Please help us climb our 10 year old "brick wall"!!
Gr-Grandmother, Anna "Marie" HULSMEIER b. 1842, emigrated on the ship "ORPHEUS" from Bremen to New York, then to St. Louis, MO - docked at NY November 5, 1866. travelling with a group of 19 other persons also bound for St. Louis, MO. but none with her surname or any similar spelling. In September, 1867 she married my widowed Gr-Grandfather WALTER from Aurich-Plaggenburg, Ostfriesland, Germany and settled in
the southern,southeast corner of Illinois. (Waltersburg, IL) As a newlywed she had 1 step-daughter, but later had 4 children.
In the 1880 Illinois Federal Census, the Enumerator listed her birthplace as "Birn" - and for many years we thought that to represent Berne, Switzerland - then later realized that was wrong. Now that the Ship's Passenger List has been found, we are certain that there must be a community that sounds like "Berne" or "Burren" near Bremen or Osnabrueck during the time 1800-1870.
As her children married their mother's maiden name on their marriage license applications, show:
Apparently Berne is in the Kreis Wesermarsch, although the FHC library list it as "Oldenberg". I have found there are two Berne communities in Germany. The one that befits the region of our other Ostfriesland ancestors, is a small river-village, slightly NW of Bremen, and NE of Oldenburg (on an old map).
She married into our WALTER family, who spoke Plattdeutsch.
We are seeking any information that you think might be helpful in finding the origins and roots of Grandmother Anna, and those descendants in her native homeland. IF YOU CAN REFER an honest, experienced Researcher in the Bremen-Osnabrueck region, please feel free to contact me personally.
Thanks ..........Carol WALTER