Re: Joseph Ernewein of Soufflenheim Alsace
Hello Barbar, thanks for writing, I haven't heard from your aunt Rita in a very long time so please say hello to her for me.
I can't take the credit for the Ernewein information, If you are reading the original paper copy of the book you'll see one of the co-editors was Anita Kennedy my aunt as you noted two sisters born to my grandparents.
I helped with a lot of the new information for the newer computer version of the book but as one of many contributors.
Until you mentioned it I never really thought of the Ott connection too much.
I have been successful in finding the French records of birth for both Joseph and Catherine and the children born in the Soufflenheim area. As it turns out the twin boys were born out of wedlock while Catherine was living in the nearby village of Hatten (she is listed as living with her brother in law an sister along with her two sons in the 1836 french census).
Sometime later the parents were married and had another child Kate in 1838 in Soufflenheim before immigrating.
From this search I learned Francoise Jospeh Ott (married to Marie Eve Heyd) was the father of Catherine, he died in 1826 in Hatten and his parents were Jean Michel Ott and Elisabeth Minhard (no details)
The next oldest generation is Antoine Ott and Madeline Reinn with again no details.
That's where I ran into a wall and it has been a few years since I really did anything on the family tree.
THanks for writing and please feel free to drop a line anytime! It is always nice to meet a new cousin! I don't have them but I have seen pictures of an Ernewein band and if the music is in the jeans my sisters got them not me!