Brian, have emailed you personally, as suggested--but will post this here as well--just in case someone else of this line ever finds this information useful--or has additional information.
Thank you again for trying to help!
Thank you so much for your reply and trying to help!You are right--the best thing is to pop to another generation.The easiest thing might be to find if my "Chrestoph Kaufmann" (that spelling was what was carved into the gravestone)--born March 1, 1808 (somewhere), died Feb. 10, 1890 (buried in the Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa),who was married to a "Friedericka Guenthner" (according to a cemetary volunteer) was the SAME "Christoph Kaufmann" who was married to the Friedericke Guenthner (b. 1812?, d. March 31, 1885 in Zuerichtal) in Russia.The dates appear to match some what--because MY "Chrestoph" was booked into a cabin, as a "merchant" on the ship S/S Lessing (Hamburg America Line), as "Christoph Kaufmann."There don't appear to be any other "Kaufmanns" on board. My "Chrestoph" arrived in New York on August 31, 1885.His country of origin was stated as "Prussia", with his last town of residence being listed as "Nordhausen."
My "Julius Kaufmann"(born November 25, 1841 (somewhere), and died in Des Moines, Iowa on March 29, 1889) was buried next to this "Chrestoph Kaufmann", and his parents are identified as "Chrestoph Kaufmann and Friedericka Guenthner" by a cemetery volunteer.What messes me up, too, is that I find NO record of Julius Kaufmann, OR his wife: Anna Augusta Meyer/Moyer/Mohr/Moye—depending on the document (b. May 2, 1855 (somewhere), d. May 26, 1924 (in Des Moines, Iowa))—obituary says she was born in Neustadt, Germany (though other censuses indicate "Prussia" or "Saxony")--OR his kids before they boarded a ship for America:
Adolph Christopher/Christoph Kaufmann (b. Nov. 20, 1874 "Germany", d. Oct. 20, 1939 Danville, Ill., claimed on all document to have been born in "Germany")
Richard Daniel Kaufmann (b. Nov. 26, 1877 "Germany", d. April 5, 1951 Des Moines, Iowa) claimed consistently on all documents to have been born in Germany.
Walter J. Kaufmann (b. June,1880, d. July 4,1913), claimed to have been born in "Norestausse" Germany.
Emil Charles Kaufmann (b. April, 1882, d. March 16, 1960) claimed to have been born in Nordhausen, Saxony and Germany, depending on the document. He also went by "Charles Emil" and used several variations of Kaufmann/Kaufman/Kauffmann throughout time.
(later born was a daughter Augusta on October 2, 1885 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.)
until they board the ship Weser from Bremen (their country of origin is "Prussia"), and they are logged into steerage with five pieces of luggage (family lore also indicates Anna Augusta spent the entire trip with a "Gustav Becker" wall clock on her lap) and under the name "Kauffman": Julius "a farmer" (age 42), Auguste (age 28), and children: Adolf (age 8), Richard (age 6), Walther (age 3) and Emil (age 1). They arrived in Baltimore March 12 of 1884, with their destination logged as "Nebraska"--though they popped up on the Des Moines, Iowa census in 1885, and their daughter was born in Des Moines in October of that year.(When Julius' wife, Anna Augusta Meyer/Moyer/Mohr/Moye remarried in 1899, the document said she was born in "Germany" and had "6 children, 5 living".That child must have died before they arrived on American soil, because there wasn't one on the ship, nor any others I can find born in Des Moines, though, inexplicably, I have a report card preserved carefully for a“Rekiel Kaufman” (report card only for grade 2, in the 1888-9 school year at East Des Moines Public Schools.(Signed by Augusta Kaufmann—first semester, NOT second semester.)There is no evidence of this child anywhere again (maybe a brother of Julius's child, came to live with them, died that year in the same time period as Julius or Chrestoph?(Can't find a death record for that child (had to have been born in 1882-ish?What gender would the name "Rekiel" indicate?) though later family lore indicates that "lots" of Kaufmann children fell down wells, and their bodies were never recovered.)1888-1889 was, apparently a bad year for this family--the Kaufmanns (who saved and reused everything--even though they were quite wealthy--shoved all of their mourning clothes of that time period into a box (including underclothes).The only other clue from this time period seems to be a stripped down (apparently during the depression, when Richard Daniel Kaufmann ran into some hard times) watch that may have belonged to Chrestoph or Julius, still in its original box. (The box indicates the pocketwatch was bought at “D. Kupferstein, juwelier, Berlin W., Leipzlgerstr. 106--but that may show the route that could have been taken out of Russia (or wherever) before they boarded separate ships to America.)
This is truly a mystery (for me).I'd appreciate any theories you may have to prove or disprove the connection to the Christoph Kaufmann/Friedericke Guenthner connection in Zuerichtal, Russia.Thank you ever so much for your time!