Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Properly Introducing Johann Lorenz Hummel

Johann Lorenz Hummel was previously introduced in my blog as both my great-great-great-grandfather and the unfortunate victim of a runaway horse and buggy. Let's start from the beginning and learn a little more information about "Lawrence" Hummel.
Johann Lorenz Hummel
c 1893

Johann Lorenz Hummel was born 16 May 1843 in a small village called Buenzwangen near present-day Stuttgart, Germany. He was the ninth of eleven known children born to David Hummel and Rosina Dorothea Buchele. Much research was performed on the families of this region, including the Hummel's, through the thousands of record transcriptions found in this database. I contributed my known family records to the database as well. [Kudos to Kathy for her hard work!]

The Hummel family looked like this:

Descendants of David HUMMEL
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David HUMMEL
  born: 26 Oct 1804, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
  died: 8 Oct 1880, Germany
  parents: David Hummel and Barbara Eitle 
 +Rosina Dorothea BUCHELE
  born: 26 Oct 1806, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
  marr: 24 Apr 1827, Albershausen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemberg, Germany
  died: ?
  parents: Johann Georg BUCHELE and Rosina Dorothea MAURER
|--Johann Georg HUMMEL
|    born: 9 Jul 1828, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 31 Dec 1828, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|--David HUMMEL
|    born: 5 Sep 1829, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 7 Feb 1890
|--Johannes HUMMEL
|    born: 25 Oct 1831, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 7 Oct 1835, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|--Johann Georg HUMMEL
|    born: 23 Oct 1833, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 13 Nov 1835, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|--Jacob HUMMEL
|    born: 27 Jan 1835, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 5 Mar 1837, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|--Margarethe HUMMEL
|    born: 16 Aug 1837, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 21 Feb 1923  ?
|--Boy HUMMEL
|    born: 2 Dec 1839, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 2 Dec 1839, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|--Rosina Dorothea HUMMEL
|    born: 16 Jan 1841, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 21 Sep 1909
|--Johann Lorenz HUMMEL
|    born: 16 May 1843, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 16 Sep 1901, Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan
|--Anna Maria HUMMEL
|    born: 16 Nov 1845, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|    died: 7 Jun 1856, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
|--Barbara Catharina HUMMEL
     born: 20 Mar 1848, Bünzwangen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemburg, Germany
     died: 2 Mar 1919, Hubbard, Trumbull, Ohio
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Christina Carolina
(Ebinger) Hummel
c 1893
Lawrence, as he is known in American records, emigrated to the United States via the ship Vera Cruz and landed in New York on 28 September 1866. He was accompanied by his youngest sister, Barbara Catharina Hummel. In 1869, Lawrence married fellow German immigrant Christina Carolina "Carrie" Ebinger in Coldwater, Branch, Michigan. Lawrence's sister Barbara married Frederick Carl Ebinger, the suspected brother of his wife, in 1870. They lived in Hubbard, Trumbull, Ohio. Additionally, at least two sons of their sister Margarethe Hummel Hoefer, also emigrated and lived in northern Ohio.

Lawrence was naturalized in January 1877 in the circuit court of Lenawee County, Michigan. He was clearly planning on staying! And it always makes me happy to see that my ancestors can sign their names. Big X's make me sad.


Lawrence's census records show:
  • 1870: Coldwater, Branch, Michigan, cabinet maker
  • 1880: Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan, cabinet maker
  • 1894 Michigan: Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan
  • 1900: Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan, cabinet maker
This is the basic information I have regarding Lawrence and Carrie beginning their life in America. I have several topics for continued research:
  • Learn more about the Ebinger family
  • Why did Lawrence and Barbara leave Germany? No more family? His trade? 
  • Did the Hummel's and Ebinger's know each other in Germany?
There are so many avenues to explore with the connections I have so far. Genealogy is just a big puzzle, but these intermarrying family members and nearby villages really make me curious to put together this particular family puzzle.

Stay tuned...

© 2013 Sally Knudsen

1 comment:

  1. You have found so much information about Lorenz Hummel (as he signs himself). I always think that immigrants are brave, and I'm happy to see them "make it" in America and find a way to make a living. And of course, I always wonder why they left their original country.

    Especially I like your genealogical layout! I can see 4 generations at a glance: David and Rosina, their parents, their children (boy-girl color coded), and their grandchildren (green). And you do all this using a regular keyboard instead of special symbols or an app for a "chart." Very clear.

    I'm thinking about imitating some of your layout techniques in my next few blogs about genealogical lines of enslaved people. I'll give you credit! Thanks.

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