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Emigration to Kansas

Johann Kornelius' eldest son Johann Johann was known as "Oel Ohm", a title of respect earned by his age and reputation as a maker of oil from the Hederich weed. After he died, about 1870, his children began to emigrate to America. In Molotschna the youngest sons inherited farms so the oldest sons tended to emigrate. Oel Ohm's eldest son Heinrich 46 years old, married with seven children, left for America in 1874 on the ship SS Teutonia.

Also aboard the ship was Heinrich's Alexanderthal neighbor, and cousin, Cornelius W. Duerksen 48 years old, married with eight children.