One of my family lines from Germany had the name von KEISEWETTER in Germany, but due to exchanging lands soon to be confiscated by the Prussian Army in the mid-1800s for ready money, my gggg-grandfather, Dr. Alvin Gustav von KEISEWETTER (b.1800, Schwartzburg-Rudolstadt - d.1879, Mankato, MN) emigrated in 1847, and changed his name to DORNBERG upon arrival in the United States.DORNBERG was his grandmother's name.
DORNBERG purchased their first farm near Mifflinburg, PA, and practiced Homeopathic Medicine, having studied under Dr. Hahnemann in Hidelberg, Germany, prior assuming the Ober-forster of the Principality of Schwartzburg (his father’s role), Keeper of the Treasury, and Overseer of the Lands and Natural Resources, prior to the Prussians securing southern Germany in the war of the early 1840s.
My DORNBERGs had 7 daughters and 2 sons in this original family, who arrived in 1848, with their mother, Johanna Marieanna (nee, SCHULTZ of Schwartzburg-Katzhutte), sailing on the Wilhelmina from Hamburg and landing in New York.Their names were:
Clotilda (1821, my ggg-grandmother), Leander (1824), A. Louis (1828), Augusta (1829), Bertha (1832), Louisa (1836), Laura (1837), Alma (1840), Theresa (1843).
Do any of these names resonate with or fit?I'm also interested in finding relatives, ancestors/descendants of the names I'm searching:
SCHILDKNECHT, BAHR (Marienthal Schleswig or Behlweig?-Holstein, Germany), DORNBERG (von KEISEWETTER, Schwartzburg, Germany), von EMMERLING (Schwartzburg, Germany), SCHULTZ (Schwartzburg-Katzhutte, Germany), EICHEL, GROSS (Bavaria, Germany; may have been GROSSMAN), MOESER, NEVILIER (Alsace-Lorraine, France/Germany), CUTTER (Ireland or Scotland), NISH or MacNEISH (Scotland, Iowa), WIRTH (Bavaria/Black Forest, Germany), BRANDLE, DRENTTEL, THOMPSON, COMPTON