A New Quilt – Sept. 3, 1874

The Steamship Teutonia

If you go to the page “Tillie’s Story” of this  blog, you won’t find much.  Soon you will find there photos of small quilts I made and the story of Tillie, my mother.  In researching her story, I found that my grandfather, Cornelius Heidebrecht, at age six, landed on American shores on Sept. 3, 1874.  Nineteen members of his family came ashore from the steamship, Teutonia, at Castle Garden which is in The Battery of New York City.  (Ellis Island did not begin until 1892, if I got that right.)   My mother told that their entire community of German-speaking Mennonites came from Russia at the same time to form a community in rural Kansas.  The Teutonia’s manifest shows on that date that about 200 people all with family names I grew up with — Edigers, Friesens, Gaederts, etc. — arrived.  I have to do more research in order to draw the conclusion that the families on this ship were, indeed, families who went on to Kansas.  But what a treat to find this information.  I have a QuiltToon™ in mind to commemorate this find…more on that later.  The photo of the Teutonia is included here.


About QuiltToonist

I'm a news junkie and have opinions about everything! I consider myself a folk artist because I have no formal art training and use the sewing skills I learned many moons ago to accomplish the fiber art I seem to have to express.
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