Germans to Hawaii 1881 (NIEMEYER, MÜLLER)

I am researching two families who sailed from Bremen in 1881 aboard the ship Ceder to work on the sugar plantations in Hawaii:

1. August NIEMEYER b. 8 Mar 1844, his wife Marie KORTHAUER b. 13 Feb 1843 and their five children: Heinrich, Marie, August, Minna, and Friederich.

2. Friederich MÜLLER and his wife Margarethe b. 1841, and their four children: Friederich, Heinrich, Marie and Wilhelm

I was looking through the list archives and noticed a posting from 13 Feb 1999 from Michael Palmer that I found very interesting. Does Mr Palmer still post here? He mentioned in his post that he has a copy of the departure list for the Ceder which I would be very interested in. I have a copy of the arrival list but it does not give place of origin of the passengers.

I believe that that my NIEMEYER and MÜLLER families are from the region around Nienburg an der Weser (probably Steimbke or Stöckse) but I have yet to prove this.


For those searching for ancestors going to the Hawaiian Sugar Plantations,
there is an interesting article written by Maxine Krumdieck Flaherty in the
Summer 2002 German Genealogical Digest Magazine. It is a 5 page article.
Her ancestors were aboard the Iolani Ship in 1882.
The article says "The Cedar brought the first workers in July, 1881. All 71
men, 19 women and 34 children went to the Lihue Plantation.

The article talks about the reasons for coming to the Plantation, the voyage
of the Iolani, the passengers aboard the Iolane and the working conditions
in the sugar plantations, history of the plantations.

Archives that may be able to provide more information are

1. State of Hawaii Public Archives
    Iolani Palace Grounds
    Honolulu, HI 96813

2. Kauai Regional Library
     4344 Hady Street
    Lihue, HI 96766

3. Lilhue Lutheran Church
    4602 Hoomana Rd
    Lihue HI 96766

4. Kauai Historical Society
       PO Box 1778
      Lihue Kauai HI 96766

Doug Plowman
Wisconsin USA