I should have made the subject, "The Other Scarlet Pimpernel" because "I seek him here, I seek him there..."LOL
This is a little complicated, so bear with me.I have copies of the actual church archives regarding what follows below.
My direct maternal 2nd Great Grandmother was Anna Maria (sometimes Maria Anna) BRÜHL1811-1881.She married Martin SCHÜTZ 1838.All this in Assmannshausen, Rheinland, Germany.
Anna Maria's mother was the wife of Georg BRÜHL 1751-1822, and his wife's name before marriage was Anna Catharina SCHÜTZ 1776-1854 - according to the marriage record - BUT we know that Anna Catharina was born as an illegitimate child, 1776, to Anna Maria WEINAND (sometimes shown as Wigandt/Weyandt).
The marriage record of Georg and Anna Catharina shows that CASPAR SCHÜTZ and wife unnamed were the 'parents'.I suspect they were the 'adopted parents'.This is where it gets really interesting.On the baptism record for the illegitimate Anna Catharina, there is a notation that the father was Nicolaus SCHÜTZ "a married man of the village who confessed to it".
All this happened in Assmannshausen, or over the other side of the Rhine at Trechtingshausen, two small wine-district villages.There are many of the same families mentioned as godparents, witnesses etc.
The mystery.Despite quite detailed searches of State Archives, Diocese records etc, there seems to be no CASPAR or NICOLAUS who were in that area around the 1750s or so.No birth, marriage or death records that I can find for a Nicolaus who was married before 1776 when he was the 'confessed' father, nor a Caspar who had a household and 'took in' either an abandoned child, the child of a brother etc.
And, there is no record after 1776 of the mother Anna Maria Weinand - who just happens to be my direct maternal 4th Great Grandmother.
Sorry for the length of this novel !
Can any kind reader provide hints or clues.I imagine that, given it is the 1700s, the answer will be within one of the villages relatively close to Assmannshasen (where the Schütz family were vinters and the Brühl family at one time were inn-keepers.
Thanks for reading.Feel free to solve this for me. LOL