William Louis Wiedhofft was born before the 15th of February 1829, He was christened at the church of St George the Martyr, Holborn, London on the 15th February 1829 the son of Frederick Godleib and Mary Elizabeth Wiedhofft of Old North Street. Frederick's occupation is given as Chaser (engraver). (note: in the early 2000's the Anglo-German FHS held their meetings at this church)
4th October 1831 brother Alfred Henry was born.
about 1834 Sister Louisa Ann was born.
about 1837 sister Mary was born in Bloomsbury, London.
our next snapshot comes in the 1841 census where 12 year old William is with his family in Hyde Street, Holborn, he has 3 older brothers, 1 younger brother and 2 younger sisters. His father is now described as an ormulu manufacturer. (a gold paste/paint made from copper, zinc, tin and other metals for gilding furniture, etc.)
|1841 Census Hyde Street, Holborn, London 1841|
|Frederick Wiedhofft||45||Ormolu M||F|
Brothers Charles and George are both missing from the 1851 census and perhaps they are already making their way to take a look at the USA.
|1851 Census 47 Devonshire St. Holborn (St George the Martyr ) Holborn|
|Frederick G Wiedhofft||Head||M||55||Chaser||Germany|
|Mary E Wiedhofft||Wife||M||51||Middlesex|
|Alfred Wiedhofft||Son||U||19||Cabinet Maker||Middlesex|
|Mary Wiedhofft||Daur||U||14||Mddx (see later)|
We know that he sailed to the USA with brother Alfred in 1852 on the Ship Hibernia.
Passenger and Immigration Lists:
Age : 23
Country of Origin : England
Date of Arrival : Apr. 28, 1852
Final Destination : USA
Gender : Male .
Occupation : Copper Smith
Ship's Name : Hibernia
Port of Embarkation : London
Manifest ID Number : 900085
Port of Debarkation : New York
Purpose for Travel : Staying in USA, but not a citizen of USA
Mode of Travel : Steerage
Where did he go from here?