My Dominic Arend was born 19 Dec 1819 in Belgium, died 9 Dec 1903 in Cecil, OH. His wife Mary Wagoner was born 15 Aug 1829 in Belgium, died 17 Jan 1917 in Cecil, OH. His brother was Nicholas Arend b. 17 Mar 1832 in Belgium, died 17 Mar 1903 in Paulding, OH. Nicholas's marriage certificate says that he is of Belgium descent; he was married in Ohio. I found the petition for naturalization, but no naturalization papers. It states that he is relinquishing allegiance to King Leopold of Belgium.
The following is an Excerpt from the Historical Atlas of Paulding County, Ohio 1892:
"Dominick Arend has been a good citizen of Crane Township since 1868 and he is the possessor of 186 acres of fine land, which is well under cultivation. He was born in Belgium, Germany, December 19, 1819, the son of Lawrence and Mary Arend, and at the age of nineteen years came to America, where he obtained work as a fireman on the old Mad River Railroad. He there attended to the water tanks. This occupation he continued for thirty years, at which time he engaged in farming and has since been successfully pursuing this occupation. He also keeps a boarding house. The family are worthy members of the Catholic church and rank high on the social scale. He is a Roman Catholic and “aggressive” Democrat."
Immaculate Conception Church, Cecil OH, death records shows Dominic to be 85 years old at the time of his death, was born in Belgium, and died of paralysis.
I have not found immigration records for either brother. I have not found any naturalization records for Dominic.
There were several Arend families living in this area of Ohio during this time that were related. However Dominic and Nicholas were not related to them. Dominic and Nicholas attended Immaculate Conception Church or St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The other Arend families attended St. Nicholas Frenchtown Catholic Church. However, the names Dominic, Nicholas, Cathereine and Mary repeat with all families.
There seems to have been several waves of Belgian family who immigrated to the US. There is a group who lived in Sheldon, NY who attended St. Cecilia Catholic Church, then the group in Ohio. These two waves immigrated early, about 1830 or so. The Belgians who went on to Minnesota and Iowa seem to have come 10 or so years later.
Dominic's daughter was my husband's Great Grandmother.
I hope you can work your magic. Let me know what else I can tell you.
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