Category Archives: Henningsen-Domann Family

The Henningsens hailed from a small island off the coast of Schleswig called Pellworm, and in earlier generations from inland in Schleswig and Holstein. Not much is known yet about the Dommans. They came to America from a small town called Zellbrück in Eastern Pommerania, then part of easternmost, northern Germany and now part of Poland.

Emigrants from Insel Pellworm, Nordfriesland: A List

Pellworm MapPellworm is an island off the west coast of what is now Germany.  In centuries past, it was part of the Duchy of Schlesvig, at times ruled by Prussia, at times ruled by Denmark.

In the 2nd half of the 19th century, as in many places in Europe, over-population, lack of opportunity and the wish to avoid forced military service drove hundreds of Pellwormers, individuals and families, to emigrate.  Most went to the United States, though some also left for Australia and South America.

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