Wunnenberg Family Research
The objectives of this current project have been to pursue further ancestral connections on the maternal branches of the Schafer family. It had been established in the earlier report the all of the maternal lines, not extended in the last project, not extended in the last project, originated in parishes outside of Hattingen, or in the case of wunnenberg, te parish of Blankenstein. a review of neighborin parishes has carried the Wunnenberg family back to the 1680's and th related Peter family back to about the years 1650. Further work still neeeds to be done on the other maternal branches of the family.
Reseaerch was initially begun on this family by fully revewing the records for the parish of Blankenstein. It was this parish in which Elisabeth Gertrud married Johann Mathias Vogelsang. A copy of their marriage was included with the previous report. The Blankenstein records contain few entries for the wunnenberg surname. The christenings show on three children with this name around the time of Anna's marriage and in the years preceding it. These were the births of children to Johna Hinrich Wunnenber and Anna Margaretha Kellermann:
Johann Hinrich Winnenberg was married on November 22, 1744 to Anna Margaretha Kellermann. Like Elisbeth Gertrude, his marriage contained no information regarding his parentage or his origin prior to settling in Blankenstein. A Johan Diederich Wunnenberg married Anna Elsabeth Alvermann in Blankenstein on January 5, 1716 but there is not indication that they had children in that parish.
Beginning a radius search around Blankenstein and Hattingen showed few entries for the Wunnenberg surname. Scattered entries in parishes to the northeast lead to a focus on this area. The ancestral Anna Elisabeth Gertrud Wunnenberg was eventually found in the parish of Mengede, Westfalen, Prussia. She was schristened on January 25, 1730. This wa close to the estimated birth of 1729 established in the prior project. She was the daughter of Johann Roettger Wunnenberg. He also had the following children christened in the parish:
The oldest child in this family, Johann Henrich, was christened in 1711 and was the same man who married Anna Margaretha Kellermann in Blankenstein in 1744. The mother was not named in the christenings records for this time period in Mengede. From the marriage records of the parish it was established that she was Anna Peter. She and Johann Roettger were married on January 19, 1708. Throughout the parish registers her surname is vairously writen Peter, Peters, Pieter, etc.
No earlier records were identified for the Wunnenberg surname in Mengede. This suggests that Roettger was the first of the surname in that town. His orgins prior to settling there are not known. The Peter family extends backin Mengede to the beginning of the parish register. Once again no mother is named in the christenings. In the case of the ancestra Peter family, it is known that Anna was the daughter of Hinrich Peter but her mother is not known due to the absence of a marriage for Hinrich. He was sthe father of the following children:
The father, Hinrich, would have been born about 1650. With the exception of the aforementioned family, the only other early entry for the Peter surname is Anna Cathrina Peter, christened 9 November 1670, who was the daughter of Johann Peter. This likely carries sthe Peter lne to the earlies identifialbe ancestor.
During the course of examining the Wunnenberg family some work was done on the Huxholt surname. This appears to be a drivation of Huxhol. The latter surname appears with some frequency around the parish of Windheim, Westfalen, Prussia. It is suggested that whe research is pursued on this surname that emphasis be placed on that region to see if the ancestry of Christina Huxholt can be identified. The other maternal branches of the family also have propects but will need to be pursued in the same manner as the Wunnenberg family. Once this has been done it is anticipated that each of the vaious surnames can be extended further.