|Ernest Paul Coburn (1895-1973)|
Myrtle Esther Rumph (1898-1971)
with my grandmother,
|Fred and Ella Myhan Rumph|
|August and Sophie Rump|
in their later years
|A younger August and Sophie Rump|
One final piece of the puzzle is found in the New York Passenger lists. In 18 July, 1868, we find Sophie Rumpff, a 30 year-old from Oberhammelwarden, with her children John (8), Fred (5), and Auguste (2) arriving in New York on the ship America from Bremen and Southampton as second class passengers. My Sophie's children at the time were Joanna (8), Fred (5), and August (10 months). I believe this is the same family, but they erroneously recorded Johanna as John, perhaps due to difficulty understanding the accent, or transcribing a form improperly. The ages match except August is off by a year, but that could be an error in his birthdate as later stated.
As an aside, they must have moved from the New York (in 1868) to Huntsville (in 1870) pretty quickly. What would make an immigrant family, likely with language difficulties, move so far? Did they have family or other connections in Alabama? Was there a known German community in Huntsville? Was more land available in the south? This is soon after the Civil War--one would think that the Southern economy hadn't recovered much, but perhaps men (especially carpenters) were needed to help rebuild. Or maybe land was cheaper here without a supply of free labor. (One of my uncles thought that perhaps the whole immigrant story was made up to avoid being labeled a Yankee in Reconstruction-era Alabama.)
This is not the end of the story, however. In the next installment, I will tell even more of my discoveries about this immigrant family.