|Birth: ||Apr., 1801, Germany|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1878|
In the immigration records he is listed as Conrad ("Cord") Heinrich Phillipp Steege. He was a cabbage farmer and linen-weaver who sold his farm in Auhagen to pay a school tax debt of "400 Thaler" and left No. 51 Auhagen in 1846 to go "nach Amerika" with his wife Cathatine Sophia Schmidt Steege with two daughters and two sons, including our ancestor J.H.C. Steege. Despite the different first name, it's clear he was the same person because all the other facts add up.
He was baptized "Cord" Heinrich Philipp. His parents were Johan Hinrich Steege (4/20-/1760-1832) and Anne Engel Marie Beuvers (married 1784, died 1809). They had eight children, six of whom died in childhood; a daughter Anne Engel Frederike Charlotte was born in 1792, but I found no marriage or death record for her; another daughter Anne Engel Marie gave birth to three daughters, one of whom married Friedrich Wilhelm Witte on Oct. 20, 1844.
Johan Hinrich Steege's parents were Hinrich Christoph Steege and Catharina Maria Behrens, married Aug. 23, 1759. That's as far back as I could go.
I checked the postal records and the railroads and was told conclusively that there is no "Ruhagen" or "Anhagen" in Germany. But then someone directed me to an archivist in what used to be Kurhessen, and he pored over the records in another room. Suddenly bounded back toward me, exclaiming, "Ich hab's! Ich hab's! Nicht 'R' aber 'A', und nicht 'n' aber 'u'! Es ist Auhagen, nur 20 kilometer west von Hannover!" And he copied a little map to help us find the place.
Catharina (Katherine) Sophie Dorothee Schmidt Steege (1805 - 1858)*
Johann Heinrich Christoph Steege (1841 - 1920)*
Note: @ 42 02 39.74 N 87 56 54.68 W
Saint John Lutheran Cemetery
Maintained by: John Steege
Originally Created by: hatt
Record added: Jul 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55151271
Added: Oct. 14, 2010
Rest in Peace Great Great Grandpa.|
Added: Oct. 13, 2010
Added: Sep. 21, 2010