Stier, Ida Pfeiffer

Female 1854 - 1923  (69 years)


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  • Name Stier, Ida Pfeiffer 
    Born 29 May 1854  Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation 2 Mar 1880  New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1882  New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1900  New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1900 
    Census 1910  New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1920  New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Funeral 1923  New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    DCER 28 Jul 1923  Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID CE3466B6674643ED92E39DDED5A09D777435 
    Died 28 Jul 1923  Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • New Market Methodist Episcopal
    Person ID I66  Buyer, Stier and Related Families
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2013 

    Father Stier, Hamilton W.,   b. 1815, New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1878, New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Barbour, Achsah A. L.,   b. Abt 1834, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1914, New Market, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married 6 Oct 1851  [2
    _UID A440AB60BB2D49F588536E116D86087BE5A3 
    Histories
    Patterson and Stier Families
    Patterson and Stier Families
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    Patterson, Stier, and Related Families in Maryland and Virginia

    European Locations for Buyer, Stein, Michael, Hamerschlag, Brummel and related families

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    Pittsburgh Family Locations-Agnew,…
    New Market, Maryland
    New Market, Maryland
    FOLIOS
    Stier Family Bible
    Stier Family Bible
    News
    Stier real estate transfer April 24 1889
    Stier real estate transfer April 24 1889
    Albums
    New Market, Maryland
    New Market, Maryland (30)
    New Market traces its history back to the early horse and buggy days of the late 18th century. Founded in 1793 by Nicholas Hall and William Plummer: New Market's location along the historic National Pike, made it a convenient stop for travelers in need of food, lodging, and services. The high-wheeled, six horse, Conestoga wagons were frequent visitors on their way to the Ohio Country and beyond.

    The eight hotels and taverns lining Main Street provided travelers with a night's lodging for a Quarter and a glass of whiskey for a Nickel. Beyond the hotels were barns and pens for resting livestock being herded to Baltimore markets. Wheelwrights, blacksmith shops, a tannery as well as, button and shoe factories and wrought iron nail shop met the needs of travelers and the farming community.
    Family ID F328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sullivan, John W.,   b. Abt 1844, Chambersburg PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1905, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1904  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 9CCA6E2D8E514004B160C535997104397671 
    News
    Stier Ida Sullivan John marriage
    Stier Ida Sullivan John marriage
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    Stier Ida Sullivan John wedding
    Stier Ida Sullivan John wedding
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    Last Modified 24 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 May 1854 - Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 2 Mar 1880 - New Market, Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 1882 - New Market, Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - New Market, Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Mar 1904 - Baltimore, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910 - New Market, Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - New Market, Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFuneral - 1923 - New Market, Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDCER - 28 Jul 1923 - Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jul 1923 - Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Market, Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
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    Headstones
    Sullivan Ida Stier headstone
    Sullivan Ida Stier headstone

    News
    Sullivan Ida Stier Funeral
    Sullivan Ida Stier Funeral
    Frederick Aug 3 1923
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    frederick news jan 2 1889
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    ida stier florence herring fred news sept 2 1898.jpg
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    ida stier visit fred news may 16 1895.jpg
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    ida stier visit fred news nov 9 1893.jpg
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    ida sullivan fred post aug 26 1913.jpg
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    jay stier ida sullivan falconer fred news dec 1 1922.jpg
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  • Notes 
    • Names in Stone
      Sullivan, Robert E. son of Eugene and Ida
      20 sept 1902-13 July 1903
      Browningsville Methodist



      Ida Pfeiffer

      Ida Pfeiffer was born in Vienna, Austria as Ida Reyer. She had five or six brothers and was treated as one of the boys by her father. As a young girl she wore boys' clothes and received the same education as her brothers. She was also encouraged to participate in strenuous outdoor activities to help develop physical strength and independence.
      Her father died when Ida was nine years old, at which point her mother encouraged her to take up activities and clothing more suitable for a young lady of her time. She reluctantly started wearing dresses and took piano lessons.
      At the age of seventeen, she fell in love with her tutor and he with her. They wanted to marry, but Ida's mother forbade it. She wanted a better match for her dughter. Finally, in 1820, when Ida was 22 years old, she agreed to marry Pfeiffer, a widower much older than herself. Pfeiffer was a lawyer and held an important position in the Austrian government. The Pfeiffers had two sons together.
      Some time after their marriage, her husband lost his government position, and the family found itself poor. Ida started giving music and drawing lessons to earn money, but that amount didn't meet their needs and she asked her brothers to help finance her sons' schooling. After her mother died in 1831 and left her a small inheritance, there was just enough money for living expenses and for the boys' education. In 1835, the Pfeiffers separated. By 1842 both sons had established their own homes, and Ida was free of family obligations. She decided to travel.
      Ida went first to the Holy Land, ostensibly on a pilgrimage, knowing that in choosing this destination she would encounter less disapproval from family and friends, who were already alarmed at her decision to travel alone. She was not oblivious to the dangers to which she was exposing herself. In fact, she thought there was a strong possibility she would not return. So, she made out her last will and testament and proceeded on her journey.
      She sailed the Danube River to the Black Sea, went to Constantinople , to Jerusalem, and then to Cairo. She visited the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, where she learned to ride a dromedary. From there she went to the Isthmus of Suez and took a boat for the return trip home by way of Italy. She published her memoirs from the trip, Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy in 1846 and used the money thus earned to finance a trip to Iceland.
      Unlike other travelers to Iceland of the time, Ida traveled alone and on a tight budget. She made her way around on pony carts and lived like the Icelanders. She complained that the local people were crude, their homes dirty and their meals boring, composed of mostly porridge and fish. After a six month stay, she returned home and wrote her observations as Journey to Iceland, and Travels in Sweden and Norway. She also brought back samples of plants and rocks she had collected in Iceland, which she sold to museums.
      She next planned to go around the world. In 1846 she departed for Rio de Janeiro on a Danish ship. Previous visitors to that South American port had praised its scenic beauty, while Ida was repelled by its filth and poverty. Unimpressed by their "civilized" cities and plantations, she hired a guide and went into the rain forest to investigate the Indians.
      She found the beauty of the rain forest enchanting, but once she reached the tribe of Puri Indians, she was disappointed. She thought the Indians primitive and savage. As a European Christian, she felt superior to them.
      Ida continued on to China. On the way, she stopped in Tahiti and was scandalized by the carefree, sexual behavior of Tahitian women. She entered China from Macao, a Portuguese colony, then traveled on a junk, a traditional Chinese cargo boat, to the city of Canton. She visited a well-known biologist, Louis Agassiz, who was there on a scientific mission. In Canton she made many excursions around the city, often dressed in man's clothing for safety. She observed local people and their customs. Again, her opinion of them was rather negative.
      Ida found India much more to her liking. She spent several months there, traveling with almost no baggage. She carried only a leather pouch for water, a small pan for cooking, some salt, bread and rice. She was often fed and given shelter by the local people.
      She continued on to Baghdad in Mesopotamia where she joined a camel caravan for a 300-mile journey across the desert to the city of Mosul and then to Tabriz in northern Persia. The British consul stationed in Tabriz was amazed to see her. He didn't think it possible for a woman to travel alone in that part of the world without even knowing local languages.
      Tired of traveling through countries she thought backward, she happily joined a caravan going toward Russia, where she was looking forward to seeing Christian folk again. Unfortunately, she was just as disappointed with the Russian people. She was soon arrested under a suspicion of being a spy and held overnight while her identity was being investigated. She wrote in her journal, "Oh you good Arabs, Turks, Persians, Hindoos! How safely did I pass through your heathen and infidel countries; and here, in Christian Russia, how much have I had to suffer in this short space." Continuing westward through Turkey, Greece and Italy, she returned home in November 1848. Her most recent adventures published as A Lady's Voyage Round the World made her famous.
      After announcing that she was ready to travel again in 1851, she received many invitations from Europeans stationed all over the world, as well as offers of free transportation from railroad and steamship companies.
      After sailing from London to Cape Town, she continued to Singapore and Borneo. Ida spent six months in Borneo, traveling through the almost impenetrable rain forest. Ignoring her advisers, she visited the Dyak tribe known for practicing ritual headhunting. Surprisingly, Ida liked and admired the Dyaks. She wrote, "I shuddered, but I could not help asking myself whether, after all, we Europeans are not really just as bad or worse than these despised savages? Is not every page of our history filled with horrid deeds of treachery and murder?" She then said, "I should like to have passed a longer time among the free Dyaks, as I found them, without exception, honest, good-natured, and modest in their behavior. I should be inclined to place them, in these respects, above any of the races I have ever known."
      Her next stop was Sumatra in Dutch East Indies . Again, disregarding her European advisers, she set out to visit the Batak tribe, known to be cannibals, and who had never allowed a European into their territory. The Batak treated her as a curiosity and passed her from tribe to tribe. Ida was much less at ease with the Batak, especially after they made a gesture that they wanted to kill and eat her. She was frightened but made a joke, saying in broken Batak that she was too old and tough to make good eating. This amused them and they let her go for the time being. She eventually made her escape unharmed. She was the first person to report on the Batak way of life.
      Ida then sailed to San Francisco, and visited the Andes of South America. She returned home after a four-year absence. Her book, A Lady's Second Journey Around the World was a best-seller. She was elected to the geographical societies of Berlin and Paris, but the Royal Geographical Society of Great Britain refused to admit her because she was a woman.
      Ida made yet another trip. She went to Madagaskar off the coast of Africa. Soon after arrival, she found herself a prisoner of Queen Ranavalona for taking part in a plot to overthrow the queen. Eventually, she was released. However, she became ill with a tropical disease from which she did not recover. Ida Pfeiffer died in Vienna in 1858.

  • Sources 
    1. [S447] Maryland Directory 1882.

    2. [S710] stier2.FTW.