I already pointed out that this Henry Wohlman mentioned was not my ancestor.
My ancestor sailed aboard the ship Mosel and arrived July 6, 1878 with
his wife and 3 children. His name was written as "Heinrich Wallmann" and
he was listed as 47 and from Bohemia.
So in the case of my Henry do you think he would have served in the military
given his age ?
Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Naturalization Document --Wohlmann
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 11:00:24 EST
In a message dated 3/29/2007 6:00:40 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time,
lists a Henry Wohlmann, 24, Germany, arriving aboard
Atlantic on 23 May 1867. Departure is listed as Bremen & Southampton
Unfortunately there are no departure records form Bremen at that time.
Departing at age 24 in 1867 (soon after the Austrian defeat
by Prussia in 1866) possibilities:
He was not drafted for some reason (illness like TB or smallpox or
a disabillity) when the call for mobiliazation went out three times
He was drafted in 1863 and served during that war (and also during
the war in Denmark in 1964). In theory he should have served 8 years
but he may have been injured and then discharged in 1866.
In 1868 the rules for time on active duty changed to 2 years but that
would not have affected him because he was already gone.
If he left from Bremen and his real name was on the ships list then
he must have had a passport. That means he was cleared for
having no military obligation at the time.
Was anyone traveling with him? Departures from Southampton
may be on line. The UK has been working on digitizing a lot of
their records. You might join the ships list or the UK genealogy
list just long enough to ask about that.
It is my understanding that ships lists are arrival lists. I don't know
what data there is for departures. If an arrival list carried his
name as you know it that does not mean that he departed with
that name. He may have used another name or he may have
traveled with a widow who put him on her passport as her son
so she would have the protection of a man while on board the ship.
There were other ways that men traveled with a changed identity
and on someone else's passport.
It is a shame that his place of birth is not on the ships list or his
naturalization papers. You might look at the place that he
settled and check for obits of some of his close neighbors in the]
US Census. If all of them were from some place in Bohemia
it may turn out to be a key to the district where he was born.
If there are obits for his pallbearers, I would bet that more than
one of them were from his hometown or very close to it.
I found the only reference I have to one ancestral birthplace in
the obit of a grandfather's brother.
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