Johann Herman Georg Eckhoff was born May 16, 1805 in Rotenberg, Germany. He was the son of Claus Eckhoff and Catharina Magdalena nee Bostelman. Johann had 2 brothers:
1. Johann Heinrich Christopher born March 6, 1808.
2. Johann Friedrich Hinrich Georg born Oct 14, 1801.
I find it interesting that all 3 sons had the first name of Johann.
Johann Herman Georg Eckhoff married Trine Schnakenberg on May 15, 1831 in Wilstedt Germany. Trine was the daughter of Johann Schnakenberg (school teacher) and his wife Gretje Kaars.
Johann & Trine Eckhoff had 5 children. All were born in Germany except the last son (Peter):
1. Gretje Margaret born May 1831, married Peter Brockman.
2. Herman born Jan 1833, married Marie Miller & Wilhelmina Thielke Kroeschen
3. Johann born Nov 14, 1835
possibly left with father - no later record of him.
4. Anna born Dec 3, 1837
married Theis Meier/Meyer, Hein Deitzen/Detjen, Conrad Jacobson.
5. Peter born Apr 23, 1844 (born in Cole Camp, MO)
married Sophie Harms.
Johann Herman Georg Eckhoff also had an illegitimate son with Gretje Cordes (daughter of LÃ¼tje Cordes). This son was also named Johann (born Nov 7, 1837 in Dipshorn Germany)
Sept 16 1840 the Stader Inteligens Blatt stated "upon request of the creditors for the farmer and carpenter Johann Eckhoff from Kipshorn who left for America that all those who have claims against him or his property at Dipshorn are requested to bring them to the amlstube courtroom on Friday Oct 9 at 1 oclock in the morning and bring along the original documents otherwise they may be barred and advised to keep quiet."
Oct 17, 1840 states "after an aggreement about the property of the absent farmer and carpenter Johann Eckhoff from Dipshorn was made final. It was announced that his place in Dipshorn including a house, half of an oven, a garden by the house about 1 morgen of land and a share of the 3 morgen of land will be auctioned off 3 times, Friday the 6th, 13th and 20th of Nov this year in the morning at 11 oclock in the courtroom where buyers are invited to come." When someone left Germany they could not return unless they could show that they were financially able to take care of themselves. There were laws passed and enforced that prevented the return of the emigrants.
So prior to Sept 1840 Johann, his wife Trine and 4 of their children came to America. It is not known where they first settled. While Trine was pregnant with their 5th child (Peter), Johann Herman Georg Eckhoff rode away on a white horse. He was never heard from again. So on June 1, 1846 Trine obtained a divorce. On May 27, 1846 (a few days before her divorce was final) she married Jakob Mehrtens. (born July 11, 1815)
Trine Eckhoff and Jakob Mehrtens had 2 children:
1. Jakob born Aug 6, 1847
married Anna Lutjen
2. Maria born July 11, 1849
married Henry Eickhoff
Nothing is known about Johann Herman Georg Eckhoff after he left Cole Camp, MO. Nothing is known of his son Johann born 1835 either. Possibly he went with his father. Story had it that when he left he went south riding on a white horse. Why he left is not known either.
Trine died March 11, 1893 and is buried in rural Cole Camp, MO.