Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

Amanuensis Monday: Friedrich Jourdan’s Declaration of Intention

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Inspired by John Newmark of the TransylvanianDutch blog, I’m going to try an Amanuensis Monday post today.

Friedrich Jourdan

I’ll be transcribing the declaration of intention for my great-grandfather Friedrich Jourdan. I’ll follow John’s convention and indicate by boldface the entries used to fill in the blanks on the form.

Triplicate (To be given to declarant)

No. 10333

United States of America
Declaration of Intention (Invalid for all purposes seven years after the date hereof)

State of Pennsylvania
County of Erie


In the Common Pleas Court of Erie County at Erie, Pa.

I, Friedrich Jourdan now residing at 47 Orchard St., Erie, Erie County, Pa. occupation Retired, aged 76 years, do declare an oath that my personal description is: Sex Male, color White, complexion Fair, color of eyes Gray color of hair Gray, height 5 feet 3 inches; weight 130 pounds; visible distinctive marks fourth finger on left hand deformed race German; nationality German.

I was born in Walldorf, Germany, on Feb. 8, 1864. I am widower. The name of my wife or husband was Amelia. We were married on unknown, at Redwood, Jefferson Co., N.Y.; she or he was born at Theresa, N.Y., on Aug. 28, 1867, entered the United States at {blank}, on {blank}, for permanent residence therein, and now resides at Deceased. I have 4 children, and the name, date and place of birth, and place of residence of each of said children are as follows: Amelia 7-3-88, Elizabeth 11-29-90, Emma 9-17-94, Margaret 6-11-03. All reside in Erie, Pa., except Emma resides in Twinsburg, Ohio.

I have not heretofore made a declaration of intention: Number {blank}, on {blank} at {blank}; my last foreign residence was Walldorf, Germany. I emigrated to the United States of America from Genoa, Italy; my lawful entry for permanent residence in the United States was at New York, N.Y. under the name of Friedrich Jourdan, on Feb. 27, 1901 on the vessel SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse.

I will, before being admitted to citizenship, renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignity, of whom or of which I may be at the time of admission a citizen or subject; I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to reside permanently therein; and I certify that the photograph affixed to the duplicate and triplicate hereof is a likeness of me.

I swear (affirm) that the statements I have made and the intentions I have expressed in this declaration of intention subscribed by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief: So help me God.


Subscribed and sworn to before me in the form of oath shown above in the office of the Clerk of said Court, at Erie, Pa. this 24th day of May, anno Domini, 19 40. Certification No. 7x-24877 from the Commisioner of Immigration and Naturalization showing the lawful entry of the declarant for permanent residence on the date stated above, has been received by me. The photograph affixed to the duplicate and triplicate hereof is a likeness of the declarant.

Clerk of the Common Pleas Court.
By {Signature} Deputy Clerk.

Surname Saturday: Zimmermann

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I appear to have two Zimmermann ancestral lines, since both Jacob Jourdan and Johann Peter Kissel had spouses with the maiden name of Zimmermann. The problem comes in determining where (or whether) the two lines ultimately connect.

Here’s what I think I know about my ZIMMERMANN line through Margarete Zimmermann:

1. Dean Richardson

2. David Richardson (1935-1998)

3. Margaret Jourdan / Jordan, born 01 June 1903 in Erie, Erie County, PA; died 25 January 1982 in Erie, Erie County, PA

4. Friedrich Jourdan, born 08 February 1864 in Walldorf, Starkenburg, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany; died 03 May 1951 in Erie, Erie County, PA

5. Margarete Zimmermann, born 25 November 1837 in Walldorf, Starkenburg, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany; died 31 August 1806, also in Walldorf.

6. Wilhelm Zimmermann, born 08 December 1796 in Walldorf; died 10 January 1841, also in Walldorf.

7. Louis Henrich Zimmermann, born 28 April 1760 in Walldorf; died 10 November 1817, also in Walldorf.

8. Jean Zimmermann, birthdate unknown; died 01 August 1759 in Walldorf. The time between his death date and Louis’ birthdate is a bit suspect, but we’ll go with it for now.

My source for #5-#8 is “Das Walldorfer Familienbuch, 1699-1875″ by Wilhelm Klink and Jean Becker, published in 1974 by the “Working group for Walldorf history and  genealogy” and the city of Walldorf.

Here are the basics on my ZIMMERMANN line through Elizabeth Zimmermann. Margaret Jourdan’s mother and Friedrich Jourdan’s wife was Amelia Kissel:

4. Amelia Kissel / Kissell, born 28 Aug 1867 in Theresa, Jefferson County, NY; died 09 Sep 1929 in Erie, Erie County, PA.

5. Elizabeth Zimmermann, born 01 December 1832 in Walldorf; died 28 March 1897 in Theresa, Jefferson County, NY.

I have several (contradictory) sources for Elizabeth Zimmermann. The first is her death certificate. It specifically gives her birthplace as Walldorf and states that she died 28 March 1897 at age 64 years, 3 months, 27 days, implying the 01 December 1832 birthdate. Additionally, Church records for the Redwood German Church in Redwood, Jefferson County, NY indicate that Elizabeth was born 19 December 1833 in “Waldrof, Germany.” Elizabeth’s tombstone, found in Oakwood Cemetery in Theresa, Jefferson County, NY, also gives her birth year as 1833.

However, the closest the Walldorfer Familienbuch comes to mentioning an Elizabeth born around 1832/1833 is Elizabeth Katharina Zimmermann, born 14 November 1831. Elizabeth Katharina is the sister of Margarethe Zimmermann, listed above as Friederich Jourdan’s mother. If that connection proved accurate, it would mean that Friederich Jourdan married his cousin Amelia Kissel. But I’m a long way from ready to conclude any such thing. If you have any insights to offer, I’d love to hear them.

Surname Saturday: Kissel/Kissell

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

peter_kissell_obitHere’s what I’ve been able to learn so far about my KISSEL/KISSELL ancestors.

1. Dean Richardson

2. David Richardson, born 17 Nov 1935 in Erie, Erie County, PA; died 16 Oct 1998 in Stanford, Santa Clara County, CA.

3. Margaret Jourdan / Jordan, born 01 June 1903 in Erie, Erie County, PA; died 25 January 1982 in Erie, Erie County, PA.

4. Amelia Kissel / Kissell, born 28 Aug 1867 in Theresa, Jefferson County, NY; died 09 Sep 1929 in Erie, Erie, PA.

5. Johann Peter Kissel, born 24 Mar 1832 in Gross Umstadt, Hessen, Germany; died 02 Apr 1911 in Theresa, Jefferson County, NY.

6. Johann Peter Kissel

The obituary shown to the right is from the Watertown Daily Times and was retrieved from the marvelous site. Unfortunately, no publication date was legible on the image.

It’s a little troubling that Amelia Kissel is mentioned in the obituary as having “married a Kissel.” Our best information points to Amelia having only married once, and to Friedrich Jourdan, not to a Mr. Kissel.

Note that the surname shows up in both the KISSEL and KISSELL forms in the same obituary.

If you have any Kissel or Kissell relatives and you think you may be connected to mine in some fashion, please let me know. Thank you!