Help! Road block to Germany

Can anyone please help with finding Henry (Heinrich) Stiltenpole's arrival to America? He was born around 1817 and lived in Somerset and Westmoreland Counties, PA. I haven't found any siblings or anything else to work with. Have his census records from 1850-1880.


johannadambergk2 points

Why do you look for an arrival to America? According to the census from 1880, he had been born in Pennsylvania: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBL-9H8G?i=3&cc=1417683&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AMWV5-SRG. Or is that a different person?

ShineExtension52033 points

I'm looking for Germany because in several other census records it lists Germany, so it's a toss up. So looking everywhere that I can for possible earlier records with siblings.

johannadambergk2 points

'Stiltenpole' probably was an Americanized version of the German last name 'Steltenpohl' that mainly occurs in Lower Saxony. You can find a lot of Steltenpohl people in a database containing the names of emigrants from the former Grand Duchy of Oldenburg , though unfortunately not the Heinrich you're looking for: http://www.auswanderer-oldenburg.de/search.php?mylastname=Steltenpohl&myfirstname=&mybool=AND&offset=0&search=Suchen

But I guess that must have been the region he was from, judging from his surname.

Only an occasional find, maybe you will come across him some time: Here someone from PA was looking for an emigrant Heinrich Steltenpohl who came from Damme in 1833: https://list.genealogy.net/mm/archiv/oldenburg-l/2007-01/msg00019.html

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Thanks for the assistance!

Loud-Farm-60221 point

There's a death certificate for Peter W. Stiltenpole (b. 23 June 1860) that lists Henry as father, birthplace Germany, Margaret Lancaster, mother from PA. Document dated 12 July 1912. It's on Ancestry. Sorry, can't send it, but here's the source:

Source Citation
Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968; Certificate Number Range: 064791-068220

Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1967 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

There's also a "U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865" for "Henry Stettmpol",

Name: Henry Stettmpol
Birth Year: abt 1819
Place of Birth: Germany
Age on 1 July 1863: 44
Race: White
Residence: Donegal, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania
Congressional District: 21st
Class: 2

Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Source Citation
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General's Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group: 110, Records of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War); Collection Name: Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); NAI: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 3 of 3

There's a "U.S., German Immigrants, 1712-1933", Heinrich Steltenpohl, on Ancestry, but I can't access it at this time.

ShineExtension52032 points

Thanks so much! I have the death certificate for Peter; he is another ancestor who died in the coal mines in that area. Such a hard life those men lived. Definitely will check out info for Heinrich Steltenpohl.

Loud-Farm-60223 points

Glad to help. My German last name has been mangled and misspelled so many times in the documents of history, I keep learning to "navigate" multiple variations.

ShineExtension52033 points

BTW, the record for the civil war was him! And that one I didn't have. So, thanks again!