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Nickolaus von Beckenbach

Nickolaus von Beckenbach was born in 1705 in Lamkenhein, Germany.  He married Anna Barbara Eisenhauer 09 Jun 1732 in Lamkenhein.  She was the daughter of Christoph and Eva Eisenhauer and was born in 1710 in Eiterbach.  Eiterbach is the ancestral home of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The spelling of the name was changed after the American branch migrated.  The relationship is distant but actual.

Eiterbach is located in the present day German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, on the Neckar River in the beautiful Rhine valley and the name, Beckenbach, seems to back up the fact that the family came from this region.  The name is made up of two German words: Becken, meaning basin; and bach, meaning brook.  So the name literally translates to “From the river basin.”

The state of Baden-Wuerttemberg was created after World War II from the previous states of Baden and Wuertemberg.  The Beckenbach family hails from the previous state of Baden.  The history of Baden as a state began in the 12th century, as a fief of the Holy Roman Empire. A fairly inconsequential margraviate that was divided between various branches of its ruling family for much of its history, it gained both status and territory during the Napoleonic era, when it was also raised to a grand duchy. In 1871 it became one of the founder states of the German Empire. The monarchy came to an end with the end of the First World War, but Baden itself continued in existence as a state of Germany until the end of the Second World War.

At the time that Nickolaus von Beckenbach was born, the people of the region suffered under warlike conditions, political unrest and poor economic and social conditions.  In 1685, Louis XIV of France demanded vast areas of the Rhine Valley and declared war when his demands were not met.  Numerous foreign armies marched through the area plundering and devestating the towns and villages.  A peace treaty signed in 1697 was soon broken and another reign of terror by the French lasted until 1714.  Additionally, the various German states were constantly quarrelling with each other for possession of land and tax revenues.

The maintenance of public records was virtually non-existent but, fortunately, we can trace the family through the church records of the Evangelical Reform Church in Heilgkreuzsteinach, a town a few miles from Eiterbach.

Children of Nickolaus von Beckenbach and Anna Eisenhauer were:

1.  Eva Catharina Beckenbach, born 26 Feb 1733 in Germany; died 23 Mar 1789 in Germany.  She married Casper Ewald and they had at least one child, Anna Maria Ewald.

2.  Johan Peter Beckenbach, born 10 May 1735 in Germany; died 18 Mar 1736 in Germany.

3.  Eva Elisabeth Beckenbach, born 05 Sep 1737 in Germany; died 13 Jan 1752 in Germany.

4.  Johann Christian Beckenbach, born 13 Dec 1739 in Lampenhain, Germany; died in Heiligkreuzsteinach, Germany.

 

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