I am hoping to find my relatives, ancestors/descendants or cousins of the von DORNBERG family (and others; see below) that married into the von KIESEWETTER family who lived in the Black Forest (at least since the 1600s forward).
Much (but not all) of the info I have regarding the von KIESEWETTER (von DORNBERG)/SCHULTZ (SCHULTE, in some instances), von KIESEWETTER/von EMMERLING lineage comes from the PRAEL dissertation, written and filed at the University of Oregon in Portland in 1941 by R.F. PRAEL, descendant of Teresa DORNBERG (von KIESEWETTER) and Ernst Fritz PRAEL. This document that was also filed with the University at Mankato, MN. My belief ~ based on this dissertation ~ is that the von DORNBERG married into the von KIESEWETTER family prior to the 1700s.
Leander von KIESEWETTER (b.1760, Principality of Schwartzburg-Sondershausen; d.1825?) married my ggggg-gm, Frau von EMMERLING (b.?;d.?) in the Principality of Schwartzburg, DE. Leander was titled, “Keeper of the Treasury” and “Oberforester of the Bavarian Forest”.
One of his sons, Alvin “Albon” Gustav von KIESEWETTER (b.1800, Principality of Schwartzburg-Rudoltadt or Sondershausen; d.12/30/1879, Mankato, MN) became “oberforester”, after his father was gored by a wild boar, a few years prior to the Rebellion of 1848 and subsequent invasion by the Prussian Army. Leander was 40+ when Alvin was born, so it is possible that Alvin was his last child, not this “only”.
Prior to taking on the role of Oberforester/Treasurer, Alvin/”Albon” Gustav graduated from the University of Heidelberg in medicine and married Johanna Marieanna SCHULTZ (b.1800, Schwartzburg-Katzhutte; d.10/26/1874, Mankato, MN) and had nine children before moving to America.
Albert/Albon/Alvin adopted his grandmother's surname, (without the “von”) DORNBERG, upon arrival in the US, due to ~ I surmise ~ having the foresight to understand the events of his time and the future of the aristocracy and/or royals of Bavaria. He emigrated to the US in 1847, leaving his lands to be confiscated by the encroaching Prussian army. Alvin bought a rather large looking home 1 ¼ miles NE of Mifflinburg, PA to which he brought his family, the following year, 1848, and established himself in his profession as Dr. Alvin Gustav DORNBERG, MD.
Their first born, a daughter, Clotilda (my ggg-gm, supposedly named for a French warrior princess) DORNBERG, married Christian MOESER/MOSER. they married in Mifflinburg, PA, 1861 or so, right at the beginning of the Civil War and the whole DORNBERG family moved to Mankato, MN, shortly thereafter.
Christian (b.March 1813, Darmstadt; d.1892, Cincinnati, OH) was a civil engineer who studied in Germany, prior to his arrival in the US, where he went to work for the US govt. One of his sons, Louis, also became an engineer and lived in the family home in Cincinnati. It is stated that Christian and Clotilda lived in Erie, PA. at one time, before moving to Cincinnati.
Emma MOESER/MOSER (b. 9/12/1852, PA; d. 10/16/1930), daughter of Christian MOESER/MOSER and Clotilda DORNBERG, married Charles/Carl Schildknecht. More on this and other lineages on the family website.
I have two documents of info to combine into one historical narrative similar to that of the PRAEL doc, but with historical pieces to fill the missing info.
I intend to create a von DORNBERG/von KIESEWETTER website to which others can contribute family stories, photos and charts showing familial relationships.
Do you have stories or jpgs to share regarding our lineages in Europe, PA, MN or other places in America?
Do you know when and/or where in Europe the KIESEWETTER or DORNBERG name originate?
Have you been able to locate any of our relatives/lineages in Europe?
I've discovered that most have dropped and/or don't know of their relationship to being part of old Germany's aristocracy.
I am looking forward to hearing from you! Please feel welcome to share this email with any and all of your relatives; hopefully, they will be willing to email me with their stories, too!
SEARCHING MATERNAL (Female Surname/Male Surname):
von DORNBERG, von EMMERLING/von KIESEWETTER, MEYER/?, SCHULTZ(SCHULZ)/von KIESEWETTER, DORNBERG/MOESER, MOESER/SCHILDKNECHT, HANSEN?/SCHILDKNECHT, BAHR(BEHR,BAER)/SCHILDKNECHT, GROSS/EICHEL, EICHEL/SCHILDKNECHT, SCHILDKNECHT/COMPTON, COMPTON/PATTEN (WIRTH by lineage)
SEARCHING PATERNAL (Female Surname/Male Surname):
BRANDLE/WIRTH, DRENTIL/WIRTH, PEARSON/THOMPSON, THOMPSON/WIRTH, CUTTER/NEUVILLIER, BUTLER/MacNEISH, MacNEISH (NISH)/NEVILIER, NEVILLIER/PATTEN (WIRTH)
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