The name Tiedtböhlen originated in
in the 17th century. When King Gustavus Adolphus came south
during the Thirty Year’s War, some of his soldiers were of this name.
After the Swedish king fell in the battle of 1632, these "böhlens"
remained along the
from Lübeck on the west to
on the river
to the east. Through the long years this name was shortened to
The Tietböhl ancestors were mostly rural people:
farmers, cattlemen, blacksmiths, and the like. One source indicates that the
name "böhlen" is equivalent to the German verb abharren meaning to
remove hair from or a tannery worker. In 1720 part of
was added to
by King Frederick William I, father of
the Great. In 1815 all of
became part of
when the old Swedish territory was annexed. By the mid 1800’s the
agricultural lands were taken by princes, dukes, and other nobility leaving the
farmers in poverty and servitude. Falling grain prices through cheap imports by
caused unrest among the farmers. Failing farms forced rural populations
into the cities where children were reared under unspeakable living conditions.
King William I was also building his army by conscription, notably for the
Franco- Prussian War of 1870-1871 and after. Word spread in
about peaceful living and good jobs to be had for the asking in
America. Joachim Tietböhl was born
May 13, 1815
. He married Wilhelmina Wischmann born 1820, died in Demmin, Pommern (
) about 1872. According to family tradition, Wilhelmina was of the
nobility her father being a Prussian Cavalry officer. She was reserved for a
person of higher rank. When she married Joachim, they were disowned because he
was a farmer of common blood. Of the union of Joachim and Wilhelmina came seven
children all born in Kreis Demmin: Charles, Frederica, William,
, Frederick, Amelia, and August. All but
are known to have immigrated to
America. With the immigration of family members came
documentation to verify their names and history. A photocopy of the ship’s
passenger manifest shows that Joachim and the two youngest children Amelia and
August traveled together to this country. These three departed the free port of
on September 25, 1881. They sailed on the S.S. Silesia with Ship’s
Master A. Albers, Captain.
Germany. Archival information.
This is a photo copy
of the original Direct Passenger Index from
. It is alphabetical and shows the name
Joachim Tietböhl on line 1518 under the Ship
with Capt Albers as ships master. Voyage
# 80 on
25 September 1881
(departure) is referenced. On Feb. 1966
Peter Kennemann of
translated the information immediately
beneath the notation: Tietböhl, Joachim is with l daughter and 1 son.
Register zu dan Auswanderlisten (Direct Passenger Index) Vol. viii a-2,
Band 17 (2 mai-23 nov 1881), Staatsarchiv Hamburg.
Microfilmed by LDS
12 Jun 1964
ship docked at the Port of
on October 10, 1881. The full passenger complement was 926, all in
steerage. Steerage being basically equivalent to a floating cattle car with a
single fare about $10. The Tietböhls were all listed as "farmers from Prussia."
DISTRICT OF NEW YORK,
A. Albers, Master of the German SS Silesia do solemnly, sincerely and truly
affirm that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered
by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is
a full and perfect list of all the passengers taken on board of the said Silesia
at Hamburg-Havre from which port said Silesia has now arrived; and that on said
list is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of said
passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the
country to which each belongs, and also the country of which it is intended by
each to become an inhabitant, and that said List or Manifest truly acts forth
the number of said passengers who have died on said voyage, and the names and
ages of those who died. So help me God. Sworn to this 10 Oct 1881 (signed)
RHousnup? So help me God. Signed A. Albers. List or Manifest of all the
Passengers taken on board the SS Silesia whereof A. Albers is Master from
Hamburg-Havre burthen _____tons.
represents, names, ages, sex, occupation and country to which each belongs. All
926 Steerage passengers listed
is the source document for the arrival of Joachim, Emilie (Amelia) and August
Tietböhl in the
. Interestingly, when the family left
listed on the ship’s papers as female. However
her as a male. It was well known in
by 1881 that
immigrants who were old and sick rather than young and strong would be sent back
on the next
ship. Young girls were disguised as boys in an attempt to avoid molestation and
ages were exaggerated as well.
lines 219, 220 and 221 for Joachim, Emilie (Amelia) and Aug. (August) Tietböhl.
They were Farmers from
Passenger Lists, (14 Sep-
10 Oct 1881.)
Arrival of S.S. Silesia,
10 Oct 1881
219, 220, 221.
--the first of two steamships of this name owned by the Hamburg-America
Line--was built by Caird & Co,
(ship #150), and launched on
14 April 1869
. 3,142 tons; straight bow, 1 funnel, 2 masts; iron construction, screw
propulsion (single-expansion engines), service speed 12 knots; accommodation for
90 passengers in 1st class, 120 in 2nd class, and 520 in steerage; crew of 120.
Captain: A. Albers. Voyages in 1881: 8 round trips
, all steerage passengers. After numerous owners she was renamed
MONTEVIDEO and on 2 December 1899, wrecked off Lobos Island, on the River de la
Plata in South America.
After processing through
the three immigrants settled in
For many years there was a steady stream of German settlers into
Pennsylvania. Settlements got started between the Susquehanna and
around fast- growing
Philadelphia. As time passed, the newcomers moved west and north.
was the "promised land" due to liberal terms for land
purchase, religious tolerance, existing German settlements, a countryside that
looked a lot like
and a favorable economy.
August (1864-1941) was nearly 17 years old when he
Germany. The 1900 census identifies him as Augustus W. from
Pomerania. He and Sophie Völschow (1870-1934) were married and living in
He was an insurance salesman. Five children were living at home:
William, Frederick J. Sr., Augustus, Charles, and Ralph. Irene and Leroy were
yet to come. Joachim remains a "shadow figure" because
few details about his life are known. He never became a citizen of this country,
didn't speak English and there is no record of his having had a will or his
death recorded. He died in 1901 and is buried in Williamsport, PA.
Frederick J. Sr. (1887-1956) married Anna A.
June 4, 1910. They had seven children: Frederick J. II, Ruth, Viola, Mae, Pauline,
June, and Cleo.
Augustus and his sons established a family
restaurant business in
that lasted from 1915 to 1968. At one time the family was engaged in
rental real estate as well as the Day and Night Restaurant.
Frederick J. II (1911-1996) married Mary E. Kilmer
Miller (1910-2000). With the closure of the family business Frederick J. II
became a painting and decorating contractor. Mary E. was a school teacher. Three
children were born: Frederick J. III, Richard J., and Susan M. Frederick J. III
was an Air Force Officer, Richard a school teacher and Susan lives at home.
Frederick III married Ruby A. Holyfield (1935-2003.).