Johann Ludwig Riedesel (1822)

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Johann Ludwig Riedesel was born August 5, 1822 in the small Wunderthausen house known then as Haase. He was the third child and second son of Ludwig and Florentine (Althaus) Riedesel. His father had inherited the tenancy through marriage. Following local custom he was known by his middle name.

Some time in 1844, J. Ludwig set off for America in the company of his first-cousin, Ludwig Dürr and the latter’s (single) mother. They traveled to New York on the ship Lesmona out Bremen, landing on June 24, 1844, but their destination was Crawford County, Ohio, where another aunt, Maria (Althaus), and uncle, Christian Gerhard, were living (the nature of this connection is a good story).

The following year, all of the immediate family left Wunderthausen to come to Crawford County. Also in the party was Catherine Schneider whom J. Ludwig married on July 1, 1845. As far as we know, none of the Riedesels owned property in Ohio, but either worked for other farmers or rented land. This was in the Jackson Township close to both Crestline and Galion. J. Ludwig was naturalized in Crawford County on November 11, 1854.

J. Ludwig and Catherine remained in Ohio until 1855 when they moved on to the Wheatland, Iowa, area.  They had four surviving children by this time and five more were born to them at Wheatland (three unnamed children died young). They owned 160 acres of land north of Wheatland in the Liberty Township (section 32).

Before the founding of St. Paul’s Church in 1861, he is recorded as a founding member of a German Reformed congregation or community (Gemeinde) in 1857.  In 1881, they moved again to a place north of Glidden, Iowa. Catherine died in 1894 and J. Ludwig subsequently lived with various family members. At the end of his life he was living with his daughter, Florentine Beckman in Wheatland, but died at a hospital in the county seat of Clinton. J. Ludwig and Catherine are buried in the Merle Hay Cemetery at Glidden. He had outlived all of his siblings.

Family of J. Ludwig and Catherine (Schneider) Riedesel

Family of J. Ludwig and Catherine (Schneider) Riedesel

Detailed Ancestry Report
Ancestry of Catherine Schneider
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