My primary person of interest is Caspar Friedrich Amborn, who is my great grandfather: View his genealogical information on my RootsWeb family tree.

The Amborn family has been traced to Niederschmalkalden, Sachsen-Meiningen, in the modern-day state of Thüringen, Germany thanks to the efforts of members of the Cooper County, Missouri Historical Society. They have transcribed newspaper and passport information from the period and have created a database of Immigrants from Sachsen-Meiningen, Germany (among other areas). This database (viewable on the societies website) refers to several members of the Amborn family and identifies the month & year that they departed Germany for the United States.

Information about the exodus from the region has also been published (in German) by the Thuringian Archives (see Emigration from the duchy of Saxony-Meiningen 68).

The information listed came from one source or the other (sometimes both):

Last Name First Name Month  Year Living Place Profession Notice Cooper County Thuringian Archives
Amborn W. Apr 1846 Unterkatz Taylor Yes Yes
Amborn Casper Fredrich Mar 1847 Niederschmalkalden Yes Yes
Amborn [George] Heinrich Mar 1847 Niederschmalkalden Yes Yes
Amborn Daniel Friedlieb Mar 1848 Niederschmalkalden Yes Yes
Amborn Heinrich Adam Mar 1848 Niederschmalkalden Mechanic Yes
Amborn Sebastian Apr 1852 Niederschmalkalden with wife and 2 children Yes Yes
Amborn Eva Elisabeth 1852 Niederschmalkalden Yes
Amborn [Johann] Anton Apr 1853 Niederschmalkalden with wife and 2 children Yes Yes
Weyhrauch Amborn Dorthea 1853 Niederschmalkalden Yes
Amborn Christine Apr 1853 Niederschmalkalden Yes Yes
Amborn Daniel Apr 1853 Niederschmalkalden Yes Yes
Amborn Dorthea 1853 Niederschmalkalden Yes
Amborn August 1853 Niederschmalkalden Yes

Niederschmalkalden, Meiningen, Sachsen-Meiningen, Germany is cataloged in the Meyers Gazetteer: View Information

Three of the men listed above were the sons of Johann Conrad Amborn (b. 1769, d. 1847) and Marie Catharine Weyhrauch (b. 1774, d. 1833). Marie gave birth to 12 children between 1795 and 1816, 6 of whom died in infancy.

  • Caspar Friedrich [1847] (b. 24 September 1816) – He traveled with his wife, 2 sons and one daughter
  • Johann Daniel Friedlieb [1848] (b. 1801) – He was unmarried at the time of his emmigration
  • Johann Anton [1853] (b. 22 November, 1814) – He traveled with his wife (Dorthea Weyhrauch), a son and a daughter

Two others were the sons of Heinrich Adam Amborn and Otila ??????

  • Sebastian [1852] (b. 1799) – He traveled with his wife and 2 daughters
  • Heinrich Adam [1848] (b. 1801) – He apparently traveled with his wife and 2 sons

Daniel Amborn (b. abt 1813) [1853] traveled with his wife (Dorthea), son August (age 7) and daughter Dorthea (age 4). Also listed on the ships register (the Lohan, arriving in New York on 24 June 1853) was ‘Anton Amborn‘, age 30.

The pedigree of the remaining emigrants is not (yet) known:

  • W. Amborn [1846]
  • George Heinrich Amborn [1847] (b. 1805) – He reportedly married Anna Elisabeth Schliecher (b. 1823) in Germany in 1845, and their first child was born Bloomfield, Wisconsin in 1848.
  • Christine Amborn [1853] (Male, b. 1826)

Research of church birth records has also revealed several other Amborn families in Germany:

  • Johan Heinrich Amborn and Anna Catherina Amborn had two daughters:
    • Rolina Margertha (b. 1795)
    • Ottila (b. 1798)
  • Johan Dietrich Amborn and Eva Magalina Weirauchin (sp?) had a son and a daughter:
    • Dorthea Elizabeth (b. 1798)
    • Johan Conrad (b. 1804)

They apparently were Protestant in Germany and Lutheran in Wisconsin (although George D Amborn, grandson of Casper Frederick Amborn, reportedly converted to Catholicism prior to his marriage to Anna Marie Schultz in 1905).

The timeline below documents the emigration of the Amborn family:

1816 – September 25: Caspar Friedrich Amborn is born.

Translation (courtesy of Ute Brandenburg ):

Caspar Friedrich Amborn, 12th child, sixth child still living, third son, of Conrad Amborn, neighbor, [?] and farmer here, and his wife Marie Catharine Weyhrauch, also from here. He was born on 25 September at at six o’clock in the evening and was baptized on 26 September at 5 o’clock. Sponsor: Johann Heinrich Amborn, youngest son of Johann Conrad Amborn, Lehnschultheiß here.

A Lehnschultheiß – short explanation – is a representative or administrator to the the tenant farmers on a manorial estate

1847 – March: Caspar Friedrich Amborn and Gottreich Heinrich Amborn (b. 1805) leave Niederschmalkalden, Germany.

“The parents [Caspar and Louise Amborn] and their two sons [Antone Henry Amborn, b. 25 December 1840 and Gottreich Henry Amborn, b. 19 March 1842] and two daughters [Irene Amborn, b. 1845 is the only daughter known to have been born in Germany] came to America in 1847, direct to Wisconsin, the voyage across the ocean requiring seven weeks. They landed in Kenosha and the next day started for Walworth county, two days later finding them in Lyons township, and here they at once bought forty acres of land [1 January 1851], and this was the family home until 1869, when the father and mother sold out and moved to Burr Oak, La Crosse county, and there the father and mother spent their last days.”

History of Walworth County, Wisconsin (1912), pages 954-55. By Albert Clayton Beckwith (1836-1915)

Note: George Heinrich Amborn married Anna Elisabeth Schliecher (b. 24 December 1823) in Germany in 1845, and their first child was born in Bloomfield, Walworth, Wisconsin on 21 March 1848. She almost certainly accompanied him when he sailed over in 1847.

David Kimball (b. 1801) emigrated from Wernshausn Sachsen Meininson Saxony Germany with his wife Margaret E Young (b 1809) and family (5 daughters and 4 sons ranging in age from 2 to 19 years old) and settled in the same town in Wisconsin, also in 1847. It is possible that these families traveled together.

1847 – May: Casper Frederick Amborn arrives in New York.

1847 – July 6: Casper Frederick Amborn files his declaration of intent to become a United States citizen in Walworth County, Wisconsin.

1848 – March: Daniel Friedlieb Amborn and Heinrich Adam Amborn depart Niederschmalkalden, Germany

1848 – June 12: Henry [Heinrich] Adam Amborn (b. 1800), Daniel Friedlieb Amborn (b. 1810) and Christine Amborn (Male, b. 1826) arrive in New York on the Belinda

Year: 1848; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 073; Line: 18; List Number: 545; Page Number: 4

1848 – July 12: Henry [Heinrich] Adam Amborn (b. 1800) files his declaration of intent to become a United States citizen in Walworth County, Wisconsin.

1848 – September 1: Johan [Gottreich] Heinrich Amborn (b. 7 Nov 1805) and Casper Berthelmeh purchase the SouthWest quarter of the SouthWest quarter of Section 9, Township 1 North of Range 18 East in the district of lands subject to sale at Milwaukee, Wisconsin containing Forty Acres.

View a contemporary Google Map of this location.

1851 – January 1: Casper Frederick Amborn purchases the South East quarter of the South East Quarter of Section 26 in Township two of Range Eighteen in the District of Lands subject to sale at Milwaukee Wisconsin containing 40 acres.

View a contemporary Google Map of this location.

1852 – April: Sebastian Amborn (b. 1802) departs Niederschmalkalden, Germany with his wife and 2 children.

1852 – May 28: Sebastian Amborn (b. 1802) arrives in New York from Bremon, Germany on the Childe Harold with wife Elizabeth and daughters Marie and Elise.

Year: 1852; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 113; Line: 56; List Number: 615

1852 – June: Sebastian Amborn (b. 1782) arrives in New York. He would have been about 70 years old at the time.

1853 – April: Christin Amborn and Daniel Amborn depart Niederschmalkalden, Germany.

1853 – April: Johann Anton Amborn departs Niederschmalkalden, Germany with his wife and 2 children.

1853 – Johann Anton Amborn (b. 1820) arrives New York. [The 1900 census record for August Amborn states that  his wife Dorothea Weyrauth, son August and daughter Fredricka arrived in the United States in 1852.]

1900 United States Census, August Amborn Household. n.p: Bloomfield Township, Walworth County, Wisconsin. Supervisors District 5, Enumeration District 83, Sheet 11, Lines 70 – 72

1853 – November 7:  Sebastian Amborn (b. 1782) files his declaration of intent to become a United States citizen in Walworth County, Wisconsin. He was 71 years old at the time. [It is my belief that this Sebastian may be the father of the Amborn’s discussed in the write-up, but I have no proof. This document is the only reference I have found to his existence.]

1855 – May 1: Sebastian Amborn (b. 1802) purchases the North West quarter of the South East Quarter of Section 9 in Township one North of Range Eighteen East in the District of Lands subject to sale at Milwaukee Wisconsin containing 40 acres.

View the center of this plot on Google Maps.

1872 – Casper Frederick Amborn served as a Supervisor for the Town of Lyons

History of Walworth County, Chicago Western Historical Society, Published 1882, Page 809

1873 – Chicago, Illinois: Everts, Baskin and Stewart published Combination atlas map of Walworth County Wisconsin” that included maps identifying land ownership for each township.

The map for Bloomfield Township (Town number 1 North in Range number 18 East) identified several Amborns and the land they owned:

  • S 1/2 SW 1/4, Section 2 – A. [Anton] Amborn (80 Acres)
  • SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Section 3 – A. [Anton] Amborn (40 Acres, adjacent to the land described above)
  • W 1/2 SE 1/4 Section 12 – A. [Anton] Amborn (80 Acres)
  • NE 1/4 NE 1/4  Section 13 – A. [Anton] Amborn (40 Acres, adjacent to the land described above)
  • NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Section 3 – D. [Daniel] Amborn

The map for Lyons Township (Town number 2 North in Range number 18 East) also identified several Amborns and the land they owned:

  • SE 1/4 SE 1/4  Section 26 – C.F. Amborn (40 Acres)
  • E 1/2 SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Section 35 – C.F. Amborn (20 Acres)
  • NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Section 36 – C.F. Amborn (40 Acres)

This same publication listed  “Amburn, C.F. [Casper F Amborn], Lyons Township, Section 35, Date of Settlement: 1846, native of Germany, Occupation: Farmer” on the Patrons Business Directory of Walworth County page (page 67)

1879 – November 25: George [Gottreich] Henry Amborn (born 7 Nov 1805) receives land grant for the North East quarter of the South West quarter of Section 7 in Township 18 of range 6 West in the district of lands subject to sale at La Crosse Wisconsin containing 40 acres.

View the center of this plot on Google Maps.

1882 – May: John Henry Amborn (b. 13 August 1856), son of Henry Adam Amborn, arrives in New York.

1884 – August 28: John Henry Amborn (b. 1856), son of Henry Adam Amborn, files his declaration of intent to become a United States citizen in Walworth County, Wisconsin.

1886 – March 27: Daniel F Amborn becomes a US citizen in Walworth County, Wisconsin. One of his witnesses is Casper F Amborn, who is by then already a US citizen.

1900 – Antone Henry Amborn’s US Census entry indicates that he entered the United States in 1847

1900 – Gottreich Henry Amborn’s US Census entry indicates that he entered the United States in 1847

1912 – September 17: John Henry Amborn (b. 13 August 1856), son of Henry Adam Amborn, becomes a naturalized citizen of the United States.

1920 – Antone Henry Amborn’s US Census entry indicates that he entered the United States in 1847.

Research Questions

  • Are there any records in Germany to prove that they lived in/near Niederschmalkalden?
  • Were Heinrich, Sebastian, Gottreich, Daniel, Casper and Johan brothers?
  • Who were their parents?
  • Were there any other siblings
  • What genealogical records exist in Germany and where are they located?
  • Who was Sebastian Amborn (b. 1782) and where is he buried?
  • Was the W Amborn who departed Niederschmalkalden in 1846 part of the same family? Where did he emigrate to?

Notes:

  • The Kirchenbuch, 1858-1929: Evangelisch Lutherische St. Johannis Gemeinde (Slades Corner, Wisconsin) Contains history, members, baptisms, communicants 1867-1924, confirmations 1867-1929, meeting reports 1867-1899, marriages, deaths 1863-1929, collections 1869-1897, and misc. newspaper clippings. This is on FamilySearch Film 1404984 Items 1-2. This may document some events related to the David Kimball family. A copy was ordered on 13 June 2017: it will be sent to the Dallas Public Library.
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