JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 19th century travel to America #general

Eva Lawrence

I have the travel diary of an ancestor who sailed to New Orleans >from Bonn
via Antwerp in 1852, together with his 11-year-old son. While apparently
they travelled without a passport or other papers, he does comment on
customs officials who stopped them at each border and examined the luggage,
and also seems to have been afraid of being arrested on leaving Baden - he
was known to have been associated with dissidents and can't have had
official permission to leave. In Weffer's 1977 book of 19th-century Bonn
emigrants, there is note of a 1868 Coeln official advertisement seeking the
son for evading his Prussian military duties. However, the father's
equally illegal emigration and his subsequent return appears to have
remained unrecorded.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans

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