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Bastian, Catherine   (1815-1901)

Catharina Hertweck was born February 12, 1815 in Michelbach, Baden. She was the sixth of eight children born to Joseph Hertweck (of Haueneberstein) and Maria Magdalena Dillinger. She also had a half-brother and half-sister from her motherís previous, short, marriage (her motherís first husband died just two years after their marriage). Six of her siblings had families, and she was the only one of her siblings to leave Michelbach. Catharina married Joannes Baptista Bastian on March 9, 1835. He was twenty years her senior, and she was his third wife, after his first two died. At least five of his six children from the first two marriages were alive when Catharina married Joannes. One of the children from his previous marriage stayed in Michelbach and had five children. Three others emigrated to New Orleans. Two of those died shortly after emigrating, and the other (Michael) had four children but no grandchildren. Catharina and Joannes had ten more children together, before he died in 1858, leaving her with six young children (and one older step-daughter). Ferdinand married within a year of his fatherís death, stayed in Michelbach and raised a family there. Philomena married in Michelbach, and emigrated in 1871. Albin, Alois, Pauline and Margaretha emigrated with Catharina in 1865, arriving in New York on October 20th, on the ship ďBorussiaĒ. In 1900, Catharina lived in Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. She died December 29, 1901, and is buried Calvary Cemetery, Milwaukee.

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