1813 born in Switzerland Family story is that he was from Alsace Lorraine (which I realize has been both French territory & part of German empire at different times in history) My understanding is that there were Swiss who immigrated to this territory prior to immigrating to USA which I suspect could be the case for my ancestors Unknown when he migrated to America There is a possibility of another brother who migrated as well but unknown if they travelled together
1835 married in Louisiana First record that we have in USA is his marriage to Hortense Katterlet (from Belfort, France) in May 1835 at St Mary catholic church in New Orleans, Louisiana (I have marriage record but unfortunately there were no parents listed for Antoine) They settled in St James parish (considered the French/German coast of south Louisiana) & had 8 children all born in Louisiana 1836 Marie Emelina 1838 Augustine Ernest 1841 Justine Hermance 1843 Emilia Hortensia 1848 Victor Emile 1849 Emma Theresa 1852 Edouard Marcellin 1854 Francis Antoinne
1840 Louisiana census records doesn’t list first names but indicates 2 adult males (him & perhaps his brother?) + 1 adult female (his wife) + 2 children 1849 Antoine designed & built the original St Mary’s chapel on the river road in Union, Louisiana 1850 Louisiana census records (spelled Andreman) indicate that he was a mechanic & from Germany. He may have lived on church property and/or been employed by St Michael’s catholic church in Convent, Louisiana. 1858 died in Louisiana Story is that there was an accident in Oct 1858, he (working with/for Sam Fagot of Uncle Sam plantation) fell (from church steeple? at sugar mill?) and died the following day(s). We found an article in St John’s parish newspaper about the death of both men. We had it translated from French & it stated that he was a SWISS man. The same article also indicated that he was 55 years old which would perhaps put his birth in 1803 instead?. He is buried in St Michael’s catholic cemetery in St James parish, Louisiana He was dead prior to 1860 census so the trail ends……
At this point, I have been unable to trace the actual town or village of my Andermann ancestor. I posted a similar request on another forum & here is a suggestion that I would like your help to pursue:
“Concerning the Swiss origin of the name - there are several surnames, starting with In der, which would sound from French tongues somehow like Under. One is Indermauer, appearing in Cantons Zürich, Argau and Sankt Gallen in Northern Switzerland. “
Thanks for helping me locate the missing piece of my ancestry puzzle!