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Destination: The Americas

United States


Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio (OH)
Archivist: Linda Bautz McKenna

1913 Mansfield Map

About ten years ago,
I wrote a poem about my grandmother and great aunt. They both emigrated while in their teens, Grandma in 1909 and Aunt Mary in 1905.  I thought my fellow DS family might make a connection....
Linda Bautz McKenna

Just A Girl

Setting out on a journey
All alone
To a place faraway
A place unknown

Boarding a ship
Sailing the sea
All alone
To set yourself free

What lay ahead
In the months to come
Where the customs and language
Are different from whence you come

Was anyone there when you disembarked
Were you alone
In a place far away
A place unknown 

Setting off, a girl so young
From where did your strength arise
So many hard choices
How early you had to be wise.

~ Linda Bautz McKenna


An amazingly large group of Donauschwabs settled in Mansfield, Ohio. It seems like an unlikely
place compared to the

larger cities like Detroit, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and others. But, in the early 1900’s and earlier, Mansfield was a bustling industrial town, with the railroad stopping to and from Chicago and other large cities.

Industries like Tappan Stove, Westinghouse, Mansfield Tire and Rubber, the Steel Mill and others needed workers, and the industrious DS fit the bill. Many women worked at the Knitting Mill, which put out high quality knits that were sent to 5th Avenue in NY City.

These settlers congregated mainly east of the city in what was referred to as the “syndicate.”  They were members of the social and beneficial society called the Sons of Hermann. Many dances and gatherings were held here as well as cultural events. I remember as a child attending Christmas parties there. My favorite memory of the Sons of Hermann was attending a wedding where I saw with my own eyes, my quiet, very reserved grandfather dancing the polka, whirling grandma around the dance floor. Additionally, seeing grandma dancing was just as unbelievable. She was so forthright, efficient and to me so business-like. Card playing tournaments were held also and pinochle was the choice of many.  Yes, with the fist pounding.

The Danube Swabian in the neighborhood lived in very neat houses on very neat streets.  Lawns and gardens were meticulously tended. Even the sidewalks shone. The streets are still very nice after all these years. There were small markets in the area, such as Suman’s meat market, Stimmlers Bakery, and the larger grocery store owned by Frank Mitch.

These people were industrious and fared quite well. They pooled their money and talent to build a large park that they named Liberty Park. There were playgrounds and picnic grounds near a lake with ducks and swans that nested on the island in the middle.

Ball fields and a large pool and pool house were built along with the pavilion. This is a large two-story building. The downstairs opened up as a fresh air picnic pavilion with shutters to close in inclement weather. The upstairs was used as a banquet hall where many wedding receptions were held, including my parents’ 60 years ago. Thirty years later, my brother held his reception there.  My father was a lifeguard at the pool and I swam there in my teens. The "hill" is still a favorite sledding place. The park is still in use today.

As I read messages on the DVHH mail list, so many names are familiar to me.  Please take a look at what is available for your research on the Mansfield page.  If you don’t find what you are looking for I would be happy to help you in your research.

Mansfield Danube Swabian Surname Registry

Mansfield Liederkranz & News

The Mansfield Liederkranz - Jakob Hunsinger, President

The Mansfield Liederkranz - Jakob Hunsinger, President

The DVHH at the Landesverband der Donauschwaben, USA, 2007!
Hosted by The Mansfield Liederkranz, Mansfield Ohio

Mansfield Tag der Donauschwaben - 2003 & [a few photos]


  HUNSINGER - Jakob Hunsinger, 78, of Mansfield, Ohio died Saturday, July 21, 2012 at his home. Born June 17, 1934 in Cservenka, Yugoslavia he was the son of Peter and Margaret (Michl) Hunsinger. He came to the United States on March 15, 1952. A veteran of the United States Army, he retired from Tappan and was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He was also a 54 year member of the Liederkranz spending over 40 years as their President and was very active playing soccer and later serving as a mentor to the soccer teams while also participating in the golf league, bowling league and the Liederkranz dance group. He was also a lifetime member of the AMVETS.  He is survived by his wife, Maria (Felix) Hunsinger; a son Jacob Hunsinger of Mansfield; two daughters, Mary (Paul) Frey of Mansfield and Heidi (John) Mertler of Westerville; two step-sons, Walter Harfmann of North Carolina and Edmund (Lynna) Harfmann of Indiana; six grandchildren, Julie Mertler, John Mertler, David Frey, Kaitlyn
Harfmann, Alene Harfmann and Christine Harfmann; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Edith Hunsinger. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Peter Hunsinger.  Burial at Mansfield Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.  Wappner Funeral Home.

1954 Mansfield Liederkranz Donauschwaben Club's Championship Soccer Team Members:

Front: Albert ROTH, Henry RETTER & Jake HUNSINGER


Back: Peter MOHR, Anthony KNEFELY, Ruby ARANHA, Henry DECH, John GERMANN, Adam BENY, Nick RIESS, Tony STAGL & Ludwin(g) ZAHN

click image to enlarge


Local Genealogical Research Aids
Mansfield, Richland County, & Ohio State Records

Danube Swabian Immigration - Destination: Mansfield, OH

Donauschwaben in 1910 Census Richland Co., Ohio, Extractions by David Dreyer

German Resources at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library, Mansfield, Ohio

German-Hungarian Family Calenders by Peter Schmidt, David Dreyer & Dennis Bauer. There are many Mansfielder's on this list and Crestline is only about 15 miles from Mansfield, where many settled at for jobs, especially with the railroad.

Donauschwaben Family Calendar - 1937 Palankaer Subscriber List for Mansfield, OH

Mansfield Genealogy:

Mansfield Links:

Ohio Genealogy:


Danube Swabian Immigration: Destination: Mansfield, OH

692 Extractions for destination of: Mansfield, Ohio - Emigrating from Banat in the National Archives Ship Records -  Extractions by David Dreyer.  Mansfield being 6th on his list of destinations for the US behind cities such as Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Baltimore, Cleveland and Detroit.  This is not an entire list as many came via Baltimore or some may have been over looked.

Search Ellis Island site / Stephen Morse 1-Step

Pre World War I Migration Patterns of Banat Germans to North America
By David Dreyer and Anton Kraemer - © 2002, 2003

The tendency of Banaters from given locality to settle in a given North American locality is strikingly illustrated by the settlement of Franzfelders in Mansfield Ohio.  Clearly in term of “linkage” Franzfeld is closely linked with Mansfield 
[see excerpt below]:

Destinations of Banaters From Fibisch and Franzfeld to Mansfeld Ohio,
1892-1912  Based on U. S. Passenger Ship Records

(1900 population)  


No (%)

To a Given Locality  

Fibisch (2013)


43 (65%)

Mansfield Ohio  



73 (86%)

Mansfield Ohio  


Mansfield Residents listed among the Banat Emigrants in Bremen Shipping Records

Extractions by David Dreyer - Background and Village INDEX -
© 2003 David Dreyer and John Movius - Latest Update: 23 July 2003

Miscellaneous villages: 

Gross Maria, 18 -  6 Jun 1907 - Fred d Gr - Giseladorf to Mansfield Ohio
Heck Johann, 15, s - 20 Dec 1907 - Willehad - Ernsthausen to Mansfield Ohio
Heck Katharine, 19, s - 20 Dec 1907 - Willehad - Ernsthausen to Mansfield Ohio
Heck Marget, 30, m - 20 Oct 1907 - Willehad - Ernsthausen to Mansfield Ohio
Kaufmann Johann, 32, m  - 25 Jun 1907 - Wilh II - Setschan to Mansfield Ohio
Klos Anna, 20 - 17 Oct 1907 - Breslau - Ernsthausen to Mansfield Ohio

From Sartscha

Schuldner Elisabeth, 22, s - 23 Sep 1907 - Kassel - Mansfield Ohio ... ... 6 Oct ... NY

From Modosch

Moll Antal, 25, m - 25 Jul 1907 - Breslau - Mansfield Ohio - 8 Aug - Bal
Moll Magdalena, 22, m - 28 Dec 1907 - Seydalitz to Ashland Ohio - 9 Jan - NY

From Werchetz

Baszting Vincenz, 26 - Elisabeth - 25 Jul 1907 - Breslau to Mansfield Ohio - 8 Aug - Baltimore


Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio (OH)

German Resources at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library,
Mansfield, OH


Ohio Genealogical Society
713 South Main Street
Mansfield OH 44907-1644

The Ohio Genealogical Society (2007)
Phone: 419-756-7294 - Web:

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9-5. 
Library usage fee: $4 per day, or membership $32.00 annual.

Computer: – passenger lists for New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, etc.

Emigration and Immigration:

  • Early Pennsylvania pioneers from Mutterstadt in the Palatinate.

  • Eighteenth century Pennsylvania emigrants from Hassloch and Böhl in the Palatinate.

  • Emigrants from Eppingen to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

  • Even more Palatine families, 18th century immigrants to the American colonies and their German, Swiss and Austrian origins.

  • German immigrants in American church records, volume 1: Indiana protestant.

  • German Immigrants: lists of passengers bound from Bremen to New York, 1847-1854, with places of origin.

  • German immigrants: lists of passengers bound from Bremen to New York, 1855-1862.

  • Germans to America, lists of passengers arriving at U.S. ports, 1850-1855.

  • Jetzt sind wir Amerika, sudhessen in der neuen welt:  berichte und briefe.

  • Mercenaries from Hessen-Hanau who remained in Canada and the United States after the American Revolution.

  • More Palatine families: some immigrants to the middle colonies 1717-1776 and their European origins, plus, new discoveries on German families who arrived in Colonial New York in 1710.

  • Nineteenth century emigrants from Baden.

  • Palatine Mennonite census lists, 1664-1793.

  • Pennsylvania German Pioneers: a publication of the original lists of arrivals in the port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808.

  • Pennsylvania pioneers from Wolfersweiler Parish, Saarland, Germany.

  • Rhineland emigrants, lists of German settlers in Colonial America.

  • The Amish-Mennonites of Waldeck and Wittgenstein.

  • The Baden emigration book.

  • The Wuerttemberg emigration index.

  • Westerwald to America: some 18th century German immigrants.

  • Wir ziehen nach Amerika, briefe Odenwalder auswanderer aus den jahren 1830 bis 1833.

Family Books and Church Records:

  • Amt Zwingenberg/Bergstr. Mannschaftsregister von 1771.

  • Brensbacher und Niederkainsbacher Familien-Buch, 1655 bis 1732.

  • Dornfelder kirchenbucher aus dem ukrainischen Gebietsarchiv Lemberg-Lviv.

  • Evangelische church records of Baumbach, Braach and Sterkelshausen, Hessen-Kassel 1658-1748.

  • Familienbuch Steinbach, Kreis Giessen, families bis 1807.

  • Familiennamem im Huttenberger Land von 1470-1900.

  • Friedrichstal church records 1698-1812.

  • Records of the Lutheran church, Herschberg, Germany 1755-1839.

  • Vielbrunner und Seckmauerer Familien-Buch, 1655-1742.


  • A genealogist's guide to discovering your Germanic ancestors, Anderson.

  • A German genealogical primer, Potts.

  • A guide to German parish registers in the family history library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cerny.

  • Address book of Germanic genealogy, Thode.

  • Beginner's guide to Germanic genealogy, Edwards.

  • Encyclopedia of German-American genealogical research, Smith.

  • Encyclopedia of German-American genealogical research, Smith.

  • German genealogical research, Schweitzer.

  • In search of your German roots: a complete guide to tracing your ancestors in the Germanic areas of Europe, Baxter.

  • Schlegel's American families of German ancestry in the United States.

  • The ABCs of German-American migration, annotated guide to German-American migration records.

  • The Atlantic bridge to Germany, Hall.

  • The German research companion, Riemer.

Maps and Guides:

  • A tour of ten important Anabaptist and Reformed sites in rural Switzerland, Wenger.

  • Anabaptist and Reformed walking tours of the cities of Zurich and Bern, Switzerland, Wenger.

  • Atlas for German America, Thode.

  • Atlas of the German empire – 1892, Thomsen.

  • Der grosse Shell atlas – Deutschland/Europa 1985/86.

  • Lands of the German empire and before, Uncapher.

  • Map guide to German parish registers (13 volumes), Hansen.

  • Meyers orts- und verkehrs-lexikon des Deutschen Reichs, with researcher's guide and translations of the introduction, instruction for the use of the gazetteer, and abbreviations, Wright.

  • Super strassen Deutschland und Europa 1:4000000.



  • Genealogical abstracts from newspapers of the German Reformed Church, 1830-1839; 1840-1849, Manning.

  • Index to the subjects of obituaries abstracted from Der Christliche Botschafter of the Evangelical Church 1836-1866, Seder.


  • Germanic Genealogist

  • Mennonite Family History

  • Palatine Patter: Newsletter of Palatines to America

  • Pennsylvania Mennonite Family History

[Published at, 13 Jul 2007]
Tom Neel, the OGS Library Director, kindly put together this list of the German Research holdings at the library for the DVHH. [Nancy Fredenberg, 2007]


The 1937 German-Hungarian (Donauschwaben) Family Calendar Magazine
– Palankaer subscriber list for the Entire U.S.A.
(Deutsch-Ungarischer Familien Kalender 1937, German-Hungarian Publishing Company, New York City, NY/Chicago, IL)
Transcribed by Dennis J. Bauer, 11 October 2008

Mansfield, OH

Surnames appear exactly as spelled in the original text and may not be the actual spelling. The list shows the individual’s place of origin and their address in the U.S. and Canada at the time of subscription to the magazine. Some translations of town, county and country names were done. As with any secondary source, you may wish to consult the original magazine. This is a list of those from Palanka only and not all the German-Hungarians listed.

The magazines were written in German and published in the U.S. from 1932-1954.  They   contained stories from the German-Hungarian regions of Hungary, Yugoslavia and Romania, pictures of "home",  jokes, poems and best of all a list of American and Canadian subscribers, their spouses, their place of origin and their addresses in the U.S. and Canada at the time of publication.  Subscribers listed were from the United States and Canada. During it’s publication, the magazines listed between 10-15 thousand Donauschwaben-Americans.

APPEL, Franz, from Palanka, Batschka, Yugoslavia, and Marianna GROSS, from Torontal, Banat Yugoslavia, 326 3rd Ave.


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