Freedom On Liberty Street

My Stuttmeister ancestors came to New York and lived on Liberty Street where the Trade Towers once stood. I now suspect they were Ministers. They came to Chili, also.  Thirteen year old Victor Rudolph Stuttmeister applied for a passport when he was thirteen years of age. He had a high forehead, an aquiline nose, a large mouth, a sharp chin, brown hair, and blue eyes. Rudolph had six children and was a New York City Physician. Phillip, Mary, and Lizzie are born in New York City. Bertha is the first child to be married in California. This family were pioneers in San Francisco, Belmont, and Lagunitas in Marine County where Beryl and Leonard Buck moved after living in Oakland for many years.

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6 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Rudolph 57 M W Physician 12,000 6,000 Germany X X
7 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Matilda 42 F W Keeping House New York X X
8 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Victor 24 M W New York X X
9 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Bertha 10 F W California X X
10 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Willie 8 M W California X X
11 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Alice 3 F W California X
12 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Mary 16 F W New York X
13 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Lizzie 14 F W New York X
14 1006 __21 Stuttmeister Phillip 18 M W New York

Name:Rudolph Stuttmeister Arrival Date:12 Jul 1843 Age:27Gender:M (Male)Port of Arrival: New York Port of Departure: Hamburg, Germany Place of Origin: Deutschland Ship: Stephani

Rudolph or Rudolf (French: Rodolphe, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish: Rodolfo) or Rodolphe is a male first name, and, less commonly, a surname. It is a Germanic name deriving from two stems: Rod or Hrōð, meaning “fame”, and olf meaning “wolf” (see also Hroðulf; cf. Adolf).

1888: From the Daily Alta, an article on the marriage of Dr. William O.
Stuttmeister and Augusta D. Janke.
Daily Alta California, Volume 42, Number 14175, 24 June 1888
One of the most enjoyable weddings of the past week took place at
Belmont, Wednesday morning last, the contracting parties being Miss
Augusta Janke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Janke of Belmont,
and Dr. Wm. Stuttmeister of San Francisco. The house was
handsomely decorated with a rich profusion of ferns and flowers, and
at the appointed hour was filled with the relatives and intimate friends
of the contracting parties. At 11 o’clock the wedding march was played
and the bridal party entered the parlor. The bride was attended by Miss
Alice Stuttmeister, a sister of the groom, and Miss Minnie Janke, a
sister of the bride, as bridesmaids, and Dr. Muldownado and Wm.
Janke, a cousin of the bride, were groomsmen. The Rev. A. L. Brewer
of San Mateo performed the beautiful and impressive ceremony under
an arch composed of flowers and greens very prettily arranged, after
which the guests pressed forward and offered their congratulations.
The bride was attired in a very pretty and becoming costume of the
crushed strawberry shade, and wore a corsage bouquet of orange
blossoms. She carried a handsome bouquet of white flowers. After the
guests had paid their compliments the bride and groom led the way to
the dining-room, where the wedding dinner was served and the health
of the newly married pair was pledged. The feast over, the guests
joined in the dance, and the hours sped right merrily, interspersed with
music singing and recitations, until the bride and groom took their
departure amid a shower of rice and good wishes. Many beautiful
presents were received. Dr. and Mrs. Stuttmeister left Thursday
morning for Santa Cruz and Monterey, where they will spend the
honeymoon. On their return they will make their home in Belmont.
1911: Dr. Willian O. Stuttmeister was practicing dentistry in Redwood
City, CA. (Reference: University of California, Directory of Graduates,
1864-1910, page 133).
Records from Tombstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, 1853-1927 – Janke
– Stuttmeister
Mina Maria Janke, daughter of William A, & Cornelia Janke, born
February 2, 1869, died March 1902.
William August Janke, native of Hamburg, Germany, born Dec. 25,
1642, died Nov. 22, 1902, son of Carl August & Dorette Catherine
Frederick William R. Stuttmeister, native of Berlin, Germany, born
1612, died January 29, 1877.
Mrs. Matilda Stuttmeister, wife of Frederick W.R. Stuttmeister, born
1829, died March 17, 1875, native of New York.
Victor Rudolph Stuttmeister, son of Frederick W.R. & Matilda
Stuttmeister, born May 29, 1846, died Jan. 19, 1893, native of New


Deed—John B. Coleman and wife to Augusta D. Stuttmeister —lots No. 106 107 108 109 112 113 114 115 map of Lagunitas Tract,

Carl and Dorothea Janke
By: John Edmonds

Carl August Janke was a native of Hamburg, Germany, as was Dorothea; they left Germany in late 1848 and sailed to San Francisco arriving in 1860 following a brief trip to the gold country. They spent little time in San Francisco, finding the climate more to their liking in Belmont, San Mateo County.
Carl built the well known Belmont Picnic Grounds in the vicinity of today’s Twin Pines Park. The grounds became well known in San Francisco and when the railroad became well established in the mid 1860s the well intentioned and sometimes the not so well intentioned citizens of the great city took the train to Belmont. Good citizens of San Mateo County also enjoyed the good imported German beer and the dancing to the German band.
One of the problems for the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad that serviced Belmont and the San Mateo County Peninsula was that the trip back to the city often resulted in a great number of broken windows. The railroad solved that problem by increasing the toll for the trip to Belmont to cover the cost of replacing the windows. Thus everybody had to pay for the misdeeds a few.
On one occasion one of the less than gentlemanly males from San Francisco, thinking himself a playboy, took affection to a teen age young lady from Belmont. After a dance or two he took her for a walk in the nearby field and raped her.

The Belmont Picnic Grounds

The young lady reported the incident to her mother who, in turn, reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. The rapist, of course, disappeared in the crowed but the Deputy along with others took the young lady, one to the front of the train and the other to the back of the train and they worked their way toward each other until they located the suspect who was arrested and taken to the Jail in Redwood City.
A trial was held in the courtroom in Redwood City and during the process of that trial the suspect rose and walked forward to testify. The father of the victim rose and fired two shots into the suspect killing him instantly. The newspapers were blatant about the suspect got what he deserved and the father pleaded he went crazy after the rape. Several people testified to that fact. The father, having regained his sanity while waiting for his day in court, walked out of court a free man. This seems to fully agree with the newspapers, it’s nice to see justice served.
This is the only murder in a San Mateo County courtroom.

American sailors were no strangers to Valparaiso’s harbor, either.  One monument at the Dissidents Cemetery honors a battle of the far-flung War of 1812, America’s “Second War of Independence.”  On March 24, 1814, the frigate USS Essex, under command of Admiral David Porter, went into battle against the British vessels HMS Phoebe and HMS Cherub just offshore. Porter lost the battle and 58 American sailors died.  (One sailor aboard the Essex was the future Civil War admiral David Farragut, famous for later coining the phrase, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” during the siege of Mobile, Alabama, in 1864.)
Valparaiso also holds a minor spot in American history and literature: Writer Herman Melville, whose seafaring days in the South Pacific took him here, opens his anti-slavery novel “Benito Cereno” off the Chilean coast.

Cementerio Disidentes (The Cemetery of Dissidents) is the final resting place for hundreds of European and North American Protestants, freethinkers, and other non-Catholics who died in this “skinny country,” and their descendents, who still call Chile home.
Today, we don’t tend to think of Latin America as an immigration hub. But in the 1800s, Chile, Argentina and Brazil attracted many new settlers from abroad, including quite a few whose native tongue wasn’t Spanish or Portuguese. Argentina and Chile, in fact, are mostly immigrant nations.

Liberty Street is a street in New York City that stretches east-west from the middle of Lower Manhattan almost to the East River. It borders such sites as One Chase Manhattan Plaza, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, One Liberty Plaza, Liberty Plaza Park, the World Trade Center site, the World Financial Center, Gateway Plaza, Liberty Park, and the North Cove marina. A FDNY Firehouse, Engine Co. # 10 and Ladder Co. # 10, is located at 124 Liberty Street, directly across from Ground Zero.[1]


Before the American Revolution, Liberty Street was known as Crown Street, but afterwards the name was changed. The present Liberty Street and the present Maiden Lane between Liberty and Pearl Streets. The name was changed to Liberty Street in 1793, with the part east of the junction being added to Maiden Lane.[2]

Central Railroad of New Jersey’s Liberty Street Ferry Terminal in New York City, ca. 1900

Between the 1860s and the 1960s the Central Railroad of New Jersey‘s main ferry ran from the foot of the street on the Hudson River to Communipaw Terminal in Jersey City.

In the late 1960s, all buildings that ran along the north side of the street from Church Street to West Street were demolished to make way for the World Trade Center.

The western portion of the street was extensively damaged by the September 11 attacks. This section of the road, adjacent to the South Tower of the World Trade Center, was crushed by debris and blanketed with dust and smoke when the building collapsed at 9:59 A.M. Rebuilding efforts continue near the World Trade Center site.

The Deutsche Bank Building, located at 130 Liberty Street, sustained heavy damage that morning and was later demolished. Other buildings on Liberty Street were also ravaged by the events. The Burger King on the corner was used as a temporary NYPD headquarters in the days following the attacks.

Tesla’s Liberty Street Laboratory

In 1887, Nikola Tesla rented his first laboratory. This is described in Carlson’s biography:

Tesla’s first laboratory was located in New York’s financial district. The laboratory was at 89 Liberty Street, just around the corner from the offices of Mutual Union at 120 Broadway. On the ground floor was the Globe Stationery & Printing Company, and Tesla occupied a room upstairs. The lab was furnished with only a workbench, a stove, and a dynamo manufactured by Edward Weston.

From: Carlson, W. Bernard. Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age (p. 81). Princeton University Press.

This was in the middle of the north side of Liberty Street between Broadway and Church. (The street is named Church north of Liberty, and Trinity to the south). Across the street from 89 Liberty, Temple Street ran two blocks south to Trinity Church. With Tesla’s obsession with the number three and with his father a priest, perhaps Trinity, Church and Temple were significant to him. The building with his laboratory is highlighted below in orange in an 1891 Atlas map.

From: Plate 2. Atlas of the City of New York, Manhattan Island. G.W. Bromley and Co., Philadelphia, 1891.

His stay here continued through the time when he invented the A/C generator and motor, although much of the refinement of these inventions were done in Pittsburgh. He moved to his Grand Street laboratory in August of 1889.

Globe Stationery continued at this address from 1876 until 1897 when it moved to 25 John Street. (Modern Stationer and Book-Seller, April 25, 1921. page 44, Google Books).

The Singer Building was constructed on this site. When it was completed in 1908, it was briefly the tallest building in the world. It was torn down in 1968, at the time the tallest building ever demolished. It was replaced by 1 Liberty Center. The site of Tesla’s laboratory is one-half block east of the southeastern corner of what would become the grounds of the World Trade Center.

From: Plate 2. Atlas of the City of New York, Manhattan Island. G.W. Bromley and Co., Philadelphia, 1911. This map clearly shows 89 Liberty Street as part of the southwest corner of the Singer Building.

The Singer Building. Photo from Wikipedia. Tesla’s laboratory at 89 Liberty Street was situated at what became the southwestern corner (leftmost in the above picture).

Although Paul Schäfer was the founder of Colonia Dignidad, an isolated settlement in Chile 400 kilometers south of Santiago, he wasn’t the only one who made its creation possible. Established in 1961 by German emigrants with strong Nazi ties, the enclave, which became known for its widespread cases of torture and child abuse, had several supporters in Germany and Chile.

In his book “Colonia Dignidad” (1998), the journalist Gero Gemballa wrote that the media’s portrayal of the settlement remained surprisingly factual – practically no exaggerations or creepy legends were added to the descriptions.

Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil
An ELCA Global Mission description, since the official site for the Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil is in Portuguese. The largest South American Lutheran Church with about 716,000 members, IECLB’s roots were first planted with the arrival of German immgrants in 1824. Congregations developed in Southern Brazil and were supported by German Lutheran Churches. The first Synods were organized in 1886, still relating to the Mother Church in Germany. After World War 2 the Synods began to work more with each other than the church in Germany, and the independent IECLB was formally established in 1968.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brazil
The English page of the Igreja Evangélica Luterana do Brasil, which was established in 1904 through the efforts of LCMS missionary activity that started in 1900. For another English site, check this personal site on the IELB.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile
An ELCA Global Mission description, with the official site for the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en Chile being in Spanish. The IELCH traces its beginnings to the 1860s, when the first German Lutherans immigrated to Chile. However the formation of non-Roman Catholic churches was not permitted until 1925, after which Lutheran congregations organized an association that later became the IEHLC. In the 1960s the church began missionary work in Spanish. The church underwent schism during the Pinochet regime, resulting in the formation of a separate Lutheran Church in Chile (Iglesia Luterana en Chile). Both churches are part of the LWF and have formed the Lutheran Church Council in Chile with a goal of unification in 2014.


(07) 179 Johanna Marie Sophie Charlotte Stuttmeister, evang.

g am 19.10.1805 in Nienburg(r)

s am 16.4.1871 in Nienburg(r)

Gottfried Ludwig Höppner, g am 8.9.1802 in Nienburg(r),  s am 10.7.1882 ebd.(r),  18 Uhr, b am 13.7.1882 ebd., evang. (siehe 178 HÖPPNER I) H am 22.11.1829 in Nienburg(r)

Tochter : 1) Sophie Charlotte Höppner, g am 18.6.1831 in Nienburg(r),  t am 27.6.1831 ebd., s nach dem 2.7.1852, evang. (siehe 89 HÖPPNER I)

(08) 358 Johann Gottfried Christoph Stuttmeister, evang.

g am 23.12.1768 in Nienburg(r)

s nach dem 22.11.1829

───────────────────────── Ausbildungen und Berufe ──────────────────────────


Christine Elisabeth Erdmuthe Adler, g am 15.1.1771 in Nienburg(r),  s nach dem 22.11.1829, evang. (siehe 359 ADLER) H vor dem 19.10.1805

Tochter : 1) Johanna Marie Sophie Charlotte Stuttmeister, g am 19.10.1805 in Nienburg(r),  s am 16.4.1871 ebd.(r),  evang. (siehe 179 STUTTMEISTER)

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Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 15:31:03 -0800
William Olin Stuttmeister was born in 1866, and I assumed it was from
Charlottenburg, Germany. However this is only a suposition, as his
death certificate does not indicate he emigrated from Germany. He
had a brother, and four sisters. One sister was my grandmother,
Alice L. Stuttmeister Broderick. Her sister, Bertha, married a
Meyer. They all lived in
Oakland, California, USA. Dr. William Olin Stuttmeister, I believe
second eldest, became a dentist and practiced in Redwood City,
Calif., but
lived in San Francisco, California. He had a quarrel with the
sisters and
they never reconciled. Thus the lack of any substantial family

Through childhood conversations with my maternal grandmother – she
that the two other sisters, names unknown, emigrated to South Africa
on married a man who had an osterich farm(feathers fashionable at
time) The other married a man with either a gold or diamond mine.
diamond, because prior to WW1 they came to visit the family, and they
brought my grandmother’s wedding ring, a very large yellow diamond.
of course the war came, and no one ever heard from them again, or
they did, but I was not privy to this adult knowlege – thus they are
I suppose forever. I thought just perhaps some of this history may
ring a
‘bell’ with someone out there.

Their father was a medical doctor in Berlin, Brandenburg – Dr.
Stuttmeister, but I have absolutely no information on him. My half
claims both parents died young, and left one of the sisters, Berthe,
raise the other children – my grandmother, Alice, only 10 years old.

However, none of this seems quite accurate. I remember this paternal
grandmother Alice spoke broken English which indicats to me they
and she was not born in the US, but all death certificates seem to
they were born in the US, but I think there is a mistake here. It
very confusing delving after the truth when this family evidently
wanted to
hide their past and confuse us all.

Daryl Bulkley
Port Townsend, Washington
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 1999 11:09:12 -0800
To Dave Herring, and Listers,

Thank you very much for the information on Herman Stuttmeister. It
interesting that my information differed a little from what you sent
me, as
along with Herman Stuttmeister there was a HEDWIGA, age 27 from
Sipiory, which I think is the incorrect spelling of the town, and if
can correct this I would appreciate it.

I thought that Lemberg was in Switzerland, but there is a Lemberg in
Germany I believe.

Would anyone know where it is in proximation to the suburb of
Charlottenburg which is now incorporated in the city of Berlin?

Quite right, they came as tourists. I wonder what attracted Germans
America at this time? And did they return to Germany? If so, is
there a
way of checking?

Dear N.Y. Listers, John Dornheim very kindly emailed this
on the ‘Prussia’ list, but I want to write to the Church concerning
their marriage records, and if I can obtain a marriage certificate,
1844. I discovered that F.W. Rudolph Stuttmeister married Mathilde
Oltman in this church. The church was formerely known as ‘The German
Lutheran Church’ as so many of the German immigrants attended this
church. Is there some knowlegeable person who could give me a full
address, zip code and all? >There is no Lutheran church in any of
five boroughs of NYC that goes >by “Evangelical Lutheran Church” of
which I am aware. The word >Evangelical is an adjective which many
Lutheran congregations include in >their name. It means Gospel-
centered. >Organized in the mid 1660’s St. Matthew is the oldest
(perhaps second >oldest) Lutheran church in NYC. It is in the
uppermost part of Manhattan >near 207th St. > >John Dornheim I did
write to one church which I found in a N.Y. telephone book, but I
think that it is not the old church. ALSO, I would like to know what
medical schools were available in New York in the middle 1800. I do
not know whether Dr. W. F. Stuttmeister became a doctor in New York,
or in Berlin, Germany. He was twenty-eight years when he married, so
could have studied medicine in New York. Does anyone know how I
go about unearthing this bit???? Many thanks to those IN THE KNOW!
Daryl Pacific Northwest
Is there any way, other than asking someone, I can find out whether
there were city directories in the middle 1800’s? Looking to see
my great grandfather came from Berlin to New York, and how long he
stayed. His name was W.F. Rudolph Stuttmeister, may have had
the ‘von’ in front, and may have had Dr. attached too, which brings
me to the question, what medical schools were in Manhattan or nearby
in the middle 1800’s. I know he was married in 1844 in Manhattan.

Name: Rudolph Stuttmeister
Arrival Date: 12 Jul 1843
Age: 27
Gender: M (Male)
Port of Arrival: New York
Port of Departure: Hamburg, Germany
Place of Origin: Deutschland
Ship: Stephani
Family Identification: 30119947
Microfilm Serial Number: M237
Microfilm Roll Number: 52

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Name: Victor Stuttmeister
Gender: männlich (Male)
Departure Age: 15
Occupation: Student
Birth Date: abt 1846
Residence: New York, USA
Departure Date: 1 Jun 1861
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Port of Arrival: New York
Ship Name: Bavaria
Captain: Meier
Shipping Clerk: Aug. Bolten Wm. Miller`s Nachfolger
Shipping line: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Ship Type: Dampfschiff
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Accommodation: Zweite Kajüte
Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 015

Name: Rud. Stuttmeister
Arrival Year: 1852
Arrival Place: Chile
Source Publication Code: 1192.4
Primary Immigrant: Stuttmeister, Rud
Annotation: “German Immigrants to Chile, 1853-1856.” Date and port of arrival.
Source Bibliography: CLASEN, ARMIN. “Deutsche Auswanderung nach Chile, 1853-1856.” In Zeitschrift fuer Niedersaechsische Familienkunde, 33. Jahrgang, Heft 4 (Juli 1958), pp. 86-101.
Page: 55

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Name: Hugo Stuttmeister
Gender: männlich (Male)
Departure Age: 31
Occupation: Kaufmann
Birth Date: abt 1861
Residence: Berlin, Preußen (Germany)
Departure Date: 21 Jul 1892
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Destination: Rio de Janeiro
Port of Arrival: Lissabon; Brasilien (Brazil)
Ship Name: Tijuca
Captain: Langerhanß
Shipping Clerk: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Shipping line: Hamburg-Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrt-Gesellschaft
Ship Type: Dampfschiff
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Accommodation: ohne Angabe
Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 081 A

Name: Hugo Stuttmeister
Gender: männlich (Male)
Departure Age: 48
Marital Status: ledig (Single)
Occupation: Kaufmann
Birth Date: abt 1861
Residence: Berlin
Departure Date: 7 Mrz 1909 (7 Mar 1909)
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Destination: Madeira
Port of Arrival: Boulogne; Leixoes; Lissabon; Madeira; Nordbrasilien
Ship Name: La Plata
Shipping Clerk: Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft)
Shipping line: Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft)
Ship Type: Dampfschiff, kein Auswandererschiff
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Emigration: nein
Accommodation: 1. Klasse
Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 208
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    My German ancestors.

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