Ortmans from Mecklenburg, Germany
There a number of "clusters" of Ortman(n)s in the United States.One big cluster seems to be centered in the Ohio area.Another one (my Ortman bunch) is in South Dakota and Kansas.I am also aware of an Ortman genealogy that starts in Austria and apparently there are also Ortmans living in Sweden and Estonia.
But I am mainly interested in anyone who can trace their Ortman(n)s back to Mecklenburg, Germany.
Our first Ortmann ancestor (of the South Dakota Ortman(n)s) to whom we find reference was Friederich Ortmann, a wheelwright from Mechlenburg, an area now in north Germany.Records from the area indicate that there were quite a number of Ortmanns in several Mechlenburg villages.
The Ortmann name can be found in the region from at least 1700, at which time Ortmanns were found to be living in about 20 different places.By 1819, the Ortmann name was found in 10 towns and 50 places in rural districts.
According to our records, in 1797 Prussian King Friederich Wilhelm gave a large tract of land to the prince Hohenlohen Ingelfingen.In 1802, the prince sold half of this tract and divided the other half into colonies (villages) that he named after his children: Adelhof, Emilenheim, Friedrichsfeld, Ingelfingen,Ludwigslust, Adolsberg, and Sophienthal.These villages were located on a map surrounding the town of Zagorow, southeast of Poznan.
Friederich Ortman and his family moved to Adelhof, Poland, in 1819.They soon broke away from the other German Lutherans in the area.Eventually they were told that they were like the Mennonites, so they went about trying to find some.They discovered the Swiss-Volhynian Mennonites (Stucky Church) living in Russia, just as the Russian Mennonite were planning to leave for America in 1874.Half the Ortmann clan had moved to Russia, while the Ortmanns still in Poland had to sneak out the country to join the migration and ship trip over the Atlantic.
It would be helpful to know if any other Ortman(n) families can trace their family back to any of the Mechlenburg villages.It might be possible to construct some sort of Mechlenburg Ortmann timeline.