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Yes, Anna and her children did return to Poland. I located her daughter's 1877 marriage document in Sieradz, Lodzkie, Poland and Anna Wendt was a witness.
Since the passport listed six, one of the girls (Anna Caroline, Lillian, or Martha Maria) probably (?) died before the Anna's return to Poland.
I found Elise, Lydia Maria, Ellen Dorothee and Henrich Wendt's life and death records in Poland and Germany.
This article from the Daily Constitutionalist (Galveston) 29 Aug 1857 (it also appears in a few other papers from other parts of the US):
Henry, his wife, and 2 daughters returned to the US from Bremen on 22 Dec 1857 on the Ship Hermine.
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Henry's birth record: #91
John Henry George Wendt was born in April 25th, 1825 in Poland. His father, Jerzy Wendt, was a German Lutheran missionary to the Jews. (It was Jerzy Wendt who was born in Osnabrück , Germany)
Date of record: 26 April 1825, 11 a.m. Father: Well born George Wendt 'prediger' [German for preacher?], age 36? at #20 on marketplace [market square] in Moszczenica living Child: Jan Jerzy Heynrych born 23 April at 10:15 a.m. Mother: Augusta Sophia Dusza/Duszel?, age 20 Witnesses: well born Ludwik Hoff, age 28, preacher, #20? living, and noble? [abbreviation for "szlachetny"?] Wilhelm Szeffer, assistant? ["asstokarza"?], age 33, #___ in marketplace/market square living Signatures: Georg Wendt preacher ___ ________. [in German]; L. Hoff, he made his mark; Wilhelm Szeffer as witness
Henry's 1857 arrest
He mis-stated (lol) his birthplace because he was wanted by the Polish government for stealing money and a horse from his employer. (Henry is #253). Previous to his employment as a private tutor for the Kobierzycki family in Kielce province, he was expelled from the Marymont School of Agriculture. It was the theft of a horse & money for which he was immediately arrested & detained in 1857. I don't know if the charges were politically motivated. The image is one of two Polish newspapers from 1848 (that I found) that published the "most wanted list".
Henry was also "required to leave" at the "Pottstown" church, prior to his employment with the Germantown Orphans Home. Henry was, in fact, in charge of several churches in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania.
This guy was obviously use to running. All one could be certain of is all the places in the world that he could not return to. He could have died almost anyplace else in the world and may have changed his name.
Henry had written a book "The History of the World" that he hoped to have published in time for the 1876 centennial.
Henry did have a publisher and he was successful in recruiting his fellow clergymen to endorse his petition for clemency. I located Henry's records from the Eastern State Penitentiary and got copies of his application for clemency. His publisher, Ignatius Kohler was one of the signers of Henry's clemency application.
Henry actually did make enemies in Philadelphia for his "political views". (sound familiar?)