I am currently completing a book about an 1854 immigrant ship disaster that took place off the American coast (New Jersey) which claimed the lives of all 300 plus passengers on board. All of the victims were buried in three mass graves dedicated to the "Unknown from the Sea". After years of research I have finally discovered the passenger names from a copy of the manifest as they left from Le Havre, France enroute to New York.
I want to include in the book as much biographical data about the passengers as possible and since I'm not good at genealogical research I'm hoping someone researching this surname has this info already. Here is the info I have. The ship (the Powhattan) left Le Havre March 1, 1854, after it wrecked April 15, 1854. The names I have are as follows:
Last First Age Town Country
Ackermann Johann Jos. 21 Schmeieheim Baden
Ackermann Jacob 21 Schmeieheim Baden
Note the ages would have been when they boarded the ship in March 1854
Any info would be helpful as I expect to go to press in April of 2014. Thanks for any of your help. All the Best, Tom Clark