Halfmann, Gerhard 1
- Born: Jul 10, 1802, Bruchhausen, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
- Marriage: Koenigs, Anna Catharina on May 29, 1829 in Bruchhausen, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
- Died: May 20, 1877, Taycheedah, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA at age 74
- Buried: Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA
1845: Halfmanns arrive in America
The Halfmann family came to America aboard the clipper ship "Duchess es de O'leans", which docked in New York harbor on August 29, 1845. Th ey came to Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin in 1845 and were founding membe rs of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Wisconsin.
This is how they were listed on the passenger list:
Ann Halfonan Aug 29, 1845 36 F Havre Deutschland Duchesse d' Orlea ns
Cresons Halfonan Aug 29, 1845 3 F Havre Deutschland Duchesse d' Orlea ns
Gerhard Halfonan Aug 29, 1845 43 M Havre Deutschland Duchesse d' Orle ans
Margareth Halfonan Aug 29, 1845 25 F Havre Deutschland Duchesse d' Or leans
1848: Wisconsin Land Records: Issue date May 1, 1848
Land Office Green Bay; document #4089, 40 acres; Base Line 4th PM-1831 Min nesota/Wisconsin township 16N; range 18E; Section 14
1860 US Census: Taycheedah town, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin-Postoffi ce Hinesberg - August 7th
Gerard Halfman 56 born Prussia, farmer
Anna C 57
Chrisant 22, John 13
1870 US Census: Taycheedah Twp, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin-June 18th
Gerhart Halfman 65 retired
Anna C 63
*in this census they are living next door to their son Chrysanthus (aka-Ch ristian)
Noted events in his life were:
• Emigration: From Germany to New York on the ship "Duchesses de O'leans," Abt Jul 9, 1845, Antwerp, , Antwerpen, Belgium. 2 I thought you'd find this interesting. I just got through adding this to my tree from some old notes that I had forgotten I even had. The bottom part of this mentions the Mayer boys.
On or about July 9, 1845 Gerhard, his wife Anna Catharina (Koenigs) Halfman and their two children, Margaretha and Chrysanth boarded the clipper ship "Duchesses de O'leans"in Antwerp Belgium, bound for the strange new place called New York.
The boat docked in New York harbor on August 29, 1845. Along with them on the boat were many people with last names that now appear in Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, such as; Thome, Gross, Koenigs and Kasper (Casper).
They disembarked and boarded a boat which traveled up the Hudson River to the Erie Canal. From there they sailed to Detroit, Michigan. In Detroit they boarded another ship which took them around the lower peninsula of Michigan to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After 4 months of travel they finally arrived in Calumet, Wisconsin located to the east of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. they had journeyed half way around their known world.
In Calumet township they met a few families that had also recently arrived, the Brost and Fuchs families Mrs. Halfman's third cousin Mrs. (Antone) Anna Catharina (Koenigs) Weber who arrived with her family in Fond du Lac County in 1842, was one of the first German settlers of this new land called Wisconsin. They were founding members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Wisconsin.
1847: Gerhard and Anna C. settled in Taycheedah township, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin near the small village of Johnsburg, Wisconsin, which had the only Catholic church between Little Chute and Milwaukee. It was near this small village that their youngest child, John Baptist Halfman was born on January 10, 1847.
Over the next few years small numbers of settlers moved into the area of Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin. These settlers were mostly single men. The desire to come to the new world was promoted by two German authors and their publications. In 1847 Herr Fleischmann published a book for the German people. His book told the people of the old country that the Territory of Wisconsin was similar to Germany in terrain and climate. He wrote of large areas of unpopulated land compared to the overcrowed lands of Germany. American land could be purchased for the small sum of $1.25 per acre.
Another book published in 1849 was written by Gustav Richter. He directed this book toward the inhabitants of the Rheinland. He specifically recommended the following four counties of Wisconsin for German settlement; Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Winnebago. Both books had a huge impact on the old world society. People bought these books by the thousands, read them and planned their move across the great expanse of the Atlantic. From 1844 to 1854, 1,226,392 Germans braved the elements and settled in the United States, most of them in the Midwest.
1848: Wisconsin Land Records: Gerhard Halfman Issue date May 1, 1848Land Office Green Bay; document #4089, 40 acres; Base Line 4th PM-1831 Minnesota/Wisconsin township 16N; range 18E; Section 14
1852: Gerhard Halfman and his family after settling in Taycheedah township, were followed by four nephews whom also settled in Wisconsin. Gerhard Mayer was the only God Son of Gerhard Halfman. Gerhard Mayer settled near St. Anna, Calumet Co., Wisconsin along with two of his brothers, Christian Mayer and John Joseph Mayer, who in later years went to Mitchell Co., Iowa where a village by the name of Meyer, Iowa is named after him. Another brother of the Mayer boys, Adam also settled in Wisconsin.
Gerhard married Anna Catharina Koenigs, daughter of Johann Peter Koenigs and Anna Catherine Knechtges, on May 29, 1829 in Bruchhausen, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. (Anna Catharina Koenigs was born on Jan 31, 1807 in Kirsbach, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and died on Mar 19, 1893 in Taycheedah, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA.)