Date: October 22, 2008 at 18:15:28
In Reply to: Henry Arp wife Cecelia Schleke came to US 1889 by Emil Lehenbauer of 53560
Passenger arrival records show Heinrich Arp, age 25, and Caecilie Schlicker, age 21, arriving in New York together on 12 May 1888 on a ship called the "Bohemia", which had set sail from Hamburg, Germany.
Both the New York arrival record and the Hamburg departure record show Caecilie's last name as SCHLICKER. So I think we can probably safely assume that that was her correct last name -- one reason being that there is no such name in Germany as "Schleke"!
Heinrich of course later americanized his first name to Henry.
Both the New York arrival record and the Hamburg departure record show their last place of residence as having been Hamburg. So Hamburg was not simply the port their ship left from. They had both actually been living in Hamburg. This does not mean, however, that either one of them was necessarily born in Hamburg. Both the New York arrival record and the Hamburg departure record show last place of residence, not place of birth. One or both of them may well have been born in Hamburg, but not necessarily.
Their initial destination was the city of Quincy in Adams County, Illinois. This is an indication that they knew somebody who was already living in Quincy, Illinois. The 1900 census shows a Peter Arp, born in 1861 in Germany, and a Claus Arp, born in 1858 in Germany, also living in Quincy, Illinois. They were probably Henry's older brothers. (Peter and Claus married sisters, by the way.)
An Otto Arp, born in Germany in 1869, was also married in Quincy, Illinois. He was probably yet another brother of Henry's. Otto and his wife later moved to Marion County, Missouri, and did Henry and Cecilie.
German churches in the United States tended to keep rather detailed records. So I would suggest that you request a copy of Henry and Cecilie's CHURCH marriage record. That should give the names of their parents and also their exact places of birth. (They got married about two months after having arrived in the U.S.)
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