Heipke married Bernard Dirks in December of 1856 in Adams County, Illinois and her sister Anke married Heinrich Adams in February of 1857. Until I wrote this blog post, I had not realized just how close timewise the sisters had gotten married. Stories passed down in Heipke's family did not mention any siblings or parents having immigrated and implied that she arrived in the United States by herself.
|1860 U. S. Census, Brown County, Illinois, Pea Ridge Township, age 89 (upper right), dwelling 1622, family 1560, H. F. Adams Household; digital image; Ancestry.com, citing National Archives microfilm M653, 157, 2 March 2013|
My searches of passenger lists for the family will focus on the parents at this juncture. I am hoping that they actually emigrated from Germany together. The names of Heipke and Anke frequently get spelled and transcribed incorrectly. That is less likely to happen with Henry/Heinrich and Catherine.
And of course, the last name can be Muller (with or without the umlaut), Mueller, or Miller.