SS Vaderland Manifest - CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE. Image via ancestry.com via NARA
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While I know you’d like to drag out our examination of this manifest over four weeks like I did the last time, I think we can probably cover everything in one post.  Well, I’ll try anyway.  If you get tired of reading, just take a break and come back later.  

We’ve been spending a lot of time on the Schellhardt part of our family – and for good reason, it’s the name of our website!  But it’s time to meet the maternal side of the family – Nanny’s relatives.  The best place to start is with her immediate family - her parents, Ludwig and Mathilda Wissmann, and her brothers, Alfred and Alphonse.  Lucky for us, they just happen to be on the manifest that we’re looking at today!

This manifest is for the S.S. Vaderland which sailed from Antwerp via Dover (the English Dover, not the Delaware Dover, FYI) on September 23, 1905 and arrived at the Port of New York on October 2, 1905.

The Wissmann family is listed on Lines 8-11.  The patriarch of the family, Ludwig, is first.  He’s listed as a 34 year old married male carpenter from Eichenbiehl, Germany.  His wife, Mathilda (or Mathilde) is listed next – a 32 year old married female with no calling or occupation.  She, like her husband, is listed as being from Eichenbiehl, Germany.  Their sons, 3 year old Alfred and 11 month old Alphonse, round out the list.  They could all read and write – although I think this was an over-exaggeration when it came to the boys!  The final destination for all – the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Why isn’t Anna Wissmann listed on this manifest?! 

Let’s see how well you’ve been reading these posts.  

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Again, it’s the second half of the manifest that always floats my boat.  The family does not have tickets to their final destination although – unlike Max – they have quite a bit of money in their possession - $400 to be exact.  With inflation, that’s like…a whole lotta coin in today’s money! 

The next two columns are intriguing – it’s kind of hard to make out whether Ludwig was previously in the United States but Mathilda was – and this will be important to remember when we meet her sister Ida in a few days.  So, who are they joining in the States?  According to the manifest, Ludwig’s brother-in-law, W. Pet. Parr at the Delanco Hotel in Philadelphia.  I’ve never heard of the name Parr but where have we heard Delanco before?  Anna Wissmann lived with relatives in Delanco, New Jersey after living in an orphanage as a child.  Delanco Hotel.  Delanco, New Jersey.  Coincidence?  Misunderstanding?  Mistake?   I ended up spending my lunch hour doing what archivists should never do – researching.  I tried to track down the Delanco Hotel without any luck.  So then I did what archivists really shouldn’t do – I started making conjectures.  What if there was no Delanco Hotel?  What if they were confused and meant Delanco, New Jersey?  I haven’t found the answer yet but I will not rest until I get to the bottom of it! 

The rest of the manifest is routine – nobody was an anarchist, a polygamous, or a forced child bride.  They were all in good health and without any physical deformities.  Ahh, the perfect immigrants! 

Tomorrow – a more personal look at the Wissmann family.

Anyone figure out why Nanny wasn’t on the manifest yet?  Come on #19, you know you’ve got this!


We’re celebrating another birthday today!  #20, Karen Schellhardt Bade, is today’s birthday girl!  Happy birthday Karen!  We’re so glad you’re a part of our family!



Terry Fine
02/25/2013 8:53pm

Nanny was born in the US in 1908!

02/26/2013 5:32pm

Woo-hoo! You're absolutely correct, Terry!

Nanny won't show up on a ship manifest until 1935! Don't worry we'll be examining that one soon enough!

10/18/2016 4:20am



Wow, this was an interesting read, when I came here I was like this is okayish but it's a good read!

10/23/2016 7:45am

There have been several instances in the past where the absence of the required accreditations has rendered the online degrees and diplomas virtually useless.

11/18/2016 1:13pm

That is defiantly the writing of some doctor because they only use this type of writing that is really hard to read for normal person. Beside that the things that you have said in this post are really meaning full for me.


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