Monday, June 4, 2012

Captain Conrad–More from Flensburg

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Drawing of the Tidselholt, 1844
Today I received some wonderful documents from the Flensburg archive.  As I wrote in Captain Christian Andreas Conrad (1802-1875), I have been in contact with a kind soul in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany who has done some research for me in the Flensburg archives.  Earlier we located the records of my great-great grandfather, Christian Andreas Conrad and are seeing what other information about him, or his family, we can find.

In Captain Christian Andreas Conrad (1802-1875), I wrote that Andreas was the captain of the “Tidselholt”, identified as  a frigate.  Well this is a drawing of the frigate Tidselholt, dated 1844. 

This card, the ships registry of the Tidselholt shows that Christian Andreas Conrad was captain from 1838-1841, so his ship must have looked very much like the picture.  This correlates very well with the ship arrival registers from St. Croix that I found.  I found arrivals in Christiansted in 1838, 1839, and 1840.  The fact that another arrival was recorded in November 1842 suggests that Andreas quickly moved to another ship, possibly one of his own.  His children in St Croix were born between 1854-1861, so he was still traveling at that time.  We’re looking to see what other ship he may have had.

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List of Captains of the Tidselholt, 1811-1856
This next document is a real treasure.  An archivist and genealogist named Moller compiled a number of pedigrees of Flensburg citizens in the late 1800’s.  This document, number 561, is the pedigree (Stammtafel Familie) of Christian Andreas Conrad – Captain in Flensburg.

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19th Century, 4-Generation Hourglass Chart of Christian Andreas Conrad, by Moller
This is derived from a manuscript (HS – handschriften-handwritten) and this typed version was created 20 Dec 1991.  With only one exception, the information on this pedigree correlates perfectly with the information I had from census documents and church records.  The only part that appears in error is the parentage of Christian Andreas’ wife, Anna Maria Nielsen.  The pedigree identifies Ketel Nielsen and Elisabeth Knudsen, but Christian Andreas’ marriage record of Adelby parish state:
Bachelor Christian Andresen Conrad, seaman, legitimate son of deceased Johann Michael Conrad and Maria nee Christensen living Süderhohlweg with Anna Maria Nielsen, deceased Niels Nielsen and deceased Elisabeth nee Höck in Süderhohlweg, legitimate daughter (Süderhohlweg is an area in Flensburg).
The church record is probably more reliable here.  Sadly, no sources are included in the pedigree, but having dates and locations make it much easier to locate the original documents.

The notations are helpful.  Andreas’ father, Johan Michael Conrad, and his grandfather, Christian Friderich Conrad were farmers (Bauer).  Also, Andreas is listed as a “Reeder u. Kapitain” (ship-owner & captain).  It also says that the next area of my research is the home of his paternal grandparents: Sachsen (Saxony) in Germany.  Unfortunately, Google doesn’t seem to recognize Syttenweil or Jyttenweil, so that’ll take some looking.

Honestly, I’m not surprised that the Conrad line is moving into Germany.  It is a very rare surname in Denmark (makes them easy to find), but not so rare in Germany.  Seems this particular Danish line was only Danish for a few generations.  Maria Christiansen, though, is a good Danish name.

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