||17 November 1841, Peterwitz, Silesia, Prussia64
||31 October 1918, Foley, Benton Co., MN64,22
||Duelm, Benton Co., MN64
||Miller & Farmer64,64
|Cause of death
||Sailed From Bremen To Baltimore On The Leipzig And Arrived On 8 Apr 187064
||Carl F. BALDER (1820-1897)
||Maria RATTER (1820-1895)
|64Joseph immigrated to the United States on the ship Leipzig. The Leipzig was a 2,388 gross ton ship, built by Caird & Co, Greenock in 1869 for North German Lloyd of Bremen. Her details were -- length 290.2 ft. x beam 39 ft., clipper stem, one funnel, two masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 10 knots. There was accommodation for 84-1st and 600-3rd class passengers. Launched on February 13, 1869, she sailed from Bremen on her maiden voyage to Southampton and Baltimore in May 1869. On January 13, 1872 she commenced the first of five Bremen - New York voyages and in 1883 her engines were compounded by Henniges, Bremen. She started her last Bremen - Baltimore crossing on May 12, 1886 and was subsequently used on the South American service. She started her last voyage on May 19, 1894 and was sold to Hamburg owners the same year. In 1898 she was scrapped at Hamburg. [North Atlantic Seaway by N. R. P. Bonsor, vol. 2, p. 547] Joseph sailed from Bremen to Baltimore on the Leipzig and arrived on April 8, 1870. He was listed as being 28 years old and his occupation was miller. [Source: Germans to America, p. 76; also Baltimore, Maryland. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, 1820-1891. Micropublication M255, roll # 17, list 20. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]|
"Joseph Balder was born in Peterwitz, Prussia on the 17th of November 1841. In 1870, his parents came to America, and the year following, to this town, where Mr. Balder took the farm on which he now lives. He married Miss Johanna Baron on the 27th of January, 1875. They have had four children, three of whom are now living." [Source: History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, St. George Township (1881), p. 365]
In the 1880 census, Joseph was 35 years old and living with his wife Johanna on their farm in St. George, Benton Co., Minnesota with their two daughters, Mary, aged 5, and Martha, 1 year old. [Source: NA Film No. T9-0615, p. 169A]
Joseph and Johanna Balder's first homestead was in Duelm. They moved to Foley after the death of their small child John who drowned in the small Stony Brook that flowed through their farm yard.
Joseph Balder passed away from stomach cancer.