The family arrived in New York on May 16, 1854, after 45 days on the open sea. They
took a small boat, which was pulled by two horses walking along the riverbank, up
the Hudson River, and made their way to Detroit.
They stayed in Detroit a little more than a year, and Christian supported his family
there by working as a weaver. In late 1855 they moved to Indianapolis where, in
November of that year, their daughter Hermiena Dorothea was
born. At some time early after their arrival in America they dropped the typical
German "nn" ending to their name; Saalmann became Saalman.
They stayed in Indianapolis three years, living in a house on Elm Street. They had
another daughter, Anna Amenda, and Christian
supported his family by cutting cord wood and clearing land. He had saved enough
money by 1858 for them to move to the small town of Branchville, in Oil Township,
Perry County, Indiana,
in what is now the Hoosier National Forest.
There he bought a 40 acre
farm from a man named Joseph A. Lynch a couple of miles out of town. On
November 6, 1861, they had their fifth and last child, my great-grandfather, Joseph Christian.
Christian's father, Johann Christian Saalmann, who accompanied his son, daughter-in-law
and grandson Christopher Columbus to the New World, never met his youngest grandson,
having died less than four months earlier, on July 22, 1861. He is buried in the
Walker Cemetery in Branchville,
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