Thursday, August 7, 2014


Charlotte Erickson and I have been chatting about our mutual Hornberger line for several months.  She found me because of the blog posts that I wrote after my visit to Nancy Marie and her brother, Bob Gravenkemper.  Today we are visiting in person!  Hurrah!

Charlotte is the granddaughter of Eleanor Hornberger who married David Haney.  Eleanor is a sister to Nancy Marie's Frieda and my Clara.  The below chart shows our mutual ancestors at the top with their six children.  Lawrence died at birth.  Maggie died either in childbirth of from complications of his birth.

One of the puzzles that Charlotte and I had looked at is the photo that I posted in my blog post:

Charlotte suggested that it was possible that the photo was of Frederick and Maggie's oldest daughter, Emma who never married and was a nurse in WW I.  I think that her idea is an excellent idea.  We pulled up the following photo with a google search:

Is this what the lady in the photo below has on?

One of the questions that came up as Charlotte and I chatted is that Charlotte had always heard that Frederick Hornberger had come to the United States alone.  Somehow in my data base the inference is that he and his mother came together and probably with his mother's second husband, Mr. Unger to join his mother's family (Schweikart) in Ironton.  We began to think of ways to try to prove or disprove either of these theories.  It seems that copies of  the naturalization records can be found at the Briggs Library in Ironton:

Charlotte and I drove to Ironton to visit the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library to see if we could find a Naturalization for Fred Hornberger.  We called ahead and the librarian had copies waiting for us when we arrived.  Here is a photo of his naturalization in 1886. 

 At the time of his Naturalization the rules that would have been in  place were by Act of 1802:  
1. Declare Intention to become a citizen before a court.
2. Take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
3. Meet the residency requirements of 5 years in the US, 1 year in the State
4. Renounce allegiance to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty. 
5. Be of good moral character.

This stood until 1906 basically, when there were changes in evidence required.  The information says to be sure to get all three pieces of information.  The article says that the most information is found in the declaration of intention.  We could not find a Declaration of intention for Fred Hornberg.  We did find a Declaration of Intention for George Unger.  He says that he came from Havre and arrived in NY in 1880.  George says that he is 40 years old in 1882 which is a likely date for a step father for Fred Hornberger.  Here is a website that talks about the less known harbor of Le Havre:

Ok.....just brainstorming.  Would the place of entry in 1880 be Ellis Island?  Can I find any of the three:  Fred Hornberger, Barbara Unger/Ungerer, George Unger coming through Ellis Island?  Nope....Ellis Island did not open until 1892.  What was before Ellis Island? 

Castle Garden
Castle Clinton National Monument
This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.

Why do I have the information about Barbara Unger and the Schweikart family in my data base?  Do I have more information filed somewhere?

Be sure to read the blog post at the above link for more information about this family!

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