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Friedrich Ferdinand "Fred" Kuhmann
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Birth: Nov. 27, 1864
Bayreuth, Germany
Death: Oct. 30, 1927
Kane County
Illinois, USA

Born: Ramsenthal, Gemeinde Bindlach, Bayern (Bavaria, Germany).
On birth record: listed as 4th child, 3rd son (record obtained from the Lutheran church in Harsdorf, Landkreis Kulmbach, Bavaria).
Came to America in 1885, at the age of 21. Surname was changed to KUHMAN with only one "N" upon arrival in the USA. No one alive, knows why...
Name: Friedr Kuhmann
Departure Date: 3 Mai 1885 (3 May 1885)
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
Age Year: 21
Gender: männlich (Male)
Family: Household members
Residence: Hornsdorf, Bayern (Bavaria) [sic] {Harsdorf, Landkreis Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany}
Occupation: Schmied [sic] {Schmidt, "blacksmith"}
Ship Name: Hammonia
Captain: Schwensen
Shipping Line: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Ship Type: Dampfschiff
Accommodation: Zwischendeck
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Port of Arrival: New York

Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 054 C
Page: 486
Microfilm Roll Number: K_1733

SOURCE: Hamburger Passagierlisten, 1850-1934 / Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934

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"Steamship HAMMONIA"

The steamship HAMMONIA, the third of three vessels of this name owned by the Hamburg-America Line, was built by J & G Thomson, Glasgow (yard #188), and was launched on 13 September 1882. 4,227 tons; 113,92 x 13,85 x 9,75 meters (length x breadth x depth of hold); straight bow, 2 funnels, 3 masts; steel construction, screw propulsion, compound engine, service speed 15.2 knots; accommodation for 150 passengers in 1st class, 100 in 2nd class, 700 in steerage; crew of 125.

The HAMMONIA was built as the Hamburg-America Line's response to Norddeutscher Lloyd's express steamship ELBE. 28 February 1883, maiden voyage, Hamburg - Havre - New York. 10 November 1889, last voyage, Hamburg - Southampton - New York. 1889, purchased by the French Line and renamed VERSAILLES. 1914, scrapped at Genoa.

Sources: Arnold Kludas and Herbert Bischoff, Die Schiffe der Hamburg-Amerika Linie, Bd. 1: 1847-1906 (Herford: Koehler, 1979), p. 42 (2 photographs); Nigel Reginald Pixell Bonsor, North Atlantic Seaway; An Illustrated History of the Passenger Services Linking the Old World with the New (2nd ed.; Jersey, Channel Islands: Brookside Publications), vol. 1 (1975), p. 393.

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Resided: Oswego, IL. (blacksmith).
Resided: Yorkville, IL., Pavilion Road, Kendall Twp. (farmer).
Died: Aurora, Illinois. Buried: Pavilion Cemetery, Pavilion Road, Yorkville, Kendall Co., IL.
"US CENSUS 1900"
Name: Frederick Kuhman
Residence: Oswego vill., Kendall, Illinois
Birth Date: Nov 1864
Birthplace: Germany
Relationship to Head-of-Household: Self
Spouse Name:
Spouse Titles:
Spouse Birth Place:
Father Name:
Father Titles:
Father Birthplace: Germany
Mother Name:
Mother Titles:
Mother Birthplace: Germany
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name:
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Years Married:
Estimated Marriage Year:
Mother How Many Children:
Number Living Children:
Immigration Year: 1885
Enumeration District: 0125
Sheet Number and Letter: 7A
Household ID: 119
Reference Number: 10
GSU Film Number: 1240313
Image Number: 00000217
Household Gender Age
Frederick Kuhman M
Morris T Murpey M

SOURCE: US Federal Census 1900, Kendall Co., IL.
SOURCE [link]:
Last Name: KUHMAN; First Name: FRED; Middle Name: -; Sex/Race: M/W; Age: UNK; Cert# 2450456; Death Date: 1927-10-30; County: KANE; City: AURORA; Date Filed: 27-10-31.

SOURCE: Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
OBIT: Born in the village of "Ramsenthal [Haus Nº49], Landkreis Bayreuth, Bayern" (Bavaria, Germany). Listed as 4th child, 3rd son (on his birth record ["Geburtzekunde"] obtained from the Pastor at the Evangelical Lutheran church in Harsdorf, Bavaria). Historical name in Germany is (to this day) spelled with two "NN"'s. For reasons that are unknown, the legal spelling of the name in America became "KUHMAN" with but one "N". The name is pronounced as "Key-ooh-mahne" equivalent to the German spelling of "KÜHMANN", or "KUEHMANN". Friedrich came to America in January of 1885, at the age of 21. I have (grandson, Robert Charles Kuhmann) found no record of a passage through Ellis Island, so I shall suppose that another port of entry was chosen: perhaps New Orleans, via the Mississippi River, and the Illinois River, to Ottawa? Fred was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on 30-Mar-1891. Resided Oswego, Kendall Co., Illinois where he worked as a blacksmith. He eventually bought property in Kendall Twp., to the East of Pavilion Road, west of Yorkville, Kendall Co., Illinois where he operated a dairy farm until his demise (due to prostate issues). He also owned a home "on the hill" south of East Van Emmon Street (in-town), at Yorkville. "Fred" married Miss Alice May Peterson of Chicago, daughter of John C. Peterson (some sources say Johann Carl Pederssohn) and Bertha Gielow, on 2-Mar-1908 (per Kendall Co. IL. marriage records). He died in Aurora, Kane Co., Illinois. Buried: Pavilion Cemetery, Pavilion Road, Kendall Co., Yorkville, Illinois USA. Friedrich was a Mason and member of the Kendall Lodge, #471 A.F. & A.M. located in Yorkville, IL.

SOURCE: collection of grandson, Robert C. Kuhman(n).
Notes: A Masonic mug (for shaving) has survived. That object as well as the Family Bible (that of Alice), the Family Photo Album, deeds to the farm, land, and house in town have survived. All are in the collection of Robert C. Kuhmann (your editor).
Name: Fred Kuhman
Titles and Terms (original):
Death Date: 30 Oct 1927
Death Place: Aurora, Kane, Ill.
Gender: Male
Marital Status:
Race or Color:
Age: 62
Estimated Birth Year: 1865
Birth Date: 27 Nov 1864
Birthplace: Bamsenthal, Germany [sic] {Ramsenthal}
Father: Adam Kuhmann
Father's Titles and Terms (original):
Father's Birth Place: Bamsenthal, Germany
Mother's Titles and Terms (original):
Mother's Birth Place:
Occupation: Farmer
Residence: Yorkville, Kendall, Ill.
Street Address:
Spouse: Alice Kuhman
Spouse's Titles and Terms (original):
Spouse's Birthplace:
Burial Date: 02 Nov 1927
Burial Place: Yorkville, Kendall, Ill.
Cemetery: Pavillion Cemetery
Additional Relatives:
Digital Folder Number: 4008203
Image Number: 1694
Film Number: 1614261
Volume/Page/Certificate Number: 36071 -cn 505

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Family links: 
  Johann Adam Kuhmann (1826 - 1868)
  Katharina Heußinger Kuhmann (1839 - ____)
  Alice May Peterson Kuhmann (1869 - 1946)
  Magdeline Grace Kuhman (1909 - 1909)*
  Wilbur John Kuhman (1910 - 1975)*
  Frederick Roland Kuhman (1912 - 1980)*
  [Unknown] [son] Kuhmann (1858 - ____)*
  [Unknown] [son] Kuhmann (1860 - ____)*
  [Unknown] [daughter] Kuhmann (1862 - ____)*
  Friedrich Ferdinand Kuhmann (1864 - 1927)
*Calculated relationship
Alice May -- Fred F.
1869-1946 -- 1864-1927
Note: Name "Kuhman" was spelled with two "N's" in Germany - on all the old birth and marriage records obtained from Gemeinde Bindlach, Landkreis Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany.
Pavilion Cemetery
Kendall County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Robert Kuhmann
Record added: May 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37413718
Friedrich Ferdinand Fred Kuhmann
Added by: Robert Kuhmann
Friedrich Ferdinand Fred Kuhmann
Added by: Robert Kuhmann
Friedrich Ferdinand Fred Kuhmann
Added by: Robert Kuhmann
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R.I.P. - my paternal Grandpa.
- Robert Kuhmann
 Added: Jan. 28, 2013
In Memory...
- Charlotte
 Added: Jul. 7, 2011

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