I am married to an Aholt and have located the following over the years.There is more stretching continuously from the mid-1600's through John Aholt (migrated to USA) and up to current generations.Contact me if you are interested.
This estate or big farm was from the middle-ages till 1795 a possession of the bishops of Munster.The owners on Aholt were called: Schulte or Schulze, a juridical name for someone who had particular rights over some other people.The mansion of Aholt was the courthouse for 20 other smaller farms of the bishop.In the regions around Bocholt it was normal that people were called after the name of their farm.So you will see in the genealogical records, that besides the name (Schulte) Aholt, also the names Schulten and Demminck (Demmink).The Aholt-farm still exists, but is no longer used in this way.
INTRODUCTION The first time that the name Aholt is mentioned is on the second day of April in the year 1243 in a charter of bishop Ludovicus of Münster when (in Latin) Hildebrandus de Aholte was named in a list of vessals. After that time it lasted till the year 1427 before we know a next person of this name. It was Bernd Schulten zu Aholte who owned the bishop’s mansion (farm) Aholt in the Bocholter-Feldmark, just outside the town walls of Bocholt, in the period 1427-1460.This house (see picture) is now situated at the Böggeringstraße in Bocholt. The name Aholt is a combination of two topographic elements. The ‘A’ refers to the river Aa (the Bocholter Aa, near Aholt called Heggenaa). ‘Holt’ means ‘holz’ (in German), ‘hout’ (in Dutch) and ‘wood’ (in English). In the middle-ages Bocholt was surrounded by many woods, so the link of A and holt to Aholt is easily made. This name is in Germany unique. Everybody with this name, or the later varieties Ahold, Ahout and Ahoud, is a member of this single family. The problem was, that the owners of Aholt (always the first son) stopped with the death of Wesselus Schulten zu Aholte, in 1679. The children etc. of his inheriting daughter, called themselves after the name of the house.All the descendents of this daughter are having their name in female line. Hermanus Schulten, a younger brother of Wesselus above, moved to the rural suburb of Bocholt, called Herzebocholt, where he married the widow of the owner of the farm Demminck. Their descendents (nowadays) are named Demming (in Bocholt), Demmink (two lines in the Netherlands), Aholt (in Bocholt and Ochtrup), and, after exploring Internet and visiting your website, also Aholt in Missouri, USA.The fact that some members of the Demminck-line after a time renamed themselves in Aholt, is connected to a special story.In the first place are the descendents of Hermanus Schulten real male-descendents of the old family of Schulten zu Aholte. But this is not the most important reason of the renaming. The fact is, that in the inheritors-line of Wesselus occured a problem, when the inheritor died when his eldest son only was a few years old.In those days (18th century) it was not sure that someone managed to reach adulthood.So in that case the family of the younger line prepared themselves for taking over the ownership of the ancestral farm Aholt.The young inheritor survived his childhood and married.The family branch in Herzebocholt was in that case not needed, but some of their members never changed their Aholt anymore.
Early Historical Records of Aholt I. Gerdt Schulten zu Aholte, citizen of Bocholt, Westphalia, mentioned on 18 nov. 1574, ? N.N. II. Gerdt Schulten zu Aholte, * ca. 1570/1580, ambtsscholte on the mansion of Aholt, outer citizen of Bocholt in the townpart of Hohenhorst (1614), † ca. aug. 1628, ? N.N., † after 13 sept. 1628 III. Gerdt Schulten zu Aholte, * ca. 1600/1610, ambtsscholte on the mansion of Aholt (1628-1657), tenant of the township of Bocholt of the bridgetolls on the outgoing wares (1650), † in 1657, ? N.N. Children: