Emigration to America


The failed German revolution in 1848 stimulated emigration. Over the next years millions left Germany and settled in the United States. Some arrived seeking religious or political freedom, others for economic opportunities greater than those in Europe and others simply for the chance to start afresh in the New World.

The oldest well-known Tabeling is Martin Tabeling, also called Marten Tabelinck. His name appears already in 1549. A number of Tabeling were gentleman-farmers, like of Hausstette. Sons of Martin Tabeling, Hermann, Johann and Rudolf have descendants in America. Most of them emigrated from Hausstette, Lüsche in Oldenburg. At that time, Oldenburg was the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, ruled by a Grand Duke. It is now a part of the state of Niedersachsen, or Lower Saxony. It is in the coastal lowlands of Northern Germany, south and west of the River Weser and the great port of Bremen.

About six miles west of Lüsche is the little railroad town Essen. It was there that our family members would have gone, probably by cart or wagon, to catch a train to the city of Oldenburg then Bremen for their voyages to America. You can well imagine the mixture of hope and trepidation they must have felt as the slow, plodding wagon carried them farther and farther away. The older ones would have known they would never again see the place of their birth or the graves of their ancestors. Faith in more favorable opportunities in the United States exercised a great influence on the decision to leave.

One found bloodline of the Hermann Tabeling family is:

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Hermann Tabeling (2.1) was the inheritor of the Tabeling farm in Hausstette. The most widespread practice was that the oldest surviving son inherited the property and became the inheritor of his generation. A daugther inherited only if there were no sons. Heiress Maria Tabeling married Weßel Wichmann. Weßel took (and gave his descendants) his wife's surname, so that her father's- and farmname would be preserved. In the nineteenth century in Germany was this a good reason for surname change (See also the Scheve's family).

Now-adays the Tabeling farm in Hausstette is still property of the Tabeling family.

Johann Clemens Tabeling (*8 Dec 1823, 13 May 1897) emigrated ± 1840 to Covington, Kenton Co, Kentucky. In 1848 he married Anna Maria Stallo (Mary, *22 Oct 1828). They had eight children. Henry C. Tabeling (*1852), who married Josephine Nepper, Bernard Tabeling (*1855), Mary Elisabeth Tabeling (*1859), William C. Tabeling (*1862), who married Tresa M. Hellebrush, John H. Tabeling (*1866), who married Anna Bankemper, Agnes Catherine Tabeling (*1866), who married George Bilz, Mary J. Tabeling (*1869),who married John B. Niehaus and Edward H. Tabeling (*1871).

Two found bloodlines of the Johann Tabeling family are:


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An important ancestor is Johann Tabeling (2.2) born at the farm in Hausstette, successor of Rudolf Ostendorf as governor of Lüsche. Lüsche were originally an enclave of the municipality Krapendorf, which belonged to the house of Cloppenburg. The service of the governor had been linked to the Kreienborg. However Johann did not live on the Kreienborg. The Kreienborg were long in possession of Tabeling, but went over for lack of descendants to another family in 1841.

John Henry Tabeling (Johann Heinrich, *abt 1811 in Lüsche, district Vechta/Germany, 13 Apr 1894 in Baltimore). His father Christian Wilhelm Tabeling was governor of Lüsche, called populary "Junger Vogt". In 1839 his eldest brother became governor and he left Germany with the ship Martha and arrived 27 Feb 1846 in New Orleans. In 1854 in Baltimore he married Elizabeth Mary Quatmann and in 1863 he married Anna Gertrude von Hagel. He establised himself as a butcher.

In Baltimore live two different families Tabeling (butchers and tailors), both from Germany. One of them is connected with the family from district Vechta and the other family comes from district Cloppenburg. This last one is from Rudolf Tabeling's (2.5) bloodline.

Richard Tabeling (Dirk, *14 Feb 1827 in Amsterdam, in 1917 in Boston) emigrated from Amsterdam in The Netherlands. His father was Johann Diederich Tabeling (4.8), born at Dinklage (6 miles south of Hausstette) and chose as a young boy his residence in Amsterdam. His  occupation was ship's carpenter. Richard Tabeling was his oldest son and was a sailor. Richard married Catharine Crowley (born in Ireland) and had nine children. His son Richard S. Tabeling (*1858) married Emily (*1863 in Nova Scotia),  Frederick F. Tabeling (*1871) was Master on several Passenger ships in the 1920's, John J. Tabeling married Mary A. Connelly (*1875) and his youngest son Henry Francis Tabeling (*1877) visited with his wife Laura and niece Ruth (*1911) our family in Den Helder in The Netherlands in 1929. They lived in Brooklyn/Kings/New York/USA.


wo found bloodlines of the Rudolf Tabeling family are:

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A descendant of Rudolf Tabeling and Lucia Margaretha Klünemann, Johann Heinrich (John Henry) Tabeling, emigrated ± 1850 to Breckinridge Co, Kentucky. He had ten American-born children. Most of the children lived in Breckinridge Co, Kentucky. Some of the Tabeling family went to Sedgwick Co, Kansas or Alamosa Co, Colorado.
An other descendant of Rudolf Tabeling and Lucia Margaretha Klünemann, Gerhardt Heinrich Tabeling, emigrated December 1856 to Baltimore, Baltimore Co/Maryland. In 1860 he married Margareth Elizabeth Decker. He was a merchant tailor, same as his father.
In 1886 John Carl, Bernard Friedrich and Henry Scheve emigrated to Lyon Co, Kansas. They are descendants of Rudolf Tabeling (2.5) and Lucia Margaretha Klünemann. See the page of the Scheve's family.


In February 2021, the English Family Book was completed, listing the Hausstette relatives who left for America or who were born in America. With 130 pages of text, interesting facts about 400 namesakes are described. Also some namesakes are mentioned from Oythe and Hagstedt who emigrated to America.

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