|used with permission No Story Too Small|
John Ernest Hübsch was my paternal great-great grandfather. He was born about 1838 in Prussia. Clues indicate that he may have been from a village called Mankelwitz [Makolice] in Silesia, a large province of Prussia (pictured below). Geographic boundaries changed over the years due to wars leaving this area now in Poland.
He and his family came to America in the early 1870s. The family story was that he, his wife Christine and children, Caroline, William C., and a baby made the voyage. The baby died on the way. Well, emigration records have been elusive. A glimmer of evidence may be from a passenger list, pictured below, for the ship Hammonia. The ship departed Hamburg, Germany on April 24, 1872 for New York harbor. The date of arrival is unknown but probably three to four weeks later.
The surname fits as does the child named Caroline but the other names are iffy. More research needed. But it's a start.
I found my family in the 1880 U.S. federal census for Stockbridge, Calumet County, Wisconsin. Named for the Stockbridge Munsee Indian Tribe, the town was known for dairy and cheese-making more than wheat when my ancestors lived there.
In 1891, John Ernest filed his intent to become a U.S citizen in Los Angeles County Superior Court. There's helpful information on this document to cross-check other records such as age and emigration dates and location. Ah, and the prized signature!
Sadly, on April 10, 1909 John Ernest was struck and killed by one of these trolley cars as he crossed the street. I visited his grave, pictured below, located at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, an historic cemetery. Someone remembered John Ernest's roots as his last name includes the umlaut over the 'u'.