Yesterday, Jessica, at Jessica’s Genejournal posted this about looking for her German Ancestors since it was German-American day. Unfortunately, I was not able to post about my Germany ancestors so will be a day late with this one.
Most of my ancestors originated from somewhere in Germany (or what is now Germany). Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to pinpoint exact locations. My great-grandmother, Mary Angelina (Annie) Werts, was descended from Wilhelm Wurtz born in the early 1700’s in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany. It is located in the Baden-Württemberg area. Wilhelm traveled via the ship Neptune to Philadelphia. (Footnote 1)
My great-grandmother, Martha Jane Stern, is descended from Hans Peter Raudenbusch and Maria Bremm. They were both born in the early to mid 1600s in Reihen, Heidelberg, Germany. It has been reported that the flour mill that Hans Peter operated through the Thirty Years War is still in operation. It was their grandson, Hans Henrich, who emigrated to Pennsylvania upon the Dragon in 1732. He was a founding member of the Abbottsville, Pennsylvania Upper Conowago Church of the Brethren (Mummert’s Church). After Hans Heinrich’s sons were married, the name went through a variety of changes. My direct ancestor’s name was Roudebush. She was the granddaughter of Hans Heinrich and my 4th great-grandmother. Other name variants include Ruebush, Roudebush. (Footnote 2 & 3)
My 2nd great-grandmother, Malissa Goul, is the granddaughter of Adam Goul. As a child, he traveled with his parents and sister, aboard the Rawley, from Frankfurt, Germany to Philadelphia. It has been reported that he was the only one of his family to live to see America. The rest perished on board ship. Frankfurt am Main is the largest city in the German state of Hesse.
Footnote 1: Virts Vertz Virts Virtz Werts Wertz Wirts Genealogy; Gary E. Virts
Footnote 2: Wikipedia; 2008
Footnote 3: Hans Heinrich Raudenbusch, THE RAUDENBUSCH FAMILY; John Robert Frank; 2003