Catherina Ohlheiser

(8 April 1823 - 26 March 1893)

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Relationship2nd great-grandaunt of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser

Some Background

Catherina Ohlheiser was also known as Catherine Ohlheiser.
FatherJohan Joseph Ohlhaüser (8 Sep 1798 - 17 Dec 1869)
MotherMaria Katharina Merz (12 Jul 1799 - Jan 1825)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildCatherina Ohlheiser was born on 8 April 1823, in Spechbach, Grand Duchy of Baden.1
BrideCatherina Ohlheiser married Mathais Hahn circa 1850.1
DeceasedShe died on 26 March 1893 in Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, at the age of 69.1
InterredShe was buried in North Cemetery, Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York.1

Children with Mathais Hahn:


On 18 May 1846, Catherina Ohlheiser at the age of 23 years, emigrated from Spechbach, Grand Duchy of Baden, to America with her parents.
     The note in Johan Joseph's papers providing this date in May is clear that this was the date Johan Joseph and Maria Eva "left Germany". But it is not clear as to whether that means this was the date they left Spechbach, Baden, or the date they sailed from France. Their arrival in New York was eight weeks later 18 July 1846.
     They sailed on the American ship "Queen Victoria", Capt. Charles A. Ranlett, Master, carrying 284 passengers out of the port of Havre, France, a point of embarkation for many families emigrating from the Baden-Württemburg area in Southwestern Germany during this time frame. The Queen Victoria was a three masted ship of 712 tons with an 18ft draft, built in 1839 for transatlantic transportation.
     According to oral family traditions, Joseph and Eva arrived in America with seven of the family's eight children. However, the ship's manifest includes only six of the children... Joseph's eldest son Georg Peter, 30 years old, is not listed among them and is said to have arrived in America later, circa 1850; and Joseph's eldest daughter, 29 year old Catharina Margaretta (from his marriage to Maria Katharina Merz) remained in Spechbach. Margaretha had married Johann Eisele and their first child was born in 1840.
     Johann Joseph's family initially settled in Sheldon, Wyoming Co., New York; the geography of Wyoming Co. is very similar to that around Spechbach. Within a couple of months of their arrival, Joseph purchased two parcels of farmland from Philip and Catharine Gath and Henry and Catharine Heisier. A community of German immigrants had grown up in Sheldon by the time the Ohlheisers arrived... very possibly there were others from the Spechbach area of Baden that were already living there. The record shows Joseph's surname as Oldheisier. Considering the similarities in their surnames, it may be that Henry Heisier was somehow related to Joseph?2,3,4,5


Catherina Ohlheiser was named an heir in the will of Joseph Ohlheiser, dated 30 December 1862 in Colden, Erie Co., New York, She was to receive three hundred and fifty dollars.6

Sources - Citations

  1. [S657] Jane Williams, Compiler, Lee/Ayers/Williams/Ryan Family Tree, online at:; (RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project), accessed 8 Sep 2009, date and place.
  2. [S871] Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York 1820-1897, Ship Queen Victoria; Microcopy Series M237; Roll 63; Frame 118; (Washington D.C.: National Archives) Digitized by - subscription database, pg. 003, Nos. 123-130.
  3. [S519] Journal of Joseph Ohlheiser (Juniata, Nebraska), information extracted by Harold Russell Ohlheiser, on 23 July 1970. Notes, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office). From the hand-written notes of Harold Ohlheiser: "Information was taken from a small (3"x5") brown leather covered book called a 'Ledger' which was with the papers of RJO Sr. (Robert J. Ohlheiser, Sr.). In front cover of the ledger is written: 'Joseph Heiser, South Wales, Erie Co., N.Y.' and undoubtedly belonged to J.O. Jr. (Joseph Ohlheiser Jr.)."
  4. [S518] Unknown, Map of SheldonTownship, Wyoming Co., New York (n.p.:, 1850 - 1856), Photocopy of the map was made by Carlton Ohlheiser during visit to Library of Congress in 1987, locates J. Oldhiser property in Sheldon on map dated 1850 - 1856.
  5. [S657] Lee/Ayers/Williams/Ryan Family Tree, 8 Sep 2009, gives July date and name of vessel.
  6. [S508] Joseph Ohlheiser will (30 December 1862), Joseph Ohlheiser Will, vol. 7; ppg. 247-252, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
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