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Pre-Ellis Island Arrivals: 1880-1891

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  • Claus Matthias Wiese (1860 - 1932)
    Claus came to the United States at the age of 19, on the "Devonian", arriving at Ellis Island on Mar 31, 1879.
  • Nicklaus Wiese (1838 - 1896)
    Immigration • 19 October 1888 New York City, New York County, New York, United States (Ellis Island) Ship: Hammontah***burg And Havre
  • Justus Frederick Brandau (1859 - 1940)
    Immigration: 1883 New York, New York (Ellis Island) on the ship Main .
  • Rose Gottesman (1865 - 1931)
    Rose Eisenberg was born in April, 1865 (?) in Russia and died July 4, 1931 in Boston Massachusetts "at age 63." She was the daughter of isaac Eisenberg and Celia Cohen. She Immigrated in 1890 or before...
  • Matthew Moore (1850 - 1907)
    "United States Census, 1900," Matthew Moore, ED 20 Borough of Manhattan, Election District 5 New York City Ward 2, New York County, New York, United States* name: Matthew Moore* titles & terms: * eve...

This project is a sub-project for U.S. arrivals before Ellis Island opened. Please add your ancestors or other relatives who arrived during this period.

afterwards we will work on a portal/master project!


By the 1880's, steam power had shortened the journey to America dramatically. Immigrants poured in from around the world: from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and down from Canada.

The door was wide open for Europeans. In the 1880s alone, 9% of the total population of Norway emigrated to America. After 1892, nearly all immigrants came in through the newly opened Ellis Island.