[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Mass Migration, Schadura to Brazil, 1886

Tammy Jochman tjjochman at milwpc.com
Mon Apr 6 07:07:30 PDT 2015

"were forced to leave Brazil due to ill health."

Interesting, I have just learned of  Keller relatives that immigrated to 
Brazil due to ill heath and
the fear they would not be allowed into the USA. A generation later a few 
left Brazil to Canada.
This story was documented in a Michigan newspaper article about the reunion 
of an elderly mother living in MI and
her daughter that visited from Brazil, years later.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ron Neuman" <ron at neuman.ca>
To: <paul.rakow at cantab.net>; <ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2015 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Mass Migration, Schadura to Brazil, 1886

> 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.
>>  Dear All,
>>      I decided today to look for a several-greats aunt (Blondina
>>  Wagner, geb Gruenke) who, according to family tradition, left
>>  Volhynia to go to Brazil, and later moved  on to Uraguay.
>>      I found her in the Hamburg passenger lists: What surprised me was
>>  that she was part of a very large party, all giving their last residence
>>  as Schadura, Russland (near Volodarsk-Volinsky).
>>      There were 111 Germans from Schadura, all on the ship "Buenos 
>> Aires",
>>  leaving Hamburg on the 19th May 1886, heading for the port Sao Francisco
>>  in Brazil, led by the preacher Wilhelm Lange.
>>      With the help of friend google, I think I've found out where they
>>  ended up, in a place called Bruederthal:
>> <http://www.ieclbhistoria.org.br/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2794&Itemid=40>
>>     Has anyone previously come across this particular migration before?
>>     Can anyone suggest sources for finding out about the general
>>  history of Bruederthal, or the destiny of particular families in
>>  Brazil?
>>             Thanks,
>>                 Paul Rakow
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