The merchants Hermann Henrich Meier and Eduard Crüsemann found the shipping company “Norddeutscher Lloyd” on February 20, 1857 in Bremen. Next to the Hamburg shipping company HAPAG (with which it merges in 1970 to be named Hapag-Lloyd) it was one of the most important of its kind worldwide. Already in 1858 Lloyd starts a regular transatlantic line from Bremen to New York. If your ancestors emigrated from Bremen, they definetly used a Lloyd vessel.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opens its doors on February 20, 1872.
On February 20, 1829 my 3rd great grand uncle Claus KRANZ, a fisherman from Schlutup, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (today part of Lübeck) married his bride Elisabeth Wilhelmine Henrica HOPP, a bricklayer’s daughter from Schlutup.
One problem with my research in Schlutup: almost every second male member of the KRANZ family is named Claus or Hinrich or Claus Hinrich.
- Hans Jürgen Kranz * 1833
- Margarethe Elisabeth Kranz * 1835
- Claus Hinrich Kranz * 1839