The families Licher, Husterman, Cole and Schmedding in Franklin County, MO:

birth record of Anna Sophia Licher
birth record of Anna Sophia Licher

Anna Sophia Licher & Johann Matthias H(a)ustermann:

Anna Sophia Licher was born September 15th, 1803 in Borgloh, a village in northern Germany near Osnabrück. Johann Matthias Haustermann was born April 1st, 1799 in Melle, also a small town in this area.

Anna Sophias parents were Johann Conrad Licher and Maria Clara Vogelsang, she had nine siblings.

She married Johann Mathias October 16th, 1828 in Belm (small town in the north of Osnabrück), and they emigrated to America on July 15th (or 25th), 1833 onboard of the ship "Theodor Körner".

The following text can be found on the website of St. Francis Borgia Parish:

It was on July 25,1833 that the twelve Catholic families departed from their native homes in Osterkappeln and Belm, near Osnabrueck, on St. James Day. They traveled first to Bremen and then to Bremerhaven. There, the families of John T. Hustermann, G Gerhard Trentman, Henry Koehring, Adolph Schmertmann, Gerhard H. Uhlenbrock, Rudolph Uhlenbrock, John H. Buhr, Herman Schwegmann, John Fred Bleckmann, Frederick Riegel, William Weber, and John Edelbrock set aboard a sailing ship intending to form a German settlement in Illinois.

After a weary journey these people finally landed at New Orleans. Here, the German settlers did not stay long. The climate was very hot and the many mosquitoes were very annoying. So they continued their journey on to Missouri.

In the fall of that year they arrived in St. Louis. Their original plan was to settle somewhere along the Illinois river. They were ready to board the boat, but Providence had determined otherwise. As they prepared to depart, the cry rang out, "The ship is sinking!" They held back and sought to find out when the next boat would travel up the Illinois river.

At anchor lay another very pretty boat that soon would leave, but for Missouri, not Illinois. After a long conference they finally resolved to travel up the Missouri river. On the slow journey the men had opportunity to consider where it would be best to settle with their families.

One of the passengers had read Gottfried Duden's report of travel in Missouri. The newcomers were interested and eager to listen. There was much talk also of a newly laid settlement called Marthasville, where the group eventually decided to settle.

When they arrived at the landing depot the captain said, "Here is the landing, but Marthasville is quite a distance north of the river bank. Night is coming on. I would rather take you to the opposite shore. There you can find a house where you can stay overnight. You can make the trip to Marthasville tomorrow."

The captain succeeded in persuading the newcomers to land on the southern shore of the river, October 12, 1833. There they remained.


These German families spent their first night in Washington in Bernard Fricke's log tavern which stood at the corner of Jefferson and Main streets. They spent their first winter in a smoke house belonging to William G. Owens.

Soon the men began building small log houses. The women made clothing from wool, and the children never grew tired of watching the North American wild animals and birds.


Hustermanns had five daughters and three sons:

Mary (* 1827), Johann Friedrich (Frederick) (* 1830), Marie Klara (* 1832), Maria Elisabeth (* 1835), George (* 1836), Catherine (* 1838), Frank (* 1840) and Louisa (* 1842).

Their daughter Maria Elisabeth married Francis Clement Shroeder, they had 13 children. One daughter of them (Mary, * 1859) married Clemens Eckhoff, and they had 11 children.

Anna Sophia Lichers mother Maria Clara Vogelsang emigrated to America together with her new husband Franz Heinrich Marquardt on September 28th, 1836.




Family tree of the emigrants