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Movement In The 1800s

Alsace Lorraine is a part of Europe that often got listed as German in the 19th century. Holland during that same period was also listed as German. I have two relatives who may have come from that area. I can't figure out how, just yet. I've been looking and looking, very difficult as the immigration dates aren't uncovered yet.

I know that Sophia was born in 1818 in what is called Germany, according to the 1880 census. In 1880 she was living with her son, Abram Iffla and her daughter-in-law Hattie (nee Dilhoff -- German or Holland). Cool huh? Abram Iffla was born in Cuba, according to the document, the 1900 documents him as having been born in the West Indies. The children of Abram and Hattie were all born in NYC, where the family lived in 1880. In 1875, their daughter Ada was born. Ada later married my Great-Grandfather John Maurice Baker. My grandmother was born from that union, her name was Ruth Baker. Her daughter, my mom, was named for Ada, by being given the name Diane Adah Loveaire.

What really is difficult for me to get my head around is the amount of movement in the nineteenth century. A guy from Cuba, marries a woman from Germany and they end up in NYC raising a family. His mother was also born in Germany. Was there a migration of Germans (french/dutch) to the West Indies in the early to mid-nineteenth century? Also, Iffla is a notable Jewish name, Dilhoff, might be one as well. Was there an early diaspora during that time?

Lots of search questions to be followed up. Can you just love it? I do. Heck, even if the real story comes out dull, it is exciting to know that most of my relatives in the 1800s were moving about the world: Incoming from Norway, the West Indies, Germany, and Ireland. The English had arrived much earlier beginning in 1631, those guys are a trip to connect as well! But that's another story.
RavenDelcor RavenDelcor 56-60, M 1 Response May 30, 2012

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Wow, what an adventurous story of travel! And it's not like they could just hop a plane and travel in comfort. Many traveled by wagon train or ship, and then train when it became more widely available. Traveling such great distances was a perilous event.<br />
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My G-G-G-grandparents joined a wagon train in Pennsylvania to head west, but never made it. They died on the trail, their bodies and all trace of them lost. Their children survived though, and ended their journey in Illinois.<br />
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People don't expect to lose their lives nowadays with travel, but it wasn't all that long ago when such a long trip carried definite risks.

Yes, we don't think of a day's trip being 5 -12 miles anymore do we? If they had good terrain maybe upwards to 20 - 25 miles.
Some of my Irish anscestors traveled from Milwaukee to Watertown Wisconsin, now-a-days, about a fifty minute drive on interstate. It took them months through woods and swamp, as they were the first to set out on such a journey. They got their farms and citizenship. My ggg grandfather (I never know how many g's he was) died a year after he got citizenship in 1850, also a year after Wisconsin became a state.

I have often thought, while driving the freeways, how lucky I am today that I can zip right along and do a 50-mile trip, up and back, in one day. Our ancestors didn't have that luxury. Even a 20 mile trip was an all-day event by the time you factor in prepping the horses and getting them hitched up to the wagon, then having to unhitch them, water, feed, and groom them at day's end. And heaven help you if something happened to one of your horses along the way. And I can't imagine the hardship of such a trip in a snowy winter!!