Family Diversity, Volume I

Between 1845 and 1860 one million Germans fled with hope in their hearts for an opportunity denied them by circumstances in their homeland. During the 1850’s, the Huhn, Pestorf, and Steck families joined the immigration and settled in Baltimore, Maryland. Family Diversity, the Huhn, Pestorf, and Steck Families 1600 to 1996, Volume I, is the genealogies, the stories, the descendents and the ancestors of these immigrants. Produced as a family history by Nancy Lee Waters, the hundreds of names in this book represent not only the typical tale of German families from this time period, but also represents the ancestry of many times more descendents who hail from these immigrants.

Nancy Water Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. In addition to the tradition genealogical data for up to seven generation, the author includes her own personal annotations and brief histories.

The 200 plus additional surnames appearing in the book include: Athas, Bandel, Bender, Borrell, Bose, Braitchut, Calligan, Chinea, Clift, Conners, Cook, Edelmann, Eder, Edinger, Edler, Eiermann, Enders, Feist, Frank, Frederick, Gypp, Heil, Hemmeter, Henrich, Herrmann, Hickman, Hoffmann, Hughes, Huhn, Hunter, Hüther, Joeck, Jones, Kilduff, Koke, Lorenz, Martin, McDonald, Meil, Nagat, Neuer, Nueslein, Oler, Overton, Pestorf, Prior, Riedinger, Rogers, Runk, Sauter, Schaller, Schifferdecker, Schott, Seeger, Selvage, Steck, Straub, Teipe, Ubele, Van der Wyk, Veith, Walters, Warner, Waters, Weitzel, Wittgrefe, and Zimmermann.

This book has earned The 1997 Heart of America Genealogical Society Award of Excellence. Lauer also earned “the 2007 National Genealogical Society Writing Competition Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History for her second book, Family Diversity – The Lauer, Borgmeir, Bauer Familes – Deutschland to Baltimore, Maryland and the MacCubbin’s 1650-2006 Volume II. This book also earned the 2007 Maryland Historical Society Sumner a Paker Award, for the best genealogy of a Maryland family. Nancy was a second place winner, 2010 ISFHWE Category III – Original Research Story, and Third place winner of the 2008 ISFHWE Category III – Original Research Story as well as a finalist in the 2008 California Genealogical Society’s writing contest.


Table of Contents

List of Figures



The Huhn, Pestorf, and Steck Families

The Huhn Family in Germany

Kristof Jacob Hunh

Christian Huhn

The Huhn Family in America

Georg Adam Huhn

The Pestorf Family

Christian Pestorf

The Steck Family in Germany

Nikolaus Steck

Johann Herrmann

Friedrick Neuer

Hans Michael Schifferdecker

The Steck Family in America

Charles Anton Steck

Louis (Ludwig) John Steck

George Peter Steck

Miscellaneous Steck’s

Mary and Bernard Steck

The Runk Family

George V. Runk

Appendix A

The Huhn Family

The Pestorf Family

The Steck Family

Appendix B

Packet Ships

New York

A. Chesebrough

Appendix C

Baltimore Cemestry

Appendix D

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

A New Land, A New Life, A New Church

Appendix E

Mount Washington

2505 Crest Road

Public School No. 221





Family Diversity, the Huhn, Pestorf, and Steck Families 1600 to 1996, Volume I is the first in a three volume set available from Family Roots Publishing, Price: $19.79.

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