EmigrantsList of all emigrants
Christoph emigrated although he was the heir to the Waldmann farm. We presume that he wanted to sell the farm, for he requested legal majority at the Royal Prussian Ministry of Justice in 1865 (you had to be 25 at that time to sell land). He didn't get the permission and left. All we know is that his brother Adam sent him money to the USA.
He married Marie Hartmann in 1870, whos brother Eberhard emigrated on the same ship with Christoph. Maybe they knew each other before because Marie's hometown is only 5 miles from Grambergen.
The contact between the two families broke off during World War I. We tried to find our relatives but failed. In October 1986 we got a call from a man from Schledehausen. He met a couple from America on the street that was looking for the family of their ancestor. That way, Rod (a grandson of Christoph) and his wife Doris found us. Ever since a very close relationship was established.
A venerable resident of this city, Christoph Waldman, died at his home in the third ward Sunday morning. He had been in failing health due to his advanced years but his family had not anticipated the end was so near.
Christoph Henry Waldman was born in Grambergen bei Schledehausen and Gramberg, Hanover, Dec. 22, 1842. When 24 years of age he decided to come to America. Leaving his old home March 15, 1866, he arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio, in April. The following year he came to Fennimore where he spent a short time and then went to Nebraska. Not being impressed with the west he returned to Grant County and purchased a farm in Liberty township where he lived until coming to Lancaster to reside in 1915, leaving his son August to operate the farm. April 19, 1870, the deceased was married to Marie Elizabeth Hartman. To this union nine children were born, two having preceded the father in death. Those living are: Louise (Mrs. Henry Kasper) of Lancaster; Mrs. Anna Johnstone at home; Herman and August of Liberty; Lena (Mrs. Herman Pieper) of Hawkeye, Iowa; Emma of Duluth and Otto of Lancaster. Beside the wife and the children he is survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the home this afternoon at one o'clock, Rev. Haak officiating and the remains laid to rest in the Liberty cementery near the Rock church of which he had been a member and where the family worshiped so many years.