Johan J Schulz

The first of my ancestors to arrive in the United States was John J Schulz, who landed in New York, NY with his family on 15 August, 1846 in the ship Chesapeake, which sailed from Le Havre, France.

It is believed that they lived in Arnstein, Germany prior to their emigration.


Johan (b. 1809) traveled with his wife Anna (b.. 1809), daughter Catherine (b. 1833), sons Frank (b. 1835) and Carl (b. 1838) and daughters Eveline (b. 1842) and Barbara (b. 1846).

The family settled for several years in Alexander, Genesee County, New York, where they (with the exception of Barbara) are listed on the 1850 US Census. Son Simon was born in Alexander on 08 July 1850, so he was present at the time the census was recorded in August, although he was not listed because he was born after the June 1 cutoff date. However, Simon does have the distinction of being the first of my ancestors to have been born in the United States.

By the time of the 1860 census (recorded on June 15) the family had moved westward and settled in the town Hudson (Lyons) in Walworth County, Wisconsin.

Rosina Josephi Schmitt

Rosina Josephi Schmitt Zang (b. 1825) reportedly immigrated to the United States from Arnstein, Germany with her daughters Margaret Zang Schulz (b. 1858) and Rozina Josephi Zang Curran (b. 1863).

No record of their trip has yet been discovered, and there are conflicting dates reported for the year they immigrated:

  • Rozina Josephi Zang Curran’s 1900 census record states that she emigrated in 1867 (33 years prior).
  • Rosina Josephi Schmitt Zang was living with her daughter Margaret Zang Schulz and son-in-law Simon Schulz at the time of the 1900 US Census, and that document indicates that she and her daughter immigrated in 1868 (32 years prior).
  • The 1910 US census for Margaret Zang Schulz says 1875
  • The 1930 US census for Rozina Josephi Zang Curran says 1884
  • The obituary for Rosina Josephi Schmitt Zang (Lake Geneva Regional News, 29 Nov 1951, page 1) states that she emigrated in 1884.

No record of her living in the United States prior to 1900 has been discovered.

My 05/23/2009 Research log entry:

I cannot find Margaret, her sister or her mother on the 1870 or 1880 US Census. According to her obituary she was living in Lake Geneva until her marriage so I decided to look through all the census records for her…

  • Wisconsin > Walworth > Geneva > District 227: Nope
  • Wisconsin > Walworth > Bloomfield > District 221 and 0: Nope
  • Wisconsin > Walworth > Lyons > District 230: Nope
  • Wisconsin > Walworth > Allens Grove: Nope
  • Wisconsin > Walworth > Darien > District 222: Nope
  • Wisconsin > Walworth > Delavan > District 223: Nope
  • Wisconsin > Walworth > East Troy > District 225: Nope
  • Wisconsin > Walworth > Elkhorn > District 226: Nope


From a 06 May 2007 interview with Anna Lorraine Amborn [Hanson]

“Her grandmother (Margaret Zang) was fifteen years old when she came to the US from Germany, traveling with her mother. Her sister (Rosina Zang [Curren] was already in the US, doing housework for the Curran family: she married one of the sons from that family.”

If Margaret Zang (b. 1858) was 15 when she and her mother Rosina Josephi Schmitt Zang emigrated that would put the year of emigration somewhere around 1873. Rozina Josephi Zang Curran (b. 1863) ‘doing housework for the Curran family’ at that time means she would have been working at age 10 and would have been even younger when she emigrated.

08 May 2010

From a card sent to Anna L Amborn [Hanson) from Ellen Curran (date unknown):

“Dear Anna:

Greetings on your birthday! Some time ago you wrote me a nice letter which I appreciated very much and never did get to answering it. In the letter you asked if I had any information about the dates that the Zang ladies came from Germany – also the name of the ship. I know nothing about the ship but I know a little about the dates.

 My mother [Rozina Josephi Zang] and your great grandmother [Rosina Josephi Schmitt] came in 1884. Your Grand Mother Margaret Zang Schulz was here and married at the time [to Simon Schulz],  so she must have come two or three years earlier.

 Your Great Grandmother [Rosina Josephi Schmitt] lived with your Grandmother [Margaret Zang Schulz] until she died [in 1903]. She is buried at St. Killians. It is a shame we have not kept family records.

 My mother [Rozina Josephi Zang] was nineteen when she came over. She was a little younger than Margaret. I never know when birthday was until a few days ago. M. Jane was talking about Red Brick and all who attended when she did and was mentioning birthdays. Hope yours is happy. Also hope you can figure this out.”

According to this:

  • Rosina Josephi Schmitt Zang (b. 1825) and Rozina Josephi Zang Curran (b. 1863) came together in 1884. Rozina Josephi Zang Curran (b. 1863) was 21 (not 19).
  • Margaret Zang Schulz (b. 1858) was here and married (to Simon Schulz on 29 November 1883) already and so obviously emigrated at some earlier time, probably in or after 1880.

Casper Frederick Amborn

Casper, and several of his brothers, emigrated from, Germany, departing in March, 1847. His naturalization application, which was filed July 6, 1847 states that he arrived in New York on May, 1847.  It appears that he traveled with his son, Gottreich Heinrich Amborn (b. 1842)

Presumably he was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Louisa Dora Hoerining (b. 1816), sons Antone Henry Amborn (b. 1840) and Gottreich Heinrich Amborn (b. 1842) and daughter Irene Amborn (b. 1845).

  • Antone Henry Amborn’s 1900 and 1920 US Census entries indicate that he entered the United States in 1947
  • Gottreich Heinrich Amborn’s 1900 US Census entry indicate that he entered the United States in 1947



From: “History of Walworth County, Wisconsin” (1912), pages 954-55. By Albert Clayton Beckwith (1836-1915). Available at Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin. Microfilm #P90-2385.

“Success has come to Anton H. Amborn, one of our worthy German citizens, who owns and operates scientifically a fine farm in Bloomfield Township, because he has worked hard and has lived an honest, conservative life. He was born in Saxony, Germany, December 25, 1840, and is the son of Caspar and Louise Amborn. The parents and their two sons and two daughters 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”

Members of the Cooper County, Missouri Historical Society 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 refers to several members of the Amborn family (reproduced below):


Last Name First Name Month  Year Living Place Profession Notice
Amborn W. Apr 1846 Unterkatz Taylor
Amborn Casper Fredrich Mar 1847 Niederschmalkalden
Amborn Heinrich Mar 1847 Niederschmalkalden
Amborn Daniel Friedlieb Mar 1848 Niederschmalkalden
Amborn Heinrich Adam Mar 1848 Niederschmalkalden Mechanic
Amborn Sebastian Apr 1852 Niederschmalkalden with wife and 2 children
Amborn Anton Apr 1853 Niederschmalkalden with wife and 2 children
Amborn Christine Apr 1853 Niederschmalkalden
Amborn Daniel Apr 1853 Niederschmalkalden

Source: Cooper County, Missouri, Missouri Genealogical Web Site


Obtained: January 2016

Just David Kimbel

He emigrated from Wernshausn Sachsen Meininson Saxony Germany (which is located less than two miles from Niederschmalkalden where the Amborns lived) about 1847, presumably with his wife, Margaret E Young (b 1809) and family. He is listed on the 1850 US Census.

I do not have much information on where the emigrated from or when or how they traveled to the United States. Listed below is the information I do have on various family members.

  • Mary E Kimbel (b. 1828. d. 1849, presumably in Germany)
  • Wilhelmina Elizabeth Kimball (b. 1830, d. 1904)
  • George Morris Kimball (b. 1832, d. 1904) – on the 1900 census he indicated he emigrated in 1848
  • Morris Kimball (b. 1834, d. 1855)
  • Margaret Eliza Kimball (b. 1837, d. 1906)
  • Johann Adam Kimball (b. 1839, d. 1911) – on the 1900 and 1910 census he indicated he emigrated in 1847
  • William Kimball (b.1840, d. 1909) – on the 1900 census he indicated he emigrated in 1850
  • Ida Margaret Kimball (b. 1842, d. 1905) – on the 1900 census she indicated he emigrated in 1846
  • Martha Eleonor Kimball (b 1845, d. 1911) – on the 1900 census she indicated he emigrated in 1847. The 1910 census says 1858 (the same year as her husband).


Emigration of my German Ancestors