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Theresa Wessbecher Hechinger
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Birth: Jun. 10, 1805, Germany
Death: Oct. 12, 1874
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

Theresa Wessbecher Hechinger was born In Buhlertal Baden, Germany. She married Nikolaus Hechinger on 09 January 1826 in Buhlertal. Nikolaus, a master-tailor, died 28 October 1851. At the time of his death the communities of the Black Forest area were suffering from economic hardship due to crop failures. By 1854, conditions were worsening with the communities and churches overwhelmed with the needs of the people. A degree was issued by the grand duchy government which gave permission and money to communities to begin a forced emigration of paupers to the Unites States. Fifty-seven families were chosen from the community of Buhlertal and in January of 1855, they were given new clothing and provided with old coffee sacks for their suitcases. On the morning of 11 January, 1855 they were assembled in from of the parish hall to say their last farewell to family and friends. They were escorted on foot by five gendames to the town of Buhl. From there they traveled to Strasbourg and then on to Le Havre. Theresa and her children among these fifty-seven families and they boarded the Desdemona and set sail on 15 January, 1855 for New Orleans. 2 April 1855 finds Theresa and her family arriving in New Orleans. From here they traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis.
Found on the ship' s manifest are Theresa and the following children
Karolina Hechinger age 28
Ignatz Hechinger 25
Bunna Hechinger 23
Maria Hechinger 18
Feliciata Hechinger 15
Josephina Hechinger age 9
Heinri Hechinger age 3 mo (son of Bunna)
Balbina Hechinger Liebman with her husband Gregory, and children Joseph, Gottried, Andreas, Franz, and Marie
Family links: 
  Balbina Hechinger Liebmann (1826 - 1891)*
  Ignatz Hechinger (1829 - 1888)*
  Maria Anna Hechinger Kern (1836 - 1909)*
  Felizitas Hechinger Adams (1839 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery (Old)
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Sandy Hoppe Willis
Originally Created by: Susan Ing
Record added: Feb 07, 2010
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