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From: "Steven Knight" <>
Subject: Re: [BS-L] German Heritage
Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2002 18:27:07 -0400
That's right. Until World War I their surname was Saxe-Coberg. They
changed it during the war to Windsor to sound more English.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Faye Parker" <>
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 3:04 PM
Subject: [BS-L] German Heritage
> Don't be ashamed of German ancestry. Until very recently the British
Royal family was all/100% German.
> Sharon Workman <> wrote: Hi, Gerhard. I am sehr
froh to meet you!
> I enjoyed your story very much and am impressed that so much of it has
> survived the generations so it can be told.
> But you reminded me of something that I have not thought of in decades!
> During and after World War II, certain members of my family denied our
> German heritage by saying our Baumans were from a part of Germany that was
> really France.
> Nonsense! They came from Eberschutz, Niederhessen in 1836.
> But what a sadness! Two bad wars and some evil people causing good people
> to deny their heritage.
> Well, let's forget the old wounds and enjoy today!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Judith"
> Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 1:54 PM
> Subject: [BS-L] Alles Gute zum Bastille Day
> > Ich bin sehr froh, diesen Festtag mit Ihnen teilen zu koennen und mich
> > Ihnen unterhalten zu koennen.
> > Ach, forgive my native tongue; I say, I'm very happy to share this
> > day with you and to be able to talk with you. I am Gerhard Hommertzheim,
> > also come from the Rhineland-Pfalz; the Eiffel mountains region in what
> > now Germany; my ancestors lived in the Villages of Rohr, Ohlenhard and
> > Wershofen. What a beautiful, yet poor area this was. There was not even
> > a railroad into this region until the early 1900's; there is still not
> > industry here and the land isn't really very good for farming. All this
> > makes it difficult for the young people to stay. It also seems we have
> > at war here for so, so long.
> > I came to America in 1870 and settled in Dakota county, Minnesota along
> > with many other families from this same area who would form a bond
> > marriages. The name of some of these families are Langenfeld, Knoblauch,
> > Giefer, Rother and so many more. Myself and some of the other German
> > families who first settled in Dakota county, Minnesota moved on to
> > county, Kansas. The Osage lands there had been opened for homesteading;
> > while it is so unfortunate what happened to the Native Americans; it was
> > necessary for me to provide for my family. It was in the year of 1878
> > started the Hommertzheim family homestead. This very place that I called
> > home, is now the home of one of my great grandsons.
> > My sister, Anna Gertrude, married Ludwig Giefer, they came to America in
> > 1867. Ludwig's brother, Bernard, who fought in the German army against
> > France (I hope this will not make me unwelcome to your celebration) said
> > his wife, in 1871; "Let's sell all our belongings and go to America so I
> > won't have to go to war anymore."
> > My grandson, F. M. "Pete" Hommertzheim, learned to speak the English
> > language about 1919; when he first began school in Sedgwick county,
> > We always spoke German in our home.
> > During WW1, our German communities, located west of Wichita, Kansas,
> > viewed with much suspicion. There was a "Registration of Alien enemies
> > Alien families submitted by local Registrars of the Chief Registrar for
> > District of Kansas (United States Marshal) under provisions of
> > of the President dated November 16, 1917 - April 19, 1918. My name
> > wasn't on it -- but many of my friends and neighbors names were there.
> > My Grandson "Pete" married a girl, Doris Clawson, who has not one drop
> > German blood in her veins; she wasn't even Catholic until three days
> > their marriage.
> > But ah,---, their grandson, my great-great grandson, Douglas Mohr, has
> > brought much cheer to my heart. He returned to my homeland in 1998, and
> > two years straight he attended the University in Saarbrucken (this being
> > Saarland); he traveled through out my homeland, learning the language
> > the
> > history. His father's family was also from this area.
> > I have brought a bottle of Calvados, a drink of France, and a few
> > of Bitburger beer, from the homeland of my ancestors, to share in the
> > celebration. A hearty feast and a good drink makes a German's heart
> > Prost!
> Am Southern born and bred and darn proud of it.
> Am researching
> Brenda Parker ibssg
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