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Re: Coming to America... (Neufeld / Becker)
Posted by: James Marion Baker Date: November 25, 2001 at 15:04:32
In Reply to: Coming to America... (Neufeld / Becker) by Paul Newfield of 284

Paul,
My G-GF, Nicolaus Adam Becker/Baker, a grandson of Juliana Neufeld, was born 16 May 1818 in Heuchelheim, christened/baptized two days later at the Catholic church in Ingenheim, which apparently served Heuchelheim. He was the 4th of at least 5 children of Jacob Becker and Maria Eva Martin (she was from Morzheim, another nearby village). Nicolaus served in the Bavarian army from 1840 to 1846. He emigrated to IL between 1846 and 1850, my guess is about 1847, probably not too long after mustering out of the army. We presume that he must have saved some money because he readily bought property in IL over the next few years. He first turned up in IL in Mason Co., which certainly had a fair contingent of German immigrants. Both Nicolaus and his brother Michael Becker are shown on the 1850 US Census for Mason Co., IL as follows:
Nicolaus Baker, age 32, b. in Germany.
Adam Baker, age 3.
Mary Baker, age 5 months. (probably named for mother or aunt).

Michael Baker, age 30, b. in Germany.
Mary Baker, wife
Nicholas Baker, age 3.(note that he was named for uncle).
Peter Baker, age 1.

Nicolaus' wife had died 10 days after giving birth to Mary in 1850, so was not listed in the census. Her name has been reported variously as Mary (Maria) or Barbara.
We have no information on the background of the wives of the two Becker/Baker boys. It's a longshot, but it certainly is possible that one of them could have been your New Orleans Anna Maria Neufeld. Her 1821 birthdate fits in the right ball park, and many IL immigrants came through New Orleans. They certainly could have been fellow travelers. Maybe we could connect with some passenger lists on ships going from Bremen or Hamburg to New Orleans.

Nicolaus owned a brickyard in Bath, IL, in 1850. But, by 1851, he and his brother had both moved to rural Logan Co. IL, near Lincoln, where he married Katherina Kohler, another Germany immigrant, bought farm property, and had ten more children, including my G-F. He died in 1892, and willed farms and property to each of the children. His descendants number in the thousands. Michael Baker and family eventually moved to Wayne Co., NE, where his descendants have a large presence to the present day.

Now, a question for you. Did you have previous data on Juliana so that you are showing her as a member of one of your Johannes Neufeld families?
Thanks for all the info.
Jim B


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