Saturday, January 28, 2012

Young Immigrant

Margaret B. Waesche often quoted Charles S. Albert who, at the funeral of Metta H. Maud said, "He that stands on the other side of birth to send us here, stands also on the further side of death to receive us there ."
George Henry Waesche's was born in  Oedesse, Edemissen, Germany (near Peine) 24 Sep 1807, to John Henry Waesche and his second wife. George's mother died three years after he was born and Margeret B. nicknamed her, "Gretchen."
When George was born, he had one older brother, Frederick (from his father's first wife), who was in his 30s and living with his family in Baltimore Maryland. Little research has been done in German records for more information on George's heritage and his early life. This is a project that I look forward to do in the future. All we have recorded is that he went to school in Bremen and immigrated to Baltimore in 1821 to live with his brother. Margaret recorded he came across on the ship Clara under the lead of a Captain Parker. The shiplist has not yet been personally identified, but his naturalization record confirms the year of immigration. Still engrossed in youthful adventure, George couldn't bare to settle down for a few years after his arrival in the new world.

Waesche, 66
Index to Naturalization petitions to the US Circuit and District Courts for Maryland 
1797-1951. 21, M1168, Roll 17. National Archives,


  1. What a great quote that would bring comfort to those who morn. German records are plentiful once you identify the hometown. Consider attending the workshops offered at the FHL in Salt Lake. They are great.

  2. I think I can identity with the desire to keep running around on adventures. Typical young people...

  3. Great writing. This post was fun to read. :)

  4. Good quote by Charles Albert. Thanks for adding that. It's so true. Peggy