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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
The Hartmann family can be traced in Gellershausen
bei Wildungen, Waldeck region of Germany to at least
mid 1700s. One possible set of parents of our
was taken from the Waldeckische Ortsippenbucher Band
Heinrich; Waldeckischer Geschichtsverein e.V. Bad
Arolsen; 1998. History of the village of Gellershausen.
Contains index of family surnames and data taken
mostly from Church records. Written in German.) Scott
Hanson provided the information. I am very grateful!
is one of 13 small villages that make up the
administrative community of Edertal. At the time
Wilhelmina emmigrated to America Gellershausen was in the
small Principality of Waldeck. Waldeck continues as
a small city north of Edertal. Waldeck and the
Edertal communities are now part of Hesse Germany. They lie in the
northwest of Hesse and about 40 kilometers southwest of
Kassel. They are in the foothills and
forests of the low Kellerwald mountain range.
Karl Hartmann was
born on June 29, 1809 in Gellershausen. His parents
were Henrich Hartmann, a town leader (Grebe) and Johannetta Kruhofer.
Both of Gellershausen. He married Wilhelmina
Fuchs on Aug. 7, 1831. She was also
This couple had the following children. They fit
the profile of the known children who immigrated to
America. page 58 of Buch Band 62 lists 3 of the 4
and the dates they immigrated.
1. Johannette Fredericke b. 14-11-1831
2. Christiane Marie b. 1-4-1833
3. Johannette Wilhelmina Henriette b. 23-2-1835
4. Carl Christian Heinrich b. 2-10-1836
5. Johannette Katharine b. 12-11-1838
6. Andreas Heinrich b. 29-12-1840 d. 25-8-1842
7. Johann Heinrich b. 24-7-1843 d. 17-4-1847
8. Johann Christian b. 3-12-1845
9. Georg Heinrich b. 17-12-1848 d. 3-5-1852
10. Friederike Wilhelmina Johannette b. 5-11-1850
11. Georg Ludwig b. 14-2-1853
# 3, Johannette
Wilhelmina Henriette Hartmann, emigrated by the
early 1850s and settled in Wilmington Delaware. She was
known as Hannah,
and married Gottlieb
She lived to 1906. Gottlieb
Mamele was a hog butcher, re the 1860 Census. That
census shows trhat they had 3 children by that time.
Bathelmina born 1855,
born 1857 and Frederik,
born 1859. They had at least 3 more children: Caroline born 1862, Kate born 1867 and Helen born
1878. Hannah was widowed by 1893 where she is
listed in the 1893 Wilmington Directory, page 438 as Jeanette Mamele,
widow of Gottlieb.
#4, Carl Christian
Heinrich Hartmann, emigrated and was living in Wilmington by
the late 1850s. He was listed in the book as immigrating
in 1854. It is possible he came with his sister Hannah. The 1859 Wilmington
Directory has him as Charles Hartmann living at 512 Walnut St.
with the occupation painter. What is interesting is that the Mamele name continued
in Wilmington throughout the 20th century as the name of a
paint store. His Naturalization Petition was on Sept
17, 1860 in the District Court 2-3. Found at the Delaware Archives, reel
RG0705, Index to naturalization petitions for US Circuit
and District Court 1795-1911.
Wilhelmina Johannette Hartmann emigrated to Wilmington in
1868, the year her father died. She was 17
years old and probably lived with one of her
siblings. She met and married on March 26,
Daniel Maier at the Zion Lutheran Church.
#11, Georg Ludwig Hartmann immigrated in
1868 with his sister. No trace of him has been found
in America, yet.
The open question is why did Hannah and Charles
come to Wilmington? Were there others from
Gellershausen that came before them? They were also
in their teens. Why did they leave? Being a
small village, and a large family, it probably had to do
with the need to find jobs and more opportunities.
Their mother, Wilhelmina
Fucks Hartmann died after they left, in August
1855. There were still 4 children until 10 years old
at that time. Fortunately, their father continued
for another 13 years. Karl Hartmann died December 21,
1868. They are most likely buried in the church
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