The elusive Andrew Maurer

The obituary for Agnes Haffa – who was Jacob Maurer’s mother, hence my great×3 grandmother – says that she had five children. Two (names unknown) died in Germany; the other three were Jacob, Anna and Andrew.

Jacob’s birth name may have been Johann Jacob. That’s how he was recorded in the passenger list for the good ship Columbia, that brought him to America in 1865; but by the time he reached Illinois, he was Jacob (or, occasionally, Jakob).

Anna married William Ziegler and moved to Colorado. I don’t know much about her yet.

Andrew’s birth name may have been Andreas. Agnes Haffa’s obituary calls him Andy, and says that he was living in Clark County, Illinois, near Marshall. The 1900 census for Clark County does list an Andrew Maurer, who seems like a good match. He was born in Germany, the year after Jacob and Agnes married.

The odd thing about this possible Andrew is that he came to America in 1857, eight years before the rest of the family. Ancestry.com’s passenger list databases have an Andreas Maurer, arriving from Germany aboard the good ship Wm. Nelson on October 29th, 1857; but there’s no indication that he was traveling with anyone. Would a fifteen-year-old emigrate alone?

I need to collect more information about Andreas / Andrew / Andy Maurer.

An obituary would be useful, if I could find one. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library – formerly the Illinois State Historical Library – has Clark County newspapers covering 1905, the year Andrew died. So there may be another trip to Springfield in my future.

A death certificate would be better, but Andrew appears to have died in Vigo County, Indiana – where genealogical requests are not particularly welcome. On the other hand, Indiana has vital records at the state level from 1900 onward, and the state department of health is somewhat more accommodating. Perhaps I will send them a request for Andrew Maurer’s death certificate.