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Johannes Cromeich Family Group

Parents Children Vital Statistics Locations Sources Temple
Johannes Cromeich B: 1610's BGCA Y
D: Abt. 1687 Ransbach, Westerwald, Germany BGCA NA
M: Abt. 1637 Ransbach, Westerwald, Germany BGCA Y
Anna Gertraut B: Unknown Y
D: Unknown NA
Johann Krummeich B: 1630's Ransbach, Westerwald, Germany BGCA Y
D: <1713> BGCA NA
Maria Cromeich B: <1640> Ransbach, Westerwald, Germany BGCA Y
D: 1670's BGCA NA
Johann Anton Krumeich I B: 1641 BGCA Y
D: 1 Jul 1719 Ransbach, Westerwald, Germany BGCA NA
M: Abt. 1670 BGCA Y
Katharina Cromeich B: <1653> Ransbach, Westerwald, Germany BGCA Y
D: <1733> Saverne, Bas-Rhine, Alsace, France BGCA NA
J. George Cromeich B: Unknown Y
D: Unknown NA
Peter Cromeich B: <1658> BGCA Y
D: <1696> BGCA NA
Maria Cromeich B: <1663> BGCA Y
D: <1663> BGCA NA
Jacob Cromeich B: <1666> BGCA Y
D: <1724> BGCA NA

Landowner, alderman, and sandstone potter, Johannes Cromeich is also the father of the Krumeich, Krummeich, Cromeich, and Crommeich family lines as far back as I have been able to trace. At the very least, he is the earliest ancestor found in Ransbach, Germany; therefore he is the father of the family lines in Ransbach and in Betschdorf (France) and one of the fathers of the trade in both towns.

Because he and his descendants were sandstone potters, specializing in clay from the Rhine river, my guess is that he was born somewhere along the region of the Rhine. Since he is also the first Cromeich found in Ransbach, it is likely that he immigrated there from another part of Germany. My guess is that he and his family came from Raeren, now a part of Belgium, another town in the region of the Rhine known for its sandstone pottery in the 14th and 15th centuries. Other well known centers in the region from which he may have immigrated are Frechen, Sieberg, and Hoer (also in the Westerwald).

By the time he was married, records show that he was living in Ransbach. There, he continued the family trade and passed it on to his sons, whose family lines meet, and sometimes marry, later in Betschdorf. These surnames are now found in France, Germany, and the United States, many still in Ransbach and in Betschdorf, and some still sandstone potters.