The orange trees of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana is what my grandmother always said was the reason her German family came to live in the south. She said that when they came down the Mississippi River and her great grandfather saw those trees he knew he was home. The family later owned and operated an orange plantation in the parish and the Conrad family became a well known prominent family of the time.
Jacob Conrad along with his wife Catherine and their five children immigrated from Germany before 1838. According to the eldest daughter Catherine Conrad Menge, they came in through New York, with the intention of going to Louisiana where Jacob had bought land, but first they went to Ohio, where they had my great great grandmother, Margaret Conrad Booth Wiese. They next moved on to Mount Pleasant, Missouri. According to Catherine the family traveled the country in a Prairie Schooner, before finally settling in Plaquemines Parish, La.
|A Prairie Schooner|
Jacob and Catherine Conrad
- Frederick Conrad born 1823, Germany
- Catherine Conrad born January 1824, Germany married Anton Menge
- Sophia Conrad born 1829, Germany
- George P. Conrad born 1831, Germany
- John Conrad born 1835, Germany
- Margaret A. Conrad born December 29, 1838, Ohio
- Barbara Conrad
- Mary Conrad