The Hoeltge Family of Cincinnati
Mary PLANITZ, our mother, and our father,
Elmer HOELTGE, on a date in 1936
This website is dedicated to our father, his father, their wives, children, and all of the people of our Cincinnati family. In the 19th century when the family settled in southern Ohio, they stayed in one neighborhood, usually within walking distance of one another. Today we are scattered over many states and locations. We invite correspondence and sharing.
The 112 records on this site are more than names. They were all vibrant, loving people who worked and played and strove to build a future for their children. When Wilhelm and Dorothea Höltge left the Duchy of Braunschweig in 1853 to settle in Cincinnati, they had no idea that two of their sons would fight in an American Civil War, or that they would even be remembered 150 years later. They only knew that whatever values they imparted to their children would be their legacy, and they hoped that those values would continue to be cherished in the generations to come. Wilhelm and Dorothea were Evangelical Lutherans who raised their children to love the Lord. More than 84 direct descendants and their wives and husbands would be blessed by the foresight of these these visionaries. We honor them for their courage and we take joy in the endurance of their love.
Another German immigrant who adopted Cincinnati as his home, Wilhelm Planitz, lived and worked near Wilhelm Hoeltge although there is no evidence that they knew one another. William Planitz was an engineer who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War. He became the patriarch of another large familty. In 1938 the two families were joined when Mary Planitz married Elmer Hoeltge.
This website shows only authenticated entries. I have information on hundreds more individuals and welcome correspondence.
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck (Proverbs 1:8,9)
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