The Grabenhorst Surname in America
The Grabenhorst surname in America is found primarily in the descendents of three immigrant families who came to America in the mid 1800's from
Northwestern Germany. There were also other Grabenhorst immigrants who came in the early 1900s. Although these families don't seem to be linked directly they probably have common ancestors. A researcher in Germany, Joachim Gravenhorst, has been researching both the Grabenhorst and Gravenhorst name in Germany and has found them to be related.
The German Homeland
The primary Grabenhorst immigrations to America were from northwestern Germany in the mid 1800s.
First to America: The Brunswick Hessians
The first documented Grabenhorsts to arrive in America were Brunswick Hessian mercenaries with the British forces during the American Revolution.
The Descendents of Henry George Grabenhorst and (1) Johanne Rosine Waupke and (2) Anna Dorothea Elizabeth Brandes
Henry George Grabenhorst and and Dorothea Brandes and their family immigrated from Watzum, Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel, Germany in 1850. He and his descendents settled in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Iowa and Oregon.
The Descendents of Christian Grabenhorst and Minnie Werner
Christian Grabenhorst and his wife Minnie Werner and their family immigrated to America from Moellbergen, Minden, Westfalen, Germany in the 1840's. Their son Frederick and his descendents settled in Missouri.
The Descendents of Dietrich Grabenhorst and Cathrenia Heimsoat
Dietrich Grabenhorst and Cathrenia Heimsoat immigrated with their family to America from Hanover, Germany in the mid 1860s. He and his descendents settled in Illinois, Nebraska and Oregon.
Other Grabenhorst Immigrants to America
Although the Grabenhorsts in America seem to have descended primarily from three family lines there are also other documented Grabenhorst immigrants to America.
The Gravenhorst Surname
A researcher in Germany, Joachim Gravenhorst, has been researching both the Grabenhorst and Gravenhorst name in Germany. He has found the the ancestor links where both surnames connect . These are his American Gravenhorst trees.
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