|Bridge Houses of Bad Kreuznach|
I have made many amazing discoveries while doing genealogy and exploring the lives of my ancestors. One of the most amazing was the discovery of a shared birthplace between my granddaughter and her fourth great-grandmother a mere one hundred and sixty-seven years apart!!
In 1997, my daughter and son-in-law moved to a small town outside of Frankfurt, Germany. The town’s name was Bad Kreuznach. They had decided to live in a German town rather than living on the military base. My husband and I were lucky enough to be able to visit them often during the six years they lived overseas.
On March 18, 1999 my granddaughter was born in the German hospital in Bad Kreuznach. During our visits we tried to learn about the history of the little town. One of the things we loved about the town was the Fußgänger zone, which was a pedestrian only shopping area. Another was the bridge over the river with the little houses at either end. A favorite pastime was to stand on the bridge and feed bread to the ducks in the river.
We enjoyed our visits to Germany and one time even rented a van to explore the known areas of my German ancestry. We traveled to Oberselters and Villmar in the Hessen Nassau area to see the churches where the Burbachs worshiped and the cemeteries where they were buried.
Eventually we returned to the United States and I returned to exploring my genealogy.
I knew my grandmother Henrietta Burbach, born 1888 in Milwaukee, and her father’s ancestors but hadn’t explored her mother Eva Schmitz’s background. I found that Eva, born 1858 in Milwaukee, was the daughter of Philip Schmitz and Elisabeth Kronenberger. While I have not yet discovered the birthplace in Prussia for Philip Schmitz, I have found out that Elisabeth Kronenberger was born to Heinrich Kronenberger and Anna Margaretha Mary Bott on the 29th of September 1832, in Oberstreit, Bad Kreuznach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany! How can this not be a favorite discovery?
The Kronenbergers left Germany sometime between 1842, when their youngest child, Margaretha was born. The first appearance of Elisabeth Kronenberger in United States records is in the 1860 Milwaukee census with her husband Philip Schmitz and children Eva and Philip.