Hi Amy, I am a grand nephew on the Lampe side of Catherine Philomena Droste Lampe, daughter of Mathias Martin Droste. I have been doing German genealogy and Windthorst history. I came into possession of a copy of "100 years 1878-1978 Droste Family" this winter.
I have found the birth place of Anna Wessler Droste, wife of Mathais Martin Droste circa 1866 and following. In the appendages of the book there is a copy print of Anna's application for a Civil War pension. It listed her birth date as November 3, 1848 and place of birth as Luntan, Germany. I looked in Meyers Orts- and there was no Luntan listed. However there was L"unten. To an American ear the pronunciation would have been very similar.
I did a search on FamilySearch.org and found L"unten. It is listed as a village church served by a larger church in Vreden. Vreden had numerous LDS microfilms listed for its records. I ordered #872876, which is an index of births and marriages, and #858923 which has actual baptismal records for the time period 1848.
On November 3, 1848 there was a Johanna Angela Wesseler baptized. Her father was a "small" farmer. Her birth date was listed as November 2. She also had two brothers named Johann Herman. I think the first one died and they passed the name on, which was the custom then. In the marriage index, on #872876 I found the marriage of the parents, September 14, 1847.
I have a high level of confidence that this is the correct Anna Wessler. 1) the birth location's names are very similar; 2)the first name is a common source for the derivative "Anna"; 3)the last name is the same as the Windthorst accepted spelling plus the middle "e"; 4) birth date was only one day off; and 5) she had a younger brother with the familiar name of Herman.
Have you, by now, come into possession of a copy of the Droste book, published in 1978?
Hope this helps
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