I have some information on a Lamping family that may hold secrets to my own past. In the 1870 Cincinnati Hamilton County census there is listed Fredrick Lamping 36 years old his wife and children including 2 sons John and Joseph both born in Ohio.
Also in the household is Josephine Westjohn 18 years old. Of the members of the household only Fredrick and Josephine are listed as being born in Oldenburg Germany.Josephine was my Great great Grandmother.She came over at 13 suposedly alone.
I have no record of her mother at all and conflict in proving either her father or Husband.she married Henry Radeke but I have also seen reported that her father was Henry Westjohn, of course this is possible but leads one to look farther.
I have come to wonder if Fredrick was the brother of her mother an perhaps that is the connection.
Fredrick's occupation was that of Plumber.
Years later Josephine's daughter Clara married Harry Bridge.
In 1920 when Fredrick would have been 86 my Great grandfather Harry Bridge andhis wife Clara Radeke lived on Bevis Ave and his profession is listed as Plumber.Just down a couple of houses lived Julius Lamping and his family. He was 41 and born in Ohio. He too is listed as a plumber.
I have had tried to find if Julius is the son of John or Joseph to confirm that this is the same family.
My father who is now 70 lived in that house on Bevis and remembers this youngest generation. The families always played together and socialized but he doesn't recall there ever being mention of family connection.
I have developed a theory, that because Harry bridge's father (who had been a blacksmith from England) had died when Harry Bridge Jr. was very young, Harry Jr. adopted his wife Clara's family as his own and that the Lampings had taught him Plumbing as a trade.
Perhaps this is all romanticized,but it certainly seems odd that a family named Bridge was connected to 2 different familes of Lamping.