History of the Phoenix disaster

In the middle of the nineteenth century a lot of people from the East of Holland emigrated to the US. One of the most popular destinations was Wisconsin. In 1847 a group of those emigrants were on the propellor Phoenix, which would bring them from Buffalo to Sheboygan and beyond. In the early hours of November 21, 1847 the propellor burnt. About 25 people rescued themselves using two lifeboats, while a few other were saved by another ship, the Delaware.

The next chapters will give more information on the disaster itself and the people involved.

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Yvette ~

    Thanks you for your work on this new (to me) site. In the past I’ve researched on the older site for marriages and births of my families names. Your articles are informative. I will look for them with pleasure.

  2. @Lynn Thank you for your feedback. This site has been around since 1993 but I just gave it a whole new look-and-feel last week and updated the content. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it! All the marriages and other family tree information is still available in the Family Trees section of the site.

  3. Hi Yvette, the site is looking great. Congratulations and thanks for the good work.

  4. Aimee A. (Drown) Harris says:

    Researching my Wilterdink, Wilterding family.

  5. Hi Yvette,
    I am a Genealogist in Cape Town, South Africa, with a lot of interesting information regarding the Dutch and Flemish Settlers here as from 1652 – 1900, if you are interested. I am also working in conjunction with ”Huis die Nederlander” in Pinelands, Cape Town.
    Best Regards,
    Cav. Andre Martinaglia

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