Ed and Julie Koenig

Before I get to today’s characters, I have this urge to show you a portion of a passenger list for the ship, Ella, that arrived in New Orleans on November 7, 1853. Take a look at this group of immigrants. I find this list fascinating. At the top and bottom are 3 names whose destination … More Ed and Julie Koenig

Kaempfe’s Carriage

The original Kaempfe family arrived aboard the Johann Georg as part of the Gesellschaft in 1839.  I wrote a post about the early years in Perry County for the Kaempfe’s that was titled, Prof. Godfather.  These Kaempfe’s eventually had a farm in Millstadt, Illinois, and one of their sons, Traugott, moved back to Perry County, … More Kaempfe’s Carriage

Carl from Millstadt

I will begin today with a family photo that has shown up on this blog in several earlier posts.  It shows the Traugott Kaempfe family. Let me quickly summarize the history of this Kaempfe family and its connection to the Gesellschaft.  Johann Samuel Gottfried Kaempfe came to America aboard the Johann Georg in 1839.  Below … More Carl from Millstadt

A Mangeled Kaempfe

Normally you do not think that getting mangled as a good thing, but when William Kaempfe got “Mangeled”, I’m sure that he thought it was a wonderful thing.  William was “Mangeled” when he married Anna Mangels in 1891.  More on that later. William Kaempfe was born on November 7, 1868.  Although William’s father was born … More A Mangeled Kaempfe