Sophia was born in Thuringen Germany, in 1808. She married George Trautvetter in Germany sometime before they came to the United States in 1853. The settled on a farm in Rocky Run Township, Hancock County, Illinois. Sophia has been located in the 1860 census in Rocky Run Township.
MODIFICATION OF CONTEST:
A reader asked me if I was certain Sophia stayed in the US when George returned, and I'm not. What I know is:
- George and Sophia sold all their real estate in Illinois in 1869
- George died in Germany in 1871, where church records state he lived as a "retiree" with his family still in America and that he returned due to "marital difficulties."
- A son's biography states that George returned to Germany and died "while on a visit."
- Sophia is buried in Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois--and I highly doubt her body was returned to the US for burial as George is buried in Germany.
So--if you cannot find her in 1870 and she did return to Germany for a visit--then she should be on a passenger manifest--between 1869 and 1877 when she died. Either submitting her 1870 census enumeration or her 1869-1877 manifest will win the contest. Do not submit her 1853 passenger manifest. That does NOT count.
Her tombstone is posted online here: http://rootdig.com/tombstones/trautvetter_family.html
Send your submission, complete with citation of entry to Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the ONLY address to where entries should be sent. Contest open until we have a winner. Good Luck. If you have won a contest in the past two months, you are NOT eligible to win.
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