About the Image Collage
The image collage shown on the home page (and below) contains several images related to our family ancestry. They are (clockwise from top left):
1. The original church in Parish Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. On the 21st of August 1879, Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old, including Patrick Walsh, aged 65 and a distant relative. From this miraculous occurrence, Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognized Marian Shrine.
2. A photo of John Joseph Mann, Sr. born December 1873 in Austria and died July 21, 1946 in Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey USA. John was the first son of Engelbrecht Mann, the current point of origin of the Mann surname.
3. Mary C. McDonough (born 15 Nov 1879, Jersey City, Hudson, NJ USA; died 16 Dec 1956, New Jersey). Mary was the daughter of John J. McDonough and Anna Maria McHugh and married Hugh James Burns, Sr.
4. (top) Castle Garden, New York circa 1880s when Engelbrecht Mann and his family first came to the USA. Castle Garden was the primary disembarkment point in New York for immigrants until Ellis Island was open.
4. (bottom) S.S. Donau, the steamship that brought Engelbrecht Mann and John Mann from Bremen, Germany to New York arriving May 12, 1883. The Donau was built in 1868 by Caird & Co., Greenock, Scotland and served in the Norddeutscher Lloyd line from 1869 until it was destroyed by fire and abandoned in the North Sea on March 16, 1895.
5.Joseph William Steinmetz (born 7 Oct 1896 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey USA; died 18 Jul 1993 in New Jersey). Joseph was one of the six children of Anna Josepha Schuler and Wilhelm Steinmetz. Wilhelm emigrated from Eschwege (an der Werra), Germany to the United States.