The Wichmanns of Iowa County arrived in the 1850's from Oldenburg,Germany via the United States East Coast.
Their name along with other Pioneer families are mentioned in "A Record of Events Experienced During Our Journey From Germany to North America in 1854" by Henry Maas (Written before 1914). This great record of early pioneer travel to Iowa is available through http://www.rootsweb.com/~iaiowa/maas1.html
The first farm purchased in the Wichmann name was that of John Diedrich Wichmann in the year 1871. Eighty acres was purchased from a Reverend Schuermann and in 1875 thirty additional acres was added to become the original "Wichmann" homestead. This farm is still owned by Wichmann heirs some 130 years later.
Recent efforts by James and Robert Wichmann have catalogued over 500 relatives, many of them located south of Homestead, Iowa and north of Williamsburg, Iowa.
A June 15, 2003 reunion was held at the Holiday Inn (Exit 225, Highway 80, Little Amana, Iowa. Well over 100 people attended the morning family history session, and 125 adults plus children attended the dinner and social hours in the afternoon.
Another reunion will be decided upon in approximately 3 years.
The family history is being updated with over 1,000 relatives identified thus far.