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Re: Re-Look-Up Matt Steppel Family
Posted by: Robert Jerin (ID *****9128) Date: March 19, 2013 at 04:33:21
In Reply to: Re-Look-Up Matt Steppel Family by Sandy Thompson of 12485

Did this family immigrate to Minnesota? I find such a family in 3 different US and MN Territorial census records.

Perhaps this is your STIPPEL (note the spelling difference) family arriving from Bohemia?

Arrival Date:       13 May 1874
Race:       Bohemian
Port of Departure:       Bremen, Germany
Ship Name:       Hermann
Port of Arrival:       Baltimore, Maryland
Last Residence:       Bohemia
Birthplace:       Bohemia

Mathias age 35
Josefa age 36
Franz age 8
Johanne age 4

Unfortunately manifest from that era do not give towns/villages.

FYI At the time of their emigration Austria was part of the Habsburg Empire aka Austria-Hungary and included all or part of the modern countries of Austria, Hungary, Czech Rep, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia....

Germans were the most widely dispersed ethnic group in that old Empire.

But after WW I Bohemia along with Moravia became the Czech part of Czechoslovakia, then in 1990s Czech became an independent country.

So perhaps you want to post to the Czech boards.

Having live in MN for several years I know that many in that SW part of MN originated in Bohemia.

Also census records indicated that Frank (Franz) became a US Citizen around 1907. And there is a chance that the actual town/village where he was born may be listed on his Declaration or Petition.

The Minnesota Iron Range Research Center may have his papers. You will find their link at

As you can see the name may have been changed a bit in US records But if you go to Family Search you will find MN records for STIPPEL including a MN death record for John STIPPEL
Robert Jerin
Croatian Heritage Museum
Cleveland Ohio

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