On this day in 1885, at Castle Garden Emigrant Landing Depot, New York, 22 year old great great grandmother Anna Heinzen arrived in America alone on the Saint Laurent, sailing from Le Havre – Brest, France, a common departing place for immigrants from Switzerland.
She paid her own passage and was a steerage passenger. Her destination in America, as listed on the attached line capture from the Saint Laurent manifest, was Chicago. We presume she went to meet her sweetheart and future husband Louis Kirsch.
Before the federal government took over immigrant processing in 1890 and opened Ellis Island in 1892, Castle Garden, or Castle Clinton, was America’s first immigrant processing center. In 1897 most of Castle Garden’s immigrant records burned in the wooden structure that housed them on Ellis Island. Luckily, Anna Heinzen’s passenger manifest record from March 25, 1885 survived. Great great grandfather Louis Kirsch’s may have been destroyed in the fire along with the records of Johann Leies, Emilie Bold, and Johann Schuttler.
Happy Easter! 🌈