Paul Friedrich Wilhelm Arendsee

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Paul Friedrich Wilhelm Arendsee

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Duhringshoff, Brandenburg, Germany
Death: December 20, 1921 (71)
Place of Burial: Westfield, Marquette, Wisconsin, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Gottlob Ferdinand Arendsee and Johanna Charlotte Gustine Arendsee
Husband of Louise Arendsee
Father of Elmer R. Arendsee
Brother of Marie Louise Arendsee; Augusta Amelia Meyer Witthuhn Langlotz; Henriette Amalie Arendsee; Herman Ferdinand Arendsee; Ulricke Agnes Domke and 4 others

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About Paul Friedrich Wilhelm Arendsee

Paul arrived at the Port of New York on September 19, 1868, aboard the ship "Shakespeare" from Hamburg. He was 18. He was a joiner by occupation.

When Paul Arendsee arrived in NY in 1868 it had been a rough year for immigrants as a whole. It had been, in fact, difficult for those on his ship particularly. Earlier in the year, in April (Paul arrived in September), a group of Prussian immigrants had been stranded in Point Levi, Canada, having run out of money while trying to get to the "Western States."

Here is an excerpt of a letter about the ordeal:

From a letter dated Quebec, 2 June, 1868 from L. Stafford to G.J. Pemberton, Acting Prussian Consul, Quebec: "I consider it my duty to inform you that a party of Prussian emigrants, numbering 83 souls (equal to 58 adults), landed from the ships Anna and Shakespeare, from Hamburgh,[sic] and Shakespeare, from Bremen, and destined to the Western States, are at present in the Grand Trunk Sheds at Point Levi, in a totally destitute condition, not having either the means to pay their Railway fares to the West, or to purchase the common necessaries of life." The reply was: "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 2nd instant, informing me that a party of Prussian emigrants landed from the ships Anna and Shakespeare, and destined to the Western States, are now here in a totally destitute condition. You further inform me that you are unable to render these unfortunate people any assistance. I regret to state, that as Consul I have at my disposal no funds for their relief and am powerless to help them. It is much to be deplored that no intimation was given to the Prussian authorities of the intended withdrawal of the system hitherto existing. Steps might then have been taken on the other side to prevent such a catastrophe as now seems likely to occur. I shall, however, communicate immediately to the Consul General in London the substance of your letter, and I trust that you will represent to the heads of your Department the urgent necessity for continuing the former system of relief until such time as the authorities in Berlin shall have received and acted upon my communication."

The Shakespeare had landed in NY already that year, on January 17, and would again, to bring Paul in September.


"Paul Friedrich Wilhelm was born 18 February 1850 and came to America in 1868. He married Louise Miller 10 November 1876 in Marquette County, WI. The ship's passenger list shows his occupation as joiner. He took up farming upon settling in Wisconsin. Paul and Louise had 8 children - Gustave, Martha, Rudolph Ferdinand, Lena L., Anna, William Louis, Leon L.., and Elmer R. Paul died 20 December 1921 on his farm near Westfield, WI and is buried in the East Cemetery in Westfield."

(Source: Nancy Arendsee's 1995 Christmas letter.)

Grave stone in East Cemetery, Westfield, WI: "FATHER/PAUL/BORN/FEB 18, 1850/DIED/DEC 20, 1921" N43d 53m 24.6s W089d 28m 55.2s, 855ft.

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Paul Friedrich Wilhelm Arendsee's Timeline

February 18, 1850
Duhringshoff, Brandenburg, Germany
December 4, 1898
Age 48
December 20, 1921
Age 71
Westfield, Marquette, Wisconsin, United States