[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Mass Migration, Schadura to Brazil, 1886
rradke at telus.net
Sun Apr 5 22:24:25 PDT 2015
Thank you for this, Ron. This may provide a clue as to where I should
pick up the trail of an Albrecht family that I know migrated from
Volhynia to Brazil. If my hunch is right, Ottilie would have had an
uncle [Robert Prill] in the Edmonton area.
Ron Neuman wrote:
> Several of these families who migrated to Brazil from Volhynia from
> the mid 1880's to 1891 eventually ended up making another major
> migration from Brazil to western Canada (specifically Alberta). I
> have found several families who made this second migration; however, I
> can only remember one family name. I'll try to find the others in one
> of the local history books.
> The first source that mentions the migration from Volhynia to Brazil
> is found in the writings of Bishop Clemens Hoyler of the Moravian
> Church. The following paragraph is found in his article entitled "A
> Brief Introduction to the History of the Moravian Church in Western
> Canada." This article was published in the Transactions of the
> Moravian Historical Society (Volume XIV, Parts V and VI) in 1951.
> "When it became evident that the Moravians could not establish
> independent churches in Russia, their leaders began to cast around in
> other lands where there were no government or ecclesiastical
> restrictions. Those in Schadura were attracted to South America.
> Under their minister, Brother Lange, they settled in Brazil and
> founded a colony which they called 'Bruederthal' in the state of Santa
> Catharina. The climate, though considerably warmer than that of
> Volhynia, was fairly pleasant, but coffee culture on the mountains was
> a new and somewhat doubtful venture for the Volhynians. After a few
> years their settlement broke up, their minister entered the service of
> the Lutheran Church, and several substantial families joined their
> brethren in Alberta."
> A second paragraph later in the document states "By the time
> Bruderheim and Bruederfeld [Note: These settlements were in western
> Canada near Edmonton] were organized, their numbers reached a total of
> 228 souls. Some of the later arrivals came directly from Poland, and
> a few even from Brazil, whither they had first emigrated from Volhynia
> under the leadership of the Rev. Wm. Lange in 1885. Their colony,
> located near Joinville, in the Province of Santa Catharina, was called
> Bruederthal. It was not a success."
> My second source is from a local history book (South Edmonton Saga)
> for the farm area on the south boundary of the City of Edmonton, and
> some of the area is currently part of the housing subdivisions of
> south Edmonton. One family who came from Brazil is listed here - the
> Wolfram family. The eldest son of Jacob and Eva (Schlender) Wolfram
> was Ludwig Wolfram. Ludwig immigrated to Brazil with his parents at
> the age of 19 (he was born in 1872). He married Ottilie Albrecht in
> Brazil, and their oldest son, Alfred, was born on January 7, 1902 at
> Joinville, Santa Catharina Province, Brazil. In 1903 Ludwig, Ottilie
> and their son, Alfred, were forced to leave Brazil due to ill health.
> They immigrated to Canada to join Ludwig's parents who had immigrated
> to Canada in 1900.
> Since Ludwig Wolfram married Ottilie Albrecht in Brazil, it would
> appear as if an Albrecht family was also part of the emigration to
> Brazil from Volhynia.
> Ludwig's parents, Jacob and Eva Wolfram, also followed the same
> migration path. The following is a brief excerpt from their family
> story in South Edmonton Saga. "The Jacob Wolfram family left Russia
> in 1891. The long journey was via Germany to Brazil. After arrival
> in Brazil, the family spent many months in an immigration camp in Rio
> de Janeiro before being allowed to settle in Joinville, Brazil. In
> 1900 the family packed their belongings and immigrated to the North
> West Territories where they had friends and relatives."
> For those who are not aware of western Canadian history, the provinces
> of Alberta and Saskatchewan were formed in 1905 from land that was
> formerly part of the North West Territories of Canada.
> As I mentioned previously, I do recall that there were at least two
> other families who came to Alberta from Brazil in the early 1900's.
> If anyone would like to have me find those families, please contact me
> and I will try.
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