Thank you for replying to my posting.I believe we have some progress in locating the German origins of Rosine HODAMM:
We have the following ship's passenger list and US census records --
(1) Passenger List. All of these individuals arrived on 13 August 1852 in New York City on the ship Adelheid.On the four-page passenger list, they are grouped as follows:
Line7: CarlReeseM Age: 27Bibra (indexed as Bebra)(a) Line8: ErnstineReeseF Age: 23Bibra (indexed as Bebra)
Line 17: Friedrick Pfeiffer M Age: 22Steinberg(b)
Line 62: CarlAlbrecht M Age: 42Steinberg Line 63: Charlotte Albrecht F Age: 33Steinberg Line 64: CarlAlbrecht M Age: 11Steinberg Line 65: WilhelmAlbrecht M Age: 10Steinberg Line 66: TheodorAlbrecht M Age:8Steinberg(c) Line 67: EmilieAlbrecht F Age:6Steinberg Line 68: PaulineAlbrecht F Age:4Steinberg Line 69: Charlotte Albrecht F Age: 9/12 Steinberg Line 70: RosineHodammF Age: 58Steinberg (mother-in-law?)
(2) 1860 US Census, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA, 6 June 1860: Occupation: Farm Laborer(d)
Head: Charles Albright [ALBRECHT] M Age: 45(e) Wife: Charlotte [nee HODAMM?]F Age: 41 Dau:Emily [Emilie]F Age: 15 Dau:Polly [Pauline]F Age: 13 Dau:Adaline [Adelheid]F Age:3
(3) 1860 US Census, Waverly, Pike County, Ohio, USA, 24 July 1860: Occupation: Day Laborer(d)
(4) The 1900 US Census, Waverly, Pike County, Ohio, USA, confirms that Charles Roese/Racey arrived in the United States in 1852.
(a) We have the following progression for the surname REESE/RACY/RACEY
1852 Ship's List:Carl REESE 1860 US Census:Charles ROESE [RÖSE?] 1870 US Census:Charles RACY 1880 US Census:Charles RACY 1900 US Census:Charles RACEY (born Jan 1825) 1900 US Census:Elmer RACEY (son of Charles RACEY) 1910 US Census:Elmer RACY 1920 US Census:Elmer RACY 1927 OH Death Index:Elmer RACY
Another variant of this surname is RASEY.By 1870, Charles Roese had changed the spelling of his name to 'Racy'/'Racey.'Many RÖSE's went from Roese to Racy/Racey in the late 1800's in the US?Why?Is it possible that 'Reese' is the actual German name?If so, the pronunciation of 'Racy'/'Racey'/'Rasey' in English may be close to the German pronunciation for 'Reese.'
(b) PFEIFFER is on the list because he is from Steinburg. Given the size of Steinburg, he could be related.
(c) Theodore Albright [ALBRECHT] is my wife's grandfather.
(d) Distance between Chillicothe & Waverly is 20 miles (33 km).
(e) The ALBRECHT family changed their surname to Albright shortly after arriving in the US.
Gestalt 1) Carl Reese and Charles Roese are the same person: age in 1852 matches age in 1860, Both wives are named Ernstine and their ages match, Charles & Ernstine Roese named a daughter Adelheid after the ship Adelheid (as did the ALBRECHT family). Rosine HODAMM is helping with the new twin daughters in 1870.
Gestalt 2) In 1852, Charlotte ALBRECHT is 33, Ernstine REESE is 23, Rosine HODAMM is 58.It is possible based on age that Charlotte and Ernstine are Rosine HODAMM's daughters born at age 25 and 35.Another individual who looked up Albright [ALBRECHT] family records in Chillicothe, Ohio and Kankakee, Illinois circa 1980 has provided Charlotte ALBRECHT's maiden name as Holderman or Holdren or Hilderman -- she clearly did not find a definitive name. The H-d-m matches HODAMM.
Gestalt 3) Both families came from nearby places in Germany and settled in nearby places in Ohio, USA.At a minimum, the families became good friends during the trip.In my mind, the ties between Rosine HODAMM at age 58 and these two families have to be stronger than a for-hire Oma who baby sits young children -- these families were not that financially well off and the trip was a major, major life change for Rosine HODAMM at age 58 (not to mention the change for the Reese and the Albrecht families). In my mind, something more significant than a baby-sitter relationship would be required for Rosine HODAMM to make this trip.
Our current working assumption is that the ALBRECHT, HODAMM, and REESE families are related by marriage, and the towns from which they likely emigrated (courtesy of Genealogist Klaus Struve, Kiel) are today
Bad Bibra, Burgenlandkreis, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany Steinburg, Burgenlandkreis, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
These two towns are some 5 km apart.
Today, there are HODAM's in Bad Bibra and large numbers of ALBRECHT's in the surrounding area.