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Gottlieb Hoyer
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Birth: Oct. 27, 1822
Hildburghausener Landkreis
Thüringen, Germany
Death: Aug. 31, 1875
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA

October 27, 1822: born "Johann Gottlieb Ho˙er," 4:30 a.m., seventh child of shoemaker Johannes Ho˙er and Johanna Christianne Henze according to Schleusingen church records, date corroborated both by his 1846 marriage registration in the same records and a notarized US passport application Gottlieb later filed in New York City in 1851.

Oct. 12, 1838: fathers first of two daughters out of wedlock, he age 15 and the mother (his future wife, Elisabetha Dorothea Baumann) age 21.

August 20, 1840: arrived in Baltimore, age 17, emigrating alone from Schleusingen, Hildburghausen, Thüringen, Prussia, via Bremen. His future wife was pregnant with their second child back in Schleusingen.

February 15, 1846: having returned to Prussia from New York City, age 23, married "Elisabetha Dorothea Baumann" on this date, according to Schleusingen church records - Gottlieb the presumed father of her two daughters, Amanda and Pauline, but not recorded as such in their birth registrations within the same records. His marriage was coincidentally (or intentionally) just two months after the death of his wife's mother, her father having died in 1842. Gottlieb's and Elizabeth's daughters were ages 7 and 5 when they finally married.

November 21, 1846: returned to the US via Philadelphia and arrived on this date with his wife (but not their two daughters) aboard the ship "Louise Marie".

November 9, 1849: became a U.S. citizen in Savannah, GA and applied for a passport there in the following year. Thwarted, he and Elizabeth returned to New York City.

July 8, 1851: again applied for a passport in New York City for his assumed return to Prussia to gather his children.

October 21, 1853: only wife Elizabeth and their two daughters are listed arriving again in Philadelphia (aboard the same ship as in 1846, "Louise Marie"). Ages 14 and 12, this was by all indications only the second time his daughters had seen their father - the first being the period of his return to marry their mother and her subsequent emigration (1846) while they stayed behind in Schleusingen. His younger brother, John Robert Hoyer Sr. (1828-1885), ninth child of Johannes Hoyer and Johanna Christianne Henze, immigrated to NYC with his wife, Augusta (Koether) Hoyer (1829-1918) and their daughter Pauline in the previous year, July 9, 1852. Augusta's younger brother, Ferdinand Koether, would immigrate five years later and marry Gottlieb's daughter, Amanda, in Newark.

February 8, 1859: arrives in the port of New York aboard the ship "Bark Union" from Bremen (as a US citizen), three weeks prior to the marriage of daughter Amanda to Ferdinand Julius Koether.

June 26, 1861: age 38 and living in Newark, NJ, Gottlieb entered the Civil War, enlisted if not drafted at the rank of "Musician" in the 41st Regiment, New York Infantry. The 41st (a.k.a. "De Kalb Regiment") was organized in New York City and composed of German soldiers, mainly veterans of the war between Prussia and Denmark, 1848-51. It was mustered into service June 6-9, 1861, containing besides the New York City companies, one company from Philadelphia and one from Newark, NJ. He deserted this New York regiment four days later.

September 13, 1861: re-enlisted in the 9th Regiment, New Jersey Infantry, Unit 1265, Company A and transferred to several companies (from A to L to C), initially with the rank of "Musician" and crossed out in enlistment records to "Bugler."

March 7, 1864: abstract of letters received from the NJ 9th Regiment at Getty Station and published in the "Centinel of Freedom", Newark, NJ, 12 April 1864 states ". . . . Gottlieb Hoyer, a member of the regiment from this city had organized a band of 10 pieces."

December 8, 1864: mustered out with Distinguished Service in Trenton, NJ.

Bet. March 5, 1867 (date of will, Newark and just four days after Nebraska statehood) - July 4, 1868 (date listed in the Omaha City Directory): with wife Elizabeth [Baumann] Hoyer, moved from Newark, NJ to Omaha, NE. The couple may have responded to published reports and commercial promotions in east coast English and German papers touting "free land" and Nebraska as the next promised land.

June 18, 1870: in the U.S. Federal Census, Omaha, he is working as a "musician" and she is "keeping house."

August 31, 1875: Gottlieb Hoyer died in Omaha.

September 2, 1875: funeral and burial as per obituary of the same day, "Died: HOYER - This 31st day of August, Gottlieb Hoyer, aged 53 years. The funeral will take place on September 2d, at 2 p.m., from the residence on Jones, between Seventh and Eighth Streets. Friends of the family are invited to attend"; obituary published in the "Omaha Bee". A brief mention of the funeral procession on a rainy day appeared in the same paper the following day.

February 26, 1881: date when Gottlieb's will eventually moved through probate in Newark, NJ where his wife Elizabeth, who seems never to have applied for a veteran widow's pension, returned and where she died in 1886. The unusually long period between death and probate suggests Elizabeth may not have returned to Newark right away, although she does not appear in the Omaha City Directory after 1876. Gottlieb's younger brother, John Robert Hoyer Sr., died in Newark in 1885.

September 6, 2014: dedication of a new Civil War headstone ordered by a 2nd great-grandson, supplied by the Veterans Administration and installed by the Nebraska Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; grave previously unmarked.

Family links: 
  Johannes Ho˙er (1785 - 1848)
  Johanna Christianne Henze Ho˙er (1790 - 1835)
  Elizabeth Dorothea Baumann Hoyer (1816 - 1886)*
  Amanda Baumann Hoyer Koether (1838 - 1903)*
  Pauline Hoyer Bross (1841 - 1872)*
  Gottlieb Hoyer (1822 - 1875)
  John Robert Hoyer (1828 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship


OCT 27 1822
AUG 31 1875

Note: One of seven "single interments" (and the last) within plot 840 according to cemetery record book
Prospect Hill Cemetery
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Burial Permit No. 1834, Plot No. 840, Grave No. 3W (single interment)
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Record added: Jan 08, 2011
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Gottlieb Hoyer
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