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Sailing Ship In 1867, Claus Peter Jessen, his wife Anna, and seven of their nine children, left home near Norderbrarup, Germany and came to the United States.  They set sail from Hamburg, aboard the ship Saxonia, on June 22 of that year and arrived in New York City on the 6th day of July.  Two older children, who did not accompany the rest of the group on their journey, stayed behind to watch over the family property and to finish their schooling.  Records indicate this pair entered the country nearly a year later.  By 1870, the entire family had settled in the midwestern town of Joliet, Illinois.  Thus began the saga........

  From Germany to Joliet........and beyond

Jessen gathering in the Joliet, Illinois area


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