Rochester Hartlebens - Louis
I started this earlier, but then lost what I had written. That was a bummer because I was detailed. I will start somewhat again. I believe that Louis was actually Heinrich while living in Germany. I believe he was born in Altona, Germany in about 1851. I have this person traveling to the US in August of 1880. On December 22, 1880, Caroline Drahn Hartleben (b. about 1857 in Germany) traveled over with her two young daughters both also listed as Caroline (age 5 and age 3 months). Caroline had several different names through the years, but I am pretty sure her original name was Caroline.
In 1900, Caroline was listed as having given birth to 14 children of which 8 were living. In 1910, Caroline is listed as giving birth to 14 children with 7 living. The 1900 census has the following children living with Louis and Caroline:
Emma - b. 1888
Frank - b. 1889
John L - b. 1892 (my direct ancestor)
Martha J - b. 1894
Arthur H - b. 1895
Louis J - b. 1897
Ernest - b. 1899
If the census is correct, Caroline had given birth to 7 additional children of which only ONE was still living. I have records of a death date for Bertha Hartleben later in the 1900s. So she, born in supposedly March of 1888, would be the one other living child.
I have records of two additional children - the two girls that traveled over from Germany with their mother. Gessie (although not sure where I got her name) born in about 1876 in Germany and Caroline born in Fall of 1880. For some reason that I will further research, I have Gessie with a husband getting married in 1899. Could she have died shortly after her marriage? It would have to be if the census records are accurate.
There are more mysteries - in 1910, Caroline is reported as having 7 living children out of 14 births. So, no more births, right? BUT, there is a Lena born in about 1901 that is listed as her daughter. I can only guess that Lena was actually a granddaughter. Ernest disappears and therefore is likely the one additional death. In 1920, another Ernest arrives, but this is a grandson of Caroline born in around 1913.
One issue I still have to solve is the Emma/Bertha mystery. Are these two actually the same person? I don't know. There is only ONE 12 year old girl listed as Emme with the family in 1900. But, I have Bertha with a large family (Craver) later in her life. Emma supposedly married a Boas, but I can't find records of her. I am basing that most likely on oral reports given to me by my father's aunt.
There are still likely 3 to 5 missing children born but not living long. I am sure these children will be mysteries for a long time. I wonder if it is possible that they had several children prior to 1888 that may have died in some epidemic or something?? Seeing as after 1888, they tended to have children every year or two, it would only make sense that they would have done the same earlier in their marriage.
I have not found either Louis or Caroline in the 1930 census, so it is likely they both passed away in the 1920s.