The unification of Germany began in 1865, the same year that Mathias and Anna Lenz left their homeland. Arriving in New York aboard the "American Eagle" in September, they made their way west to the Copper Country with their three younger children, daughters Anna, Anna Maria, and Maria.
An Immigrant Story - Mathias Lenz
Mathias had been a farmer in Germany, but we learn from the 1870 census that in Rockland, MI Mathias was working as a laborer. He and Anna are both buried at Irish Hollow Cemetery in Rockland. What prompted Mathias and Anna to bring their family so far?
Last updated: January 6, 2018