Other Related Emigrants
In the course of this work, we developed some excellent resources for genealogical research in Europe, while having a great time in the process. So upon largely completing our research work on the Zentmeÿer line in Germany, we turned to other emigrant lines, which admittedly are only associated with our little corner of the Zentmeÿer gene pool. Our emigrant ancestors we have researched include (and for clarity, our direct lines are italicized)
Joseph Brutsché, a German who emigrated from Le Havre, France to New York on 29 December 1827. We grew up believing the Brutschés were from France, and it is unclear why we were not disuaded of this notion by our grandmother, Jeanette Brutsché, unless perhaps she herself wasn't aware of her German heritage. Curiously, in the 1880 US Census in Denison Texas, Jeanette's father Joseph claimed his parents had both been born in France. This could have resulted from post Civil War antipathy towards Germans in Texas, because many Germans were opposed to slavery and were pacifists, and refused to fight for the Confederacy.
This was a very satisfying project for us, because the Brutschés are a small family in the United States and there had been little European research done, so there was little or no misinformation online to overcome. Hence many of the of the Ancestry.com trees which include the Brutschés have begun adopting our data. Historically in Germany, the surname Brutsché was concentrated in southern Wuerttemburg and a slice of northern Aargau, Switzerland, so the seach area was limited. Nonetheless, the work required searching scores of parishes in the archives of Freiburg and Karlsruhe. When we finally located Joseph's birth record in Dogern, along with other information supporting his emigration, the reigning Brutsche genealogist in the area, Armin Brutsche from Murg, endorsed our conclusions.
Johann Michael Emmert, a German, arrived in Philadelphia on 25 September 1732 with his son aboard the good ship Loyal Judith. Their arrivals had been widely known, having been described in Strassburger and Hinke's Pennsylvania German Pioneers. But his origins in Germany have been the subject of endless speculation on multiple web sites. I queried some of these sites, and none could cite any sources for their information. So we went to work. The Emmerts are dear to us, in part because we posess a letter written in 1871 from John and Mollie Emmert to our great grandfather John Calvin Strahorn. John Emmert died later that same year. But this research project was a daunting one. We may have spent more time and treasure on this project than any other, save the Zentmeÿers. The surname Emmert is relatively common in Germany, and is concentrated in the Palatinate, which was an area in central western Germany on the Rhein river about the size of New York State. The Palatinate was also coincidently the source of the majority of German emigrants to America. So we searched, parish by parish, in scores of villages over a several year period. We finally located the origins of this family in what is now northwestern Bavaria near Feuchtwangen. But unfortunately, unlike our Brutsché data, this information may never gain wide acceptance because of the amount of bad data already out there online.
Robert Strayhorn, a Scottish emigrant from Ayrshire, who according to two published sources arrived in the United States in 1775 from Scotland, along with sons Samuel and Nathaniel. Anecdotal sources claim Nathaniel and Samuel were born in Ireland. We have not yet located the record of their arrival in America, nor the sons' births. We have twice visited Edinburgh and also Ayrshire, Scotland and Belfast, Ireland, and the results of our research have been in a word, inconclusive. There is a Robert Straehorn in the church records who was born in Ayrshire, for whom we found no death record in Scotland. Robert was identified as a 'mason' in Ayrshire, and as a 'weaver' upon his arrival in Philadelphia. Ayrshire and Ulster are only thirteen miles apart and there has been a history of seasonal labor migration going back many hundreds of years, albeit primarily Irish workers going to Scotland to harvest crops. But Irish linen weaving was labor-intensive, as it was an industry which was late to mechanize, so skilled weavers were in high demand. And we do know that there was a recession in the Irish linen industry in the mid 1770s, because of competition from inexpensive cotten from the British colonies in America, which could have prompted Robert to emigrate in 1775. So far, we have found only a single piece of evidence in Ireland for Robert's presence there, a newspaper article from Antrim in the year 1761. Robert's wife Margaret died alone of 'Asthma' in Ayr in 1784, and while she may have been unfit to travel, we could not fathom Robert abandoning her, until we came across This Article.
This Strayhorn line, in addition to producing our grandmother Mary Strahorn, was well known in the cattle trade in Chicago, as Robert Strahorn operated the dominant cattle brokerage company there in the late 1800s. His younger cousin, Robert Edmund Strahorn, was a railroad builder who amassed a fortune in the Northwest before going broke in the Great Depression. Both Robert Strahorns are interred in elaborate granite mausoleums in Chicago and Spokane.
Edmund Hobart, an Englishman, emigrated from Hingham, Norfolk, England to Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts in the year 1632. This is the earliest emigrant line we have found in our tree, and is distinguished among other things by having produced a Vice President of the United States, Garrett Hobart, the fourth cousin of our grandfather. This line had previously been heavily researched and documented, including the volume Hobart History and Genealogy 1632-1912 by E. L. Hobart, Denver Colorado, and One Thousand Years of Hubbard History 866 to 1895 by Edward Warren Day, Harlan Page Hubbard, New York, a volume which purports to trace the Hobarts back to the Norse King Hubba from the year 866. Our work on this line has therefore been limited to website data entry and corrections for which we have more recent data.
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