of arrival: May 20, 1858

Listed below are the written passenger names followed by their Americanize names and family relationships:

Carl Puttmann - John "Charley" Charles Pittman [Husband of Elizabeth "Eliza" Meschede, and son of Maria "Mariane" Anna Degenhardt]

Lisette Puttmann - Elizabeth "Eliza" Meschede [Wife of John "Charley" Charles Pittman]

Mariane Puttmann. - Maria "Mariane" Anna Degenhardt [Mother of John "Charley" Charles Pittman, Angelica "Lena" Caroline Pittman and Fredericka Pittman]

Caroline Puttmann - Angelica "Lena" Caroline Pittman [Sister of John "Charley" Charles Pittman, and daughter of Maria "Mariane" Anna Degenhardt]

Friedrich Puttmann - Johanne "James" Frederick Pittman [Son of John "Charley" Charles and Elizabeth "Eliza" (Meschede) Pittman]

Clemens Puttmann - Richard Clemens Pittman [Son of John "Charley" Charles and Elizabeth "Eliza" (Meschede) Pittman]

Richard Meschede - Richard Meschede [Husband of Fredericka Pittman]

Friedericke Meschede - Fredericka Pittman [Wife of Richard Meschede, and daughter of Maria "Mariane" Anna Degenhardt]

________ Meschede - Theresa Meschede [Daughter of Richard and Fredericka (Pittman) Meschede]

Maria Meschede - Annie Meschede [Daughter of Richard and Fredericka (Pittman) Meschede]

Angelika Meschede - Angelica "Lena" Meschede [Daughter of Richard and Fredericka (Pittman) Meschede]


The below ship passenger document was provided by: Rudi

General Information

Transcript of page 314, "History of Saline County, Missouri"

In 1856, Joseph Kasper Pittman and Frederick Pittman, sons of Maria Ann "Mariana" Degenhart Pittman, wife of Casper Joseph Pittman, decided to come to America. They were of age to be taken into military service in the Prussian Army. They promised to send money back to their mother and family in Westphalia, Prussia, so they could come to America. Two years later the fulfilled their promise to her and sent her the money for the transportation to America. Maria Anna (Mariana) Drage Degenhardt Pittman, (widow of Casper Joseph Pittman, son of Frank and Elizabeth Teiple Pittman) and her children. Theresa Pittman Hillebrand (born 1822) and her family, Frederika Pittman Meschede (born 1830) and her family, and Angelica "Lena" Pittman Henke (born 1840) and her family, John Charles Pittman (born 1827) and his family, left Callenhardt, Westphalia together and made the trip overland to Bremen, arriving the evening of March 10, 1858, to board the ship, "John Hermann" for their transportation to America.

Their voyage across the Atlantic took eleven weeks. On their way across Anthony, youngest son of Theresa and Frank Hillebrand, became very ill and died and was buried at sea. The party landed at New Orleans, Louisiana,
May 20, 1858. Here they boarded a riverboat and came up the Mississippi River and nine days later as St. Louis, Missouri where Frederick and Joseph Pittman were awaiting them. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Meschede and family stayed in St. Louis until 1866 than came to Saline County, the Petit Saux Plains. Joseph Pittman, Fred Pittman, Charles Pittman, Maria Anna Pittman (mother) and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hillebrand (Theresa), Mr. and Mrs. Henry Henke and their families came on the riverboat to Miami, Missouri, and later moved to Laynesville, Missouri, just west of Miami, Missouri. The Missouri River has changed its channel and Laynesville is now on the north side of the Missouri River and a good distance from the present river bank.

The below was taken from the family biographies written by Anna Stockman in 1957:

Richard Meschede was at this time 37 years of age, his wife 28, Theresa the oldest child 8, Annie 5, and Angelica "Lena" 12 days old, when they left Germany to come to America. The entire group went overland to the Port of Breman from where they were to embark. It was a long hard trip for all of them. They reached the Port of Breman in the evening of March 10, 1858, and found they were to sail the next day. They had difficulty finding lodging for all their families, as the port city was filled not only with emigrants but with immigrants as well. On the morning of March 11, 1858, Richard Meschede and family with the other families in the party boarded the "John Hermann", one of the sailing vessels then in use and on which passage for them had been booked. As the ship sailed slowly out of port he and the entire group bade farewell to their native land, and set sail for America to establish a new home and where they hoped and prayed for better things in life for themselves and their children. They were compelled to sail around the northern Coast of Scotland, owing to the severe storms that were raging at that time in the English Channel. The voyage was rough, and his wife was seasick most all the way across. Their hearts were crushed and broken when Anthony the little son of Frank and Theresa Hillebrand took sick and died, and had to be buried at sea. Days and weeks passed slowly for all of them, when finally their voyage ended, for after 11 long weeks at sea they landed at New Orleans, Louisiana, May 20, 1858. Nine days later they arrived in St. Louis, Missouri aboard a river boat. Here they were met by Joseph and Frederick Pittman, who had made the coming to America possible. They had rented a small home for them and here he and his family went to live, their hearts filled with joy and gratitude. They continued to live there for 8 years, and until the close of the Civil War. The other members of the party who sailed with them to America remained in St. Louis, Missouri about two months and then migrated to Saline County, Missouri.

Research Notes: Both of the above transcripts were initially incorrect on the ship being named the Grosse Hermann, for the correct name is the John Hermann. Also, the family didn't arrive in New Orleans on May 28, 1858, they arrived on May 20, 1858. This is supported by several of the original documents, and the corrected information has already been properly entered into above transcripts.

Additional Information

The above family history by Anna Stockman was written in the form of biographies in relationship to individuals within her own ancestry. As such, additional biographies are placed separately by the name of each individual within the GEDCOM files located on this web site.

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