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The Witzels of Germany


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A useful map has been developed to show the location of the Witzel surname over the centuries. Evidence shows that the surname developed around 1380 in the area of Fulda and Vacha, Germany. In general, there are pockets of Witzel families radiating from this point as time moves on. Seemingly, it can be assumed that the name Witzel evolved from only one original name bearer; for as yet, there is no clear evidence to the contrary. Spelling changes may be possible, but these most be viewed in real documents and not assumed linguisticly. There is little to no evidence that the name changes spelling except for an occassional deviation. However, variations of the name - Witzell, Witzl - could be regional, and other spellings - Wicel, Wissel, Wizzel - possible. There is little to no evidence that Weitzel or Wetzel are obviously connected variations, though they do occur in limited way.

The map locates towns of birth, marriage, death and occupation from 1380 to 1850. The Witzel surname is uncommon enough to show an isolated usage during this period. After 1850, the name begins to broaden its range beyond Germany at an increasing rate. Maps of present day Witzel families are shown on other pages of this website.

Though the town locations do not show a proportionate number a Witzels to the actual data, clusters of towns clearly show Witzel family areas. The date recorded is the earliest known date of a Witzel name bearer. Clearly, the map relies on available data submitted by Witzel family researchers. Sources are indicated at the end of each family tree. It can only be assumed that the information is accurate, based upon the research of a number of contributors.

The map is updated as often as is possible. As new information is collected, it can only be anticipated that new discoveries will become apparent.

It may be thought that all Witzel family lines connect at some point- each family with its own history. The data here should be useful in defining where your family may connect to the larger Witzel history.



The code symbols used in these tables are fairly standard for genealogical research, though some have been modified. Generations are shown by indented columns on the left with the numbers representing the number of known siblings and there spouses (s).


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b1497 Michael Witzel of Vacha


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b1497 Vacha

Michael Witzel

1497 Vacha

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b1497 Hünfeld

Agnes Landau

1497 Vacha

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Johannes Witzel

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1501 Vacha

Georg Witzel

1524 Eisenach

1573 Mainz

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Elizabeth Kraus

1524 Eisenach

1564 Vacha


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Georg Witzel

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It is not known how many children Michael had. Agnes is known to be his second wife. There is no further information on Johannes Witzel. Georg Witzel is said to have had eight children. One was named Georg. Some of these unknowns might be discovered in Ditzel, Olaf. 'Georg Witzels Vorfahren in Vacha', Fuldaer Geschichtsblätter, Bd. 74. 1998. pp. 77-104, in which Ditzel desputes an earlier article by Richer, Gregor. 'Die Verwandtschaft Georg Witzels', Fuldaer Geschichtsblätter Bd. 8, 1909, pp. 113-126, 129-144, 155-160. Ditzel is said to have traced this line to 1380 in Vacha. Richer had earlier indicated these Witzels were from Fulda.


Ditzel, Olaf. 'Georg Witzel - erst Weggefährte, dann Gegner von Balthasar Raid'. Mein Heimatland. Band 39, Nr. 8. August, 2000. [»]

Honikel, Liesel. 'WITZEL'. http://list.genealogy.net/mailman/archiv/franken-l/2003-12/msg00009.html . December 3, 2003. [»].

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c1566 Gertraud Witzel of Fulda


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1554 Sankt Goar

Roland Krug

1586 unkn

1617 Nidda

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c1566 Fulda

Gertraud Witzel

1586 unkn

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1587 unkn

Hermann Friedrich Krug

1607 unkn

1628 Nidda

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1589 Fulda

Eberhard Krug

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1592 Fulda

Gottfried Krug

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Duchmann, Wilhelm. 'Gertraud Witzel'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://gedbas.genealogy.net/datenblatt.jsp;jsessionid=84341AA8FD1223A2FF053ED4954960C4?nr=1002350306. July 8, 2006. [»].

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1575 Johannes Witzel of Heiligenrode


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1575 unkn

Johannes Witzel

1593 unkn

1628 Heiligenrode

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1576 unkn

Rosina

1593 unkn

1643 Heiligenrode


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1594 Heiligenrode

Hans Witzel

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1638 Heiligenrode


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* 1614 Heiligenrode

Hans Weitzel

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+ 1670 Heiligenrode

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* 1615 unkn

Elisabeth Rippe

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+ 1679 Heiligenrode


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1641 Sandershausen

Caspar Schubert

1667 unkn

1699 Sandershausen

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1641 Heiligenrode

Catharina Witzel

1667 unkn

1699 Heiligenrode



Johannes Witzel died in Heiligenrode, Kaufungen, Hessen in 1628. Several generations continued in Heiligenrode from an early date. Among these records Witzel is at least once spelled as Weitzel. Is this simply an error on a single document?


Kuehlborn, Claus Werner. 'Johannes Witzel'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://gedbas.genealogy.net/datenblatt.jsp?nr=1417304 . July 8, 2006. [»].

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1620 Tobias Witzel of Lauf an der Pegnitz


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1620 Lauf an der Pegnitz

Tobias Witzel

1647 unkn

1656 Lauf an der Pegnitz

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1610 Lauf an der Pegnitz

Maria Prechtel

1647 unkn

1652 Lauf an der Pegnitz


At an early time, Tobias Witzel is already living to the southeast of the Fulda region.


Stößner, Erich. 'Tobias Witzel'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://gedbas.genealogy.net/datenblatt.jsp?nr=48451283 . July 8, 2006. [»].

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1627 Johann Ludwig Witzel of Frankfurt am Main


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1627 Frankfurt am Main

Johann Ludwig Witzel

1654 Frankfurt am Main

1692 Frankfurt am Main

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1635 Frankfurt am Main

Anna Dorothea Dreudel

1654 Frankfurt am Main

1664 Frankfurt am Main


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1653 Wetzlar

Johann Daniel Müller

1679 Wetzlar

1694 Frankfurt am Main

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1656 Frankfurt am Main

Anna Rosina Witzel

1679 Wetzlar

1700 Frankfurt am Main


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1692 Frankfurt am Main

Johann Baptist Müller

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1655 Frankfurt am Main

Johann Kaspar Witzel

1678 Frankfurt am Main

1680 Frankfurt am Main

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Eva Maria von Hilsen

1679 Wetzlar

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1647 Gießen

Ludwig Jakob Lebleu

1681 Frankfurt am Main

1695 unkn

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1660 Frankfurt am Main

Maria Salome Witzel

1681 Frankfurt am Main

1695 Gießen


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1689 Gießen

Maria Polixena Lebleu

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1695 Gießen

Philipp Balthasar Lebleu

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1658 Frankfurt am Main

Anna Maria Witzel

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1670 Frankfurt am Main


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1662 Frankfurt am Main

Hieronymus Ludwig Witzel

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1665 Frankfurt am Main


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1664 Frankfurt am Main

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1664 Frankfurt am Main


An early record of the Witzel family in Frankfurt am Main.


Geisler, Michael. 'Anna Dorothea Dreudel'. Maltes Genealogie. http://www.woydt.be/genealogie/g16/g163/1635dran01.htm. July 8, 2006. [»].

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c1633 Hans Witzel of Stiege


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Hans Witzel

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c1638 Stiege

Anna Marquardt

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Dörry, Rainer. 'Hans Witzel'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://gedbas.genealogy.net/datenblatt.jsp?nr=1001395869. July 8, 2006. [»].

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1640 Philipp Witzel of Fulda


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1640 Fulda

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1668 Lavelsloh

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1645 Hauskämpen

Anna Marquardt

1668 Lavelsloh

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'Philipp Witzel'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://www.ortsfamilienbuecher.de/famreport.php?ofb=lavelsloh&ID=22729&nachname=WITZEL&modus=stammnamen&lang=de. July 8, 2006. [»].

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1640 Eckard Witzel of Fulda


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1640 Fulda

Eckard Witzel

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1675 Schwarz

Elisabetha Witzel

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Hans Ploch

1690 unkn

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1672 Schwarz

Margaretha Witzel

1690 unkn

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Reiter, Andrea. 'Eckard Witzel'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://gedbas.genealogy.net/datenblatt.jsp?nr=999873821. July 8, 2006. [»].

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1640 Claus Witzel


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1640 unkn

Claus Witzel

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1676 unkn

Henrich Weber

1709 unkn

1752 Bruch

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1682 unkn

Grete Witzel

1709 unkn

1742 unkn


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1710 unkn

Claus Weber

unkn unkn

unkn unkn


'Claus Witzel'. 'Ortsfamilienbuch Bruch-Aschwarden'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://www.ortsfamilienbuecher.de/famreport.php?ofb=aschwarden&ID=487&nachname=WITZEL&modus=&lang=de. July 8, 2006. [»].


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c1664 Pfarrer Konrad Witzel of Geisa


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'Sein Herz wurde in der Marienkirche beigesetzt'. Gießener Anzeiger. April 13, 2006. http://www.giessener-anzeiger.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=2025212&template_id=2634&_adtag=business&_zeitungstitel=1133842&_dpa=wirtschaft. July 15, 2006. [»].

Gorman, Michael John, and Wilding, Nick. 'Correspondence and Manuscripts of Athanasius Kircher'. August 25 2000. http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:3744sMP0iYIJ:shl.stanford.edu:16080/Eyes/kircher/gorman/checklist.doc+Geisa+Witzel&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=9. July 15, 2006. [»].

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1675 Jacob Witzel of Netra



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1675 Netra

Jacob Witzel

1705 unkn

1735 Renda

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1682 unkn

Margaretha Möller

1705 unkn

1738 Renda


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1706 Renda

Johann Heinrich Witzel

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1708 Renda

Elisabeth Rosenstock

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1783 Renda


Rosenstock, Horst. 'Jacob Witzel'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://gedbas.genealogy.net/datenblatt.jsp;jsessionid=84341AA8FD1223A2FF053ED4954960C4?nr=995783061. July 15, 2006. [»].

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c1675 Witzel of Marxheim


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This reference simply states that the name Witzel is found in the Marxheim Catholic Church Book beginning in 1675.


'Marxheim Katholisch Kichenbuch beginn 1675'. Genealogie im Main-Taunus-Gebiet. http://www.genealogie-mainspitze.de/maintaunus/0.htm. July 8, 2006. [»].

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1677 Hermann Witzel of Bruch


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1677 unkn

Hermann Witzel

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1757 Bruch

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1677 Brake

Anna Küster

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1746 unkn


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1703 unkn

Grete Witzel

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1703 unkn


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1704 unkn

Ilsabe Witzel

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1706 unkn

Claus Witzel

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1708 unkn

Johann Witzel

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1710 Wersabe

Borcherdt Würden

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1798 unkn

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1711 unkn

Margarethe Witzel

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1741 unkn


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1740 unkn

Hermann Würden

1762 Bruch

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1738 unkn

Anna Mette Witzel

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1763 unkn

Margareth Würden

none none

1764 unkn


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1765 unkn

Hinrich Würden

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1768 unkn

Margarethe Würden

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1772 Aschwarden

Anna Mette Würden

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There is a great deal of information regarding the Witzels of Bruch-Aschwarden. Many generations are recorded in the church books there. The towns of Bruch, Brake, Aschwarden and Wersabe are closely located, served by this single church. Though the generations are not continuous in all cases, it seems resonable that this is the record of the same extendend family. Claus Witzel (1640) is likely the father of both Grete (1680) and Hermann (1677). There seems to be some marriages among closely related families. Borcherdt Würden (1710) marries Margarethe Witzel (1711); their son, Hermann Würden (1640) marries Anna Mette Witzel (1638).


'Hermann Witzel'. 'Ortsfamilienbuch Bruch-Aschwarden'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://www.ortsfamilienbuecher.de/famreport.php?ofb=aschwarden&ID=486&nachname=WITZEL&lang=de. July 8, 2006. [»].

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c1690 Anna Witzel of Mühlfeld


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1690 Mühlfeld

Johann Junius

1747 Mühlfeld

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Anna Witzel

1747 Mühlfeld

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There is no information on Anna's place of birth, but it seems that she lived for some time in Mühlfeld, Rhön-Grabfeld.


'Anna Witzel'. 'Ortsfamilien-Datenbank Mühlfeld'. Gedbas Genealogy. http://www.ortsfamilienbuecher.de/famreport.php?ofb=muehlfeld&ID=1656&nachname=WIZEL&modus=&lang=de. July 8, 2006. [»].

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1737 Lorenz Witzel of Lengenfeld


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1737 Lengenfeld

Lorenz Witzel

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1793 Lengenfeld

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Anna Maria Widelmann

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1774 Lengenfeld

Johann Christoph Witzel

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1827 Lengenfeld


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1798 Lengenfeld

Franz Wilhelm Witzel

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1858 Lengenfeld


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1845 Lengenfeld

Adam Witzel

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1884 Lengenfeld


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1878 Lengenfeld

Andreas Witzel

unkn unkn

1962 Lengenfeld


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1906 Lengenfeld

Johann Christoph Witzel

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1992 Lengenfeld


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1906 Berlin

Wolfgang Witzel

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1774 Lengenfeld

Thomas Witzel

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1827 Lengenfeld

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Magdalena König

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1797 Lengenfeld

Johann Adam Witzel

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1898 unkn

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Anna Katharina Bode

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1823 Lengenfeld

Johannes Witzel

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Katharine Busse

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1856 Lengenfeld

Christoph Witzel

1881 Hannover-Münden

1933 Bremen

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Maria Schwanenberg

1881 Hannover-Münden

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Heinrich Witzel

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unkn Bremen

Carl Witzel

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Carloline Witzel

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unkn Bremen

Andreas Witzel

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Franz (Fruntz) Witzel

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This information was collected by Hermann Witzel and contributed by Wolfgang Witzel of Munich, Germany.


Witzel, Wolfgang, and Witzel, Hermann. 'Laurentius Wicelius'. July 8, 2006.

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c1800 Valentin Witzel of Mannheim


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c1800 Mannheim

Valentin Witzell

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1832 Mannheim

Johann Witzell

1859 Vienna

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1842 Vienna

Theresia Fleissner

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1862 Vienna

Theobald Witzell

1887 Vienna

1929 unkn

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1864 Vienna

Aloisia Caroline Tempus

1887 unkn

1923 unkn


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1892 Vienna

Hermine Barbara Witzel

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1987 unkn


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1912 Haberg

Josef Loy

1937 unkn

1988 unkn

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1918 Vienna

Auguste Johanna Witzell

1937 unkn

1989 unkn


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1947 Vienna

Johann Loy

1969 unkn

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1948 Prague

Stanislava Hermankova

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1864 Vienna

Johann Witzell

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1865 Vienna

Franz Xaver Witzell

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Carl Witzell

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Caroline Witzell

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Barbara Witzell

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Josef Witzell

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This information was contributed by Johann Loy from Vienna, Austria.


Loy, Johann. 'Valentin Witzell'. July 13, 2006.

Loy, Johann. 'Josef Loy'. http://www.johannloy.bravepages.com/index.htm. viewed: July 15, 2006. [»]

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Udalrich (Ulrich) Witzell of Mainz


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1859 unkn

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Katharina Pfeiffer

1859 unkn

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1779 unkn

Joseph Witzel

1810 Vienna

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1788 unkn

Barbara Aichholzer

1810 Vienna

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1817 Vienna

Alexander Witzel

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1821 Vienna

Alois Witzel

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1824 Vienna

Elisabeth Witzel

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1826 Vienna

Karolina Witzel

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1827 Vienna

Ludowika Witzel

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1828 Vienna

Andreas Witzel

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1830 Vienna

Ferdinand Witzel

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1782 unkn

Christof Witzel

1823 Vienna

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1782 unkn

Barbara Heindl

1823 Vienna

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This information was contributed by Johann Loy from Vienna, Austria.


Loy, Johann. 'Udalrich (Ulrich) Witzell'. July 13, 2006.

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