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|John Henrich||RE: Possible connection|
I can't find the message I sent you earlier (so am not sure exactly what I said).
I found Henry Fellman in the following locations/sources:
Brooklyn, Kings, New York
(1860 Census. Census Place: Brooklyn Ward 16 District 3, Kings, New York; Roll: M653_774; Page: 652; Image: 392; Family History Library Film: 803774)
Albany, New York
(1863, 1864, 1867 city directories on Ancestry.com)
Syracuse, New York
1869 city directory
1870 census, married to Catharine with daughter Annie.
1871, 1872, 1874 city directory
1875 NY state census
1876, 1878 city directories
Minonk, Woodford, IL
By 1884 he was serving at Bloomington, IL according to a report from the 40th annual session of the Baptist Association of Illinois. Their conference was held at Benton, Illinois in October 1884 and a report in the conference proceedings book on the German work in Illinois indicates Henry was serving at Bloomington.
I found an article in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), Sunday, February 6, 1910, page 33. The article reviewed the history of German congregations in the area. The German Baptist church was established in Williamsburg (a neighborhood in Brooklyn) in 1854. The article claims that by 1857 the founding pastor had moved on and he was succeeded by Henry Fellman who served nine years.
There are some problems with this timeline. Henry is not in the 1862 Brooklyn directory but he does appear in Albany starting in the 1863 directory. So he must have moved to Albany in 1862 or 1863.
I have not found a marriage record for Henry and Catherine either so I was not sure whether they married in Syracuse or in Lycoming County. Marriage records for these two states are not well represented online so it would take some more digging to locate their marriage.
Re Andrew Henrich, it is possible that my gr gr grandfather Andrew Henrich was involved in the marriage or the meeting of Henry and Catharine but I have no evidence of it. Andrew left Williamsport for Louisville, KY about 1869. He was serving a congregation in Anthony Township in rural Lycoming County. His first wife died about 1866 (I think) and he remarried about 1867 to Caroline Woernle who lived in Williamsport. I believe Andrew moved to town at some point in this period. He left his second wife and their young son Louis in Williamsport while he took his older children from his first marriage to Louisville where he was the pastor of the German church there. I do not know if Caroline ever joined him in Louisville. She died in about January 1875, according to an obituary index for Williamsport newspapers.
Andrew moved to Nebraska in 1875 and married a third time in 1876 in Platte County, Nebraska.
I hope this helps you in your search.
Best wishes, John Hull
|John Henrich||RE: Possible connection|
I just saw your message from May. Yes, my great-great grandfather Andrew (Andreas) Henrich was a preacher. He was one of the early leaders of the German Baptist denomination in America. I did not know he preached at Glenvil until I read your message. Andrew was a carpenter who came to America in 1849 and lived in Buffalo NY where he was baptized into a German Baptist congregation. He moved to Rochester and became the first regular pastor of the GB church there.
He left Rochester for Lycoming Co PA and served a congregation in Anthony Township. After ten years in Lycoming Co he moved to Louisville KY about 1869 and led a congregation there until 1875 when he moved to Platte Center NE.
Andrew was editor of the German Baptist movement's newspaper Der Sendbote for a few years. He was a prolific translator, editor and writer. I feel certain he knew your ancestor Henry Fellman long before Henry arrived in Nebraska. I did some research and discovered several items about Henry's GB connections. You may already know all of this. Heinrich Fellmann (Henry Fellman) was a graduate of the German Department of Rochester Theological Seminary and was a student there during the time Andrew Henrich was the pastor of the GB church in Rochester.
I will be happy to share what I discovered. Andrew helped establish several congregations including a number in Nebraska. He may have been an interim or organizer at Glenvil. He was 68 when Henry died. Andrew lived on a farm near Platte Center, about 100 miles from Glenvil. Andrew died in Platte Center in 1895 of asphyxia from a faulty vent on his heating stove.
One place you might learn more detailed info is in Der Senbote. It is hard to track down. It exists on microfilm in a few places and is in German. I have long planned to research Andrew in that publication but have never gotten around to it.
If you want to exchange more information let me know. Perhaps we can do it via email.