|Adolph "Otto" HAVEMANN and Anna HAVEMANN were the children of Barthold Havemann and Anna KIEP. (Anna remarried Barthold after her first husband, Mr. (unknown) Behrens, died.)
We believe that both Barthold and Anna were born in Germany, but we just don't know yet. However, it is thought that they were living in Brooklyn when Adolph (about 1877-1921), and Anna (1879-1972) were born.
|Anna Havemann in her finest dress||Anna (Kiep) Havemann and her daughter, Anna|
|Otto's family consisted of his wife, Mary WINGENDORFF Havemann, and his family, who lived in the Bronx. |
The family lived at 2140 Arthur Avenue in a solid old farmhouse with thick stone walls in the Bronx, New York City. According to family lore, the family originally (just before the turn of the 20th century?) owned the entire city block. Later, they sold off the lots facing the streets, but kept the interior section, which was perhaps about four acres. Some of it was used as a farm, tended by an Italian gentlemen who let the owners take as much produce -- beans, corn, squash, and much more, even grapes -- as they could eat. The rest he sold.
The farmhouse was still standing until a decade or two ago. Additions had been made over the years -- sufficient to house the Havemann family and the guests who came to visit. Now, it's an athletic field, along with the rest of the block.
|April 1908 at 2140 Arthur Avenue
Front row: Wallie [Walter HAVEMANN], [unknown], Anna KIEP Havemann, [unknown]
Top row: Uncle Henry, Aunt Lou, Uncle Gus, Aunt Jennie [Mary's sister Johanna], Grandma [Mary WINGENDORFF], Otto HAVEMANN
The family included Otto and Mary, and their children Walter Adolph and Alfred William, and Gogo (Anna SEIFFERT Wingendorff, Mary's stepmother, second wife of John WINGENDORFF). Barthold and Anna must have visited frequently; there are many photos of them helping out in the yard and the garden. The Havemanns entertained many guests, including Admiral William Behrens, who would arrive in a large chauffered Navy car with flags flying from the fenders.
Johanna, known as 'Jennie,' was Mary's sister. They came over from Germany together on the steamship Gothia in 1886; Jennie was 11, and Mary was just 7 years old. Leaving their aunt's and uncle's care in Berlin, they made the ocean crossing alone, without any family members, under the captain's care -- a circumstance which wasn't that unusual in those times. Their father met them at the Castle Garden immigration center when they arrived in August 1886. The Statue of Liberty was under construction and nearly complete, and would be formally unveiled a short time later.
"Jennie" Wingendorff married August Von Hasseln, and together they worked at Trommer's, a popular brewery-bar in Brooklyn. The brewery went out of business decades ago, and the records appear to be long gone, so there doesn't seem to be a lead to follow in that direction.
Update: The SSDI yielded a record that showed a Harry W. Van Hasseln as the son of August and Johanna von Hasseln. From that, I located Jennie's granddaughter living in California!