John Herman
September 1807 - March 1, 1871

Most records indicate that John Herman was born in the province of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. However, his death certificate shows that he was born September of 1807 in the village of Fell, Germany, which is further west. Perhaps he moved with his parents to Hesse-Darmstadt at a young age. In any case, he departed Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, on 5 Jul 1837, and arrived in the United States on 14 Sep 1837. He declared his intention to become a United States citizen on 5 Jun 1840, in Marion County, IN. And he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on 11 May 1844.

His wife, Anna Dorothea Jorsch (some records show her name as Anna George) was also born in Hesse-Darmstadt of German parents, but it is unclear if they were married in Germany, or in the United States. While in Indianapolis, John and Anna had seven children (in order of birth) - John, Valentine, Henry, Elizabeth, Catherine, William, and Conrad.

In the 1850 federal census of Marion County, Indiana, John and Anna are shown living with their children John, Valentine, Henry, Elizabeth and Catherine. William was not born until 1853. The value of John's estate was $600 at the time the census was taken.

John and his family lived in Indianapolis until 1855, when they moved to Sheboygan, WI. They settled on a 23 acre farm in Sheboygan that was purchased from Ferdinand Stoefer on June 27, 1854 for $506. John was listed in the Sheboygan County census of 1855.

In the federal census of 1860 for Sheboygan, WI, John and Anna were listed with seven children. Since their arrival in Sheboygan, they had one more child - Louisa. Mary would be born on 13 Mar 1861. The 1860 census shows that all of their children were born in Indiana except John.

The 1865 census enumeration of the town of Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, WI, shows John Herman as head of a household with 4 males and 4 females, two of which (John and Anna) being of foreign birth.

The 1870 Federal Census shows John and Anna with their children Mary, Louisa and Conrad. The other children were no longer living with them. The value of John's land in 1870 was $1,800, and the value of his personal estate was $450.

John Herman died March 1, 1871 in Sheboygan, WI.


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