Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Emigration Record of the Lorenz Jaeger Family

After sending a small fee to the State Archives of Freiburg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, I received this Emigration Record for the family of Lorenz Jaeger, who was known as Lawrence Yeager after he and his family settled in Erie County, Ohio.

Listed on the document were:

Lorenz Jaeger, age 34 years, occupation: day laborer
Maria (born Schweikart), age 33 years
Andreas, age 6 years
Emma, age 4 years
Louise, age 2 months

The family originated from Homberg, near Stockach. Today Homberg is a part of Muenchhoef, Germany. Volume 13 of GERMANS TO AMERICA indicates that the Jaeger family came to the U.S.A. in 1881 on the ship "Pereire" from Havre to New York. The ship arrived in New York on May 18, 1881.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Yeager resided in Sandusky, Ohio. Maria/Mary Schweighart Yeager passed away on November 2, 1891, and she is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. Lorenz Jaeger/Lawrence Yeager remarried after his first wife's death, to Catharine Geigel. Lawrence Yeager died on August 16, 1911, and he was also buried at St. Mary's Cemetery. (No tombstone remains for Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Yeager.) Andreas Jaeger, later known as Andrew Yeager, was a farmer in Huron Township of Erie County. He married Lena Piehl.

Emma Jaeger marred John Keller, and they resided at Kelleys Island. Louise Jaeger/Yeager married Fred Tight. Sadly, after Louise became despondent over ill health, she took her own life. Her obituary is found in the 1928 OBITUARY NOTEBOOK at the Sandusky Library. Frank Yeager, the youngest child of Lawrence and Mary Yeager, was born in Ohio. He operated a successful hauling business in the Sandusky and Perkins Township areas.

Hundreds of Germans emigrated to Ohio in the nineteenth century. To learn more about the lives of the German Americans who resided in Sandusky, Ohio, see SANDUSKY THEN AND NOW, by Rev. Ernst Von Schulenburg, at the Sandusky Library.

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