John Hetzel was reported to have sailed from Rotterdam to New York in 1849 on board the Graftstroom.The passenger list for 28 April 1849 for the Graftstroom states that it indeed sailed from Rotterdam to New York.The only Hetzels I could make out on the passenger list were: 55.AndreasHetzele, 26, farmer, Wurtemberg 56.Georg Fried? ",24,"," 57.Johann Joseph? ", 27, joiner,"
John Hetzel was born 23 May 1826 in Germany to Conrad and Josephine (Schabel) Hetzel.He landed at New York and went to Milwaukee.He moved to Jersey County, Illinois in 1855.His oldest son was George F. Hetzel.(Could he be named for passenger #56?)