The Adam and Barbara (Drechsler) Sippel Family
from Hesse-Kassel, Germany
to New York, Wisconsin and Michigan
Adam and Barbara had the following children: Felix, Lucy, Victoria, Ferdinand, Sabina, Vincent, Carl and Hermann. The following is information on these children.
Sabina and Vincent lived in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan for many
The migration of the Adam and Barbara Drechsler Sippel family and of Martin Baus, his cousins, Benedict and Pius Kohlman from the farming villages north of Fulda, Hesse-Kassel via the Town Nassau, Rensselaer County, New York to the townships of Marshfield and Forest, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.
Johann Adam Sippel, son of Valentine and Maria Margaret (Krimmel) Sippel
was born 19 Apr 1808 in Oberleimbachshof (Fulda), Hesse-Kassel, Germany. He
married Maria Barbara Drechsler 8 Apr 1834 in Marbach, Hesse-Kassel, Germany.
Barbara died 9 Aug 1891 at Mt.
Calvary, WI. Adam died 26 Dec 1895 at Mt.Calvary, WI. He was survived by two daughters: Lucy (Mrs. Martin Baus), Victoria (Mrs. Benedict Kohlman); four sons, Felix (Helen VanAlstyne), Ferdinand (Gertrude Hahner), Vincent (Magdalene Weber), and Carl (Anna Rollman Wirth). He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sabina (Mrs. Adam Borns) and his son, Hermann.
Maria Barbara (Drechsler) Sippel,daughter of John George and Maria Anna (Hergert) Drechsler, was born 22 Mar 1810 in Rex (Fulda, Hesse-Kassel, Germany. She married John Adam Sippel 8 Apr 1834 Marbach, Hesse-Kassel, Germany. Barbara died 9 Aug 1891 at Mt. Calvary, WI. She was survived by her husband, two daughters – Lucy (Mrs. Martin Baus), Victoria (Mrs. Benedict Kohlamn); four sons – Felix (Helen (VanAlstyne), Ferdinand (Gertrude Hahner), Vincent (Magdalene Weber), Carl (Anna Rollman Wirth). She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sabina (Mrs. Adam Borns), and her son, Hermann.
Felix Sippel (of Ruckers, north of Fulda, Hesse-Kassel, Germany), son of Johann Adam Sippel and Barbara Drechsler, immigrated to the United States in 1854. (1) Family friends lived in the Nassau area, so he moved there upon disembarking.
Eventually he moved to Chatham Township, Columbia Co., NY where in 1860 he
worked in North Chatham as Dr. Oliver J. Peck’s farmhand (2). His future wife,
Helen Van Alstyne, worked in the same village as Widow Margaret Smith’s domestic
servant (3). Felix and Helen married on 18 September 1864.
Felix must have been the most venturesome family member. He traveled through Iowa and other western states before deciding to settle in Wisconsin. By the end of 1864, he had moved to Kenosha (28). Ferdinand Sippel, Felix Sippel and Benedict Kohlman bought their first Fond du Lac County land on December 1st, 6th, and 15th, 1865 respectively. Johann Adam Sippel purchased his land 3 Feb 1866 and, lastly, Martin Baus on 9 Jan 1867 (29). The 1865 New York census was taken in June, so taken together with this information one could surmise that the family migrated as a single unit between June and December, 1865.
Lucy Sippel, immigrated by herself in 1855. She
embarked the Ship Cariolan at Bremen and arrived at the New York port on 7 May
(4). Lucy’s first son, John, was born in Nassau, Rensselaer County. NY on 31 Jul
1857 (5). In 1860, Lucy was a domestic for John and Harriet R. Huested Miller of
the same locale (6).
Martin Baus came to the United States with 57 Talers (money). He and Lucy Sippel married 3 Nov 1863 in St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, NY (24). Their first two children, George and Valentine, were born in Rensselaer Co., NY. George was born 15 Sep 1864 (25). Valentine was born on 18 Sep 1866 (26). In 1865, Lucy, Martin, John and George lived with the Abram and Katherine Sealey family just outside Nassau village. This was the first marriage for both Martin and Lucy. Martin was a laborer and not yet a citizen. John was 7 years and George was 8 months old (27).
Exactly a year after Lucy, her sister, Victoria Sippel, her brother, Ferdinand Sippel, and family friend, Joh. (Benedict) Kohlmann, immigrated. They arrived at the New York port on the Ship Elsie (7).
In 1859, Felix and his friend, (Joh.) Benedict Kohlman, returned to Germany and brought over several people from the Ruckers area, embarking at Bremerhaven: Adolph (Adam) Sippel, his wife, Barbara, and their children, who were still in Germany at the time (Sabina, Vincent, Carl and Hermann.) Benedict Kohlmann brought back his brother, Pius, and his cousin, Martin Baus of Oberfeld. Others from the area included Andreas Roebig, Vinzenz Ruhl, Wilhelmina Ebert, Zeno Roebig, Petronella Hohmann and Ferdinand’s future wife, Gertrude Hahner (8).
Victoria Sippel and Benedict Kohlmann married on 15 Sep 1859 in St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, NY (8a). Their first three children, Frank, Charles and Martin, were born in Rensselaer Co., NY. Martin was born on 7 Oct 1864 (8b). In 1860 Victoria and Benedict lived with the William and Elisabeth Deats family where Benedict was a farmhand (8c). By 1865, they lived in a house in the village of Nassau. At that time Frank was 4, Charles was 2 ˝ and Martin 11 months. Benedict was also a citizen by this time (8d).
Ferdinand Sippel and Gertrude Hahner married on 21 Apr 1861 in St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, NY. The witnesses were Felix Sippel and Petronella Hohmann (9). Their first three children, Victoria, Lucy and George, were born in Rensselaer Co., NY. Victoria was born on 2 Feb 1862. Lucy was born on 13 Nov 1863 (10). In 1860 Ferdinand was a farmhand for James and Mary Welch (11). By 1865, his family lived in a house in the village of Nassau. At that time Victoria was 3 yrs. 4 mos., Lucy was 1 yr. 7 mos., and George was four months. Ferdinand’s farm consisted of 100 improved acres, 10 unimproved acres, the cash value of the farm was $11,000, of the stock was $500, of the tools was $194. He grew oats, winter rye, grain and potatoes (12).
Sabina Sippel was born 27 Mar 1843 in Ruckers, north of Fulda, Hesse-Kassel, Germany. She married Adam Borns 20 Apr 1871 in Mt. Calvary, WI and died in Grand Rapids, MI 6 Feb 1884. She was survived by her husband; her parents Adam and Barbara (Drechsler) Sippel; a son, Ferdinand and a daughter, Helen Lee, as well as her brothers, Felix (Helen VanAlstyne), Ferdinand (Gertrude Hahner), Vincent (Magdalene Weber) and Carl (Anna Rollman Wirth), and her sisters, Lucy (Mrs. Martin Baus) and Victoria (Mrs. Benedict Kohlman). She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gertrude Catherine, and a brother, Hermann.
Sabina worked as a domestic servant in 1860 for George and Jane E. Welch (13). She had one daughter, Gertrude Catherine Sippel, born 20 Apr 1864 (14). The two were residing on Johann Adam’s farm in 1865. The farm was in the village of Nassau. Gertrude Catherine was 1 year and a month old at census time (15). Additional information about Gertrude Catherine has not been found.
Vincent Sippel, son of Adam and Barbara (Drechsler) Sippel of Mt. Calvary, WI. He was born 3 May 1845 in Ruckers, north of Fulda, Hesse-Kassel, Germany.
Vincent lived with his parents in Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY (16a & 16b). He
married Magdalena Weber in 1866 in Albany (16c). They moved to Michigan the same
He was preceded in death by his parents, by three daughters, Anna, Anna Margaret (Mrs. Michael Peters), Lucy Amalia (Mrs. Anthony Hammerschmidt) and a son, Joseph; his sisters, Sabina (Mrs. Adam Borns) and Victoria (Mrs. Benedict Kohlman) and three brothers, Hermann, Felix and Ferdinand.
Obituary in the Grand Rapids Herald, 17 May 1927 (Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI)
Vincent Sippel, age 82, died suddenly Monday morning, 16 May, at his home, 648 Second St., NW. He is survived by his widow; two sons, John of Cadillac and Frank of Detroit; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Koch, of this city and Mrs. Mason Hall of New Orleans; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren. He has been a resident of Grand Rapids for 61 years and was a member of the Arbeiter and St. Joseph societies. The funeral service will be held Thursday morning at 9 o’clock from St. Mary’s church. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Obituary-Michigan Grand Rapids Herald, 23 Jan 1945, Magdalene died 2 Jan 1945
Mrs. Magdalene Sippel, aged 97, widow of Vincent Sippel, passed away Monday morning after a lingering illness. She had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank X. Koch, 427 Lexington Ave., NW for the last 15 years. The deceased had been a resident of Grand Rapids for the last 80 years and was the oldest member of the Altar society of St. Mary’s church and of St. Mary’s parish. Surviving are a son, John Sippel of Cadillac, two daughters, Mrs. Frank X. Koch of Grand Rapids, and Mrs. Mason C. Hall of New Orleans; nine grandchildren’ 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sippel reposes at the Alt mortuary. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9 o’clock at St. Mary’s church. Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Magdalena was the daughter of George and Catherine Weber. She was preceded in death by her parents, three daughters: Anna, Anna Margaret and Lucy Amalia and two sons: Joseph and Francis (Mary Cowell).
Carl Sippel also lived with his parents (18).
It is possible that he worked as a farmhand for George and Helen Harder in
Schodack Township (19).
He married Anna Rollman Wirth.
Hermann Sippel, born September 1853, only 6 years old at the time he immigrated, lived with his parents, Johann Adam and Barbara Drechsler Sippel in Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY. His playmate would have been the three year old, John Sippel, who also lived with J. Adam and Barbara (20). John was Hermann’s sister, Lucy’s, son (21). Hermann died on 10 Aug 1864 (22). He was 10 years, 11 months, 1 day old. His grave has not been found (23).
Pius Kohlman, brother of Benedict who married Victoria Sipple, remained in Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY until 1876 when he moved to Sand Lake Township, Rensselaer Co., NY. He married Caroline Ruhl in 1865. They had eight children: Anna Marie, Maria Catharine, Frank, John, Lina Elizabeth, Alida, Caroline and Emma. Caroline was the only child who married. She and Joseph Kehn had two children. Caroline and Joseph are buried in St. Henry’s Cemetery, Averill Park, NY. The rest of the family is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau Township, NY (30).
1-Church records, Ruckers, Hesse, Germany. Portrait and Biographical Album of Fond du Lac County, Chicago: Acme Publ. Co., 1889, pg. 501-502. It is possible that he embarked the Ship Wieland at Bremen and arrived in New York on 16 Sep 1854. The ship’s passenger list includes a Philipp Sippel, 19 years old, male, shoemaker bound for Ohio. There’s no census indication that a Philipp Sippel lived in Ohio. Perhaps he stayed in New York or Ohio was one of the western states he checked out.
2-1860 Census, 26 July, New York, Columbia Co., Chatham Twp., Moffits Store, PO, pg.47, Dwelling 316, Family 334.
3-1860 Census, 12 August, New York, Columbia Co., Chatham Township, Moffits Store, PO, Dwelling 798, Family 851.
4-Ship record for the Ship Cariolan.
5-St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, Baptismal Register, father; private; 1860 Census, 18 Aug, New York, Rensselaer Co., Nassau Twp., Schodack Center, PO., Dwelling #1078, Family # 1110, pg 413/139. A note about this census entry: It’s terribly inaccurate. Adam is called Oliver. John is Lucy’s son. Phillip’s identity is unclear. Carl is listed at Vincent’s age. Vincent is listed as Victora and at Carl’s age. Its errors must have been clear to the original transcriber because one copy of the 1860 census lists this information and another does not; 1865 Census, 9 June, New York, First Election District of Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY.
6-1860 Census, 8 August, New York, Rensselaer Co., Nassau Twp., Schodack Ctr PO, pg 112, Dwelling 877, Family 891.
7-Ship record for the Ship Elsie.
8-Ship record for the Ship Atlantic.
8a-St. Mary’s Church Nassau, Marriage Register
8b-St. Mary’s Church Nassau, Baptismal Register
8c-1860 Census, New York Rensselaer Co., Nassau Twp., Schodack Center PO, pg. 110, dwelling 862, Family 873.
8d-1865 Census, 9 June, New York, First Election District, Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY
9-St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, Marriage Register
10-St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, Baptismal Register
11-1860 Census, New York, Rensselaer Co., Nassau Twp., Shodack Center PO, pg. 111, dwelling 819, family 895.
12-1865 Census, 10 June, New York, First Election District of Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY
13-1860 Census, 7 August, New York, Rensselaer Co., Nassau Twp., Schodack Center PO, dwelling 870, family 882, pg. 385/111
14-St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, Baptismal Register (Father: private)
15-1865 Census, 7 June, New York, First Election District of Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY
16a-See footnote 5.
16b-1865 State Census, 7 June, Dwelling 23, frame structure worth $400, 30 family – visited. Vincent is 20 years old. Also living in the house were Charles who was 17 years old, Sabina who was 22 and her daughter, Katherine, who was 1 11/2 years.
16c-Grand Rapids Herald, 30 June 1940.
17-Michigan Grand Rapids Herald, obituary, Tuesday, 17 May 1927, pg. 3.
18-See footnote 5 and 1865 Census, 9 June, New York, First Election District of Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY.
19-1860 Census, 9 July, New York, Rensselaer Co., Schodack Twp., Schodack Ctr. PO, dwelling 22, family 15, pg. 349
20-See footnote 5.
21-St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, Baptismal Register (Father: private)
22-St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, NY, Death Register
23-St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau, NY, was not in existence at this time.
24-Emigration record, State archives of Marburg; Dept. of Interior, Rep. II, K1.14, Nr.23, 1859; St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, Marriage Register.
25-No church record has been found for George’s birth. The year is confirmed by the 1865 census mentioned above.
26-St. Mary’s Church, Nassau, Baptismal Register
27-1865 Census, 9 June, New York, First Election District of Nassau in Rensselaer Co., NY.
28-Holy Cross Ahnentafel, Mt. Calvary, WI; Portrait and Biographical Album of Fond du Lac Co., pg. 501 and 502.
29-Fond du lac Co., Register of Deeds: Vol. 40, pg 265, 339, 382; Vol 32, pg. 38; Vol. 46, pg. 174. Felix and Helen Van Alstyne Sippel first appear in the Mt. Calvary Church Registers on 25 Nov 1866 for the baptism of their son, Benedict. Benedict and Victoria Sippel Kohlmann also first appear that day as Benedict’s sponsors. Ferdinand and Gertrude Hahner Sippel first appear in the registers on 6 Aug 1868 for the baptism of Gertrude Kohlmann, daughter of Benedict and Victoria (Sippel) Kohlmann. Martin and Lucy (Sippel) Baus first appear in the registers for the baptism of their daughter, Victoria, on 5 Dec 1868. Carl Sippel first appears on 8 Aug 1869 for the baptism of Joseph Kohlmann, son of Benedict and Victoria (Sippel) Kohlmann. Sabina Sippel, and her father, Adam, first appear on 16 Apr 1870 as sponsor for Anna Marie Sippel, daughter of Felix and Helen (Van Alstyne) Sippel. Sabina was the domestic servant for H. P. and Maria Brown in Fond du Lac, WI according to the 1870 Census. Adam Borns, her future husband, worked at a Sash Factory in Fond du Lac, WI according to the 1870 Census. They married in Mt. Calvary on 20 Apr 1871 and lived in Mt. Calvary until April, 1878 when they moved to Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI (cf. 1875 Census, Holy Cross, Mt. Calvary Marriage Register and Land transaction records of Fond du Lac Co.) Finally, the parents of the clan, Adam and Barbara Sippel, first appear in the registers as a couple on 19 May 1870 as sponsors for Adam, the son of Ferdinand and Gertrude Hahner Sippel.
30-Further research is being done on this family. The information about them is found in "Landmarks of Rensselaer Co., nY" under the Pierce Coleman biography, in St. Mary’s Church Registers, St. Mary’s Cemetery records and the Troy "Times Records": 28 and 29 Dec 1943 and 12 May 1951.
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