On 18 April 1835, Carl Lavien, (a.k.a. Charles Lafean), was born near LÃ¼beck (a.k.a. Luebeck), Westphalia Region, in the Kingdom of Prussia (Germany), to Anthony and Mary Myers Lavien. Carl Lavien had at least one brother and two sisters. One of Carl Lavien's sisters in Prussia (Germany), married a man named Hagemeir or Hintelmeir. One of her sons was "believed" to be living in the state of South Dakota U.S.A. during the early 1900's.
In June 1854, Carl Lavien, at age 19, traveled from LÃ¼beck to Minden, sailed down the Weser River to the port of Bremen and then sailed for America. During the voyage, Carl Lavien befriended the widowed Frederick (a.k.a. Friedrich or Fredrick) Kottcamp of Minden, then the capital of the Westphalia Region, in the Kingdom of Prussia (Germany), and his 16 year old daughter Anna Marie Scharlotte Kottcamp (a.k.a. Scharlotte Kottcamp or Charlotte Kottcamp). Frederick Kottcamp is "believed" to have been a farmer near Minden and he had "several" other daughters and "several" sons. Scharlotte was born near Minden on 10 Feb 1838, and her mother had died in Scharlotte's infancy. On 07 July 1854, their ship landed in Baltimore MD.
Carl Lavien, (a.k.a. Charles Lafean), Frederick (a.k.a. Friedrich or Fredrick) Kottcamp and his daughter Anna Marie Scharlotte Kottcamp, (a.k.a. Scharlotte or Charlotte), settled around York PA, Cockeysville MD and Baltimore MD.
Carl Lavien, (a.k.a. Charles Lafean) soon after landing in Baltimore MD, came to York PA, and during the succeeding nine months was employed by the firm of P. A. S. Small at the Ashland Furnaces near Cockeysville MD. Desiring to enter business for himself, he then returned to York PA and leased several lime kilns on the King's Mill Road near the Codorus Paper Mills. Here he began his successful career in business.
After landing, Anna Marie Scharlotte Kottcamp, (a.k.a. Scharlotte or Charlotte), obtained a position as a live-in family maid in Baltimore MD. Later she became very seriously ill and Carl Lavien, (a.k.a. Charles Lafean) traveled south to Baltimore MD and brought her to York PA for her recovery.
Charles Frederick Lafean married Charlotte Kottcamp in York PA on 03 Feb 1856, and thus the Lafean Kottcamp family saga began in America.
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