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Antje Brons 1855 Germany to New York

Departure of the first East Frisian sailing ship with emigrants from Emden, Germany to New York in April 18, 1855

Source: (translated and compiled from issues of the newspaper "Ostfriesische Zeitung" in 1855 and other literature)

Contributor: Copyright 2000 by Hans-Georg Boyken

Ship Antje Brons Germany to USA

The sailing ship - Schonerbrigg - with the name "ANTJE BRONS" and the flag number 514 was built in Emden, Germany in 1841. It was a little over 89 feet long, a little over 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep. The first owners were Ysaak and Bernhard BRONS in Emden. Between 1842 and 1855 many listed trips were found to European ports transporting grain.

When the emigration wave arrived the Ostfriesland area a new owner incorporation was founded. Then the BRONS & COMP. rebuilt this sailing ship with some comfort for transporting passengers to the "New World".

During the first two weeks of March 1855 the first leave was announced for April 15, 1855.

Many people, mostly farm workers, took their chance for a better life and sold their property, their animals and the rest of the household items, because on the ship was not enough room to transfer those overseas. So, Arend B. BOYENGA sold on April 14, 1855 at 9 o'clock a.m. his belongings, followed by Marten G. SWIDDEN, who had an auction the same day for 4 sheep, 2 cupboards, 1 wall-clock, tables, chairs, pottery and work utensils.

Some of the passengers bought even new items in some of the stores in Emden.

On April 18, 1855 started the first trip over the Atlantic from the port of Emden with emigrants from different places in Ostfriesland:

Cabin passengers:

Willem Harms MUENTINGA from Nortmoor, 32 y
Willem Harms MUENTINGA and Abbedina Alberts DE RIESE married April 9, 1855 in Nortmoor "a few days" before departure.
Abbedina Alberts MUENTINGA nee DE RIESE from Nortmoor, 18 y
Wobke Wilms MUENTINGA nee WILMSEN [WILLEMSSEN] from Nortmoor, 54 y, widow
Hindertje MUENTINGA from Nortmoor, 14 y
Broer Uden DAENEKAS [DENEKAS] from Nortmoor, 33 y, widower
Ude DAENEKAS [DENEKAS] from Nortmoor, 6 y
Wobke DAENEKAS [DENEKAS] from Nortmoor, 4 y

Between decks passengers:

Arend Boyen BOYENGA from Gr. Midlum, 40 y
Metje BOYENGA nee SIEMENS from Gr. Midlum, 33 y
Frouwke BOYENGA from Gr. Midlum, 3 y
Itje BOYENGA from Gr. Midlum, 2 y
Marten Gerjets SWIDDEN from Osterhusen, 49 y
Ytje [aka Jetje, Itje] Boyen SWIDDEN nee BOYENGA from Osterhusen, 47 y
Frouwke Martens SWIDDEN from Osterhusen, 30 y
Lukje Martens SWIDDEN from Osterhusen, 20 y
Hebe SWIDDEN from Osterhusen, 17 y
Siever SWIDDEN from Osterhusen, 14 y
Teupke [aka Toepke] SWIDDEN from Osterhusen, 11 y
Jetje [aka Itje] Martens SWIDDEN from Osterhusen, 6 y
Hinrich WINTER from Leer, 49 y
Gretje HEIDELBERG from Leer, 49 y
Gretje WINTER from Leer, 20 y
Renes WINTER from Leer, 17 y
Hinrich WINTER from Leer, 12 y
Joelke WINTER from Leer, 8 y
Johann HOFMANN from Leer, 27 y
B. V. SIKKEMA from Weener, 41 y
Trientje SMIT from Weener, 35 y
Ulrich SIKKEMA from Weener, 12 y
Catharina SIKKEMA from Weener, 9 y
Friedrich SIKKEMA from Weener, 6 y
Hermann SIKKEMA from Weener, 2 y
Trientje BOERCHERS from Weener, 22 y
Adam H. POPPEN from Rorichum, 30 y
Geeske T. RAU from Rorichum, 23 y
Poppe B. KIEVIET from Rorichum, 52 y
Stientje KIEVIET from Rorichum, 48 y
Antje KIEVIET from Rorichum, 18 y
Berend WOLTERS from Rhauderfehn, 50 y
Mina FEENDERS from Rhauderfehn, 50 y
Berend B. WOLTERS from Rhauderfehn, 24 y
Zwaantje CRAMER from Rhauderfehn, 30 y
Remmer LOOP from Rhauderfehn, 4 y
Wilhelm M. BOUMAN from Emden, 57 y
Antje JANSSEN from Emden, 45 y
Wilhelmine BOUMAN from Emden, 20 y
Trientje BOUMAN from Emden, 15 y
Johanna BOUMAN from Emden, 13 y
Reemda BOUMAN from Emden, 9 y
Marten BOUMAN from Emden, 6 y
Wilhelm BOUMAN from Emden, 2 y
Margarete PABST from Emden, 24 y
Maria Chr. REINDERS from Emden, 36 y
Beve SLUITER from Emden, 57 y
Meiske ONNEN from Emden, 60 y
Peta SLUITER from Emden, 21 y
widow (Lambertus) REVIER from Emden, 34 y, with 1 infant under 1 year
Gerrit Kryno REVIER from Emden, 4 y
Antje REVIER from Emden, 2 y
Johann BUISMAN from Jemgum, 39 y
Hilrich EDEN from Nortmoor, 17 y
Johann Chr. AKKERMANN from Larrelt, 53 y
Hauke SCHAEFER from Larrelt, 60 y
Harm A. BLEEKER from Larrelt, 24 y
Marten HASEBROEK from Twixlum, 28 y
Antje EYKAMP from Tergast, 19 y
Nittert H. N. JURKEN from Upleward, 48 y
Harm BRINKMAN from Moorhusen, 28 y
Ernst BRINKMAN from Moorhusen, 26 y
Heinrich SCHUMACHER from Rhaudermoor, 47 y
Zwaantje HEEREN from Rhaudermoor, 46 y
Meindert W. HEEREN from Rhaudermoor, 33 y
Hilje H. MEYTERT from Rhaudermoor, 26 y
Wessel HEEREN from Rhaudermoor, 7 y
Harm HEEREN from Rhaudermoor, 4 y
Heinrich HEEREN from Rhaudermoor, 2 y
Heinrich J. NUTTEBROEK from Warsingsfehn, 59 y
Trientje D. BUSS from Warsingsfehn, 58 y
Anna Ubben NUTTEBROEK from Warsingsfehn, 20 y
Hinrich Ulrichs KRUSE from Osteel, 27 y
Diedrich BLESSENE from Esens, 5 y
Arreld Hinrichs OLDEWURTEL from Coldinne, 27 y
Jan Rickels HEEREN from Uttum, 53 y
Ariane J. HEEREN from Uttum, 17 y
Berend Janssen HEEREN from Uttum, 15 y
Enne Janssen HEEREN from Uttum, 12 y.

After going on board, all of those passengers felt very comfortable.

Here is some information about the provisions taken for a 91 days trip: 2348 German pounds of white bread, 3522 pounds of brown bread (Schwarzbrot), 2471 pounds of meat, 1273 pounds of bacon, 449 pounds of butter.

In one of the newspapers it is also mentioned that there has been parents with their 6 daughters following their three sons. One of them (Gerriet) went years ago to the States and had a job as an attendant in an engineering work place in Freeport, Illinois. A later source said, that after moving to Hardin County, Iowa he was enlisted for the 32nd Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry and he died of wounds on April 20, 1864 near Pleasant Hill, Lousiana. The other two sons disappeared before joining the German military - Boye arrived in New York on June 11, 1852 and Dirk 7 days later in New Orleans, but he then joined in September 1861 the Infantry Regiment No. 46. After arriving in the States both were farmers.

Another passenger from the States was in Ostfriesland to take his bride to the "new world", followed by her loved ones.

One father was threatening his daughter about her leaving the homeland. She still went on board and was found during some search in a dark corner.

There also was a young boy by the name of Marten Hassebroek from Twixlum who took his trunk on board already one day before departure, but later he sneaked away and during the official check-in he was not on board. So, he maybe thought it would be better to stay home.

The sailing ship "ANTJE BRONS" arrived with head-wind the whole time save and without further problems on June 25, 1855 the port of New York, 58 days after the departure in Emden. The passengers were very pleased with the captain, Mr. H. WOORTMANN.

After going another trip with passengers, the ship was used again in transporting grain to European ports until on March 3, 1866 the captain Eilerdus Hinderks DE VRIES bought the ship and changed the name into "NEELKE". In November of 1867 the sailing ship stranded in the bay near Riga at the Baltic coast.

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