If you are a descendent of Crescentia Wannenmacher of
Rangindengen, Hohenzollern, Germany, we are related.
There is more information about our lineage in a Genealogy.com family tree from Phillippus Wannenmacher, born in Rangindengen, Hohenzollern, Germany--and also
in a lengthy and very interesting letter I have that was written to my grandfather.
A bottom line addition of the Genealogy.com family tree for Phillippus Wannenmacher shows that Crescentia Wannenmacher, who was born June 4, 1774, was Phillippus' granddaughter, and the daughter of Joann Georg Wannenmacher and Agner Neher. According to that website, Crescentia had at least two other siblings, one of whom was an older brother named Nicolaus, born in 1759. That Nicolaus apparently had a grandson named Nicolas, who was my great grandfather.
Nicolas came to America, along with a number of his siblings, married Francis Beiter,and had eight children. One of their sons was Frank Albert Wanamaker, my grandfather, who died in Spokane, WA in 1948, when I was just a baby. My father, who died when I was only in the 7th grade, was Glen Ellis Wanamaker.
I am very interested in learning more about my family
history and any relatives in our family line, especially since both my father and his parents died while I was still so young.The only other Wanamaker I know of other than my sister and her family, is a cousin who I have unfortunately lost contact with.(She was older than I, and our fathers weren't that close, so we didn't know each other very well growing up. Her maiden name was Barbara Wanamaker, her parents were Claire and Helen Wanamaker, and the last I knew or recall, she lived somewhere on the Washington coast.If anyone knows of her whereabouts, I would love to be in contact with her again.)
For anyone who is descended from the Wannenmacher family line that came from Rangindengen, Germany, and especially the siblings or children of Nicolas Wanamaker, at a nearby residence I have the lengthy and very interesting letter I mentioned earlier.The family history there apparently starts around the time of the Reformation because it states that our family in Germany split along religious lines, with all but one brother becoming Protestants and remaining in "Lingendingen" (probably Ranginengen),
Hohenzollern, Germany. The brother who became a Catholic apparently left town, and the family lost contact with him.
Another incident in the letter tells about the family during the Napoleonic Wars and the fact that one of the family members was shot because, as a soldier, he was ordered to kill his own father-in-law and refused.
Several incidents related to conflicts between family members who wanted to read the Bible vs. Catholics
who didn't want them to. -- I found this interesting considering that, before I ever knew this, at one point in my life I seriously considered smuggling Bibles to Christians in Communist countries because I felt
that if a person wanted a Bible, he/she should be able to
have one. -- I wonder if anyone else has found things in
their own life that seem to "ring back" to our forebearers.
Both the Gen.com family tree and the letter mention the name "Franz Siegel." In the letter he's named as one of the firsts progenitor of Nicolas and his brother Ulrich, but the Gen.com site indicates that was the name Ulrich gave one of his sons. (I'm assuming that Ulrich named his son after the ancestor that the Gen.com site fails to mention.)Whatever the case, the name "Siegel" is a Jewish name that indicates a Levitical lineage in our family tree. During the Exodus and afterward, the Levites were the ones who were responsible for taking care of the objects of Temple worship, music, and healing. Even today Levitical Jews are important in certain Jewish religious
traditions.(Since I have an interest in the Jewish roots to Christianity, the Holocaust, and Biblical Hebrew, again I wonder if anyone else ever finds a correlation between their own interests/life and things they later find out about their ancestors.)
Hope some of this is of interest to you. Please reply if
you are also a descendent of the Wannenmachers/Wanamakers
of Rangindengen, Germany and/or of Nicholas and Francis
Wanamaker. Nicholas died in Esben, Kansas; and years later Francis married his brother Ulrich in LaHabra, California.
If you put in a search at Gen.com for Phillippus Wannenmacher, born in 1685 in Germany, you'll see that our family spread to a lot ofdifferent places in the U.S., esp. KA, OH, and southern CA.
I hope to hear from some of you.