I'm from the pittsburgh/somerset Hetzels Painter George Hetzel's lineage. George Hetzel Born in Alsace France (around Hangersville France) in 1826 and died in Pittsburgh in 1899
Son of Georges Hetzel and Catherine Siegrist-Hetzel they had 5 children: Sophie born april 7,1820 Georges and Catherine born june 6, 1821 (twins) who died on October 8, 1825 (I believe in a train accident) Christian born December 26, 1822 <> Jean-Adam born June 21, 1827
I have hand written letters, original art from George's estate and photos of his his grandparents gravesites, as well as family alive today Guillaume Hetzel and Gilbert Hetzel residing in Hangersville, France. His grandparents names according to the French town of Hangersville's Mayor, obtained by Westmorland Museum of art is Frederic Hetzel died Dec 27th 1805 and Elisabeth Kosher-Hetzel died Dec 16, 1813. Hangersville is very close to Alsace-Lorraine France where it has been occupied time and again by Germany, being on the border, and through out so many wars it was in the best interest to speak fluent German. So our family spoke German and French but they were of French decent.
George's family His daughter Lila B. Hetzel was also a well-known artist and kept the Hetzel Inn, which later became ''Hetzel Studio''. dates born 1873 in Pittsburgh died 1967 in Somerset PA. She was the youngest of George's 5 children.
George's son Frank Robert Hetzel is where MY family lineage is from. We have in our collection a painting that Lila painted of her brother Frank Robert hanging at my grandma's house, where he is working in the field.
Frank Robert Hetzel is my great grandfather Father of James Tayman Hetzel (my grandfather) Father of Frank Frederick Hetzel (my father) Father of Robert Lavaugn Hetzel (our only brother) We were also very close with grandpa James' sister Katherine Hetzel-Kiernan and called her Aunt Katty. We know that we also related to Dorothy Kantner, grandaughter of George Hetzel, and would be interested in knowing more about her and her family.
My sister Rebecca Hetzel and I have painted for nearly 20 years and launched ''hetzelstudios.com" and would be interested in contact by any family by this genealogy.