My maternal great-great grandparents are Ernst and Margaretha Daut, immigrants from Germany to Dayton, Ohio, in the 1850's. I am the great grandaughter of their son John George Daut who moved west to Northern California in the teens. Here is Ernst and Margaretha's story in case anyone out there has a link to my family:
Â“PattenÂ” Ernst and Margaretha Daut
The Rum Bark Columbia sailing ship departed the Port of Bremen, Germany, in
mid-May of 1855, and arrived at the Port of New York in the United States on June 2,
1855. Among the steerage passengers were #18, Margaretha Deinzer, and #19,
Ernst Daut, from Bavaria, Germany. The coupleÂ’s final destination was Dayton, Ohio,
where Margaretha had a brother, John G. Deinzer, and another relative, Jacob
Deinzer, awaiting their arrival. Ernst and Margaretha knew in advance about the
German language Evangelical St. JohnÂ’s Lutheran Church, the German language
newspaper, businesses, fraternal organizations and social clubs in Dayton, all of which
would make leaving their homeland easier.
Once in Dayton, Ohio, Ernst Daut took a job as a Â“brick makerÂ” and applied for U.S.
citizenship on June 9, 1855. The following year, 1856, Ernst Daut and Margaretha
were married. Sophia, the first of seven children, was born on September 14, 1857.
After the required five year waiting period, Ernst Daut was sworn in as a U.S. citizen
on June 13, 1860. From Â“brick makingÂ” Ernst started a Â“cartingÂ” business. A cart is a
two-wheeled vehicle used for delivery of goods. The 1875-76 Dayton City Directory
listed Â“Ernst Daut Daily Market, a Dealer in Fresh and Salt Meats.Â” The address was
listed as the corner of Quitman and Richard Street, a location within walking distance
from his home at the corner of Allen and McLain Street.
On May 8, 1877, Ernst Daut drowned in the Great Miami River that flows through
Dayton; a river that was prone to spring flooding. His body was found down river some
time later. Services were held at the Evangelical St. JohnÂ’s Lutheran Church on May
21, 1877. In keeping with German customs, Ernst was given another first name,
Â“Patten.Â” The burial of his remains was at the Dayton Woodland Cemetery, Lot 1125,
The unfortunate drowning death of Ernst Daut left Margaretha Â“DeinzerÂ” Daut a widow
with six living children, ages five through twenty. With the help of her family,
Margaretha started a home front market at 105 Allen Street called Â“Green Grocer.Â”
Leonard, her oldest son, served as a clerk. Sophia, 20, went to work as a servant in
the home of Mr. Conner, a widowed lawyer with young children. Elizabeth, 18, took on
the housekeeping chores at home, and John George, 14, quit school and found a job
at a metal foundry. Caroline re*mained in school and Andrew started first grade.
Over the following years Margaretha became a leader in a Â“WomenÂ’s Fairness
League.Â” The children were getting married, except for John G. and Andrew.
Margaretha turned over the Â“Green GrocerÂ” to Leonard.
By 1893, Leonard Daut closed the Â“Green GrocerÂ” market and moved into the
Â“Leonard Daut Grocery and Meat ShopÂ” across the street on Allen and McLain.
Andrew was hired as clerk. John G. had already fallen in love with Elizabeth Ann
Aures who worked as a servant for his sister, Elizabeth Â“DautÂ” Eckert. John G. and
Elizabeth were married on February 20, 1894.
Margaretha Â“DeinzerÂ” Daut died on April 11, 1894.