Letter received from Gerald W. BlockAs you may now know, George Frederick Block and family immigrated to the U.S. aboard the Bremen Bark Constitution, arriving in New Orleans May 31, 1846. I obtained the Captains passenger list and the ports Quarterly Abstract from the National Archives and have now completed transcribing and posting this information on the ISTG (Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild) website at:
You might want to review the site to see the family and their friends from the village of Lassan, Germany who traveled with them: the Witt family and two young men, August Knuppel and August Schunemann. (I located August Knuppel farming in Tyler County in 1850, but havent been able yet to trace the others.) You can also find out how many guns the Blocks brought to Texas and other interesting things.
Additional information about the sailing vessel Constitution can be found at "Immigrant Ships" at:
On the Lassan Page there is a nice little photo of the village and a map. No hotels, but there are bed-and-breakfast type rooms in Lassan.
If youd like to see the microfilm of Captain Rothfos original handwritten list and the Quarterly Abstract, I have arranged to have these permanently available at the LDS Family History Center in Orange for us and other Block family researchers. The Center is located at the LDS church off highway 87 a few miles north of Orange. Theyre open Tue-Thur. Ask for microfilm rolls LDS# 200155 and 200237. You can make printed copies.
By strange coincidence, the ISTG dated my transcription posting as March 18, 1999, the day daddy died. I thought that was fitting, since daddy enjoyed and helped me so much with Block genealogy. Daddy remembered his own Grandpa Charles Block well. Charles, or "Carl", is on the passenger list. He was 9 years old.
Notes from the Web Master
This is the full link to Gerald's transcription.
Gerald emailed me an historical image of a map of Lassan, Pomrania dated 1882.
My rough attempt at translating the German Lassan Page.
For convenience the information on the CONSTITUTION from "Immigrant Ships" follows:
 Gerald's dad was Claude Block of Vidor, Texas.