I am trying to identify the eldest child of my great-great-grandmother and great-great-grandfather. Information I have is as follows:
My great-great-grandmother, Ernestine Wilhelmine Lässig geborene Härtel immigrated to America around April 19, 1856. I have a copy of her Reise-pass (entitled Reise-pass fur das Ausland) and it is dated April 19, 1856. The Reise-pass states that she was leaving from Bremen "....accompanied by her five children of ages 12, 11, 7, 5, and 3 years." Her husband immigrated before the rest of the family we believe in 1855 as he was located in a state census taken in 1855 already in America. Her husband's name was Johann (John) Gottlieb Lässig. The five children mentioned in the Reise-pass above are all known except for the 12-year old, who I am seeking information about.
The 3 year old: Hugo Lässig, born November 7, 1852 in Crimmitschau, Sachsen
The 5 year old: Anna Louise Lässig, born March 14, 1851 in Crimmitschau, Sachsen
The 7 year old: Hermann J. Lässig, born December 15, 1848 in Crimmitschau, Sachsen
The 11 year old: Mary (Marie) Lässig, born April 1, 1845, in Crimmitschau, Sachsen
The 12 year old listed in the Reise-pass is unknown and no record of this child was ever found in available records in America. All that is known is a story passed on that a Gustav Lässig died in Red Bud, IL in 1865 in a deer hunting accident, which was written down by an elderly relative's now deceased father in the 1930s. We believe the year of death, 1865 is in error, as the family was in the 1860 census, but this child did not appear in this census, so we think the year he died may actually have been 1856 rather than 1865. Since there were no death records kept in Illinois prior to 1870 and we found no church record source, the only possible source of a record would be his birth/baptism which is believed to have been in Crimmitschau, Sachsen as were his/her brothers and sisters. Based on his age in the Reise-pass of 12, and the Reise-pass being dated April 19, 1856, he/she was probably born in 1844. It is my understanding that in 1844, the only church in Crimmitschau was the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirchgemeinde St.
Laurentius Crimmitschau, so if any birth or baptismal record of this unknown child exists, it is probably in the Kirchenbuche of St. Laurentius, Crimmitschau.
We believe that the child's mother and father were also married at St. Laurentius, but have no record or evidence of this, and if this child were their first child and born in 1844, we estimate that Ernestine Wilhelmine Härtel and Johann Gottlieb Lässig were married at St. Laurentius around 1842 or 1843.
We would like confirm the name and birthdate of this oldest child listed in the Reise-pass of age 12.