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TinyJess (#48042374)
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Elsie Scharpf Saar
I sent it to the email listed here, isn't it correct? I'll repeat it here:

Hi, Jessie,

I don't know anything about John Haughelstine. I took some time today to try to help you. I have done a lot of German research and the name Haughelstine was strange. I looked it up in my German surname dictionary and did not find

However, I looked for John in the 1880 census and found him under Hoglestein, which is very German, in Ghent, right where he should be. I
presume you have all this. I'm writing it in case you don't.

From the 1880 census we can infer that he and Minnie were here in the US in 1852 when their oldest child was born. When immigrating, his name probably was listed as Johann or Johannes. Minnie is a popular nickname for various
names, one of which was Hermine, my mother's name.

I found John in Ghent in 1870 as John Hockstein. This time his wife is Mary who is 13 years younger than he. Minnie was only 2 years younger. Mary may be correct for his wife because the Germans often had several first names, Mary being the first such as Mary Magdalena, etc. The child would have been
called by the second first name. They have no middle names there. It's the same family but the ages are way off from 1880.

I found him again in 1860 as John Holstein 36 , with Mena (Mina?) 32, and Helen A. 3, in Ghent. It says John and Mena from Mecklenburgh, an area in Germany. Chances are they immigrated together.

I haven't found him on a passenger list as I don't know what name to search. I have some suggestions for you. I would look in the Columbia county naturalizations for him and see what his name was at the time of naturalization. I would also contact the Columbia County Historical Society and see what they may have on John, his wife, or children. Perhaps an obituary is obtainable which might give you more clues to where in Mecklenburg he was from. I would also search for him.

Before you can "jump the pond" and look for him in Germany, you have to nail his name down. I believe the spelling you have is an attempt to pronounce the name the way it was pronounced in Germany.

I hope I helped a little bit. Let me know please.

Elsie Saar

Added by Elsie Scharpf Saar on Apr 16, 2013 5:31 PM

Elsie Scharpf Saar
I sent you a personal email yesterday. Did you get it?

Added by Elsie Scharpf Saar on Apr 16, 2013 8:43 AM


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