Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Alfons Koenig on the S.S. Cleveland

Alfons Koenig, my Uncle Paul's brother, boarded the S.S. Cleveland at Hamburg, Germany on February 21, 1929, bound for the Port of New York. Like his brother before him, his ultimate destination was the home of Elisabeth and Fred Hebert, his aunt and uncle, at 4640 Canton Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, and his passage also had been paid by the Heberts. He arrived with $30 in his possession. He had never been to the U.S. before, but he planned to stay and become a citizen.
When he arrived in the U.S. on March 5, 1929, Alfons was 25 years old and single. He had worked as a clerk in Germany. He was 6' tall and fair-complected, with blonde hair and green eyes.

Alfons Koenig, line 29 on this S.S. Cleveland passenger list

line 29, continued

statement of ship's officer

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Paul Koenig on the S.S. Veendam

The S.S. Veendam departed from Rotterdam, South Holland, The Netherlands on April 18, 1923. Aboard was Paul Koenig. He'd never been to the United States before. In his pocket he carried $39. His passage had been paid by his aunt's husband, Fred Hebert of 4640 Canton Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. The Hebert home was Paul's destination in the U.S., but he hadn't yet decided whether he would remain permanently or return to Germany.
Paul was the son of Hermann K├Ânig of Hagenstrasse 29, Buer, Germany, the town where Paul was born. Arriving at the Port of New York on April 28, 1923, about six weeks before his 20th birthday, he stood 5'10"tall. He was fair-complected with blonde hair and grey eyes. He was in good health, with no physical deformities and no identifying marks.

Paul Koenig, line 11 on this S.S. Veendam passenger list
line 11, continued

affidavit of ship's officer

Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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