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The Walter E. Doernbach, Jr. Home Page

Updated September 5, 2000

Walter E. Doernbach
544 South Cincinnati Avenue
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey 08215-1756
A-United States
(609) 965-5236

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Johannes Dörrenbach was originally Catholic. After having moved from Oberhoheim, a Catholic village, to Birkelbach, a protestant village, he converted (probably on marrying Anna Elisabeth Scheffel in 1697) to Evangelical-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. Birkelbach and Erndtebrück are the names of small villages in hilly, well-wooded country northeast of the town of Siegen, forming the southernmost part (Siegerland) of the former German province of Westphalia, now part of the German State of North-Rhine Westphalia, near its border with Hesse. Barmen, now a part of Wuppertal, 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 about ten 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,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.

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