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Re: Looking for Pfeil family information
Posted by: Berta Ranft Date: February 12, 2002 at 20:19:57
In Reply to: Re: Looking for Pfeil family information by Dolores Kreitzer of 244

Hi Dolores,

I know very little about Pauline and her family, other than what I read in the Gotha. I have some photos that a distant cousin gave me, and these include one of a Max Pfeil.

I found our Great Grandmother's lineage back to the 1500's in the Gotha. A retired German Professor transcribed the Gotha for me and here is a part of his translation which might be helpful to you:

Yes, the work is from the Almanach de Gotha, often referred to as Gotha. It has been regularly published since about 1863, but at the moment I no longer quite remember at what intervals. These may be obtained from the University of Texas.

It is the traditional source for the lineage of noble families in Germany and beyond. There is a similar work for the U.K. and the Comonwealth, Debrett's Peerage, commonly referred to just as Debrett.

Scanning the pages, it strikes you immediately that of the 10 children - 3 emigrated. Sister Pauline, b. 1813, sister Henriette b. 1820 and brother Ferdinand b. 1822 - all three went to America. Together? The sisters feeling safer with a brother companion? The cases of Pauline and Ferdinand, Philadelphia is mentioned. Is that where they landed, all three? Or did they arrive separately? Pauline was married to a physician - over there or here? Of Henriette we are just told she married an American farmer, no mention of Texas... (end transcription)

We know Henriette came to Texas, because she was our Great Grandmother, but my husband and I have not been able to make contact with either Pauline or brother Ferdinand.

If you will send me your mailing address, I will send you a xerox copy of the pages from the Gotha that refer to the vonZabiensky's. And the photos I have that the old cousin gave me, show them extremely well dressed in finery of the late 1700's or early 1800's -- the ladies in tafeta (can't spell) and the men in velvet tight pants with jackets trimmed in brocade, etc.

I would suggest finding a Gotha and checking your family out in it.

Berta Ranft

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