Vacation in Germany and the homeland (Rhine Valley)- 2015 travel blog

At the airport

Hotel Oranien, Weisbaden

Karen with genealogist Andreas Stephan

At the hotel, good wine!!

First dinner, salmon for Karen

First dinner, and of course Weiner Schnitzel for Bill

Reck Hammer water mill


Good morning….it is shortly after 8:00 am on day 2 (Wednesday). Yes, yesterday was a long day!! We didn't take many photo's on day 1 but hope to have a better day today or tomorrow. The hotel Oranien is nice built amongst a number of old apartments and homes. Food is good and pilzer beer and wine too!!

Just a bit of history on the Unverzagt ancestors and their mills. It seems the first Unverzagt mill was an oil mill built by our great great great great grandfather Philipp Ludwig Unverzagt in 1765. He proposed the mill in 1755. One point worth noting is that they were not all that original when naming their children. As we know our great great grandfather, immigrated to America in 1859, was named Johann Anton Unverzagt. It seems that he had an uncle by the same name and a great uncle by that name also. When researching the archives it becomes difficult determining which Johann Anton is being written about. In a nutshell, Philipp Ludwig passed the oil mill (oil from grain) to a Johann Anton (uncle of our gg grandfather) and the mill was subsequently purchased by a Carl Unverzagt (relationship unknown). Another mill owned by Philipp Ludwig's brother Anton (Johann Anton?) started as a blacksmith and morphed into a reck hammer mill after much negotiation with the local administration and Baron of the land. Later that mill was converted by Christian Unverzagt (son of the later Anton) to a bone mill whereas bones were crushed for fertilizer. Some controversy exists but folklore states that some human bones were also crushed as cemetery plots in Germany were only temporary. Yikes!!

We reviewed a multi-page Will created by Philipp Ludwig. He had 5 surviving children and it seems that he was quite well to do leaving almost 3000 Gulden to his heirs. A mill was worth between 600 - 700 gulden. His house was estimated at 700 gulden and a shared cellar (with the neighbors) estimated at 223 gulden.

That is it for day 1. We hope to learn much more today.

Abschied von Deutschland! (Goodbye from Germany)



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