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Hei Family Roots In Germany

Article by SHei

Looking for any information prior to 1880's, epecially information regarding info Prussia/Germany for relatives prior to immigrating to the US.

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on 2013-10-05 16:55:31

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by noggin on 2013-10-10 09:14:52

Do you have some christen names for the Hei family and where they settled in the USA.

Dates of birth and where in Germany they were born.

by SHei on 2013-10-10 09:37:46

Jacob Hei my Great Grandfather came from Prussia in 1875

They settled in Plum City, Wisconsin

He did come over with his wife, but not sure of her name.

That's all I know!

by noggin on 2013-10-11 04:26:28

I found this which gives dates of birth for Jacob and his wife Margreth

Jacob Hei

Birth: Jul. 24, 1820
Death: Oct. 3, 1886

children: Nicholas, Matthew, Jacob, Cristiana, and Mary

Family links:
Spouse: Margreth Hei (1830 - 1909)

Mathew Hei (1859 - 1940)*
Jacob Hei (1862 - 1941)*
Christena Hei Klein (1864 - 1947)*

"Our Father" Asleep in Jesus"

Saint Johns Catholic Cemetery
Plum City
Pierce County
Wisconsin, USA

by noggin on 2013-10-11 04:35:49

This is the family of the couple above. All the children were born in Wisconsin the eldest in 1856 so Jacob and wife must have entered the USA before this time.

1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Jacob Kri [Jacob Hei on census]
Age: 59
Birth Year: abt 1821
Birthplace: Prussia
Home in 1880: Friendship, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Margrat Kri
Father's Birthplace: Prussia
Mother's Birthplace: Prussia
Occupation: Farmer

Jacob Kri 59
Margrat Kri 50
Nicholas Kri 24
Mathew Kri 21
Jacob Kri 17
Cristiana Kri 15
Mary Kri 5

by noggin on 2013-10-11 04:42:35

"United States Germans to America Index, 1850-1897"
Name: Jacob Hei
Event Type: Immigration
Event Date: 12 May 1855
Event Place: New York, New York, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Birthplace: Prussia
Occupation: Unknown
Ship Name: Robert M Sloman
Birth Year (Estimated): 1821
Departure Port: Antwerp
Literacy: Unknown
Last Place of Residence:
Destination Place: Wisconsin
Transit or Travel Compartment:
Affiliate Manifest ID: 00008419
Affiliate Publication Title: Germans to America Passenger Data file, 1850-1897
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1746067

by noggin on 2013-10-11 04:55:39

According to the census below Margaret arrived in the USA in 1855. She had 13 children
5 still living at the time of the census. She married in 1850.

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Margaret Hei
Age: 70
Birth Date: Mar 1830
Birthplace: Germany
Home in 1900: Union, Pierce, Wisconsin
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1855
Relation to Head of House: Mother in Law
Marital Status: Widowed
Marriage Year: 1850
Years Married: 50
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Mother: number of living children: 5
Mother: How many children: 13

Joseph Klein 40
Christina Klein 35
Peter Klein 14
Nicklous Klein 12
Jacob Klein 5
John Klein 1
Margaret Hei 70

by noggin on 2013-10-11 05:19:38

I have tried looking for a Christening for Jacob & Margret's children in hope of finding margrat's maiden name with no luck. I have also tried looking for Jacob & Margret's marriage in 1850 in Prussia with no luck.

You could try a google search :
German wedding record 1850
Prussia wedding record 1850

Your problem is not knowing where in Prussia/ Germany they were born.

by SHei on 2013-10-11 11:31:23

I was told from another family member that Jacob was from Trier, Germany or Prussia. I Googled and Binged that info and could not find anything. You would think there would be grave site records published.

by SHei on 2013-10-11 11:33:11

Thanks noggin!

by noggin on 2013-10-11 12:18:34

Trier is in Germany on the river MoselI was there in 1963 at a working boys hostel run by monks and went back last year to see how it had changed.

by noggin on 2013-10-11 12:27:30

You might try following this up:

Margaret Steffen
Birth March 1830 in Prussia
Married Jacob Hei 1850 in Prussia
Death Feb 1909

Found on a family tree. there were no parents listed.

by SHei on 2013-10-11 12:31:07

I've seen pictures on the internet, very interesting city. They say it is the oldest city in Germany. What's weird is 10 years ago I sent off to some company for a family crest and it came back with Fish on the crest shield. Not sure how correct this is but if so wonder if this mean my family either lived by the water or where fishermen? I was born in 1963. FYI!

by noggin on 2013-10-11 12:44:44

this site might be worth a look:


by SHei on 2013-10-11 12:46:26


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