Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rosina Hoffman Eiler in 1900

The Rosina Hoffman who married John Eiler in 1872 in Stephenson County, Illinois, appeared to be Rosa, wife of John "Iler," in the 1880 U.S. census in Keokuk County, Iowa. A 1900 U.S. census looks even more like it has to be our Rosina Hoffman.

Her name is listed as Rosina H. Eiler, perhaps with the H. standing for Hoffman. Her birth is stated to be in Switzerland in Jan. 1854. The baptism record of our Rosina Hoffmann in Oetwil am See, Canton Zurich, Switzerland, gave her birth date as 8 January 1854.1 Immigration information is also on this census stating that Rosina H. Eiler arrived in the U.S. in 1864. Our Rosina appears on the passenger list of 25 June 1864 at New York City, New York, on ship Goeschen from Havre in company with her grandmother and uncles Christian and John.2 She and John Eiler had been married for 27 years according to the census which matches the marriage record from Illinois.

With such an exact match for what already appeared to be the right person, I believed when I found this one that we definitely had our Rosina. She and John lived in Red Oak, the county seat of Montgomery County, Iowa. It is in the southwestern part of the state not far from Council Bluffs. He was an engineer for the CB&Q Railroad (Chicago, Burlington & Quincy). They had ten children, all living. John is listed at the bottom of one page, Rosina and seven of the children on the next page.3 Be sure to click on the page images to see them larger.

Next I'll add information from Iowa state census records, one of which has someone else special on it.

1. Kirchenbuch, 1644-1875 (Oetwil am See); microfilm no. 996,487 (Salt Lake City, Utah: FHL (Zürich Staatsarchiv)), 1836-1875, p. 123, baptism register for 1854, no. 2. Also Kirchenbuch, 1600-1920 (Oberglatt, Zürich); microfilm no. 996,482 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Staatsarchiv, FHL), Book 4, p. 14.
2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, 1820-1897, microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives, ), roll 242; Goeshen, 25 June 1864, Rosena Hofmann, list 598, line 103. Also Staatsarchiv des Kantons Zürich (State Archives of Canton Zurich), Passerteilungen in Zürich nach Amerika und Australien 1848-1870 (Passports Issued in Zurich to America and Australia), downloadable publication online ( : accessed 16 April 2007).
3. 1900 U.S. census, Montgomery County, Iowa, population schedule, Red Oak City, Enumeration District (ED) 112, sheet 5A&B, dwelling 104, family 105, John Eiler household, digital image, ( : accessed 11 March 2009), citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 450.

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