Who Started All This?
Jacob Bredehoeft was born January 2, 1839, in Haassel, near
Selsingen, District of Bremervoerde, Hanover, Germany.
He died May 18, 1919, in Flora Community, Missouri.
Margaretha Adelheid Wienberg was born April 1, 1857, in
Minstedt, Hanover, Germany. She died December 31, 1943, in Lafayette
County (near Alma), Missouri.
Jacob and Margaretha were married October 12, 1875, in Emma,
and became the parents of:
Curt Heinrich, February 16, 1877 - May 6, 1879
Heinrich Curt Claus
Louis, December 5, 1878 - October 15, 1944
Edward Heinrich Friedrich Johann, October 4, 1880 - September 7, 1881
George Christof Carl Johann, June 8, 1882 - 1959
Helene Margaretha Dorothea Elise (known as Lena Margaret most of her life), January 30, 1884 - February 18, 1942
Leo Johann Wilhelm Martin, October 5, 1886 - 1954
Adolph Heinrich, March 10, 1889 - November 13, 1967
Paul Johann Wilhelm Friedrich, January 11, 1891 - July 2, 1978
Theodore Cord Johann, February 16, 1893 - July 23, 1973
Hulda Clara Sophia, March 15, 1895 - 1958
Alvin Claus Heinrich, January 20, 1897 - December 2, 1957
Eleonora Louise Margaretha (Nora), February 16, 1899 - April 5, 1974
Harry Heinrich Friedrich Christoph, August 8, 1901 - January 16, 1974
Ralph Martin Otto, August 13, 1904 - December 6, 1979
Jacob arrived in New Orleans on the
sailing ship Carl, October 22, 1866.
This picture of the Carl is copyrighted by Peter-Michael
Pawlik, Von der Weser in die Welt, Die Geschichte der Segelschiffe von Weser und
Lesum und ihrer Bauwerften 1770 bis 1893, Bremerhaven und Hamburg 1993, and is
used with Dr. Pawlik's permission. More information about the Carl may be
http://www.geocities.com/mppraetorius/. Interesting information about
what the immigrants endured during their voyages may be found at
Margaretha arrived in New York aboard the Steamship Goethe on
September 15, 1874.
BREDEHOEFT) FLAUSS MADE A VALUABLE DISCOVERY!
Angela is the daughter of Elwood (Woody) Bredehoeft,
granddaughter of Lambert, great-granddaughter of Paul, and
great-great-granddaughter of Jacob and Margaretha. Angela and her husband,
Gregory, live in Germany. Here's her story:
I went to visit the Bredehöft Familie in Fehrenbruch near
Selsingen once more. They were the ones, who helped me shoot the DVD in Germany
two summers ago. During my last visit, Alieda, Margaretha Bredehöft and I
drove through Haaßel searching the Bredehöft home. They had asked around about a
house before I came, but because no Bredehöfts live in Haaßel anymore and
because most of the people, who might have known where the house was (or used to
be), are no longer living, we couldn't find out where it was. Then, as
sometimes news spreads in small villages, one woman mentioned to another elderly
woman that we had been looking for the Bredehöft house. The older woman not only
knew where the house was but had a picture of it, which she gave to Alieda, and
Alieda gave to me! It was taken in winter, but no one knows when. The
house is on the left and the barn on the right. In front of the house are a few
chickens and a shed of some kind. The best guess is that this is the house
where Jacob was born.
The handwriting on the back reads: Das Häuslingshaus 1.b Es stand am
Twistenbosteler Weg zwischen der großen Eiche und der großen Buche; um 1963
abgerißen! (The translation of that is: The connected farm building
1b It stood at Twistenbosteler Weg (Way) between the big oak and the big beech
trees; torn down in 1963!)
Apparently the house grew too old to repair, the neighbor told
us. The costs and effort to repair it would have been too much, so it was
Angela made another trip to where the house once stood and
sent these pictures of the site as it is today:
Twistenbosteler Weg (Way)
The old apple tree
Jane Oerding, the Family Historian, has done a remarkable job
of gathering and recording history of Jacob and Margaretha Bredehoeft and their
many descendants. The extended family is so large and the members are so
widely-scattered that the only way to keep this information current and
up-to-date is by continual input from ALL the members. Your help is
needed! As you learn of any family changes (births [includes adoptions],
deaths, marriages, divorces) or find incorrect data on these pages, please
complete the following form and press the
"submit" button. I'll update the web site if appropriate and forward the information to Jane to update her records.
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|Cord and Adelheid (Lange) Bredehoeft. Cord (also
called Kurt) was Jacob's half-brother, the child of Johann and Maria (Schlesselman)
Bredehoeft. Johann married Maria after his first wife, Gesche, died
when Jacob was 5 years old.
|Christoph and Dorothea (also called Dora) Bredehoeft.
Christoph was Jacob's brother.
|Find your father, grandfather, great-grandfather, or
great-great grandfather in this photo which was probably taken in the
early- to mid-20s. (Hint: We believe the men are aligned by
age with the youngest on the left.) Apparently the ladies of the
family were busy cooking coffee!
on the photo for a larger size.
You may click on the photo for larger size.
||Great-Grandma Wienberg (and you add the correct number
of "greats" in front of that, depending on your position
in the lineage), mother of Margaretha. Photo was probably taken in
the late 1800s or early 1900s.
|In this picture, Margaretha Bredehoeft and all of her children except
George posed at the farm near Alma where they lived. George may have
been living in Iowa at the time. The photo was probably taken about
the time of Jacob Bredehoeft's death (1919).
Click on the picture to see full-size.
|"Best guess" on identification is (left to
right): Nora, Lena, Ralph, Paul, Hulda, Ted, Harry, Alvin, Grandma,
Leo, Adolph, and Louis. What would these people have ever thought
if someone had told them their picture could be viewed by millions of
people all over the world????
|This photo of
George Bredehöft is dated May, 1955, on the side, and we believe it was
taken in Waterloo, Iowa, where he lived. Can anyone identify the
buildings in the background? Are they still standing? If so,
please e-mail the information
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