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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
The Hartmann family can be traced in Gellershausen
Germany to at least mid 1700s. The
parents of our Wilhelmina
Hartmann is given in the wonderful Waldeckische
Ortsippenbucher Band 62. (Hochgrebe, Heinrich;
Waldeckischer Geschichtsverein e.V. Bad Arolsen; 1998.
History of the village of Gellershausen. It
contains stories and photos of villages plus an extensive
index of family surnames and data taken mostly from Church
records. Written in German.) Scott Hanson alerted me to
the book and Christa Siems provided us with the book
itself. The present administrator of the village, Herr
Muench, has also provided information I am very
Henriette Fuchs was born Jan 31, 1813 to Alexander Fuchs,
miller and Henriette Theis
in Gellershausen. page
92 of the Ortsippenbucher Band 62.
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.
married Karl Hartmann on Aug. 7, 1831.
This couple had the following children. They fit
the profile of the known children who immigrated to
1. Johannette Fredericke b. 14-11-1831
2. Christiane Marie b. 1-4-1833
3. Johannette Wilhelmina Henriette b. 23-2-1835 emigrated
4. Carl Christian Heinrich b. 2-10-1836 emigrated
5. Johannette Katharine b. 12-11-1838,wed Johannes Bruehne and died March 18, 1864
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 emigrated
11. Georg Ludwig b. 14-2-1853 emigrated
# 3, Johannette
Wilhelmina Henriette Hartmann, emigrated by the
early 1850s and settled in Wilmington Delaware. She was
known as Hannah,
and married Gottlieb
Mamele. 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, female, Charles,
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, emmigrated and was living in Wilmington by
the late 1850s. 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 Petetion 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 emmigrated 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.
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.
Wilhelmina Fucks Hartmann died after they left, on August 8, 1855. The Ortsippenbucher states she was 42 years old. There were still 3 children until 10 years old at that time. Fortunately, their father continued for another 13 years.
died December 21, 1868. It is not know where either
or buried, but there is only one church in the village and
I know it has a cemetery.
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