That would be so wonderful. Thank you so much! Even if we can just find
out for sure that this is the right place I would be deeply grateful.
This is what I know.
The people I am looking for consistently say they are from Hanover.
The ship record lists the country of birth as Hackonstadt. There could be
several variations on the handwriting. It could be Hachanstadt, etc.
The ship record lists the land of legal residence as Grossanheim. Again
there could be other variations on the handwriting. I think that just means
county but I don't know for sure.
A marriage record lists Hogenstedt. As you know, when you have these
spelling problems it's almost impossible to pinpoint the right spot. The
possibilities are numerous.
So, these are the people I am looking for:
Maria Sophia Reinecke, born 7 Mar 1812
Her husband, from the death certificate of her son, was Philip Basse. The
husband never shows up here, so I assume he died in Germany, but maybe not.
She and her son Philip came to America in June of 1854. Sophia marries a man
named Eilers in October of 1855 in St. Louis. So, since the husband isn't with
them on the ship and since she marries so soon after getting here...I assume
he never came.
Sophia has two children that I know of:
Sophia Elizabeth Basse born about 1837 and
Heinrich Philip Basse born 21 May 1840
Philip Basse the son is my great grandfather, so finding him is really
important to me.
There is perhaps one other thing I should add. When Sophia dies in 1879 she
is buried in a cemetery plot owned by a man named Louis Bosse. He
consistently spells his name Bosse and my family consistently spells their name Basse.
Once again I am assuming, but if she is buried in his cemetery plot surely
they are related somehow? He is a doctor and I just found his ship record.
His ship record says he is from Kahlenberg. There again, the spelling
variations are so numerous and the place possibilities are so many...
I did find a town named Calenberg near Hackenstedt so...I hope I am not
grasping at straws. I don't think so. The LDS don't have any films for
Hackenstedt that will help me at all.
So, here's hoping you can find something. The birth dates of both mother
and son should help you be able to look pretty easily, I hope.
Again, thank you so much for this. I really appreciate it.
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