It was not at all difficult to find the passenger list for Johann Hasselbacher and Maria, passenger numbers 92 and 93 below. I do not think I had ever seen it before. What can we learn from it?
The passenger list is certified in New York officially on 28 Nov 1857. This is a day later than the Peoria biographies state, but who knows exactly when the boat docked?
I was unable to find a sailing date from Bremen. However, there was a death on board as early as Oct 26, so the voyage took at least more than 32 days. That seems slow to me, even for 1857. What kind of ship is a Bark? I suspect it was a sailing ship as opposed to a steamship, but do not know.
Johann Hasselbacher of Bavaria is 28 which is about right. He knows he is going to Rosefield. He is listed as a bricklayer, consistent with the occupation listed just before departure in the Fürther Tagblatt. It is also consistent with being a 4th or 5th generation Maurer! Whether he worked as a mason in America is not known to me. A year later after living with a brother-in-law he bought farm property of his own . Both he and his presumed wife are "Between Deck" passengers.
Maria ?Taudacker 31, is coming from and going to the same place. I am surprised she is not listed with a husband's name. Is it possible they were not yet married? (It is said they wed just before the voyage.) I do not have a wedding record in hand, but will check into this.
These voyages were not trivial. There were 11 passenger deaths on board. Overall 4% of the passengers died. Not surprisingly, these were not distributed evenly among the different classes of passengers. There were 12 First Class Cabin passengers and 54 Second class Cabin passengers. One of the first class passengers died (1.5% of the cabin passengers.) There were 10 deaths among the 212 Between Deck passengers, or 4.7% death rate. Almost 1 in 20 of these perished.
By what name were Johann Peter and Eva Maria called? I have not prepared a systematic review of available records, but most of those are formal and would not answer the question of what their friends and family called them. At least for boys, and also for girls in the area of their homeland, the first name was a "religious one" and the second often the name of their godparent. Here is the stone currently on the grave of this couple. They are Peter and Eva. I see a certain symmetry that the founding males of the two largest American Hasselbachers lines are both named Peter!