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Herman Heinrich Boehning

Herman Heinrich Boehning[1]

Male about 1798 - 1873  (75 years)

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  • Gender Male 
    Birth about 1798  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Immigration 1843  [1
    Occupation Farmer  [2
    Residence(s) 1843: Linne 41, Barkhausen, Hannover, Germany

    From: "Robert"
    To: "Dotdot30"
    Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 15:02:22 -0400
    Subject: Re: book
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    Near Warner & Turney, the streets named Bohning and Tonsing recall two German families who arrived in 1843. Hermann Heinrich Böhning, and his family came from Barkhausen, Hannover. They bought 62 acres in Newburgh Lot 480, adjacent to the 32 acres in the same lot owned by Friedrich Johann Borges, after whom Borges Avenue in Garfield Heights is named. By 1874, members of both families also owned property in Independence and Bedford. With the Tönsings, the Böhnings departed from Bremerhaven on a crowded ship. Upon arriving in Baltimore they traveled on trains and canal boats through Pittsburgh and then up the Ohio Canal to Cleveland. Like many German immigrants, they were attracted by reports of others who had gone before them. Later one of the children, Ernst, would recount:

    "As early as ten years before, in 1832, a tailor named Friedrich [Johann] Borges had left. After several years we heard that he was living in Cleveland and that he was doing well. He had become a master tailor and owned his own shop . . . We could trust what Borges had written. Everything had gone well for him. Very slowly and gradually, we began to think of emigrating ourselves, and the thought of Borges gave impetus to our decision . . . "

    Their reasons for their leaving were typical of the many Germans who emigrated in the 19th century: the economy, political repression, and compulsory military service for young men. Regarding the circumstances leading to his parents' decision to sell all they had and to depart for a new homeland, Ernst Böhning also related: "We knew very well what we had, namely [some six acres] of good land, situated by the river, and good enough to get by on. Nevertheless, my father was not satisfied, for lives passed by in an eternal round of manure wagon, spinning wheel, pumpernickel, sour milk and boiled potatoes. What's more, the family consisted of nine children, five of them boys. Should they become soldiers in the next war, and be shot to death for the King and the Fatherland?"

    The Boehning (Böhning), Borges, and Toensing (Tönsing) families were among the founders of the Evangelisch-Lutherische St. Johannisgemeinde which had a membership composed mainly of Germans from Hannover. Located at the northeast corner of Turney & Granger roads, this church is the present St. John Lutheran Church. Across from it, on the southeast corner of Granger & Turney is its cemetery. The first recorded burial was that of Maria Böhning, in 1851. In addition to members of the Boehning families, St. John's Lutheran Cemetery is the final resting place of members of the Bergsieker, Borges, Meilaender (Meiländer), and Toensing families, and other early German settlers of this former area of Independence Township.

    Death 1873  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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    Person ID I5084  Lisa's Genealogy
    Last Modified 18 June 2009 

    Father Boehning 
    Mother Sister 1 UnknownA 
    Family ID F3441  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Maria Eleanora Stoffer-Blase
              b. about 1799, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
              bur. 1851, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Marriage 1821  [1
    Residence(s) 1850: Newburgh town, Cuyahogo Co., Ohio  [2
     1. Elizabeth Boehning
              b. 1822
    +2. Heinrich Boehning
              b. 1824, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Herman Frederick “Fred” Boehning
              b. 1826, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elsabein Boehning
              b. 1828
    +5. Eleanor (Maria Elizabeth) Boehning
              b. 27 April 1830, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 27 December 1905 (Age 75 years)
    +6. Ernst Boehning
              b. 1833
     7. William Boehning
              b. 1835
    +8. Johann Boehning
              b. 1838
     9. Dorothea Maria “Mary” Boehning
              b. 1842
    Family ID F3431  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Sources 
    1. [S526] The Immigration Story of Ernst Boehning, 1843.

    2. [S2082] .

    3. [S1839] (Cleveland:WPA, Professional and Service Division, District Four (1939)).

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