Individual Record 36

Name}   Staeheli, Johannes (John) Family History} Olson                  
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 29 Dec 1791* Place} Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland
Marr.: Date} Fam  3 Feb 1824 Place} Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 12 Dec 1862 Place} Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
Burial: Date} Aft 12 Dec 1862 Place} Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Washington, UT
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   81 = Genealogy
Source 2} 151 = Letter
Source 3} 181 = Interview
Source 4} 710 = Biography
Source 5} 711 = Biography
Source 6} 719 = Church recrd
Source 7} 1749=Baptism rec
Source 8} 178 = Passenger ls
Source 9} 902 = Passenger ls
Source 10}1167=Geog history
Source 11}1748=LDS history
Source 12}1124=1860 USA cen
Source 13}156 = Cemetery rec
Source 14}759 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } Jakob Staeheli & Susanna Roth
   Relationship No.} 196
1st Household No.} 223 = Douglas County, Nebraska
      Occupation 1} Laborer
       Occupation 2} Farmer
  Religion/Church} Latter-day Saints
Spouses:   Prime} Thalmann, Elizabeth
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Johannes Staeheli was born 29 Dec 1791* in Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland.  His parents were Jakob Staeheli and Susanna Roth.  He married Elizabeth Thalmann on 3 Feb 1824 in Amriswil.  From this marriage, five children were born.
The children were Johannes Georg, born 6 Feb 1825, Anna Barbara, born 3 Jun 1826, Susanna, born 27 Jan 1829, Anna Elisabetha, born 11 Feb 1831, and Anna Cathrina, born 3 Sep 1833.  Some family sources name others, but these are the only ones who appear in the Switzerland Baptism Records, and who are documented in later stages of their lives.

About 1856, a local missionary of the Church of Later-Day Saints, began to teach the family about the Mormon church.  Johannes was baptized on 23 Jan 1859 by Johannes Alder.  His daughter Elisabetha and wife Elizabeth had been previously baptized.  The missionaries encouraged the newly converted to emmigrate to Utah, where the Mormons were being assembled.  Thus, on 15 Mar 1860, Johannes and Elizabeth, along with their daughters Susanna and Elisabetha, grandsons Sebastian and John, and granddaughter Wilhelmina Staheli, left their home in Switzerland for America.  Their son Johannes Georg and his family followed the next year.

Johannes and his family sailed from Liverpool, England, on the Underwriter on 30 Mar 1860.  Johannes was listed as a farmer.  They arrived in New York on 1 May 1860.  From there, they traveled by train and riverboat to Florence, Nebraska.  On 15 Aug 1860, they were enumerated by the U.S. census takers in Douglas County, Nebraska.  Johannes was listed as a watchmaker, but there is no evidence that he was other than a farmer.

Johannes and his family were members of the James Darling Ross Company.  The company, numbering 264 people, left Florence, Nebraska (now Omaha) on 14 Jun 1860.  The Swiss emigrants had eight or ten wagons out of thirty-five or thirty-six in the company.  They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah, on 3 Sep 1869.  Their they waited until 1861 for the larger group from Switzerland to arrive.

In October 1861, Johannes and his wife and family were part of the Swiss Company called to settle in Dixie, the Southern part of Utah.  Johannes was 70 years old on this journey from Switerland to Santa Clara.  Before leaving Salt Lake, he and his wife received their endowments, and were sealed on 18 Oct 1861 in the Endowment House.

The Swiss Company arrive in Santa Clara in late November.  The rains started in December, and washed away the new settlement.  The settlers rebuilt.  Johannes died 12 Dec 1862, and was buried in the new Santa Clara City Cemetery.

*Evidence of the birthdate of Johannes Staeheli and the date of his marriage to Elizabeth Thalmann is found in Source No. 719, a church record that seems to be a census of the church congregation by family.  [Evangelical Church of Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland.]  The birth year of 1791 is very clear, and the day seems to be the 29th.  The month is illegible.  His cemetery headstone gives a birth date of 1 Jan 1791.  Most secondary sources give the birthdate as 29 Dec 1791.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date} Jan 1859 Place}   Johannes Staeheli, Elizabeth Thalmann
Confirm. Date}   Photos} Staeheli headstone
Immigr'n Date} 1 May 1860 Port} New York
Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 14 May 2015
Date Created}  13 Apr  1993
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