States: Nebraska: Nemaha
I believe the Katharine Helling you are referring to would have been my great-great aunt. My great-grandfather, Franz Heinrich Helling, emigrated from Germany, arriving in Baltimore in September 1883 with his wife and two small sons, one of whom was my grandfather. The Helling party on that ship included his four younger sisters, and one of those sisters named Catharine was listed as 21 years of age at the time. The ages listed for passengers weren't always accurate, but this would place her year of birth around 1862. The four sisters were: Anna, born about 1857; Catharine, born as I said about 1862; Johanna Wilhelmina, born in 1865; and Wilhelmina Henrietta, born in 1869. My great-grandfather eventually homesteaded in what is now Yuma County in eastern Colorado. The two youngest sisters, called in the family as "Minnie" and "Yetta" established families in Red Willow County in western Nebraska--the Kisker and Hinz families, respectively. There was another brother, Wilhelm Helling, who probably emigrated from Germany earlier, who settled in Denver Colorado. The parents of all these Helling children (including Catherine) were Peter Heinrich Helling and Catherine Elsabein Scheele of Wichlinghausen, which was located in what was, at the time, the portion of the Kingdom of Prussia in northwest Germany. These parents were referred to as "deceased" in the documents related to my great-grandfather's emigration from Germany. It was my understanding that within the family, the Katharine Lerhman you refer to was known as "Mary", but since there was not as much contact with that family as there was with the others in western Nebraska, I may be wrong about that. I have no knowledge of what became of the older sister, Anna Helling, so if you have any information about her, perhaps you would share it with me. I believe this information is accurate and I hope it does indeed refer to the individual in your message.
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