The German Ancestors of the Idleman Family

Records collected by Sigrun Börkel

Sigrun Börkel contacted me in June, 2007 with the generous offer to share the records of the Eitelmann/Idleman family ancestors in Germany. She has been corresponding with her American Idleman "cousins" and wanted to make these records available for others who are descendants of Conrad Idleman of Hardy County.

Thanks to Sigrun, the vital information is translated for us and the following is a summary of the the records.

Birth: Conrad Eitelman
Ludwig Conrad Eitelmann was born in Frankenstein, a small town near Kaiserslautern, Germany. The record of his birth is found in the Wattenheim Churchbook: Ludwig Conrad Eitelmann was born 20 February 1749 son to Rosina Catharina Eitelmann and Jacob Eitelmann.

Stadtarchiv Kaiserlautern
Eitelmann Ludwig Konrad, Lutheran, of Wattenheim married Maria Elisabetha Roche 29 October 1776 in Kaiserslautern. The births of two children are shown:

Franz Daniel Eitelmann emigrated to America.

Reformed Churchbook of Kaiserlautern
In the year 1778 an entry in the Churchbook indicates that Konrad Eitelmann was a factory weaver in Kaiserslautern.

Birth of Johann Jacob Eitelmann
In the Wattenheim Churchbook the birth of Conrad Eitelmann's father is recorded: Johann Jacob born 8 November 1715. Son of Anna Catharina and Hans Peter Eitelmann.

Marriage of Hans Peter Eitelmann
In the Wattenheim Churchbook the marriage of Hans Peter Eitelmann and Anna Catharina Martin 22 June 1711. The second marriage of Hans Peter.

Original Documents, Photographs and a Map

The Church at Wattenheim
Map of the Area Surrounding Wattenheim
The Eitelmann and Roche Family, chart
The Eitelmann Family in Germany, chart
The Marriage of Hans Peter Eitelmann and Anna Catharina Martin Wattenheim Churchbook 1711
The Birth of Johann Jacob Eitelmann Wattenheim Churchbook 1715
The birth of Ludwig Conrad Eitelmann (Conrad Idleman) Wattenheim Churchbook 1749
Conrad Eitelmann (Conrad Idleman), a factory weaver in Kaiserslautern. Kaiserslautern Reformed Church Book 1778


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