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E lise and Bertha Kleinwort, the youngest daughters of Reimer and Wilhelmine Kleinwort, were part of a long family history in the Hamburg, Germany, area that had lasted at least eight generations. These sisters are the only known members of their immediate family to emigrate to the United States.

Elise Kleinwort

Elise Henriette Kleinwort was born 11 Sep 1846 in Hamburg. Before leaving, she was living at 52 Schlachterstraßenote1 with her eldest sister and brother-in-law, Johanna (Kleinwort) and Achaz Georg Adolph "Georg" Bernhard. Since their father was deceased, Georg signed as guarantor on Elise's passport application. This meant that he agreed to assume any debts she might leave behind. Elise left Hamburg on 16 Sep 1868 aboard the maiden voyage of the steamer Westphalia and arrived in New York on 28 Sept 1868. Unlike typical immigrants, Elise made the voyage in relative comfort as one of the few cabin passengers above deck instead of crowded into steerage between decks. Elise may have first briefly lived in New Jersey with a cousin, or she may have gone directly to Wyoming. Her sister, Bertha, who had come a year earlier, had already married and relocated to Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming. In either case, Elise was in Cheyenne by early 1869.

Less than eight months after arriving in America, Elise, whose name was usually anglacized as Elizabeth or shortened to Lizzie, married Johann Michael "Michael" Henninger in Cheyenne in May 1869.note2 By July 1870, he was working as a grocer in Bijou Basin, Douglas County, Colorado.note3 The couple now had an infant daughter which was yet to be named. They didn't remain in the West for much longer. On 15 Jan 1871, their daughter was baptized in Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, where Michael's mother, brother, and sister had been living since 1860. Michael was then listed in the Atchison City Directory of 1872-73 as living at the corner of 9th and Kearney streets, next to the Atchison Brewery where he was a laborer.note4 The 1875 census shows Elizabeth and Michael living next door to Michael's brother-in-law, Frederick Stephan, and that he was a bar tender. On 2 Mar 1877, Michael died of Tuberculosis while living in Kansas City. He was buried by the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Atchison, but the cemetery is unknown. Michael Henninger is discussed in more detail in the "Henninger Family History". Elizabeth and Michael had the following children:

  1. Mary Catherine "Mayme" Henninger (1870-1924) who was born 03 Mar 1870 in Kiowa, Douglas County, Colorado, which is about thirty miles north of Bijou Basin.note5 Mayme was already a resident of Jackson County, Missouri, when she married Michael Joseph Burns here 12 Jul 1894. They then lived in Kansas City, Missouri. Michael was a bar tender in 1900 and a street inspector when he died 19 Aug 1916 in Kansas City. Mayme then lived with Michael's sister and her husband until she died here 29 May 1924 of tuberculosis. They were buried in Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery in Kansas City.
  2. Georg Wilhelm Henninger (1871-) who was born 03 Aug 1871. He probably died in infancy.
  3. Wilhelm Woldemar Henninger (1873-) who was born 25 Feb 1873. He also probably died in infancy.
  4. Johann Michael "Michael" Henninger (1874-1962) who was born 23 Oct 1874 in Kansas. According to a newspaper article, Michael first went to Denver, Colorado, to find work in May 1901. He married Rose L. () c.1903, and they were living next to his widowed mother in Shannon Township, Atchison County, Kansas, in 1905. By 1910, they were living in Eaton, Weld County, Colorado, where he was working as a teamster. The census of this year is the last known record that includes Rose. Michael is then listed in the Denver city directories of 1914-1919, still working as a teamster, but these did not include the names of spouses. Between 1910-1920, he remarried to Ella "Nellie" Reed. They were living in La Plata County, Colorado, in 1920, and Michael was a farm laborer. By 1930, they were back in Denver, where they remained. Michael died here 27 Jul 1962 in Denver. Nellie is last known living at this time.
  5. Friedrich Georg "Fred" Henninger (1876-1949) who was born 04 Oct 1876, probably in Missouri.note6 He lived in and around Atchison working as a farm laborer and travelling around the county on threshing crews. He died here 23 Jun 1949 and was buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. He never married.


After Michael's death, the 1878 Atchison city directory listed Mrs. Elizabeth Henninger as living on the north side of Main Street, east of 8th Street.note7 She was supporting herself by taking in washing. On 2 Feb 1879, Elizabeth remarried to Wilhelm "William" Flachsbarth in Atchison County, Kansas, where they were to live in Shannon Township. After 24 years of marriage, Wilhelm died on 3 Jul 1903, and he was buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison. For nearly another thirty years afterward, Elizabeth lived in the various homes of her children. During this time, she became nearly blind due to cataracts. She died 20 Feb 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri. She is also buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Elizabeth and William had the following children who were previously discussed in the "Flachsbarth Family History":

  1. Elizabeth Katharine "Lizzie" Flachsbarth (1879-1945).
  2. Bertha Katharine Flachsbarth (1881-1974) previously discussed in the "Maternal Branch in Kansas".
  3. Salome Emma "Emma S." Flachsbarth (1883-1955).
  4. Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm "Will F." Flachsbarth (1885-1972).
  5. Henry Paul Christian Flachsbarth (1887-1972).
  6. Wilhelmina Theodore "Minnie" Flachsbarth (1891-1985).

Bertha Kleinwort

The year before Elizabeth emigrated, an elder sister had made the same journey. Bertha Louise Kleinwort was born 27 Oct 1844 in Hamburg. She too was living with their sister's family in Hamburg, and their brother-in-law likewise signed as Bertha's guarantor. She left from Hamburg's port as a cabin passenger aboard the steamer Teutonia in June 1867 and arrived in New York on July 1.

Before their departures, Bertha and Elizabeth had a first cousin, Johann Gustav Wesselhöft, who had already been living in Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey, since at least March 1863. This must be with whom Bertha was living at first. Only six months after arriving, she married George Rath 29 Dec 1867 in Hoboken. The witnesses to the marriage were Johann and his wife, Marie. Their marriage record shows that George was a restauranteur born in Rohr, Württemberg, which is near Stuttgart, Germany. His obituary says that he moved to Cheyenne in 1867, the year the town was originally surveyed. However, it couldn't have been before early 1868 after their wedding unless George had returned to marry Bertha. An index of Laramie County records lists several purchases by George and Bertha beginning in 1868. Unexpectedly, most of the transactions were in Bertha's name. The earliest was a quit claim deed executed on 17 Mar 1868 where George curiously sold bar, bar fixtures and bar chattals to his wife. This is the earliest record of them in Cheyenne. On 17 Jul 1869, they mortgaged two Brunswick billiard tables in the Germania Hotel. George is also first mentioned in the local newspapers in a 17 Nov 1869 article that said he was the proprietor of this hotel. The Germania Hotel was located on 15th Street across from the railroad depot.note8 It is not known how long George ran the hotel, but he was listed as a baker during the 1880 census. He died in Cheyenne 26 Mar 1896, and Bertha remained here through at least 1900. By April 1910, she and her daughter, Emma, were living in Ogden, Weber County, Utah, next to the family of their eldest daughter, Bertha (Rath) Ford. However, she was back in Cheyenne when she died 11 Jul 1910. Bertha and George had the following children:

  1. William Conrad Rath (1869-1946) who was born 11 Oct 1869 in Wyoming. In 1900, he was a railroad conductor, and by 1910, he had become a switchman for the Union Pacific Railroad. William first married Sarah Grace Pawson 24 Sep 1892 in Laramie County, Wyoming, but they apparently divorced after June 1900. He second married Mary Francis () bet. 1900-1910. She died 17 May 1917 in Cheyenne and was buried in Lakeview Cemetery. He third married Mattie Ella () 4 May 1921 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. They lived in Cheyenne until at least 1935, but in 1940, they were living in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, and William had retired. He died 11 Feb 1946, and Mattie died 18 Jan 1963. They were buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne.
  2. Bertha Rath (1871-1944) who was born 14 Aug 1871 in Denver, Colorado. She married Rufus Ford 03 Feb 1890 in Cheyenne. A year earlier, Rufus had founded the Ogden Transfer & Storage Co. in Ogden, Utah, so Bertha joined him there. Bertha died 24 Jan 1944, and Rufus died 03 Apr 1950, both in Ogden. They were buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Ogden.
  3. Emma Elizabeth Rath (1875-1969) who was born 10 Jan 1875 in Wyoming. Emma married Michael Francis Rabou or [Rabow] 08 Jul 1913 in Laramie County, Wyoming, and they were living in Pine Bluffs in the same county in 1920. After Michael's death in 1928, Emma was living with her brother, William, in Cheyenne in 1930. In 1940, she was living with her sister, Louisa, in Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming. Emma then remarried to Alex Black McConechy 15 Aug 1944 in Casper. They lived here until at least 1957, but they were living in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming, when Alex died 22 Sep 1960. Emma was still here in 1967 and died 28 Aug 1969. They were buried in Highland Cemetery in Casper.
  4. John Henry "Jack" Rath (1877-1961) who was born 10 Jul 1877 in Cheyenne. He married Christine Marie Jessen 30 Jul 1907 in Laramie County, and they lived in Cheyenne. John worked for himself as a truck driver until about 1940. Afterward he worked as a janitor and a watchman. Christine died 07 Sep 1958, and John died 10 Apr 1961. They were buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne.
  5. Frederick Andrew Rath (1879-1956) who was born 20 Jul 1879 in Cheyenne. Frederick married Lillie May Swanson 28 Nov 1906 in Laramie County. They lived in Cheyenne where Fred was a carpenter for the Union Pacific Railroad. Lillie died 28 Nov 1951, and Frederick died 09 Oct 1956. Both were buried in Beth El Cemetery in Cheyenne.
  6. Charles Martin Rath (1881-) who was born 14 May 1881 in Cheyenne. Charles was a geologist, and in early 1910 he was living in Casper. Later that year, he married Maude Morrill 18 Jun 1910 in Golden, Denver County, Colorado. They then lived in Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, until at least 1911, where Charles was surveying mineral deposits for the U.S. General Land Office. In 1913, he continued surveying while living in Cheyenne. By 1918, they had moved to Denver, Denver County, Colorado. Maude is last known to be living here with Charles in April 1942, but they must have divorced. Maude died 14 Jan 1974 while living in McIntosh, Marion County, Florida, with one of their sons. Charles remarried to Louise () between 1942-1953, and they remained in Denver. Charles died between 1959-1966, and Louise is last known living in 1972.
  7. Louis Rath (1883-1956) who was born 11 Jun 1883 in Cheyenne. In 1900, Louis was still in Cheyenne with his family working as a railroad apprentice. In 1904-1906, he was working as a machinist in Ogden, Utah. During this time, he married Myrtle Wattis 02 Feb 1905 in Salt Lake City, Utah. On 4 Feb 1910, he was hired to work as a machinist for the Northern Pacific Railway in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington. Myrtle died here 06 Mar 1921 during childbirth, but their only child was delivered successfully by Caesarian section after her death. Louis remarried to Mary E. "Mamie" Agnew 25 Dec 1923 in Spokane. By 1917, he had become the foreman of the steam engine round house, and continued at this position through about 1926. He was then transferred to St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, where he held the same position. He returned to Spokane after 1931. He was then a machinist inspector until retirement in 1948. Although still residing in Spokane, Louis died 14 Dec 1956 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington. Mamie is last found in the 1960 Spokane city directory.
  8. Louisa R. Rath (1885-1955) who was born 02 Jun 1885 in Wyoming. Louisa married Walter William Keefe 28 Dec 1906 in Laramie County. They lived in Cheyenne until moving to Casper in late 1913, where they remained. Walter died 26 Aug 1933. He had been a florist, and Louisa and their two sons continued in the business after his death. She died 02 Sep 1955. Louisa and Walter were buried in Highland Cemetery in Casper.

Altona to Hamburg

The father of Elise and Bertha Kleinwort, Reimer Kleinwort, was born on 28 Sept 1800 in Altona, Schleswig-Holstein. This was just outside the walls of the city of Hamburg. About 1825, Reimer moved from here to Hamburg to work as a butcher in the "Neuen Schrangen".note9 On 18 Jul 1827, he applied to become a bürgher of Hamburg, which is roughly equivalent to becoming a citizen of a city. He soon married Johanna Wilhelmine "Wilhelmine" Eckert on 26 Sep 1827 at the church of St. Michaelis, a church that has itself become a symbol of Hamburg. Wilhelmine was born 18 June 1805 in Hamburg to Johann Casper "Casper" Eckert, a butcher, and Catharina Elisabeth Dührkop. Reimer was working for Casper when he married his daughter. Casper was working for his future father-in-law when he married as well. At this time, Reimer was living at No.2 Pickhuben (street). Here and at No.13 in the same block are where the family remained for at least the following 30 years.note10 Wilhelmine must have been an exceptionally fertile woman, having the following twelve children in only seventeen years:

  1. Johanna Marie Kleinwort (1829-) who married a smoked meats merchant named Achaz Georg Adolph Bernhard c.16 Dec 1857 at the church of St. Catharinen, Hamburg.
  2. Joachim Hinrich Kleinwort (1830-1846).
  3. Emma Magdalena Kleinwort (1831-) who married Theodor Ernst Heinrich Häsecke 6 Jun 1855 in Hamburg.
  4. Johann Hermann Kleinwort (1832-) who died in infancy.
  5. Betty Catharina Kleinwort (1833-1843).
  6. Elise Wilhelmine (Wilhelmine) Kleinwort (1835-).
  7. Franz Ludewig "Ludewig" Kleinwort (1836-) who married Louise Agatha Henriette Busse 1 Jun 1862 at St. Catharinen.
  8. Carl Reimer Kleinwort (1838-) who died in infancy.
  9. Otto Friedrich Kleinwort (1840-1847).
  10. Daniel Georg Kleinwort (1842-) who died in infancy.
  11. Bertha Louise Kleinwort (1844-1910) previously discussed.
  12. Elise Henriette Kleinwort (1846-1932) previously discussed.

All of these children were born in Hamburg and baptized in another historic church, the church of St. Catharinen, which is only a short walk from the location of their home. Reimer died 27 Mar 1855 and was buried in the section of Dammthor Cemetery reserved for members of the butcher's guild. Wilhelmine was still living in June 1862 at the time of the wedding of her son, Franz Ludewig. However, she apparently did not attend, because it was noted that the witnesses to the marriage attested to her approval.

Wedel to Altona

The father of Reimer Kleinwort was Joachim Hinrich Kleinwort. Joachim was born 24 Jun 1757 in Wedel, but the family was living about 2 miles away in Holm. Located 15 miles west of Hamburg on the Elbe River, these villages were also within the Danish territory of Schleswig-Holstein. Joachim and his family moved to Altona, nearer to Hamburg, when he was a very young boy. He then married Catharine Maria Margaretha Hinck 12 May 1781 in Altona. Catharine was born in Altona in May 1760 to Johann Christoph Hinck and Anna Margaretha Dührkop. Joachim was an ale brewer and inherited an estate and brewery in Altona from his father. Joachim died 23 Dec 1820, and Catharine died 29 Dec 1838. They had the following twelve children in Altona:

  1. Catharina Maria Margaretha Kleinwort (1785-) who was born 08 Mar 1785. She married a Mr. Wesselhöft. Their son was the Johann Gustav Wesselhöft who lived in Hoboken.
  2. Michael Joachim Kleinwort (1787-) who was born 1 Jun 1787.
  3. Anna Magdalena Kleinwort (1789-) who was born 10 Feb 1789.
  4. Anna Friederika Kleinwort (1790-1873) who was born 18 Feb 1790. She married Christian Hinrich Wesselhöft 01 Sep 1825 and died in Schiffbek, just outside Hamburg, in 1873.
  5. Johann Georg Kleinwort (1791-) who was born 22 Aug 1791. Georg inherited the estate and brewery that his father had inherited from his grandfather.
  6. Johann Hermann Kleinwort (1792-) who was born in October 1792.
  7. Hans Stephan Kleinwort (1793-) who was born 21 Oct 1793.
  8. Peter Erich Kleinwort (1795-1853) who was born 10 Dec 1795 and died in 1853.
  9. Henriette Elise Kleinwort (1797-) who was born 01 Sep 1797. She married a Mr. Rodatz but was widowed by 1838.
  10. Franz Ludewig Kleinwort (1799-) who was born 25 Dec 1799. He was last known living in August 1836.
  11. Reimer Kleinwort (1800-1855) previously discussed.
  12. Eduard Kleinwort (1803-) who was born 15 Feb 1803.

Joachim Kleinwort Sr.

The father of Joachim Hinrich Kleinwort was Joachim Hinrich Kleinwort, Sr. He was born 1727 in Wedel and married Anna Catherina Groth in 1752. Joachim senior inherited a vast estate in Altona named "Rosenhof" from a wealthy godfather and relocated his family to live on it sometime between 1759-1762. Rosenhof was large enough to be shown on city maps of the time. It contained a residence and a successful brewery that would support Joachim and his large family as well as the even larger family of his younger brother, Johann. Rosenhof continued to support Kleinworts for at least another two generations as well. Joachim died in 1783, and Anna died in 1803 in Altona. They had the following children:

  1. Johann Hinrich Kleinwort (1753-1797) who was born 24 Jan 1753 in Wedel and married Anna Wittorf.
  2. Margaretha Dorothea Kleinwort (1755-) who was born 23 Apr 1755 in Wedel and married Hieronymous Struck.
  3. Joachim Hinrich Kleinwort (1757-1820) previously discussed.
  4. Anna Catharina Kleinwort (1759-1825) who was born 12 Dec 1759 in Wedel.
  5. Hinrich Kleinwort (1762-1831) who was born 22 Aug 1762 in Altona and married Catherine Lohmann. Hinrich founded a merchant bank in 1786 and moved to London. This bank evolved into a major investment bank and after various mergers and acquisitions is currently known as Kleinwort Hambros.note11
  6. Magdalene Kleinwort (1773-) who was born 06 Jan 1773 in Altona and married Peter Petit.

The Long Line of Johanns

After this point, the details become fewer, but four more generations are known. Joachim's father was Johann Kleinwort who was born 1699 in Wedel and married Anna Ladiges in 1723 in the same village. Johann died 1773, and Anna died 1780. They had the following children:

  1. Johanna Kleinwort (1723-1805) who married Johann Breckhold.
  2. Johann Kleinwort (1725-1732).
  3. Joachim Hinrich Kleinwort (1727-1783) previously discussed.
  4. Anna Kleinwort (1732-1758) who married Johann Heinsohn.
  5. Johann Kleinwort (1735-1811) who married Metta Poll. Johann's family lived at Rosenhof with Joachim's family.
  6. Hans Jurgen Kleinwort.
  7. Johann Albert Kleinwort (1747-1798) who married Metta Magens.

Johann's father was also named Johann Kleinwort. This Johann was born 1650 in Wedel and married Anna Holtmann in 1692 in the same village. Anna was part of a wealthy family who owned the ferry that crossed the Elbe from the village of Wedel. Johann died in 1712 of the Great Northern War plague that spread through Europe from 1700-1721 and ravaged the Hamburg area from about 1712-1714. Anna is last known living in 1717.

The father of this Johann was also named Johann Kleinwort. He must have been born sometime before 1632 and is presumed to have been living when his son was born in 1650.

Finally, the father of this Johann was Johann Albert Kleinwort, the earliest known ancestor of the Kleinwort family. It is not known when Johann Albert was born, but it must have been before 1592. It is known that he held the prestigious position of Deichgraf of Wedel in 1613. The deichgraf is the person charged with maintaining the dikes, or levees, in the area to prevent flooding from the river. To be given this title was an honor usually given to a wealthy person of high social status.

The majority of the information regarding Rosenhof and the earlier generations come from the book Kleinwort Benson; The history of two families in banking, by Jehanne Wake, 1997.

Kleinwort Homeland

The city of Hamburg, the adjacent smaller city of Altona, and the village of Wedel which lies a short distance up the Elbe River comprised the homeland of the Kleinwort family. They are all located in what is now northern Germany.

The official name of Hamburg was the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. As the name suggests, it was in fact a free city which was not under the rule of any larger governments or part of a larger territory. The name also denotes that it was a member of the Hanseatic League, which was a sometimes powerful alliance of merchant cities who made collective agreements to strengthen their trading positions with others. Trade was and is an important factor in Hamburg's economy. It is a major shipping port, located inland on the Elbe River which leads directly to the Atlantic Ocean.

Altona was originally a smaller distinct city located just beyond the city walls of the larger city of Hamburg. Although the two were located adjacent to each other, and the majority of both of their residents were culturally German, they were under separate rule. Altona was within the territory of Schleswig-Holstein which was governed by the Danish until 1866, the year it came under Prussian rule. It was incorporated as a suburb of Hamburg in 1937. The greater Hamburg area is now a separate state within Germany.

Wedel is located on the Elbe River approximately fifteen miles west of Hamburg. It was then a small village in the territory of Schleswig-Holstein with an important ferry for crossing the river. It has become a much larger town, or even a small city, and is now located in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Kleinwort Selected Documents

Bürgher (Citizen) Application

'Bürgher-Protokolle' [Citizen Registry], Hamburg, Germany.

Staatsangehörigkeitsaufsicht A I f, 37, No.536.
[original text in German, translated by Andrea Brinkmann, Hamburg]

Registry of citizens

1. Name and Age: Reimer Kleinwort, 26 ¾ years old
2. Birthplace: Altona and 2 years here [Hamburg for two years]
3. Where does he live?: Pickhuben No. 2
4. Who was his master and employer until now, and how did he make a living?: He said he works with butcher Eckarts as assistant
5. Why did he leave his birthplace?: to work in Hamburg
6. How does he want to make a living as a citizen of Hamburg? As a butcher in the New Schrangen [market]
7. If and how long he is married and if he has children, or:
8. He is not married, however he will be? He is not married, but would like to marry
9. If he would be able to feed a family with his occupation? He hopes so

Actum 18th July, 1827


'Kirchenbücher Hauptkirche St. Katharinen' [St. Catherine's Church Records], Hamburg, Germany.

Baptism Register, 1846, p.428.
[original text in German]

Child of Reimer Kleinwort and Johanna Wilhelmina Eckert
Elise Henriette, born September 11, 1846 (at 10 o'clock a.m.)
Christening: September 22, 1846
Godfathers and –mothers
1. Jfr. Elise Kleinwort
2. Jfr. Johanna Maria Kleinwort
3. Johann Casper Eckert

Emigration Applications

'Reisepaß-Protokolle, 1851-1929' [Passport Registry], General Police Registration Office, Hamburg, Germany.

Emigration Application for Elise Kleinwort, 1868

No.501, 1867.
[original text in German]

Name: Miss Bertha Luisa Kleinwort
Occupation: [citizen's?] daughter
Birthplace: Hamburg
Age: 22 years
Stature: short
Hair: dark brown
Eyebrows: dark brown
Eyes: brown
Mouth: small
Complexion: healthy
Special Characteristics: none, Schlachter Straße No. 52
Signature of Traveler: Bertha Kleinwort

Surety: I hereby certify through my personal signature that the above information is grounded in fact, and furthermore I stand surety as principal debtor for any inconvenience or disadvantage that could arise from the issue of the requested passport.

Signature of Guarantor: A.G.A. Bernhard
Address of Guarantor: Schlachter Straße No. 52
Additional Evidence: To New York
Hamburg, 14 May 1867

No.705, 1868.
[original text in German, translated by Ann C. Sherwin]

Name: Miss Elise Henriette Kleinwort
Occupation: daughter of
Birthplace: Hamburg
Age: 22 years
Stature: normal
Hair: brown
Eyebrows: brown
Beard: brown [?]
Nose: ordinary
Mouth: ordinary
Chin: ordinary
Face: round
Complexion: healthy
Special Characteristics: none, Schlachter Straße No. 52
Signature of Traveler: Elise Kleinwort [Elise Kleinwort]

Surety: I hereby certify through my personal signature that the above information is grounded in fact, and furthermore I stand surety as principal debtor for any inconvenience or disadvantage that could arise from the issue of the requested passport.

Signature of Guarantor: G. Bernhard [G. Bernhard]
Address of Guarantor: Schlachter Straße No. 52
Additional Evidence: To New York
Hamburg, 29 Aug 1868, 12 [months?]

Emigration / Immigration

'Auswandererlisten, 1850-1934' [Emigrant Lists], Emigration Office, Hamburg, Germany.

373-7 Office of Emigration I, VIII B 1, Vol.21, p.615.
Steamer Teutonia, from Hamburg, Germany, to New York, 15 Jun 1867.
[original text in German]

Bertha Kleinwort, aged 23, single, cabin passenger.

373-7 Office of Emigration I, VIII B 1, Vol.22, p.915.
Steamer Westphalia, from Hamburg, Germany, to New York, departed 16 Sep 1868.
[original text in German]

Elise Kleinwort, aged 22, single, cabin passenger.

'Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897', U.S. Customs Service.

Steamer Westphalia from Hamburg, Germany, to New York, arrived 28 Sep 1868, p.14.

Elise Kleinwort, age 22, female, unmarried, from Germany, destination U.S., cabin passenger


'U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989', German Reformed Church, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Marriages, 1867-1868.

marriage: 29.Dec. 1867
groom: Georg Rath (Restauranteur), born Rohr, Wirtemberg, 9. Marz 1837
bride: Bertha Kleinworth [Kleinwort], born Hamburg, 27 October 1844
witnesses: Johann Gustav Wesselhöft and Marie Othilie Wesselhöft.

Local Interest

The Cheyenne Leader, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

17 Nov 1869, p.4.

The finest turkeys forwarded to this city for Thanksgiving were bought by George Rath, of the Germania Hotel. He intends to have them stuffed and cooked in first-rate style, and invites his friends to come and judge of the abilities of his culinary artist.

Death Notice

The Atchison Champion, Atchison, Kansas.

3 Mar 1877, p.4, daily edition.

-Michael Henniger [Henninger], formerly a resident of Atchison, died at Kansas City at four o'clock yesterday morning, of consumption. His remains arrived in this city last evening. He is to be buried to-morrow by the Odd Fellows, of which he was a member.


The Wyoming Tribune, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

26 Mar 1896, p.4.

George Rath Dead.

Another Old Settler of Cheyenne Passes Away After Much Suffering.

George Rath died last evening at 9:45 o'clock. In the death of Mr. Rath the Cheyenne pioneers witness the departure of another early settler. Mr. Rath came to Cheyenne in 1867 and has lived here almost continuously ever since. He had been gradually failing in health for two years, and six weeks ago he took to his bed from which he never rose. He suffered from a complication of diseases and the immediate cause of his death was partly due to paralysis.
He was born at Stuttgart, in Wurtemburg, Germany, on March 9, 1837, and was consequently 59 years and 16 days old at the time of his death. He leaves a widow, five sons and three daughters. One of the daughters is married and living in Ogden, Utah, Mrs. Rufus Ford.
The funeral will probably occur from the Congregational church on Friday, but the complete arrangements will be announced later.

Family Visit

The Cheyenne Daily Leader, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

13 Oct 1903, p.2.

Mrs. George Rath [Bertha (Kleinwort)], and the Misses Louise and Emma Rath, have returned from an extended visit to Kansas City and Atchison, Kas.


The Wyoming Tribune, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

12 Jul 1910, p.3.



She Came to Cheyenne 43 Years Ago with Her Husband, Who Conducted One of Cheyenne’s First Hotels – Is Prominent Church Worker and Mother of Large Family.

Mrs. Bertha Rath, a respected and pioneer resident of Cheyenne, is dead. She passed away yesterday at St John’s hospital after having resided in this city for 43 years. She had been in ill health for some time, but had only been in the hospital for two weeks, her death being quite sudden.
Mrs. Bertha Rath was born in Hamburg, Germany, on October 22, 1845, [27 Oct 1844] being 65 years old at the time of her death. She came to this country as a young woman and lived for many years at 2017 Pebrican street.
Mrs. Rath is the widow of the late George Rath, one of the city’s pioneer residents and hotel keepers, who started the Western hotel, which he conducted for a number of years. They raised a family of eight children, 5 boys and three daughters, all of whom are well known to the residents of this city. They are William Rath, Cheyenne; Mrs. Bertha Ford, Ogden; Emma Rath, Cheyenne; John Rath, Cheyenne; Mrs. W. W. Keefe, Cheyenne; Charles Rath, Sheridan, and Lewis Rath, Spokane. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Flatchbarch [Flachsbarth] of Atchison, Kan., and another sister in Hamburg, Germany.
Mrs. Rath was a member of the Congregational church, in which she was an active worker. She was also a member of the Ladies’ Auxillary of the B. of R. T. The remains have been removed to her former home at 2017 Pebrican street, where they can be seen by friends between 10 and 12 o’clock Wednesday morning. Further announcement of the funeral will be made later.

Alien Enemies Registration

'Registration Affidavits of Alien Enemies and Alien Females', U.S. Attorney, 1917-1918.

Atchison, KS, Mrs. Elizabeth Flachsbarth.

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I, {Mrs. Elizabeth Flachsbarth}, hereby register as an alien female required to register under the President's proclamation dated April 19, 1918, at {Post Office} and make the following statements and answers under oath:

  1. Name {Mrs. Elizabeth Flachsbarth [in wrong blank]} Maiden name {Elizabeth Kleinwort}
    All other names at any time used, including all former married names:
  2. Present residence {Rural Route #4 Atchison Kansas}
    If different from home address, state home address also {none}
  3. Length of residence at the foregoing place {Mar 1st 1905}
  4. All other places of residence since January 1, 1914 {none}
  5. Born in {Hamburg Germany}, on {Sept 11th 1846}
  6. State particulars as to family, as follows:
    1. Single? {Yes}
    2. Now married? {No}
    3. Name, residence, and citizenship of present husband {dead}
    4. Widow? {Yes}
    5. If yes, give name and citizenship of late husband {Germany}
    6. If not living with present husband, state whether or not judicial separation has been obtained {No}
    7. If yes, state when and where
    8. Divorced? {No}
    9. If yes, state when and where, and state name, residence if living, and citizenship of each former husband
    10. Names of all children:
      Name {Mrs. Mary Burns} By which marriage? {Married} Sex {Female} Date of birth {Mar 3rd 1870} Residence {Kansas City MO}
      Name {Michel Henninger} By which marriage? {Married} Sex {Male} Date of birth {Oct 23rd 1874} Residence {Denver Colo}
      Name {Fred Henninger} By which marriage? {Single} Sex {Male} Date of birth {Oct 4th 1876} Residence {RR #5 Atchison Kansas}
      Name {Elizabeth Boyle} By which marriage? {Married} Sex {Female} Date of birth {Nov 26th 1880} Residence {Kansas City MO}
      Name {Mrs. Bertha Brox} By which marriage? {Married} Sex {Female} Date of birth {Oct 12th 1882} Residence {RR #4 Atchison Kansas}
      Name {Mrs. Emma Handke} By which marriage? {Married} Sex {Female} Date of birth {Oct 14th 1884} Residence {RR #5 Atchison Kansas}
      Name {William Flachsbarth} By which marriage? {Married} Sex {Male} Date of birth {August 18th 1886} Residence {Bendinna Kansas}
      Name {Henry Flachsbarth} By which marriage? {Married} Sex {Male} Date of birth {July 17th 1888} Residence {Severance Kansas}
      Name {Mrs. Wilhelmina Berlin} By which marriage? {Married} Sex {Female} Date of birth {May 14th 1891} Residence {St. Joseph MO}
    11. Name of father {Reimer Kleinwort} Living? {No}
      Place of father's birth {Hamburg Germany} Citizenship of father {German}
      Residence of father, if living {dead}
    12. Name of maiden name of mother {Wilhelmine Eckert} Living? {No}
      Place of mother's birth {Hamburg Germany} Citizenship of mother {German}
      Residence of mother, if living {dead}
    13. All brothers and sisters:
      Name {Louis Kleinwort} Brother or sister {Brother} Date of birth {don't remember} Residence {dead}
      Name {Mrs. Marie Bernhard} Brother or sister {Sister} Date of birth {don't remember} Residence {dead}
      Name {Mrs. Emma Haseke} Brother or sister {Sister} Date of birth {don't remember} Residence {dead}
      Name {Wilhelmine Kleinwort} Brother or sister {Sister} Date of birth {April 25th 1836} Residence {don't know}
      Name {Mrs. Bertha Roth} Brother or sister {Sister} Date of birth {Oct 26th 1844} Residence {dead}
    14. State whether you have now or have had any relative in arms for or against the United States and its allies during the present war: {don't know}
  7. Occupations:
    1. If employed since January 1, 1914, state:
      Name of place {Living with daughter on RR #4 Atchison Kansas} Date {[blank]} Occupation {[blank]} Name of employer {[blank]}
    2. If not empoyed, but in business or other occupation for self, state name of place, date, and occupation {None}
  8. I arrived in the United States {Sept 26th 1868}. at the port of {New York} on ship {Westphalia}, and applied for entry under the name of {Mrs. Elizabeth Kleinwort}
  9. Have you ever been engaged in any governmental service? {No}
  10. Have you, since January 1, 1914, reported to or registered with a consul or representative of any country other than the United States for Government service of any kind (military, naval, or other service), or for any other purpose? {No}
  11. Have you ever applied for naturalization in or taken out first papers of naturalization in the United States? {No}
  12. Have you ever been naturalized, partly or wholly, in any country other than the United States? {No}
  13. Has your present husband ever applied for naturalization in or taken out first papers of naturalization in the United States? {No}
  14. Have your present husband ever been naturalized, partly or wholly, in any country other than the United States? {No}
  15. Have you ever taken an oath of allegiance to any country, State, or nation other than the United States? {No}
  16. Have you ever been arrested or detained on any charge? {[Left blank]} Are you on parole? {No}
  17. Have you a permit to enter forbidden areas? {No}
  18. Languages: Spoken {German and English} Written {German and English} Read {German and English}

I solemnly swear that all the above statements and answers by me made are true. {Elizabeth Flachsbarth M.B. [her signature]} Sworn to before me this {19th day of June, 1918} at {Atchison Kansas}
{Louis C. Orr} (Registration officer.) {Postmaster} (Official title, police, or post office or other title.)

Elise Kleinwort, c.1918

Age {71} years {-} months. Mouth {Med Size}
Height {5 feet} Chin {Square}
Weight {155 lbs} Hair {Dark Gray mix}
Forehead {High} Complexion {Dark}
Eyes {Brown} Face {Full}
Nose {Med length}
Distinctive marks {Eye Sight poor}
Name {Mrs Elizabeth Flachsbarth}
Address {RR #4 Atchison Kansas}


Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Washington.

7 Mar 1921, p.6.

Caesarian Baby in Fine Condition

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rath, E704 Montgomery avenue, which was born at the Sacred Heart hospital yesterday after the death of the mother from a Caesarian operation, is thriving exceptionally well, according to Dr. H.W. Wheeler, who performed the operation.
The critical operation was decided upon in an effort to save the life of the mother, but failed on account of weakening of the heart after the anaesthetic was administered. The baby weighs nine pounds and two ounces.
The body of Mrs. Rath is at Turnbull's parlors. She is survived by her grandparents here, her husband and two sisters, Mrs. H.E. Vincent and Mrs. S. Winchester, both of Ogden, Utah. The Raths had lived here 11 years.

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

20 Feb 1932, p.7.


Mrs. Elizabeth Kleinworth [Kleinwort] Flachsbarth, 85, widow of the late William Flachsbarth, Atchison county farmer, died at 11 o'clock this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. H. Boyle, in Kansas City, following a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered early yesterday morning.
Definite funeral arrangements had not been made this afternoon. Stanton & Stanton are in charge.
Mrs. Flachsbarth was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1846, but came to Atchison county to make her home when a young girl. She was married to Michael Henniger in 1870, and following Mr. Henninger's death was married to the late William Flachsbarth in 1880. Mr. Flachsbarth died 29 years ago.
Mrs. Flachsbarth is survived by the following children: Michael Henninger, Denver; Fred Henninger, Atchison Mrs. L. H. Boyle and Mrs. J. H. Berlin, Kansas City; Mrs. Frank Brox and Mrs. Conrad Handke, both of Atchison; William Flachsbarth, Bendena; and Henry Flachsbarth, Shubert, Neb. Seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. Flachsbarth was a life long member of the Lutheran church.

The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah.

24 Jan 1944, p.3.

Death Summons Early Citizen

Mrs. Bertha Rath Ford, wife of Rufus Ford, died in a local hospital today at three-ten a.m.
She was born in Denver in 1871 and spent her school days in Cheyenne, where she was married to Rufus Ford in 1891 [1890]. Then they came to Ogden, being one of the first couples to establish their home on what was then known as Knob Hill, where she had lived for the last 53 years.
She was a member of Queen Esther chapter No. 4, Order of the Eastern Star, Ogden, in which she took an active part, visiting the sick until her own sickness three years ago. She was also a member of the Presbyterian church and an active worker in the Ladies Aid society.
Surviving are the husband and the following sons and daughters: Edgar A. Ford, and Damon R. Ford of Ogden; Mrs. Florence Chadwick of Petaluma, Calif; Mrs Henry Hall, North Ogden; Mrs. C. L. Hawley, Reno, Nev. There are eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: W. C. Rath, John Rath, Fred Rath, all of Cheyenne; Charles Rath of Denver, Louis Rath of Spokane, Wash.; and Mrs. Emma Rabow and Mrs. W. W. Keep of Casper, Wyo.
The body is at 529 Twenty-fifth. Burial will be in Mountain View cemetery.

Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Washington.

15 Dec 1956, p.5.

Louis Rath

Louis Rath, 73, E704 Montgomery, a retired machinist-inspector at the Northern Pacific shops at Parkwater, died yesterday morning in the NP hospital in Tacoma. The body is at Hazen & Jaeger's.
Mr. Rath was an ardent fisherman and hunter and was field captain for many years for the Spokane Gun club. He just completed a two-year term as president of the Lakeland Village Associates Inc. He was a member of the railroad machinists' brotherhood and of the Masonic lodge.
He was born in Wyoming and had worked as a machinist for other railroads before going to the shops at Parkwater in 1910. He was transferred to St. Paul as an assistant foreman, and remained there until the depression years, when he was transferred back to Spokane. He retired in 1948.
Survivors are his wife, Mamie, a daughter, Myrtle Lou, Spokane; two brothers and a sister.

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

27 Jul 1962, p.4.

Mike Henninger, 88, died today at his home in Denver, Colo. He was born in Atchison and lived here until 1912 [c.1905-1910] when he moved to Colorado. He was a half brother of William Flachsbarth, 915 Division, Mrs. Bertha Brox, route 4, Mrs. Minnie Schwab, Kansas City and Henry Flachsbarth of Sacramento, Calif. He was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Nellie Henninger of the home, a daughter, Mrs. Howard Ereckson and a son, Fred Henninger, both of Denver. Funeral services will be held Sunday in Denver.


  1. [The short street of Schlachterstraße later became the ghetto where Hamburg Jews were forced to live before being transported to concentration camps during WWII. Almost the entire street was destroyed by allied bombing.]
  2. [Elise and Michael's marriage license is dated 17 May 1869, but the certificate is dated only May 1869.]
  3. [Bijou Basin no longer exists, but its former location is now on the border between Elbert and El Paso Counties. Douglas County was extremely large in 1870 and has since been subdivided into the counties of Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln, and Kit Carson. This placed the former town of Bijou Basin on the current border between Elbert and El Paso counties, a couple miles northeast of the town of Peyton and northwest of Calhan, Colorado. Bijou Basin still refers to this region but the town is gone.]
  4. [The 1872 directory also listed an unidentified M. Henninger who lived and worked as a clerk at 320 Commercial Street.]
  5. [Kiowa, Colorado, is now in Elbert County. Douglas County was extremely large in 1870 and has since been subdivided into the counties of Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln, and Kit Carson.]
  6. [The census of 1880 shows that Fred was born in Missouri. All later censuses show that he was born in Kansas. It is very likely that he was born during the brief period that his parents lived in Kansas City before his father's death.]
  7. [Elise's residence in 1878 is now the parking lot for McDonald's.]
  8. [Bertha's obituary states that George started the Western Hotel in Cheyenne, however, a November 1869 newspaper article names him as the proprietor of the Germania Hotel. Various other articles give the names of the changing proprietors of the Western Hotel before and after this date as people other than George.]
  9. ["Neuen Schrangen" means New Schrangen. A Schrangen was a small indoor market containing various related shops within it, such as butcher, baker, dairy and produce.]
  10. [The one block long street of Pickhuben is now at the center of a district in Hamburg called Speicherstadt. It is now considered a historic district due to its late 19th century warehouses, however, these must have replaced the even earlier buildings in which the Kleinwort family had lived.]
  11. [This bank has had many names due to mergers. It was most recently renamed Kleinwort Hambros in November 2016, but it is likely to change again over time.]