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William Gebhardt Hiegert

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  • Name William Gebhardt Hiegert 
    Born 12 May 1859  Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wilhelm Gebhard Hiegert Birth.
    Wilhelm Gebhard Hiegert Birth.
    Baden, Germany, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870, Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg - Staatsarchiv Freiburg L10 Bd. 0133
    Gender Male 
    Immigration / Naturalization 9 Aug 1879 
    William arrived aboard the SS Rotterdam II at Castle Garden 9 Aug 1879 at the age of 20. He listed his occupation as "laborer". 
    William Gebhardt Hiegert Immigration.
    William Gebhardt Hiegert Immigration.
    William Gebhardt Hiegert Immigration. SS Rotterdam passenger list.
    SS Rotterdam II
    SS Rotterdam II
    The Holland-America Line ship was built in 1878 by Harland & Wolff, Ltd. in Belfast, Ireland. It had an iron hull, weighed 3,329 tons, and was 397 ft long X 37 ft wide. It had four masts and one smokestack. It was originally designed as a freighter and was later converted to a passenger ship, able to carry 920 passengers.

    Painting by Maritime artist Captain Stephen J. Card commissioned by the Holland America Line. The painting depicts the ship in New York in 1887.
    Castle Garden from the water.
    Castle Garden from the water.
    From 1 Aug 1855 through 18 Apr 1890 most immigrants came through Castle Garden in New York city.
    Castle Garden Circa 1880.
    Castle Garden Circa 1880.
    Castle Garden was built to defend New York from the British during the War of 1812 however, no battles were fought there. It was originally named castle Clinton after DeWitt Clinton the Mayor of New York. It was leased to the city in 1824 and renamed Castle Garden. Today it is a national park and again called Castle Clinton.
    Arrival at Castle Garden.
    Arrival at Castle Garden.
    At least 8 million immigrants passed through Castle Garden. The actual number may be closer to 12 million but, Most of Castle Garden's immigrant records were destroyed in a fire on June 15, 1897.

    Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, January 20, 1866 page 280.
    Castle Garden Inspecting Physician.
    Castle Garden Inspecting Physician.
    Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, January 20, 1866 page 281.
    Castle Garden Registering Immigrants.
    Castle Garden Registering Immigrants.
    Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, January 20, 1866 page 280 & 281.
    Census 1900 
    1900 Hiegert
    1900 Hiegert
    1900 US census, Kalamazoo, Michigan, enumeration district 109, Family Number 3, Hiegert.
    Census 1910 
    1910 Hiegert
    1910 Hiegert
    1910 US census, Kalamazoo, Michigan, enumeration district 120, Family Number 102, Hiegert, Elmer.


    1910 US census, Kalamazoo, Michigan, enumeration district 129, Family Number 193, Hiegert, William.
    Occupation Chef at the American Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 
    City Directory, 1905, Kalamazoo MI
    City Directory, 1905, Kalamazoo MI
    City Directory, 1905, Kalamazoo MI
    Postcard of the Park-American Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
    Postcard of the Park-American Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
    The American Hotel was established in 1896. It was located on East Main Street. (Since renamed East Michigan). It was later renamed the Park American and later still the Harris. It closed in 1968 and was demolished.
    Park-American Hotel Park.
    Park-American Hotel Park.
    Postcard showing the park adjacent to the hotel from which the Park-American Hotel gets it's name.
    Park-American Hotel Lobby.
    Park-American Hotel Lobby.
    Postcard showing the lobby of the Park-American.
    Park-American Hotel Dining Room.
    Park-American Hotel Dining Room.
    Postcard showing the Park-American Hotel Dining Room. The hotel was renowned for it's fine dining.
    Died 15 Dec 1916 
    William Hiegert Death
    William Hiegert Death
    William Hiegert Death
    Buried 18 Dec 1916  Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hiegert Cemetery Plots
    Hiegert Cemetery Plots
    Hiegert Cemetery Plots
    Plot: Section P, Lot 31
    Siblings 7 siblings 
    Person ID I2097  Nagel
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2014 

    Father Josef Hiegert,   b. 1836, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Maria Anna Hiegert,   b. 25 Jul 1840, Waldulm, Achern, Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1875  (Age 34 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 21 Jun 1858  Waldulm, Achern, Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Maria Anna Hiegert Marriage.
    Maria Anna Hiegert Marriage.
    Maria Anna Hiegert marriage to Joseph Hiegert. Baden, Germany, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870, Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg - Staatsarchiv Freiburg L10 Bd. 0136.
    Family ID F933  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Marie Burleigh,   b. Aug 1856, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1931, Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 23 Jul 1886  Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William G Hiegert Marriage.
    William G Hiegert Marriage.
    William G Hiegert Marriage to Lydia Burleigh.
    William Gebhardt Hiegert & Lydia Burleigh Marriage.
    William Gebhardt Hiegert & Lydia Burleigh Marriage.
    William Gebhardt Hiegert & Lydia Burleigh Return of Marriage
    Children 
     1. Elmer B Hiegert,   b. 18 Nov 1886, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1915, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Grace Hiegert,   b. 3 Sep 1896, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1980, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [Birth]
    Family ID F967  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart