In 1847 Heinrich Sr. sold his 3.5 acres of land located just outside of Hamenstedt Germany. Heinrich came to Canada in May 1847 with his and children. They were from Hamenstedt, Hanover, Germany (South of Hamburg). Upon arriving in Canada, the family moved to Mitchell, Logan township, Perth County, Ontario.
On June 17, 1847 Henry signed a lease for 100 acre lot (Range 3, Lot 15).
The 1851 agricultural census states that the Knoke farm consisted of: 35.5 acres cultivated, 30.5 acres undercrops, 5 under pasture, 64.5 acres wild, 13 acres of wheat, 1 acre of barley, 3 acres of barley, 3 acres of peas, 10 acres of oats, 2 acres of potatoes, 1.5 acres of turnips, 16 lbs of wool, 50 lbs of maple sugar, 5 bulls, 2 milk cows, 3 calves/heifers, 7 sheep, 12 pigs, 50 lbs butter, 1 story log house.
70 Hammenstedters Emigrated - by Wilhelm Zimmerman as published in "The Northeimer Heimatblatter" in January 1961.
The years 1847, 1848 and 1854 were years of travel for many Hammenstedters. At that time 69 inhabitants of the small village left their home and emigrated to America. What induced these ment to turn their backs on their home? Did they hope to find their luck in the new World? Was it the longing to work some land? This last question seems to have been the desire of our immigrants. In most cases it was about simple day laborers, who at the time had inadequate livelihood at home and who hoped for and found property on the other side of the ocean. In 1847 there were 19 families in 1848 one adn in 1854 the last family immigrated to Canada. The 21 families dispersed this way: One of each family Grobkopf, Hungerland and Kahle; than the Dempewolf and the four families of Harborth, Knoke, Rode and Ronnenberg. The goal was upper Canada. The emigrants were very welcome here in the middle of the last century; becausehuge expanses of land awaited cultivating and they viewed especially well the diligent and hardworking Germans. It should also be stressed that today the families of Grobkopf, Knoke and Ronnenberg are not found in Hammenstedt anymore while the names of Dempewolf, Harborth, Hungerland, Kahle and Rode have maintained to the present time. Years ago the contributer received a newspaper clipping from a Canadian newspaper from a person named Knoke. This Knoke is a relative of the Wilhelmine Knoke about which the article reports. It is written in the English language. It is written about the death of a woman of Hammenstedt. The inscription reads "Gone to Rest". On April 21 (unfortunately the year is missing) Fr. Wilhelmine Hillemann was called to her heavnly home after a sickness that lasted only 5 days. The reason for her death was old age. W. Knoke was born on Jan 9, 18 (according to Church records 1826:see below) in Hammenstedt Hannover Kingdom. She landed in Canada with her parents in 1846. On June 23 1852 she married Mr. W.H. Hillemann in Canada. To this union 8 children were born, 3 sons and 5 daughters. The oldest daughter born in Canada the rest of the children in Winnishiek Co. near Locust. In 1854 they traveled to Iowa. They arrived in Lansing but at that time there were still no Pullman Cars or automobiles so that they had to follow Indian paths from Lansing to Locust where they farmed until 1894. They then retired and moved to Decorah, where they have lived ever since. Mr. and Mrs Hillemann belonged t the first settlers of Winnishiek Co. and the nearest markets were Lansing and LaCrosse Wisconsin, to which they had to drive their products by oxen. Her husband and two sons preceed her in death. The remaining children were with her when she drew her last breath on her bed, leaving a son W. Hillemann in Burr Oak and 5 daughters and Henry Knoke of Decorah plus other friends and relatives. The funeral was held in the funeral home on Sunday April 22 at 2 o'clock by Pastor Willel, she rests in peace.
Note: excerpt from the church book: 1826. On Jan 9 Johanne Justine Harborth wife of Heinrich Friedrick Knoke gave birth to a daughter, who was baptized on January 29 and named Carline Wilhelmine Elizabeth. She emigrated to upper Canada in May 1847, with her father and 4 siblings and 32 other Hammenstedters. Her mother had already died in 1845; her husband was a day laborer.
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