I composed this post during the first year of this blog (2016). It marked the occasion of the arrival of the Gruber Group in Perry County in December of 1839. Today marks the date on which the Gruber Group first set foot in America. They landed in New Orleans on November 27th aboard the ship, Johann Georg 183 years ago.
The people that may have been gathered at the riverfront in what would eventually become Wittenberg, Missouri on Thursday, December 12th in 1839 probably did not expect the arrival of around 140 more German immigrants. A few might have been aware that another group of immigrants was supposed to arrive someday soon, but in the age before instant communication like we have today, they would not have known exactly when this group would arrive.
A few weeks earlier, on November 27th, a ship called the Johann Georg arrived at the port city of New Orleans carrying about 140 passengers. Because this group was under the leadership of Rev. Theodore Carl Friedrich Gruber, they were called the Gruber group. For reasons that I am unaware, this group did not come to America with the rest of the Stephanite immigration a year earlier, but there were apparently some connections between these groups. …
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