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The Lawrence Wm. Dilger Sr. Family

Updated July 23, 2005

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My father, Lawrence Wm. Dilger, Sr. was a great-grandson of Lorenz and Catherine (Scherzinger)Dilger who immigrated from the Black Forest area of Germany.

Lorenz, Catherine and eight surviving children departed the port of Le Havre, France on the SS Guttenburg and arrived in the port of New Orleans, La. in October of 1856. From there they traveled north (most likely via the Mississippi river) and settled in Santa Claus, In. Lorenz passed away eight days after arriving in Indiana, leaving Catherine and their eight children to establish a homestead in the United States.

According to video records, two children were deceased prior to the family moving to the United States, and are assumed to be buried near the Scherzinger family homestead in Germany. All eleven children are believed to have been born at the Scherzinger family homestead where Lorenz and Catherine lived after getting married. To the best of my knowledge, the oldest son Frank immigrated to the United States prior to the rest of the family coming here and settled in Waterbury Connecticut. There he continued his trade as a clock-maker. It is told that he may have been instrumental in developing the Seth-Thomas clock in this country.

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