More Q's than A's
My name is is Mark Edward Kalbach, and my family has been in some way connected with the Philadelphia region for at least 150 years. I have been trying to make a connection with the Kalbach family trees that I see on this site, but there is some kind of discrepancy that keeps me from getting beyond my grandfather, Joseph Rushton Kalbach, b. 1892 in Philadelphia. He was married to Bessie Hampton Ambler, a member of the large Ambler, Pa. clan.
I have been told all of my life that my branch of the Kalbach family was related to Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, (b. 1870 in The Hague) who married into the powerful German indutrialist Krupp family in 1906, and assuming the last name of "Krupp" rather than "Halbach" for political purposes.
You may expect that Gustav's father, a world-known diplomat, Gustav von Bohlen und Halbach, would have been born in Germany, but he wasn't. He was born in "good old Philly" in 1831. He was a descendant of the Halbach and Bohlen families, (his mother was Sophie Borie Bohlen), two wealthy families that made their fortunes managing coal mines in Scranton are of upstate Pennsylvania. This is why Iquite naturally figured that my family somehow had to be connected with the Kalbach's I read about on these websites, being from the same general vicinity.
I don't want to get too long-winded here, but this is what I am trying to crack open, and I would appreciate any information that would be of assistance: My understanding is that when Gustav the younger went to Germany, married Bertha Krupp and managed the affairs of the Krupp steel works, he may have left behind a brother in Philadelphia who married and had 2 or 3 sons. One of these sons, I am told, was named James, who went on to become a dentist in Philadephia and had his practce into his 90's, when he was unfortunately robbed and murdered at his office sometime in the early 1970's.
Dr. James' father (Gustav's brother) whose name I do not know,is rumored to have had an affair with a Welsh woman named Nellie, and it was from this union that my grandfather Joseph Rushton Kalbach was conceived. The times dictated that the affair and illegitimate child would need to be concealed, and my grandpa Joe was shuttled around in foster homes. His situation was made more desperate when his mother Nellie died of an infection when he was still a child. My grandfather, though growing up to be a talented machinist and artist, developed a drinking problem in his twenties, and eventually died in 1962, aged 70, a longtime alcoholic. To my knowledge he knew of his half-brothers like Dr. James, but was never close with them. Amazingly, this would make my downtrodden, alcoholic grandfather a first cousin of Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, a notorious World War II war crimal and a member of one of thewealthiest dynasties in Europe.
If anybody out there has information on what the name of the Philadelphia-area brother of Gustav Krupp, the father of Joseph Rushton Kalbach, might be, I would certainly be grateful. I am also interested in whether anybody knows if the name Kalbach is of the same derivation of the name Halbach, which would have been pronounced with a gutteral German (KH) sound so it would have sounded like it was spelled with a K. It would be helpful to know when and where this name change took place, if it did at all. I am also prepared to find out that there was no brother who had this affair in 1891-92. I am, like all of you, just trying to connect some dots.
Mark Edward Kalbach (b. 1963)