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The Walter E. Doernbach, Jr. Home Page

Updated September 24, 2010

Walter E. Doernbach
544 S. Cincinnati Ave.
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey 08215-1756
United States
(609) 965 - 2874

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Johannes Dörrenbach was originally Catholic. After having moved from Oberhundem, a Catholic village, to Birkelbach, a protestant village, he converted (probably on marrying Anna Elisabeth Scheffels in 1697) to Evangelisch Reformed Church. Ever since, all Doernbachs shown in this tree have belonged to this denomination. The family name Doernbach, in time has undergone some mutation in its spelling. Originally Dörrenbach and then Dörnbach, it seems to have ended up in its present form some time in the 18th century. In Germany it is now spelled Dörnbach and Doernbach. Translated into English it could mean something like "dry brook".
My family ancestry was researched in the 1930's by a relative of mine in Germany. Oberhundem,Birkelbach,Erndtebrück, Rupertshausen, Sassmannshausen, are the names of small villages in hilly, well-wooded country northeast of the City of Siegen, A part of the County of Wittgenstein. Also my branch of the family moved onto Barmen,sometime during the early 1850's, now a part of Wuppertal, which is an important industrial city in the Rhineland east of Köln. These places are where my Forefathers were born, married, and died. Dating back to before 1661.
I have personally been researching the USA Doernbach Family for over sixteen years. Included are Walz, Rapp, Strohmann, Schnell, Sassmannshausen, Klotz, Hederich, Siegmann, Wunderlich, Reidt(Reid), Schroder, Besenbruch, Kamann & Jobs. Recently I have made some amazing discoveries with the Sassmannshausen lines form Birkelbach, Rueppershausen and Sassmannshausen.
Another section of my family that I have made some amazing discoveries are the Walz and Rapp Families from Walddorf, n/w of Nagold, and Iptingen, s/w of Vaihingen northwest of Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg.
I have also made contact with descendant of Johannes Dörrenbach in Germany and am now working on all the correct spellings and dates.

10-18-2006: MY two daughters and I just came back from a two week vacation in Germany and met with Andreas Sassmannshausen, of Hilchenbach for the first time. A distant but close cousin that led us on a tour of Wittgenstein. We saw alot of interesting places and also met Gerhart Dörnbach of Birkelbach who is also a genealogist and local historian. He showed us around Birkelbach and showed us the houses that Dörnbachers lived in at one time or another. In all, It sort of tied our family history together for us. And a debt of gratitude is owed to both of them.

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Family Photos

  • Birkelbach, Germany (1266 KB)
    View overlooking Birkelbach Germany
  • Schmiedshaus-Nr. 36/ Sommerstrasse 64 (978 KB)
    House was rebuilt 3 December 1997 after being burned down.
  • Schmied's Haus-Nr. 36/ Sommerstrasse 64 (1091 KB)
    Wer dieser Erden Güter hat, und sieht den nächsten Leiden, und macht den hungrigen nicht satt läßt Rackenden nicht kleiden, das ist ein Feind der ersten Pflicht und liebet seinen Schöpfer nicht. Mit Gottes hülfe erbaut von Johann Jost und Anna Gertraud Dörnbach, Ehe leute. Zimmermeister war Johannes Stecker, Erndtebrück.

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