Sunday, September 16, 2018

Facts, Assumptions, and Outright Guesses

We are all guilty of it, and we know it!

I mean it's just human nature, right?!

Whenever we start something new, we always start off with the easier steps first. And, genealogy is no different!

You have seen my many posts about the Hillmans and Moores of Moores Hill area so far, and that is because their history goes back to early statehood years here in Indiana. You have not seen any posts about their East Coast years, because I have hit a brick wall at the moment.

And that is when we all switch over to another line of the tree, isn't it? Or is that just me? LOL

So, on to the Schrader line...

With Schraders, Schmidts, Langes, Steffens, Haessigs, (etc. etc.) taking up a lot of room on my family tree, I have had to learn a lot of German history to even begin my research into these lines. And how does that history tie into the specific dates and places of my ancestors?


Before I even begin looking at my German history notes, I have to remember that my paternal great-grandfather, Albert Cordt, changed the spelling from Schroeder to Schrader. And, it was his father, Cordt Albert, and mother, Margaretha (Lange) that came from Germany in the late 1850's (1857, I think).

Here is where I am getting a little stuck, as I am trying to knock one brick at a time out of this brick wall.

And here, is where I have a combination of the facts, assumptions, and outright guesses that I was referring to in my title.

According to my research into German history, I have discovered that in 1848-1849 there were uprisings and riots. However, I was not able to find where these took place in Germany. I only am curious because it leads to some questions that I cannot answer just yet.

  • I will have to look closer at my notes, but this is only approximately 8 years before the Schraders bought their land outside of Batesville.
  • When did they leave Germany?
  • Where did they leave from in Germany?
  • I know where the German church is that much of the congregation of Adam’s Lutheran Church originated. This would be Heiligenfelde, that you see on the map below.
  • And since they have been a member of this church since arriving in Indiana, I would have to assume they are from same area. This assumption is based on several factors:

    • On census records, they are listed as being from Hannover, Westphalia, and from Prussia.
    • This is consistent with where the church is located.
    • This is consistent with the location names for the area. Hannover is still a town.
    • Researching German history, Westphalia and Prussia are names of this region during this time period.
And, this is all I have. Just a bunch of facts, assumptions, and outright guesses!!
If anyone reading this post happens to know much more about Germany (or this area specifically), I
would love some help!

Thanks so very much! Brick walls are so very much easier with a little help along the way!!

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