I was so excited to run across you posting on the GenForum.We may have some connection?Our immigrant was a Johann Jacob Krause who was born in Untersteinach, Germany on November 26, 1812 and married Elizabeth Diehl (from Germany).He immigrated to the U.S. (we thought) through the Port of New Orleans sometime in the 1830’s but we’re not really sure.My brother Jim (Who I’ve CC’d)can give you the particulars as he has Johann’s“Shoemakers Apprentices Book” that listed his travels from city to city while he was still in Germany.It seems that all apprentices had to register with the local police when they took up residence in a new city and list for whom & where they were working.We’ve really haven’t been able to confirm New Orleans as the point of entry and we’ve always assumed that’s where he entered since his last know German address in his Apprentice Book was in Bremen and most of the traffic from there had as its destination New Orleans, or so we were told.However, my farther told me that he vaguely remembered something to the effect that he may have spent a little time in Ireland beforecoming to the states.If that was the case, Philly or New York would have been a very likely port of entry.
So here’s the interesting part,Johann’s father was Conrad Kraus of Untersteinach and Margarettia Popp from FoelSchnitz, Germany.While we know who Johann’s Father and Mother are, we don not have a record of his having siblings.Now, one child marriages in the 1800’s were not the norm and it is extremely likely that little Johann had a brother or sister or two.What’s really interesting is that we know that Johann & Margarettia Krause settled right here in Hamilton County.In fact we know that they lived on West Fork Road in Colerain Township not far from where the library is now located.We have pictures of the “Old Homestead” on West Fork Road that my dad and uncle took back in the 1980’s before the old place was torn down.I’ll get my brother Jim to checkout the Street Address since he lives just a few blocks from there today – and by the way I believe that Jim & Mary Margaret are (or were) members of St. Aloysius’s Parish.
I also know that Dad had tried to track some Krause’s down that he believed might have been related to Johann.The other interesting fact is that we’ve have several George’s, John’s and Christian’s in our family inventory who lived around that time and our family has a well documented history of naming our prodigy after Uncles, Aunts and Cousins. Of course my brother Jim Beam Krause was named after an empty bottle of Kentucky Bourbon.
My theory is that your George Kraus was a brother or nephew to our poor little Johann Kraus and that he came to live with his older brother or uncle sometime after Johann settled into Bridgetown/White Oak area.It’s also possible that your George was our Johann’s son by his first marriage to Margarettia Fahner and that we’ve missed him somewhere in our research. We’ve only one son born to Johann &It would be very interesting to see if any of the St. Al’s records list one (or more) of our Krause’s on your Kraus’s Baptismal, Marriage or other records.By the way, My uncle Pete came back from the First World War and talked nine of his ten brothers and sisters into adding the “E” to the end of our name because he had served with a “Kraus” that he didn’t get along with.
Well I could go on and on just guessing!I’ve asked my little brother to shoot you a copy of our family tree – his is more up to date than mine.Please drop us a line or give us a call.As luck would have it, we’re getting together with our Krause Cousins this Saturday night to play cards. I’ll ask around to see if any of them has anything more on this.
I've comunicated this info to you as well as my home phone in an e-mail as well as posting it here on this site. I look forward to hearing from you!