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Caroline & Wilhelm Engel
Caroline & Wilhelm
Caroline & Wilhelm's Children

Wilhelmina Engel-Fogelson Jan 10, 1841 - April 5, 1902
Karoline Engel-Kispert Jan 10, 1842 - Apr 06, 1916
August H Engel 1844 - Aug 05, 1930
Julia Engel-Lechelt Dec 11, 1846 - Mar 14, 1932
William Herman Engel 1847 - Jan 14, 1914
Emilie Engel 1850 - 1853
Augustina Engel 1853 - Unknown
John Engel 1856 - 1888
Adelia Engel-Beckley Feb 26, 1858 - Unknown
Louisa Engel 1860 - Unknown

Image 1

Shows Wilhelm & family arrived in the Port of New Orleans on the ship Marion Dec 22, 1853
(Lines 37 - 43)

Image 2

Image 2 includes Emilie & Augustina
(Lines 1 & 2)

This brings into question the children's birthdates listed above

Census Images

Shows Wilhelm & family in Holden Township, Goodhue Co, MN.
(Lines 20 - 29)


Shows Wilhelm & family in Holden Township, Goodhue Co, MN.
(Lines 35 - 39)


Shows Wilhelm & Caroline in Holden Township, Goodhue Co, MN.
(Lines 43 - 44)


Shows Wilhelm & Caroline in Holden Township, Goodhue Co, MN.
(Family # 8)

Caroline (Muller) Engel
Apr 16, 1820 - Sep 11, 1885
Wilhelm August Engel
1816 - Feb 8, 1892

The photo is from a distant cousin Elaine Pike Storberg. (Thanks for permission Elaine)
The following was handwritten by Mrs John W Beckley (nee Adelia Engel) of Salem, OR, when she was 85 in 1943. She was born Feb 26, 1858, & is still living (1959): William Engel, my father, was born in 1814 in Prussia, Germany, where my mother, Caroline Miller, also was born. They were married in 1839. With labor & saving they were able to acquire their own farm & home. With wise management their property increased in valuation in spite of the governmentís high duties & taxes. With the increase of family & the expenses growing from year to year, also boys growing to military age, father, who had gone through the training, did not care to have his sons go through the same torture, so decided to go to America. Mother was not so willing to leave her home & friends. But when father made up his mind there was no changing. In spite of motherís fears of ocean voyage & what was in store for them, she finally gave her consent. The farm & all other property were sold very cheaply, & arrangements were made for migrating to New World. Voyage on the big Atlantic Ocean. In 1854 the family, consisting of father, mother, 2 sons & 5 daughters, boarded a sail ship for North America. Long days & weeks, yes, 14 weeks on the big Atlantic Ocean, was more or less interesting for the boys & girls, but father took it as a man with great responsibility. Mother was sea sick much of the time & our yr-old baby took sick, not having the right food & care in awful confusion of hundreds of people & very unsanitary conditions. Poor little darling grew worse each day & died. She was buried in deep blue sea. What that meant for mother, only those having had the same experience would know. With wind favorable, the ship sailed along quite steadily, but when coming from the wrong direction the ship had to be anchored to avoid going backward. Some of the waves were as high as a rent of air. Thus it took many weeks of wishful waiting. Now, 1943, the span is made in less than a week. Passenger boat, "United States" won the blue ribbon (1954) for its time record in crossing the Atlantic from New York to Cherbout, France, in 4 Ĺ days..

It appears that Emilie was the "Poor little darling", and not a "yr-old baby", who parished at sea, as she is not on the 1860 census.

From Wilhelmina's obituary -
"In 1859 they moved to Goodhue Co., Minn. settling in Holden township near Kenyon."

Caroline & Wilhelm are buried at Evangelical Cemetery, Nerstrand, Rice Co, MN.

Jeff Babcock © 2009 Jeff Babcock