Saturday, May 14, 2016

Peter Westerhouse - Immigration Years #2

The Anna Westerhaus family would have boarded a sail ship for America, following the path of the Johann Heinrich Uphaus family, very close friends from Lenzinghausen. No passenger list has been found, but it has been assumed from Westerhouse family stories passed down from generation to generation, that they followed the Uphaus family.   Documentation has been found indicating the Uphaus family arrived in New Orleans during December of 1847 after sailing for 6 weeks.

A typical Sailing Ship in the 1800's
Once Anna and her children arrived in New Orleans, they would have stayed only a short time before boarding a Mississippi River barge traveling to St. Louis, Missouri.  Boat records were not required at this time in America, and therefore, no records have been found.

Once in St. Louis, the family would have stayed through the winter before taking a Missouri River barge, west to Lexington, Missouri.  Peter Westerhaus would then stay in Lexington, while his mother and his sisters would join his brother, Caspar Westerhaus, in Freedom, a German community 25 miles southeast of Lexington.

Missouri River at Lexington, Missouri

The Johann Heinrich Uphaus family settled in Freedom, Missouri, and were reunited with the Anna Westerhaus family.  Soon after, two children from each family married.  Caspar Heinrich Westerhaus married Anna Elizabeth Uphaus 22 September 1848.  Anna Catherina Westerhaus married Peter Heinrich Uphaus 22 September 1848.  This has been verified by their marriage licenses found at the Lafayette County Courthouse in Lexington, Missouri. These marriages demonstrated the close relationship between the Westerhaus and Uphaus families.  

Caspar Westerhaus' and Anna Uphaus' Marriage License

Peter Uphaus' and Anna Catherina Westerhaus' Marriage License

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