|Leberecht Delang (1824-1890)|
Potter from Prussia, arrived 1857
|The Steam-Ship "BORUSSIA"|
Regular Packet between Hamburg and New York
This Currier & Ives lithograph comes from the Museum for the History of Hamburg.
In the 1880 census, Leberecht names the birthplace of his father as Saxony and his mother's as Prussia, and his own as Prussia. According to family legend, Leberecht's ancestors had lived on the border between France and the many small German states, in Alsace or Lorraine, and that the surname was French. A story that came down through the family traces back to around 1800, during the Napoleonic rearrangement of Europe's boundaries when border raids were common. The story is that the pregnant wife of a man named DeLong was kidnapped by German soldiers and taken to Germany. Her son was born in Saxony, and he married a Prussian woman. We do not know the name of this French child, only that his son, Leberecht DeLang, half French and half German, came to America and died in Iowa.
My grandfather explained to us that Leberecht's father, growing up in Prussia, spelled his name (DeLong) the German way (DeLang) which sounds very similar when pronounced by a German. When Leberecht came to America, the name was spelled DeLang but prounounced De Lahng.
|The Melcher Pottery in southeast Iowa|
Some members of the family still have a few pieces of pottery made by Leberecht. In my possession are two small jugs (about 4" high) which were made at the Melcher Pottery where Leberecht worked but probably not by him.
|Two jugs made at the Melcher Pottery, geode rocks, and Indian arrowheads. |
All are from the same location, near the county line
between Des Moines and Henry Counties in southeast Iowa.
Leberecht's wife Beate was in poor health for several years prior to her death in 1870. She had lost a daughter Rose back in Germany, and the infant Louise who was aboard the ship upon arrival in 1857 apparently died young. My ancestor, Robert, was born in October, 1857, just a few months after the family’s arrival in America. His brother Gustav, born in 1860, died in infancy. A sister, Pauline (Lena) was born in August of 1868; from age 1, she lived with the Goody family. At about the same time, Robert, at the age of about 12 or 13, went to live with the Gottfried Altman family, and in 1879, he married Gottfried's daughter, Pauline Elizabeth Altman.
Leberecht's naturalization INTENTION record reads: State of Iowa, Des Moines County: Before the undersigned, Clerk of the District Court, for said county, this day came Leberecht Delang, an alien, a free, white person, and a native of Prussia who being by me duly sworn, on his oath, declares and says: "That it is BONA FIDE his intention to become a Citizen of the United States of America, and to renounce forever, all allegiance and fidelity to any Foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever, and particularly to Frederich William 4th King of Prussia of whom he is a Subject. Sworn to and Subscribed, before me, the Clerk of said District Court, this 15th day of August 1860. [Signed both by the clerk and by Leberecht Delang.]
A death record was made in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on Feb. 27, 1890, with thedate of death given as Jan. 30, 1890 for Leberecht Delang, male, age 65, potter, widower, born in Schlesiem, Ger. He had been a resident for 30 years. The place of death was Lowell, Henry Co., IA. with burial in Lee Co., IA. [Williamson Cemetery]. Cause of death was hypertrophy of Heart and the doctor was F. R. Wilson of New London, IA.
--genieBev (genealogy Beverly)