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Adolph Carl Audirsch

Updated August 8, 2001

E. Lee Audirsch

Adolph Carl Audirsch was born August 2, 1843, somewhere in Germany. (His parents are unknown to this writer. In the 1880 Census Carl’s Mother was listed as living with him. Her name was listed only as Hienrete) Carl lived with his parents until he was a grown man, then Carl married Joehanna Augusta Lahman. Family tradition indicates that this marriage took place sometime in the year of 1867. Sometime in the latter part of 1868 or the early part of 1869 Carl boarded a ship headed for America. Conversations held with elderly family members indicate that Carl worked aboard the ship, to pay for his passage to America. Carl’s wife did not hear from him for about six months due in part to the length of the voyage. (Verbal family tradition indicates that it took 4 to 6 months for the ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.) The indication is that Carl probably worked aboard the ship for his passage. Carl probably landed at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, though there is proof of that. However, Charleston is where his wife, Joehanna Augusta Lahman Audirsch and their baby landed when they reached America in November or December of 1869. This baby was Emile John, their first child, who had been born January 19, 1869
Carl and his family settled in Newberry county, Conner township, South Carolina as indicated by the June 30, enumeration record of the 1870 census. It was here in this area that Bertha, Carl’s daughter, was born on April 15, 1871. Sometime prior to January 1875 Carl moved his family from Newberry county, Conner Township, South Carolina. On January 18, 1875 Carl purchased 54 acres of land for the amount of $540.00 from Caleb Etheredge. This land according to the deed was located on McNarey’s Ferry Road and West Creek in Edgefield County. Today Norris Township will be found in Saluda County, because of county divisions creating new counties.
Travel between Newberry County and Edgefield County required the crossing of the Saluda River on one of several ferries. One crossing that seems likely to have been used would have been the McNarey’s Ferry if traveling from Carl’s address of P O Jolly St. Conner township, Newberry via Prosperity S. C. to Norris township, Edgefield county. From Prosperity they most likely would have taken what is now Hwy. 391. Once into Edgefield County [now Saluda County] they may have traveled the 130 Hwy. across Lick Creek which is the northern boundary of Norris Township. Once crossing the creek they would have been on Hwy. 189, quite possibly the road Carl and his family lived on at the time of the 1880 Census. An old map of Edgefield County shows the families that lived in Norris Township in 1871, and included the name Etheredge on this road. On the 1880 Census Caleb Etheredge is listed and then Carl Audirsch. Caleb Etheredge is the man that Carl bought the 54 acres from.
On March 25, 1875, Gustave Augustus was born. [1900 Census indicates 1876, but believe 1875 to be correct because 1880 Census taken in June 1880 indicated he was 5 years old at that time.] The 1875 date was also listed in a journal believed to have been his mother’s. Gustave was followed by Hampton Carl’s birth on May 25, 1877, [1900 Census indicated March 1877].
Carl filed his Declaration of Intention to become a Citizen of the United States with the Clerk of Court in Edgefield County, South Carolina on December 3, 1877. At that time the law required that he wait five years from the date he filed his Declaration and fulfill a one year state residency before being granted citizenship.
The Census of 1880 indicates that the mother of Carl Audirsch (Heinrete born in Prussia age 65) was living in the home with Carl’s family at this time. Her age would indicate that she was born in 1814 or 1815. There is no other information regarding Heinrete’s life or death.

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