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Andrew Balder & Mary E, Erhardt from Germany to Ohio in the 1850's

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Andrew Balder & Mary E, Erhardt from Germany to Ohio in the 1850's

Posted: 5 Nov 2007 6:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BALDER, HARRIS, SHAFER, RUFENACHT, SHEARER, BENTZ, DOUGHERTY
I am looking for descendants of Andrew Balder (b. abt. 1803) & Mary or Maria E. Erhardt that came from Germany to the US in the 1850's. Their known children are Catharine, John, Philip, Andrew, Margaret & Elizabeth Balder all born in Germany. I believe they had a son named Frederick also but at this time I cannot make a connection to him but this name was passed down from all children.
Andrew is in the 1860 Tuscarawas Co., Ohio census & living w/ him is Andrew & Catharine. I presume the mother, Mary E., has died. Philip & wife (Catharine Dougherty) are living next door & living w/ them is a Maria E, infant 7 mos. old. It has her name has Balder but she is living w/ them in the 1870 census also as Mary E. Schafer, 10 yrs. old. This is a daughter of John Schafer (also spelled Shaffer or Schaffer) & Elizabeth Balder. The elder Andrew is gone in 1870.

The 1900 census states when they came to the US:

BALDER, John came to the U.S. in 1852, born May 1832, 68 yrs. old, living in Coshocton Co., OH in 1900.
BALDER, Phillip came to the U.S. in 1853, born Dec 1834, 66 yrs. old, living in Owen Co., IN in 1900.
BALDER, Andrew came to the U.S. in 1855, born Jun 1841, 59 yrs. old, living in Owen Co., IN IN 1900.
BALDER, Catharine came to U.S. in 1849 born Oct 1842, 57 yrs. Old, living in Holmes Co., OH IN 1900.
BALDER, Margaret came to the U.S. in 1853, born Oct 1847, 54 yrs. old, living in Owen Co., IN IN 1900.

I can't find Elizabeth (Balder) Shaffer in the 1900 census. Catharine Balder looks to be the first to come to the US. I found her in the 1850 census living in Whitley Co., IN with a Jacob & Saesa Balder. My resources for searching is limited. But there is an Andrew Balder listed in the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s @ Ancestry.com, his destination is Ohio but I cannot get details, not a member.
I hope someone researching can connect to this Balder family. Thank you, Carla

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