<html> <head> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <style fprolloverstyle>A:hover {color: #FFFFFF; font-weight: bold} A:link { text-decoration: none; font-family: arial; color:#D3D5C7; } A:visited { text-decoration: none; font-family: arial; color:#9A9E83; } a img { border: none } body { background-color: #000000; } h1 {font-family: Lucida Handwriting; font-size: 20 pt; color: #CCCC99 } h2 {font-family: arial; font-size: 12 pt; color: #CCCC99 } p {font-family: arial; font-size: 11 pt; color: #CCCC99 } IMG.photo1 { margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 24px; margin-top: 6px; float: right; border-width: 2px; border-color: #CCCC99 } IMG.photo2 { margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; float: center; border-width: 2px; border-color: #CCCC99 } IMG.photo3 { margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 45px; margin-top: 30px; float: left; border-width: 2px; border-color: #CCCC99 } IMG.photo4 { margin-left: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; float: left; border-width: 0px; border-color: #CCCC99 } IMG.photo5 { margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; float: center; border-width: 2px; border-color: #000000 } </style> </head> <body background="bg03.jpg"> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="15" cellspacing="10" width="95%"> <tr> <td align="left" width="30" rowspan="1" background="border_l.gif"></td> <td align="left" width="5" rowspan="1"></td> <td> <body> <div align="center"><img src="flying_jester_sm.gif" border="0" hspace="15" alt="Photo"></div> <p><br></p> <div align="center"><h1>The Witzels of Oberweisenborn</h1> <p><br><br></p> <div align="center"><img src="1620_hans_oberweisenborn_muehle_01.jpg" border="2" hspace="15" alt="Witzel's Mill" CLASS="photo2"></div> <p><br><br></p> <div align="center"><img src="1620_hans_oberweisenborn_02.png" border="2" hspace="15" alt="Hans Witzel Family Map" CLASS="photo3"></div> <div align="center"><img src="1620_hans_oberweisenborn_03.png" border="2" hspace="15" alt="Oberweisenborn Map" CLASS="photo1"></div> <div align="center"><img src="_a.gif" alt="A" border="0" CLASS="photo4"></div> <p align="left"> very old Witzel family-line is first mentioned when the family purchased the local mill in Oberweisenborn in 1535. The record indicates that the family moved from nearby Buchenau. Consequently, the Witzels owned and operated the mill in Oberweisenborn for over 300 years.</p> <p align="left">In 1650, Johann Valentin Witzel was born at the mill. Just a few years following, according to records from nearby Frsteneck, in 1664, Hans Witzel and Hans Fricke von Kuntz Wiegand joined together to purchase the farm located next to the mill.</p> <p align="left">By 1725, Johann Daniel Witzel, born in 1683, had become the exclusive owner of both the mill and the farm. His importance in the community is evidenced in the fact that he was selected to serve as a <font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><i>Schffe</i></font> (in Latin: <font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><i>scabini</i></font>; English: councilman) in Frsteneck.</p> <p align="left">Born in 1749, Johann Christoph Witzel continued the family trade as miller and also served as a <font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><i>Schffe</i></font>.</p> <p align="left">Eventually, the mill passed to Johannes Witzel, born in 1775, and then to Martin Witzel, born in 1846.</p> <p align="left">Magnus Witzel (brother of Mary Elizabeth) came to America in June of 1860. Joseph and John came in June of 1866.</p> <p><br><br><br><br></p> <div align="center"><img src="tree.gif" border="0" hspace="30" alt="Photo"></div> <p><br></p> <div align="center"><img src="1620_hans_oberweisenborn_05_tree.png" border="2" hspace="15" alt="Hans Witzel Family Map" CLASS="photo2"></div> <p><br></p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="5" width="98%"> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top" width="2"><p align="left">" </p></td> <td align="left" width="1000"> <p align="left"> <p align="left"><font face="Times New Roman" color="#9A9E83" font size=+1>The research for this page was completed by Walter Brownberger (<font size=-1><a href="mailto:wbrownsberger@kc.rr.com?subject=Witzels of Oberweisen">wbrownsberger@kc.rr.com</a></font><font face="Times New Roman" color="#9A9E83" font size=+1>) with the aid of notes compiled by Hermann Witzel (1986).</font></p> </td> </tr> </table> <p align="left"><font size=-1><i>3-18-2013</i></font></p> <p><br><br></p> <div align="center"><img src="lacebutton.gif" border="0" hspace="20" alt="Photo"></div> <p><br></p> <div align="center"><a href="mailto:cwitzjr@msn.com?subject=Witzel FamilyHistory"><img src="scribe.gif" alt="E-Mail" border="0"></a></div> <p><br></p> <p align="center"><font size=-1>" <a href="http://home.comcast.net/~cwitzjr/index.html">Home</a> " <a href="http://home.comcast.net/~cwitzjr/menu.html">Site Menu</a> " <a href="mailto:cwitzjr@msn.com?subject=Witzel Family History">Contact</a> " </p> <p align="center"><br></p> <div align="center"><img src="w.gif" border="0" hspace="15" alt="Photo"></div> </body> </td> <td align="left" width="5" rowspan="1"></td> <td align="left" width="30" rowspan="1" background="border_r.gif"></td> </tr> </table> </html>