Title: History of Dublin, NH, 1920
Author: Leonard, Rev. Levi
Title: Village on A Hill: A History of Dublin, NH 1752-2000, 2002
Author: Hyman, Tom
Title: Kirchenbücher katholischer Aufenau T 1754
Title: New York City VR
Page: Death, Queens #275
Title: Kirchenbücher katholischer Bad Soden-Salmünster T 1603
Note: Alexander Betz migrated to America in 1873 from Germany. He returned briefly to Soden, Germany, in 1879 to marry. He settled in New York City and began his trade as a piano key maker. He worked for the famous piano manufacturing firm of Steinway & Sons. New York City in the 1880's and 1890's was a difficult place for most immigrants to live with high mortality. Alexander buried five children, before he moved his family from Hell's Kitchen, New York City, to Peterborough, New Hampshire; in about the year 1896 and resided on Granite Street, along the Contoocook River. There he owned a mercantile store for a short time. In 1898 his son Alexander junior drowned in the Contoocook River, in Peterborough. He then moved to Dublin, New Hampshire, on the town border with Peterborough, in 1899, and resided on Range III, Lot 1 and turned to farming. A year later he purchased the James Robbe Jr. house on what is now Old Peterborough Road, Range IV, Lot 1. A photograph of Alexander and Crescencia taken in front of the house circa 1920 exist; the house burned down in 1936. The land was held in the Betz family for some ninety years. Alexander Betz died during a visit to see his grandson, Joseph Alexander Betz who lived in New York City, in 1931. He is buried in Peterborough.
Baptized 12 Oct 1856 Godparents: Alexander Brozmann (Protzmann), Salmünster Confession: roman kath; Baptismal Book Aufenau: Extraordinary Birth, Midwife Elm Baptism in the afternoon at 4 o'clock by Rev. Walter
Immigration - arrival: Name: Alexand Betz Arrival Date: 1 Sep 1873 Estimated birth year: abt 1856 Age: 17 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany and Southampton, England Destination: United States of America Place of Origin: Germany Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: German Ship Name: Hermann Port of Arrival: New York Line: 41 Microfilm Serial: M237 Microfilm Roll: M237_381 List Number: 926 Port Arrival State: New York Port Arrival Country: United States
Federal Population Schedule 1880 Census Place:11th Ward, New York, New York, New York Source: FHL Film 1254882 National Archives Film T9-0882, Page 229A Relation, Sex, Marr, Race, Age, Birthplace Alexander DETZ, Self, M, M, W, 25, PRUSSIA, Occ: Piano Forte Maker, Fa: PRUSSIA, Mo: PRUSSIA Annie DETZ, Wife, F, M, W, 28, PRUSSIA, Occ: Keeping House, Fa: PRUSSIA, Mo: PRUSSIA Joseph DETZ, Son, M, S, W, 3M, N.Y.C., Fa: PRUSSIA, Mo: PRUSSIA Note the spelling mistakes are probably due to a heavy German accent during the interview: Detz is Betz and Crescencia somehow came out as Annie. Alexander is a pano maker and Joseph is just a few months old in June 1880
Trow's New York, New York City Directory for 1880-81. New York: Betz Alexander, pianomkr. h 327 Eighth
New York City Directory, 1890 Alexander Betz; pianomkr.; h r 422 W. 49th, Manhattan; New York NY 1890 (located between 9th & 10th Ave., 17th AD, 21/22 ED)
Federal Population Schedule 1900 BETTS ALEXANDER, Cheshire County NH, Dublin Alexander Betts, Head, WM, Oct. 1856, 43M, 21, Germany, Germany, Germany, 1873, 27, Farmer Christina Betts, Wife, WF, May 1853, 47M, 21, (9,3), Germany, Germany, Germany, 1871, 29, Joseph Betts, Son, WM, Feb. 1880, 20S, New York, Germany, Germany, Andrew E. Betts, Son, WM, June 1881, 18S, New York, Germany, Germany, John Betts, Son, WM, Nov. 1894, 5S, New York, Germany, Germany, Note the spelling mistakes are probably due to a heavy German accent during the interview: Betts is Betz, Cristina is Crescencia, Andrew E. is Anthony.
1910 BETZ Alexander, Cheshire County NH, Dublin Name, Relation, Sex, Race, Age, Married Age, Birth Loc., F/M Birth Loc., Occupation Betz, Alexander, head, M, W, 53, M1 30, Germany, Germany, Germany, Farmer, General Farming ---- , Crescensia, wife, F, W, 56, M1 30, 9,3, Germany, Germany, Germany, none ---- , John, son, M, W, 15, S, New York, Germany, Germany, Laborer, At Home ---- , Joseph, grandson, M, W, 6, S, Conn., New York, Conn., none Note the Joseph Betz appears on both his father and grandfather's census return.
1930 BETZ ALEXANDER, Cheshire County, NH, Dublin Name, Relation, Sex, Race, Age, Married Age, Birth, F/M Birth, Language, Occupation Betz, Alexander, head, M, W, 73, Wd, Germany-Soden, Germany-Aeyer, Germany-Offenau, German, none ---- , John, son, M, W, 35, S, New York, Germany-Soden, Germany-Soden, Farmer, General Farming
Membership: Deutscher Schuetzen Bund (DSB) in Manhattan
Note: Hesse Cassel, Germany of the mid-19th century is now Hessen-Nassau, Preußen, Germany
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