|Compiled by Gretchen Elsner-Sommer (nee Gretsch)
Regina and Philip Sommerparents of Elizabeth, Louis, William and Anna Sommer; Grandparents of Charlotte Sommer Gretsch)
The entry states: Br. Barque Defender, Duncan Bremen.
John C. Moore of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, in Liverpool wrote me on December 12, 1997 that ” As the Defender was built on the East coast of England, in Sunderland, the Customs and Excise Registers should still be in existence. These could give you even more information as to exactly what design and type of Vessel the Defender was- as all we really have to go on is an abbreviation BK or Bq. We hold the Liverpool Registers here in the Maritime Museum. I have therefore enclosed the address of the Newcastle upon Tyne Customs House and their phone No.”
tel—091 261 0981
Jacob B. Gretsch
April 22, 1852
New York from Le Harve, “Gallia”
farmer from Wurtenburg
(son of Dorethea Wild of Oberstein Rheinish Prussia and Casimir Gretsch)
Rosina Artz (Married Jacob Gretsch in Trier, 1849. Mother of Emilie Gretsch born in Brooklyn 1854)
April 19, 1853
from London, “Wisconsin”
20 years old
Anna Artz (Sister of Rosina Artz. Married Jacob Gretsch in N.Y.C. 1868. Mother of Wilhelmina Gretsch born in Brooklyn 1869)
June 27, 1854
from Le Harve, “William Tell”
23 years old
October 25, 1871
New York City from Hamburg,”Vandalia”
20 years old- female single
(daughter of Carl Gretsch brother of William. First cousin to Fritz Gretsch.)
She was probably the first Gretsch woman to come to America. Soon her cousins from Manheim would follow.
Friedrick William Gretsch
May 13, 1873
New York City from Hamburg, “Vandalia”
17 years old-male-Merchant
(second child of Mary von Gerichten and William Gretsch)
Anna Maria died in August, 1871, William remarried June 1, 1872, William died September 3, 1875.
June 17, 1876
New York City from Hamburgand Le Harve, “Pommeranzed”
16 years old -male- merchant
(fifth child of Mary von Gerichten and William Gretsch)
Octoer 16, 1877
New York City from Hamburgand Le Harve, ” Gellert”
21 years old-Single- Female
(third child of Mary von Gerichten and William Gretsch)
February 21, 1878
18 years old
New York City from Hamburgand Le Harve “Lessing”
(sixth child of Mary von Gerichten & William Gretsch)
Christian August Dieter
July 3, 1884
New York City from Antwerp, “Nordland”
July 3, 1884
Arrived on the same day as his brother Phillip but on a different boat.
Sophia Hertlein (Married Carl Gretsch, June 1, 1891. N.Y.C.)
22 years old, traveling alone, one bag
New York City from Rotterdam “ P.Caland”
Nov. 16, 1888
26 years old, carrying three bags,
Next to a young man, John H. Kistner, also a merchant
New York City from Rotterdam, “N.J. Leerdam”
(Seventh child of Mary von Gerichten and Wm. Gretsch)
June 27, 1878
22 years old
New York, W.A. Scholten
All the passengers on this ship were German.
There was a priest on either side of this young woman.
There were only five women traveling alone on this ship.
Perhaps, she is Pauline Gretsch retuning to America after a trip home to Germany.