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NEWEST: The immigration for Franz Heinrich Rocklage of Dissen has been found. He was the man known as Heinrich Wilhelm or Henry in the US and married to Anna Brune. Listed as Heinrich Rucklager, Dissen, age 22, he boarded the ship "Albert" in Bremen and arrived in New Orleans on 3 Nov 1857.

NEW: The St.Louis will of Heinrich Rocklage, christened Franz Heinrich Wilhelm Rocklage, stated that he had made his will because he was planning a trip to Germany. Newly discovered information in The Hamburg Passenger List shows that the trip was made. Heinrich and Ann Rockalge departed from Hamburg on 10 Aug 1890 aboard the Furst Bismarck.

FINDING OUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR!: The first puzzle was the exact given names for the great grandfather Rocklage born in 24 Sep 1835 in Germany. Was it Heinrich Wilhelm or Franz Heinrich? He often went by Henry in the US. And to complicate matters, the witness at his wedding was named Franz Heinrich Rocklage. And a St. Louis marriage index showed a "Frz Hch Wihl Rocklage", who married "Hoena Ch W Redeke". In the end the early records for a birth of his child recorded in St. John's Church in St. Louis, Missouri lead to the solution. The record said he was "aus Dissen", out of Dissen. When I found the entry, I immediately knew the village as it was only a few kilometers from Hilter were the Froeschner ancestors had lived. After this discovery it was a matter of ordering Dissen films from the LDS Library and struggling to read the German in the unfamiliar German Gothic script. The Dissen records showed parents names and the location of the birth. On his birthdate was the infant with his birth name: Franz Heinrich Wilhelm Rocklage. And to make matters more interesting, our Franz Heinrich Wilhelm Rocklage had a younger brother born in 1837 with exactly the same name. And both brothers lived to the age of confirmation.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Theophil Frank Albert Froeschner and Shirley Helen Ogier Froeschner, for their early conversations about their ancestors and our real treasure the Picture Book of Froeschner Ancestors with exact dates for each ancestor, Marie Getty for her early Rocklage research which was passed on by Gayle Schfluetzel, and Gayle Schfluetzel who shared her own research with input from her Aunt Elsie Rocklage.

QUESTIONS: What is the correct death date and place for Emma Christine Bleikamp Rocklage? Is the Franz Heinrich Rocklage, a witness to our Franz Heinrich Wilhelm Rocklage's marriage and also appearing in other St. Louis records our Franz Heinrich Wilhelm's brother, born 24 Sep 1835 in Dissen? Does anyone know about the earlier Rocklages in Dissen?

Please contact me by email: Jeanette@Martin-Froeschner.net


last update Jan 2010