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This Wisconsin Heuer Family
genealogy website is devoted to the descendants of Johann Friedrich Heuer, born April 18, 1808 in Neides a village located in Kreis Greifenberg, Pommern, Prussia, and his wife Catharina Sophia Ruhnke, born March 25, 1808. Her birthplace is unknown. Unfortunately, we do not have a picture of either of them.

Pictured below is the family of one of their sons, our great-grandfather, who proudly carried the same name as his father, Johann Friedrich.

Johann Family


This Heuer Family emigrated from Pommern to Bremen and boarded the ship Laura to New York, arriving June 7, 1857.  They were processed at Castle Garden and set out for Buffalo, their first stop while en route to Wisconsin. There was a good reason they stopped in Buffalo, but you'll have to read the book to learn why!

After a few short weeks in Buffalo, they moved to the western shores of Lake Michigan, first to Cedarburg, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin and in late 1859 they moved to Ahnapee, Kewaunee County.  The town of Ahnapee was later named Algoma

This website is devoted to and follows the ancestors and descendants of Johann Friedrich and Catherina Sophia Heuer.  Their Children in birth order;


Birth Date


Place of Birth

Wilhelmine Caroline Rosaline Heuer Bergin Brandt 12 Oct 1833 8 Dec 1908 Tressin, Kreis Greifenberg,   Pommern, Prussia
August Ferdinand Heuer  2 Jul 1836 22 May 1865 Tressin, Kreis Greifenberg, Pommern, Prussia
Ferdinand Karl Heuer  9 Oct 1839 17 Dec 1919 Borntin, Kreis Greifenberg, Pommern, Prussia
Johann Friederick Heuer  28 Oct 1842 25 Oct 1872 Borntin, Kreis Greifenberg, Pommern, Prussia
Johann Friederick Heuer Decendants
Ernestine Caroline Friedericke Heuer  2 May 1845 30 May 1915 Borntin, Kreis Greifenberg, Pommern, Prussia
Bertha Friedericke Sophia Heuer  25 Sep 1849 27 Nov 1911 Borntin, Kreis Greifenberg, Pommern, Prussia
Augusta Marie Elizabeth Heuer Raether  7 Jan 1855 22 Oct 1945 Borntin, Kreis Greifenberg, Pommern, Prussia

They sailed to America aboard the Laura

The Laura was a bark, a 3-masted sailing vessel, the front two (foremast and mainmast) square-rigged, the sternmost (mizzenmast) rigged fore-and-aft (for a pictorial representation of the major elements of the bark rig, see the Peabody Essex Museum's web page, "Rigging of American Sailing Vessels").  

The Laura was built by Peter Sager, of Vegesack, and launched on 26 March 1857.  196 Commerzlasten/442 tons register, 36,2 x 8,5 x 4,7 meters (length x breadth x depth of hold); Commercial Code signal letters Q.B.W.P.  

She was owned jointly by H. von Fischer, Bremen, and her captain, Hans Jurgen Wilmsen, of Vegesack, each of whom held a half share.  Wilmsen was succeeded as captain by Loius Schmidt, also of Vegesack, who was succeeded in 1867  by Wilhelm Wilmsen; for part of that year H. Maass, first mate, acted as master, during Wilmsen's illness.  

On 22 September 1866, on a voyage from Bremen to Baltimore with 210 passengers, the Laura was severely damaged by a hurricane, during the course of which 8 passengers were swept overboard and drowned.  

In 1874, the Laura was sold to M. L. Stranne, of Foglavik, Sweden, who renamed her Josefina; her new master was O. Berndtsson.  On 24 January 1877, the Josefina arrived at Buenos Aires from Bordeaux' in the course of unloading her cargo, the vessel caught fire, and became a total loss.   (Back to top of page)

Photo of Three Masted Bark

The bark is a three-masted vessel with the foremast and mainmast square rigged and the mizzenmast fore-and-aft rigged. The mizzenmast carries no yards: there is a hoist-and-lower fore-and-aft sail and a gaff topsail.


Map of Prussia Circa 1890

Pommern Griffin
Pommern Griffin
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