What is process of declared a spinster

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  Hi Bonnie: If I may put my 2-cents in - no,it was not common for
  single females to travel alone but yes, it did happen more
  frequently than you might think. Two of my grandmother's sisters
  and possibly a third made the trip entirely alone. I think that
  Berndt's idea that the two lovers connived before they ever left
  Germany is right on. And since it appears that his family was
  going anyway, what could have been easier than to take her along?
  She might have been 27 but her father would have had absolute
  control of her until she married (or was declared a spinster). And
  fear of the military was not a factor in 1848. That only entered
  into the picture after the conquest by Prussia in 1866-71. But
  remember, the year 1848 was a year of political turmoil all over
  Europe - so much so that those emigrants were called the 48ers.
  Richard Wagner escaped from Saxony to Switzerland; Karl Schurtz (a
  journalist of New York fame) escaped from Baden to the US., etc.
  Re: the trunksful of silver, linens, she certainly would have
  needed help with that but could they have belonged to his family?
  Or might she have gone back for a visit later? And yes, even back
  then she would have needed a "sponsor" in order to enter the US
  unless his family claimed she was travelling with them. Hope this
  is some help to you. Jane

  Jane Swan
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  I only read this far.

  Jane what is the process of being declared a spinster.

  I keep coming back to read all the good stuff that I find on this
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  Meyer in Bleckede area Oldendorf church Nahrendorf

  Grote, Seil, Luhman,

  and Heins from Bergen- Munster Celle.

  Henke from who knows where, but married at Munster [ no umlaut]