This Ludwig Heinrich Riedesel was born in the house known as “Weisse” in Wunderthausen on December 23, 1839. He was the second-oldest of at least nine children of (another) Ludwig Heinrich Riedesel (1816-1886) and Luise Althaus (1816-1872). His older sibling died young, so he would have been in line–by tradition–to take over the house, but there was little land to go with it.
So he chose to go to America instead aboard the ship “Duisburg” which docked in Baltimore on May 27, 1857. An immigration record says he was bound for St. Louis. I have never found another trace of him.