Rev. FEUSTEL 1848 Greiz, Germany
FEUSTEL surname maybe related to FEISTEL.
Reverend P. Gustav Adolf FEUSTEL, born 08 Nov 1848, in either Greiz or Untergrochlitz (my Great-Great-Grandfather), came to the USA at age 19 to attend seminary in St. Louis, MO and become a Lutheran missionary & pastor. His father, Johann Feustel, was also said to have been a missionary who brought back to Greiz a wife with red hair from the British Isles.
Anyone researching Feustel relatives in the area of Greiz, please contact me.
Note: located from Greiz to the SW are the villages of Untergrochlitz (2km), Moschwitz (4km), and Pansdorf (6km) as crow flies. Located E of Greiz are the villages of Pohlitz, Raasdorf, Mohlsdorf, Hermannsgrun, Reudnitz, Gottesgrun, Reuth, Beiersdorf, and Lichtentanne (which is closer to Zwickau).
The LDS Pedigree Resource File lists a Jeremias FEUSTEL, born about 1710 in Moschwitz, and a few other Feustel records for Greiz and Hermannsgrun or Reudnitz by individual submitters. I've seen listed Abraham/Peter FEUSTEL born about 1558 in Reudnitz, so this surname seems to have existed in this part of Germany for 450 years.It appears no IGI records for FEUSTEL (Greiz area) are available online yet, nor are LDS microfilms available in the USA for the EKMD (Evangelische Kirche Mittel Deutschland) Evangelical Lutheran Church Middle Germany.
I will be traveling to Greiz about Jun 1, 2007. I am hoping to discover if church records are accessible and perhaps to hire a German genealogist researcher there to look up church archive records.
I appreciate any advice or tips.