The spelling of the Bluethman name is American in origin, being a direct derivative of the German family name Blüthmann. Upon arrival in America the "ü" was changed to "ue" and usually, but not always, one "n" was dropped either by the first or second generation Bluethman's. Today all known members of the Bluethman branch of the family either live in or were born in the United States.

The earliest known record of the Bluethman name in America appears to be from 1850 when J.C. Blüthmann, Elizabeth Blüthmann and Christine Blüthmann, presumably husband, wife and daughter, arrived in Quebec, Canada. Their original home had been Osterburg ( Prussia) in Germany. They had departed Hamburg, Germany on board the sailing vessel "Fortunatus" with 116 other passengers on April 16th, 1850. Nearly all the passenger came from Prussia and other parts of Northern Germany. On the ships' manifest J.C. Bluethmann's occupation was listed as "a shepherd", and we see that among the 54 male passengers no less than 9 were listed as being "shoemakers".

Regrettably, no further information have been found about J.C. Bluethmann and his family. They do not seem to included on subsequent Canadian census figures, nor do we have any other record of what subsequently happened to this family.

The next "Blüthmann" on the scene is a Blüthmann impostor! Casper Bluthmann, 21 years old boarded the German steamer "Silesia", Captain N. Trautmann, just before sailing from Hamburg for New York on February 15, 1872. The vessel arrived in New York with 387 passengers on February 29th, 1872. Actually Casper was not a Blüthmann at all and I am mentioning his name here only to clear up some pieces of misinformation which has been circulating about this gentleman. His real name was Caspar Blattmann, a farmer from Switzerland. The "Silesia" passenger manifest erroneously lists his name as being "Bluttmann", but the United States immigration papers and New York port records shows his correct name as being Caspar Blattmann "a native of Switzerland".

The following year, 1873, Gottfried (pronounced Got-freed) Blüthmann, his wife Dorothea and two or three children (the wife was pregnant at the time with their third child, Otto Herman) arrived in Galveston, Texas. They had left Bremen, Germany sometime during 1873, the exact time is not known. Like the other Bluethmann's, this family had also lived in Prussia, Germany before coming to America. Gottfried's name appears on the Washington County, Texas census of 1880.

The family lived near Burton, Texas where they joined other German families who had previously settled in the area. When the Houston & Texas Central Railroad was extended in 1871 to Austin, the settlement in the Burton neighborhood assumed commercial importance and many German immigrants settled in this area. For many years the Bluethmann family lived here until subsequent generations moved to other parts of Texas. Dorothea died in November 1906 and Gottfried in February 1921. They are both buried in the Oak Hill cemetery in Burton, Texas. In 1970 an observer wrote that "Oak Hill is a large and well kept cemetery a short distance east of Burton". Many members of the family were in the grocery business, even up until the end of the 20th century. Some descendants still live in Texas today.

Gottfried Blüthmann and Dorothea married in Germany and had the following five children:

William Bluethmann, born 1865 in Prussia, Germany
Ida Bluethmann, born 1871 in Prussia, Germany
Otto Herman Bluethmann, born in 1873, place unknown
Gustav Bluethmann, born 1875 in Burton, Texas, USA
Helene Bertha Alvina Bluethmann, born 1877 in Windlass, Texas, USA

The next Bluethman arrival in America was Karl Fredrich August Otto Blüthmann. He left Hamburg, Germany on board the large one thousand passenger steamer "California", Captain O. Winkler, arriving in New York on June 8th, 1888. He was 20 years old. On this voyage the steamer carried exclusively immigrants from Hungary, Russia, Austria and Prussia and, as usual, loaded to capacity with 1032 passengers.

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Like Gottfried, mentioned above, "Otto", as he was known as, had also arrived from Prussia, Germany, specifically from the Brandenburg area which is located northwest of present day Berlin. He lived most of his life in Hiawatha, Kansas working for the railroad where an unfortunate accident cut off his left hand when he slipped on some ice and fell under a moving train.

Otto Bluethman married Fannie Jackson in Fall City, Nebraska, in 1890. They had 7 children between 1890 and 1910:

Archie Bluethman
Marie Bluethman
Mildred Bluethman
Mona Bluethman
William Bluethmann
Walter Bluethman, born 1904
Olie Bluethman Walter, born 1905

There is, according to family tradition, at least one additional (undocumented) Bluethman arrival in America. His name could have been Arthur Blüthmann with descendants in Chicago, Illinois.

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