Note: Jacob Neutzling Sr. and Catherine Klein Jacob Neutzling Sr. was born about 1815 in Coblenz, Germany (Prussia.) His parents were Johann Peter Neutzling (b. 17 Oct 1781 in Sponheim, Germany; d. 22 July 1854 in Sponheim, Germany) and Susanna Jenemann (b. 10 September, 1782 in Bochenau, Germany; d. 22 February, 1850 in Sponheim, Germany.) Jacob had five brothers (Johann, Henrich, Peter, Albert Adam, and Joseph) and two sisters (Catherine and Anna Maria.) The Neutzling family home in the early 1800s was in Sponheim, Germany. Jacob Sr. became a merchant, and he married Catherine Klein there about 1840. The family emigrated to America from Sponheim Germany about 1843.** They settled first in Pomeroy Ohio. NOTE: Some records indicate that Jacob Sr's older brother, Peter Neutzling (b. 1810 in Prussia), also immigrated in 1847. Jacob (Sr.) and Catherine had the following children (all born in Ohio, based on 1850 census) living at home in Pomeroy in 1850: --- Louiza Neutzling, 7, born in Ohio --- Jacob Neutzling [Jr], 5, born in Ohio --- Catharine Neutzling, 4, born in Ohio --- Philomena Neutzling, 2, born in Ohio --- Mary (?) Neutzling, 2 mo., born in Ohio NOTE: We know from the 1870 Stearns Co., Minnesota census records that Jacob Jr. and his wife Elizabeth had moved from Ohio to Minnesota between 1856 and 1859. It's likely that Jacob Sr moved there then too; we know that by 1870 Jacob Sr. had moved his remaining family to Stearns Co., MN. Jacob Sr's (extended) family is shown in the 1870 (Stearns Co., MN) census as follows: --- Jacob, 55, born in Prussia --- Catharina, 54, born in Prussia --- Jacob Jr., 24, born in Ohio --- Elisabeth, 21, born in Prussia (wife of Jacob, Jr.) --- Heinrich, 18, born in Ohio --- John, 16, born in Ohio --- Joseph, 14, born in Ohio (the last Neutzling child born in Ohio) --- Valentin, 2, born in Minnesota (dau of Jacob Jr and Elisabeth) --- Anna (Alicia), 10mo., born in Minnesota (dau of Jacob Jr and Elisabeth) Local land records show that the Neutzlings purchased 40 acres of farm land near St. Cloud, Minnesota, in 1866, and another 147 acres of farm land near St. Cloud in 1870. In 1875, Jacob Sr's family included (apparently) two extended family members (Helena, born in Prussia, and Alicia, born in Prussia) --- Jacob Neutzling [Sr], 60, born in Prussia --- Catharina, 59, born in Prussia --- Henry(Heinrich?), 23, born in Ohio --- John, 21, born in Ohio --- Joseph, 18, born in Ohio --- Valentin, 16, born in Ohio --- Helena, 14, born in Prussia --- Alicia (?), 18, born in Iowa Jacob Neutzling Sr. died about 1875, in Minnesota. SOURCES:  http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2604177&id=I543001677  http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1626741&id=I72293139  http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1786055&id=I582671185  Meigs County Genealogy Database Project http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mcgdp&id=I7507  Meigs County Genealogy Database Project http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mcgdp&id=I7510  http://www.us-census.org/pub-ftp/mn/stearns/1870/_indx-n-r.txt; also US censuses in 1850 (Ohio, Meigs Co.), and 1875 (Minn, Stearns Co.)  Weidner Research Center, http://www.weidner.org/Weidner_II/weidner_II-p/p77.htm#i3817  FamilySearch: Jacobus <Neutzling> - International Genealogical Index / GE Christening: 09 APR 1815 Sponheim, Rheinland, Preussen  Gov't Land Office Records ... http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Detail.asp?Accession=MN1590%5F%5F2E027  http://genforum.genealogy.com/neutz/messages/12.html (posting by Sue Neutzling on September 14, 2002 at 16:15:44.) **NOTE: Why would a family like the Neutzlings leave everything they knew, to emigrate to America in the early years of the 1800s? The period of 1793 - 1817 in Germany was a time of almost uninterrupted wars, the so-called Napoleonic wars. Armies tramped through the towns of southern and western Germany. First the French, to be followed in the next year by the Austrians. Then came the Prussians, followed by the Cossacks from Russia. The soldiers camped in private homes and farms. The owners had to provide them with food and service their horses. They were forced to make contributions of money and their young men (30,000 of them were forced by their king to join Napoleon's army in his war against Russia. Only a small number of these conscripts returned home alive. The others starved and froze to death in Russia.) In 1806, the king of Wuerttemberg, Frederic I, abolished all the established rights of the ordinary citizens and nobility, and declared emigration to be illegal. Even the desire to emigrate was considered an act against the king for the next decade. Emigration was nil during the next ten years. Then in 1816, two key things happened. Frederic I reinstituted the peoples' rights, just as excessive rains caused a massive crop failure throughout the country. Starvation, ruin, and misery abounded. There was a surge of German emigration, and for years thereafter, German immigrants in America wrote to their neighbors back home, telling of the freedoms and available land, encouraging others to follow them to America.
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