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   Südwestpfalz is a district (Kreis) in the south of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from west clockwise) Saarpfalz, the district-free city Zweibrücken, the districts Kaiserslautern and Bad Dürkheim, the district-free city Landau (the Taubensuhl/Fassendeich forest part of the city), Südliche Weinstraße, and the French département Bas-Rhin. The district-free city Pirmasens is completely surrounded by the district.

          The district was created in 1818 as the Landkommisariat Pirmasens. During the communal reforms of 1968-72 several changes were made to the district. In 1969 the neighboring district Bad Bergzabern was dissolved and some part of it was added, while other municipalities were incorporated into the city Pirmasens. In 1972 the district Zweibrücken was dissolved and added into the district Pirmasens, which in 1997 renamed itself to Südwestpfalz.



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     The Blau, Born, Bracher, Forster, and Ilges families lived in that area of Germany now located within the Rhineland-Palatinate district of Sudwestpflaz.  The Born, Bracher and Forster families lived near Hornbach and the Blau, Ilges families were associated with the community of Thaleischweiler.

      Georg Bracher was probably born Hornbach around 1650.  His son Johann George Bracher was born at Hornbach in 1676.  In 1693 Johann George married Susanna Margaretta Forster Born the daughter of Theodor Born and Kunigunda Forster who was born at Hornbach about 1652.  Johann George and Susanna Margaretta had at least 14 known children 7 of which were born at Hornbach between 1694 and 1703.  The Bracher family moved to nearby Rimschweiler around 1704.

     Johann Paul Ilges was born at Thaleischweiler around 1706.  He first married a local woman named Anna Margaretha with whom he produced 5 known off-spring.   In 1745 he married a second time to Maria Catharina Blau, daughter of Nicolas Blau, and also native of Thaleischweiler.  Four children were born of this union two of whom were born at Thaleischweiler between 1745 and 1747.  In 1750 Johann Paul and Maria Catharina left Thaleischweiler and sailed to America with five children aged 3 to 19 years old.     

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Hornbach;  Thaleischweiler


LOCATION:  Country: Germany;   State: Rheinland-Pfalz;   District: Südwestpfalz;  

Municipal Association: Zweibrücken-Land;    Place: Hornbach;  

Coordinates/Map:  49° 11′ 17″ N, 7° 22′ 9″ E

DIRECTIONS (MapQuest): From: Frankfurt Au Maim Airport 60549; To: Hornbach 66500; Total Est. Time:  1 hour, 35 minutes Total Est. Distance: 104.30 miles, (see map in our Image Archive)

Center of Hornbach showing

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St. Fabian Church

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Hornbach (street map)

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s):  Hornbach is is situated southwest of the Palatinate forest, on the border with France, south of Zweibrücken.  It is part of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Zweibrücken-Land.       The history of the community of Hornbach is entwined with that of the monastery that was located there in 742.  Pirminius founded the  Benedictine Monastery of St. Petrus im damaligen Bliesgau ( Bistum Metz ) gegründet. Peter, as a part of the former Bliesgau (Diocese of Metz). Pirmin war ursprünglich auch hier begraben, sein Leichnam wurde aber im 16. Pirmin who died in 753 was originally buried here, but in the 16th century his body was transferred to Innsbruck. Sichtbar ist heute aber die Grabkapelle des Heiligen. Das Kloster Hornbach, das im Jahr 1087 von Kaiser Heinrich IV. dem Bischof von Speyer geschenkt wurde, besaß bis ins 14. Up to the 14th century the monastery  at Hornbach maintained a far-reaching influence and provided an important impetus for the development in Upper Lorraine.       In the fall of 1119 Emperor Henry V. visited Hornbach on the way from Strasbourg to Metz.  At this time he gave the Monastery the power to to design and circulate coins of the realm.  This practice continued until 1230.  By this time  power of the monastery but already begun to decline.  Am 16. On 16April 1352 erhielt Hornbach wie die Nachbarstadt Zweibrücken die Stadtrechte. April 1352 Hornbach became a part of the neighbouring town of Zweibrücken.      By 1548 only three monks were left living in the monastery at Hornbach.  It finally closed in 1557 as a result of the Reformation.  The buildings and other assests of the monastery were subsequently used to establish a institution for the training of clergy and as preparatory school for university studies.   Because of the turmoil of the Thirty Years War  the school relocated to Zweibrucken in 1631. 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Anna Margaretha BRACHER, Birth: 1697?; Anna Margaretha BRACHER, Birth: 1701, Marriage: Abt. 1718; Anna Maria BRACHER, Birth: Abt. 1703; Marriage: 1722; Anna Maria Elizabeth BRACHER, Birth: Abt. 1694; Hans Jacob CLOTER, Marriage: 1722; Heinrich BRACHER, Birth: 1700; Johann George BRACHER, Birth: 1676 Marriage: 06 Jan 1693; Johann Nichel LEINER, Marriage: Abt. 1718; Kunigunda FORSTER, Birth: Abt. 1652; Susanna Barbara BRACHER, Birth: 1696?; Susanna BRACHER, Birth: 1699; Susanna Margaretta Forster BORN; Marriage: 06 Jan 1693

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Hornbach Hornbach Germany;   Hornbach - Wikipedia; 

 Hornbach, wikipedia (translated version)

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LOCATION:  Country: Germany;   State: Rheinland-Pfalz;   District: Südwestpfalz; 

Municipal Association: Thaleischweiler-Fröschen;   Place: Thaleischweiler; 

Coordinates/Map: 49° 15′ 48″ N, 7° 34′ 59″ E

DIRECTIONS (MapQuest): From: Frankfurt Au Maim Airport 60549;  To: Thaleischweiler-Fröschen 66987; Total Est. Time:  1 hour, 25 minutes;  Total Est. Distance: 92.18 miles, (see map in our Image Archive)

Map of Sudwestpfalz showing the location of Thaleischweiler- Fröschen



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Some of the oldest buildings in Thaleischweiler-Fröschen are found between Raiffeisen street in East and the Schwarzbach road in the west, and are show on maps from 1739.



Protestant Church

in Thalieschweier

The oldest parts of the church are from the first half of the 13th Century (probably before 1239). The current layout dates from the 15th Century.

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s): The town of Thaleischweiler-Fröschen is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") of Thaleischweiler-Fröschen.    It is situated on the western edge of the Palatinate forest, approx. 7 km north of Pirmasens.

     Thaleischweiler is first mentioned in 1237 by the name Eiswilre then located in Leiningen.  After the death of the ruler Frederick Leininger in 1237 this locality came under the control of his eldest son Frederick III who also inherited, the castle Grebinstein (Gräfenstein) along with the villages of Roth Albin (Rodalben Merz), Merichishalbin, as well as Eiswilre (Thaleischweiler).  In 1295 Fröschen is mentioned in records for the first time as the hamlet of Froßauwe then found in the area of Deux Ponts.

     Both communities are far older than the first time they appeared in the local records that survived the last 1000 years.   Apparently Der ursprüngliche Bann Thaleischweiler war bereits zur Zeit des Frankenreiches der südlichste Teil nicht nur des Wormsgaues und damit auch der Diözese Worms, sondern auch des Reichslandes um Kaiserslautern.Thaleischweiler was already a community as early as the Frankish Empire when it was located within the southernmost part of the Kaiserslautern within the diocese of Worms. Er umfaßte die heutigen Gemarkungen Thaleischweiler, Thal- und Höhfröschen, Höheinöd und jenen Teil der heutigen Gemarkung Burgalben, der rechts des Schwarzbachs liegt. This area also included the current villages of Thaleischweiler, Thal- and Höhfröschen, and Höheinöd.   Sie bildeten zusammen mit Herschberg die Pfarrei Thaleischweiler.Together with Herschberg these towns formed the parish of Thaleischweiler which is still in existence today.  While Um die Grenze des ursprünglichen Bannes Thaleischweiler südlich des Schwarzbaches festzustellen, müssen wir auf die Entstehung des Ortsteils Thalfröschen zurückgreifen. Thaleischweiler emerged as a community as early as the 7th century it was also commonly referred to Thalfröschen as between the 9th and 12th centuries.

     During the 12th century the villages of Thalieschweier and Fröschen were part of the imperial fiefdom of the Counts of Saarbrucken.   After the death of Count Simon Saarbrücker I in 1182 the villages were split between the Count’s two sons Simon II and Heinrich Graf I.  The border between the two districts ran along the Pfarrgasse today at City Hall, from where the main road to the east to Herschberger Street and from there south to the old mill, (Faüstermuhle), which remained in the possession of the Graftschaft Zweibrücken. Dies mag für die erste Zeit nach der Teilung gegolten, dürfte sich aber im Laufe der zeit verwischt haben, da sich die Untertanen seit alters her wie auch die Zugezogenen ihre Herrschaft frei wählen konnten. After 30 years of war between the two rulers the towns of Dies trifft insbesondere für die Zeit nach dem 30 jährigen Krieg zu, während dem Thaleischweiler und Fröschen fast ausgestorben waren und durch Einwanderungen aus der Schweiz wieder neu besiedelt wurden. Thaleischweiler and Fröschen were almost extinct.  Through immigration they were eventually re-populated by immigrants from Switzerland.  After six centuries of division the borders between the two towns became insignificant and eventually no longer existed.  Since that time Thaleischweiler was also under the occupation of the Palatinate by the French in the years 1793/94, and continued to belong to France until 1814.

     The many years of turmoil and foreign rule were finally followed by long years of peace, in which the two places, Thaleischweiler and Fröschen, could flourish freely.  They were finally under a united dominion within the state of Beide Orte bilden seit der Zugehörigkeit zu Bayern (1816 – 1935) und seit der Verwaltungsgliederung im Jahr 1818 eine politische Gemeinde, mit einer gemeinsamen Bürgermeisterei, der auch Höhfröschen angehörte. Bavaria from 1816 to 1935.   In 1818 both towns began to share the same political and administrative structure, which also included Höhfröschen until this arrangement was dissolvedSie wurde erst im Jahre 1921 aufgelöst. in 1921.  In 1979, the villages in the Thaleischweiler-Fröschen Verbandsgemeinde became a part of the district of Pirmasens.  Further political redistricting in 1997 resulted in a larger regional Sudwestpfalz governmental unit centered in Landau.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   Anna Catharina Ilges, Birth: 1741; Anna Elisabetha Ilges, Birth: Abt. 1731;  Anna Margaretha Ilges (Nee?), Birth: 1702,  Death: 1742; Christina Margaretha Ilges, Birth; Johann Georg Ilges, Birth: 23 Nov 1745; Johann Paul Ilges, Birth: Abt. 1706, Marriage: 23 Feb 1745; Maria Barbara Ilges, Birth: 1747; Maria Catharina Blau Birth: Abt. 1710, Marriage: 23 Feb 1745; Maria Ottilia Ilges, Birth: Abt. 1736;  Susanna Maria Ilges, Birth

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  Thaleischweiler-online;   Thaleischweiler-Fröschen – Wikipedia

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Collective Municipalities (Verbandsgemeinde) of the Sudwestpflaz District


  1. Bobenthal
  2. Bruchweiler-Bärenbach
  3. Bundenthal
  4. Busenberg
  5. Dahn1, 2
  6. Erfweiler
  7. Erlenbach bei Dahn
  8. Fischbach bei Dahn
  9. Hirschthal
  10. Ludwigswinkel
  11. Niederschlettenbach
  12. Nothweiler
  13. Rumbach
  14. Schindhard
  15. Schönau



  1. Darstein
  2. Dimbach
  3. Hauenstein1
  4. Hinterweidenthal
  5. Lug
  6. Schwanheim
  7. Spirkelbach
  8. Wilgartswiesen


 PIRMASENS-LAND [seat: Pirmasens]

  1. Bottenbach
  2. Eppenbrunn
  3. Hilst
  4. Kröppen
  5. Lemberg
  6. Obersimten
  7. Ruppertsweiler
  8. Schweix
  9. Trulben
  10. Vinningen


  1. Clausen
  2. Donsieders
  3. Leimen
  4. Merzalben
  5. Münchweiler an der Rodalb
  6. Rodalben1, 2



  1. Höheischweiler
  2. Höhfröschen
  3. Maßweiler
  4. Nünschweiler
  5. Petersberg
  6. Reifenberg
  7. Rieschweiler-Mühlbach
  8. Thaleischweiler-Fröschen1



  1. Geiselberg
  2. Heltersberg
  3. Hermersberg
  4. Höheinöd
  5. Horbach
  6. Schmalenberg
  7. Steinalben
  8. Waldfischbach-Burgalben1



  1. Biedershausen
  2. Herschberg
  3. Hettenhausen
  4. Knopp-Labach
  5. Krähenberg
  6. Obernheim-Kirchenarnbach
  7. Saalstadt
  8. Schauerberg
  9. Schmitshausen
  10. Wallhalben1
  11. Weselberg
  12. Winterbach



 [seat: Zweibrücken]

  1. Althornbach
  2. Battweiler
  3. Bechhofen
  4. Contwig
  5. Dellfeld
  6. Dietrichingen
  7. Großbundenbach
  8. Großsteinhausen
  9. Hornbach2
  10. Käshofen
  11. Kleinbundenbach
  12. Kleinsteinhausen
  13. Mauschbach
  14. Riedelberg
  15. Rosenkopf
  16. Walshausen
  17. Wiesbach


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