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An Introduction to the Surname

An Introduction to the Surname

The practice of inherited family surnames began in England and France during the late part of the 11th century.   Surnames were first utilized in the Germanic region of central Europe during the second half of the 12th century.  The custom of taking on surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northward during the Middle Ages.  It took about three hundred years for this tradition to apply to most families and become a constant part of one’s identity.        With the passing of generations and the movement of families from place to place many of the original identifying names were altered into some of the versions that we are familiar with today.  Over the centuries, most of our European ancestors accepted their surname as an unchangeable part of their lives.  Thus people rarely changed their surname.  Variations of most surnames were usually the result of an involuntary act such as when a government official wrote a name phonetically or made an error in transcription. 

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Research into the record of this MILDENBERG family line indicates that the variations, meanings and history of this surname are most likely linked to that area of Europe where German linguistic traditions are commonly found. 

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Sources and Meanings of the Surname

Source(s) and Meaning(s) of the Surname

GERMANIC NAMES

Most modern Germanic family names are a means conveying lineage.  For the most part, German surnames were developed from four major sources: (1) Patronymic & Matronymic surnames most common in northern Germany are based on a parent’s first name, such as Niklas Albrecht (Niklas son of Albrecht);  (2) occupational surnames are last names based on the person’s job or trade for example Lukas Fischer (Lukas the Fisherman);  (3) descriptive surnames are based on a unique quality or physical feature of the individual like Karl Braun (Karl with brown hair); (4) geographical surnames are derived from the location of the homestead from which the first bearer and his family lived such as Leon Meer (Leon from by the sea), or derived from the state, region, or   village of the first bearer's origin for example Paul Cullen (Paul from Koeln/Cologne).

Neither the MILDENBERG surname nor any of its variations is found in the  Dictionary of American Family Names.   The origins of the Mildenberg surname (translation: Mildenhall mountain) may have its roots in any of the German towns that have this name.   There are three such populated places in present day Germany that fit this profile.  They are: Mildenberg one of 13 districts in the urban area of Zehdenick located within in the Oberhavel district of Brandenburg, Germany;  the municipality of Miltenberg located within the district of Miltenberg in Bavaria, Germany; and Mildenberg a part of the town of Eichendorf located in the district of Dingolfing-Landau in Bavaria, Germany.

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History of the Surname

History of the Surname

GERMANIC NAMES

Most German names have their roots in the Germanic Middle Ages.  The process of forming family names in what is present day Germany began during Middle High German period in the history of the German language from the early 12th Century to the 16th century The nobility and wealthy land owners were the first to begin using surnames.  Merchants and townspeople then adopted the custom, as did the rural population.  This process took two or three centuries.  In most of the Germanic States of the Holy Roman Empire, the practice of using surnames was well established by the 1500s.

Some Notable Persons or Places Having This Surname

Some of the best known bearers of the MILDENBERG name or its close variants are:  Grete Mildenberg , nee Hill, (* 1902, † after 1938 lost), German worker and politician (KPD); Leo Mildenberg (1913-2001), German-Swiss numismatist; Friedrich Mildenberger (1929-2012), German theologian; Gerhard Mildenberger (1915-1992), German prehistorian; Josef Mildenberger (1905-1959), German politician; Karl Mildenberger (* 1937), German Boxer

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More About Surname Meanings & Origins

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Many German names have their roots in the Germanic Middle Ages. The process of forming family names began early in the 12th Century and extended through the 16th century. All social classes and demographic strata aided in the development of names. First Names (Rufnamen) identified specific persons. Over time the first name began to be applied to the bearer's whole family.  At first through verbal usage, family names (Familiennamen) were later fixed through writing.  Until the 17th century, first names played a more important role. The earliest family names derived from the first name of the first bearer (Patronym). Later names derived from the place of dwelling and location of the homestead.  If a person of family migrated from one place to another they were identified by the place they came from.  Of more recent origin are names derived from the vocation of profession of the first bearer. These names comprise the largest group and the most easily recognizable, for they tell what the first bearer did for a living.  Another group are names derived from a physical or other characteristic of the first bearer.  Finally, there are names that tell you the state or region a first bearer and his family came from; the age old division in tribes and regions (Low German, Middle German and Upper German) is often reflected in names.

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Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to unfold and expand often leading to an overwhelming number of variants.  As such one can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames because in early times, spelling in general and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized.  Later on spellings would change with the branching and movement of families. The complexity of researching records is compounded by the fact that in many cases an ancestors surname may have been misspelled.  This is especially true when searching census documents.

Spelling variations of this family name may be ascertained through the utilization of several systems developed over the years.  The most prominently known are Soundex, Metaphone, and the NameX systems.  Of the three we recommend NameX as the most accurate for family historians.

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This useful genealogy research tool has identified 385 million variants for 5,929,000 Surnames and 26 million variants for 1,246,000 Forenames, as well as gender identification for more than 220,000 Forenames.

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Metaphone is a phonetic algorithm, first published in 1990, for indexing words by their English pronunciation.  It fundamentally improves on the Soundex algorithm by using information about variations and inconsistencies in English spelling and pronunciation to produce a more accurate encoding. Later a new version of the algorithm named Double Metaphone was created to take into account spelling peculiarities of a number of other languages. In 2009 a third version, called Metaphone 3, achieves an accuracy of approximately 99% for English words, non-English words familiar to Americans, and first names and family names commonly found in the U.S.  The Metaphone Code for MILDENBERG is MLTNBRK.  There are 11 other surnames sharing this code.

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Mildenbarg

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Mildenburg

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Mildenbergen

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Mildenberger

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Miltenberg

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Muldenberg

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Mildenburger

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Mildenbeker

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Mildenbeeker

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Mildeberg

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Milenberg

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Miltenburg

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Miltenberge

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Mildenbuerger

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Mildener

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Millenberg

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Miltenbergge

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Milenburg

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Miltenburge

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Miltonberg

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Mylenberg

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Mildene

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The Soundex System was developed in an effort to assist with identifying spelling variations for a given surname. Soundex is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census, and can aid genealogists in their research.  

The Soundex Code for MILDENBERG is M435.  There are 1,716 other surnames sharing this Code. 

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Historical Distribution of this Surname

 

Locational Distribution of This Surname

Locational Distribution of This Surname

Knowing the geographical areas where the surname you are researching is clustered and distributed is an indispensable tool in deciding where to focus your research.  We believe that the “Public Profiler” website will open up to you a wide range of solutions which implement current research in spatial analysis.  This site provides an array of local spatial information tools useful to the genealogist. 

The information presented herein shows where the MILDENBERG surname is distributed within North America as well as in Germany the probable country of origin of this family.      Statistics show that there are approximately 0.91 persons per million of population with this surname, within Germany, and 0.44 persons per million of population within the United States.   The Netherlands is found to be the country in the world where this surname is the most highly clustered having approximately 1.07 persons per million of population.  The top region in the World where this surname is the most highly clustered is Washington, D.C., U.S.A. with  5.23 persons per million, and Aidlingen, Baden-Württemberg  is the top city where this surname is found.

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Historical Distribution of this Surname

Historical Distribution of This Surname

The main value in historical surname distribution databases and maps is that they enable genealogists to pinpoint the predominant location of a surname. This can quickly narrow down your search for a BDM certificate.  Knowing where to look is half the battle to finding ancestry records; if you can narrow down the search field it can save you a lot of time and trouble.  The core of historical surname distribution is that most people stayed within a fairly close locale.  Concentrations of surnames are clearly visible on Surname Distribution Maps, and name distribution tables (along with an atlas) make it quite likely that the origin of that name is from the area of its highest concentration.

The following “historical locations” for the MILDENBERG and some of its close variant spellings.

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Bavaria

 

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Zehdenich, Brandenburg

 

 

 

For additional information about these places we recommend that you utilize our Tools for Finding Ancestral LocationsIf you have an elementary knowledge of heraldry you may wish to use this practice to trace your founding forefather.  For more information about this approach to seeking out your ancestral locations see our Using Heraldry as a Family History Research Tool.  

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·        Family Name Distribution in Germany: 1942

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·        United States: 1920

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Armorial Bearings, Mottoes & Symbols

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An Introduction To European Heraldry

An Introduction to European Heraldry

The seeds of heraldic structure in personal identification can be detected in the account in a contemporary chronicle of Henry I of England, on the occasion of his knighting his son-in-law Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou, in 1127. He placed to hang around his neck a shield painted with golden lions. The funerary enamel of Geoffrey (died 1151), dressed in blue and gold and bearing his blue shield emblazoned with gold lions, is the first recorded depiction of a coat of arms.

       By the middle of the 12th century,  coats of arms were being inherited by the children of armigers (persons entitled to use a coat of arms) across Europe. Between 1135 and 1155, seals representing the generalized figure of the owner attest to the general adoption of heraldic devices in England, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.  By the end of the century, heraldry appears as the sole device on seals.  In England, the practice of using marks of cadency arose to distinguish one son from another: the conventions became standardized in about 1500, and are traditionally supposed to have been devised by John Writhe.

     In the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, heraldry became a highly developed discipline, regulated by professional officers of arms. As its use in jousting became obsolete, coats of arms remained popular for visually identifying a person in other ways – impressed in sealing wax on documents, carved on family tombs, and flown as a banner on country homes. The first work of heraldic jurisprudence, De Insigniis et Armis, was written in the 1350s by Bartolus de Saxoferrato, a professor of law at the University of Padua.

    In the Germanic areas of Central Europe heraldry spread to the German burgher class in the 13th century, and even some peasants used arms in the 14th century.  A German coat of arms is usually referred to by any of the following terms; Wappen, Familienwappen, Blasonierung, Heraldik, or Wappenschablonen.

     In the British Isles the College of Arms, (founded in 1483), is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings.  In Scottish heraldry, the Lord Lyon King of Arms in the Act of 1672 is empowered to grant arms to "vertuous [virtuous] and well deserving persons."

     Although heraldry in France and the lowlands of Belguim and Holland had a considerable history, like England, existing from the eleventh century, such formality has largely died out in these locations. The role of the herald (héraut) in France declined in the seventeenth century.  Many of the terms in international heraldry come from French.

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Descriptions of the Armorial Bearings

Descriptions of the Armorial Bearings

Heraldry symbols such as the colors, lines and shapes found on coats-of-arms are generally referred to as charges.  Although there is some debate over whether or not the charges have any universal symbolism many persons do believe they may represent an idea or skill of the person who originally had the armorial bearings created.  If this assumption has any validity charges may provide clues to early family history of that person.  The associated armorial bearings for this surname and close variant spellings are recorded in Burke’s General Armoire and Rietstap’s Armorial General.  The additional information, presented below, is offered with regard to the armorial bearings depicted above.

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Figure 1: City of Miltenberg, Bavaria

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Figure 2: District of Miltenburg, Bavaria

These are the arms for the city of Miltenberg. Miltenberg is the capital city of the district of Miltenberg, in the German state of Bavaria.  Miltenberg probably became a city in the 13th century. The first known seal dates from 1308 and shows the patron saint of the diocese of Mainz, St. Martin, sitting on a throne and holding a stick and book. All later seals show the present picture, the patron saint with a small shield with the letter M, the initial of the town. Besides the seals there are two descriptions and pictures of the 17th century where the arms show the wheels of Mainz and two letters M, placed crosswise. These arms were never used afterwards.

These are the old arms of the Bavarian district of Miltenberg.  They were granted in 1963. The arms are a combination of the river Main, the wheel of the arms of Mainz and some tools used in the sandstone quarries. The district is situated alongside the river Main and the main industries are the sandstone quarries, agriculture and forestry. The latter two are symbolized by the green color in the lower part of the arms.  A large part of the district was part of the Electorate of Mainz, namely the former municipalities of Miltenberg, Amorbach, Klingenberg and Grossheubach.

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Figure 3: District of Miltenburg, Bavaria

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Figure 4: Hamlet of Mildenberg

The current arms of the Bavaria district of Miltenberg were granted in 1977. The wheel is the wheel of the Electorate of Mainz, which was part of the arms of both older districts. The points are the arms of the Bishopric of Würzburg, and are here used as the arms for Franconia region. The pale is the Main river and the chief is the arms of Bayern. The region has belonged to Bavaria since 1816.

The arms of the town of Zehdenich wherein the hamlet of Mildenberg is located. This place is in the district of Oberhavel in the German state of Brandenburg.  The arms were officially granted in 1993, and Mildenberg became a part of the town in 2003. The arms are described as being cleaved by silver and red, front slit on a half red eagle with clover stem and reinforcement in gold on the back of a half gap silver lily.

 

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Mottoes of this Surname

Motto(es) of this Surname

A motto is a word or sentence usually written upon a scroll and generally placed below the shield, but sometimes, especially in Scotland, above the crest.    Many ancient mottoes were war-cries such as the Douglas motto of “Forward.”    Many mottoes refer to the name of the bearer, for example “cole regem” for Coleridge.   In general most mottoes convey a sentiment, hope, or determination, such as the Cotter motto “Dum spiro spero” where the meaning is “While I have breath I hope“.     Mottoes are often used by several successive generations, but may be changed at any time by the grantee. The languages most in use are Latin, French, and English.  Exceptions are seen in Scotland where they are often in the old Lowland dialect, and in Wales, often in the language of the principality.   

There are no known mottoes associated with the MILDENBERG surname or its close variant spellings. It is unusual to find a motto associated with the coat-of-arms of a noble German family.  This does not necessarily mean that the Germanic culture is devoid of mottos.  For example, the national motto of Germany is “Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit”, meaning Unity and Justice and Freedom.  The German word for motto is “Wahlspruch.”   Some of the more well known German mottoes are as follows: Alte Wunden bluten leicht – Old wounds readily bleed anew;    Blut und Eisen – Blood and iron;  Das beste is gut genug – The best is good enough;  Ein’ feste Burg is unser Gott – Our God is a strong tower of defense;  Ewigkeit – Eternity;  Für Gott und Iht – All for God and her;  Gott is überall – God is over all;  Gott mit uns – God is with us;  Ich dien – I serve;  Krieg – War;  Mehr Licht! – More light!;  Nichts zoviel – Nothing in excess;  Prosit! – Good luck!;    Vaterland – Fatherland;  Vertrau’ auf Gott – Put your trust in God;  Vorwärts! – Forward!;        Zu dienen – At your service.

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Heraldry as a Family History Research Tool

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Wondering whether you are descended of the nobility*?  Are you aware of an ancestor who held a prominent political position or had a title such as Sir, or Esquire?  If so you just might be descended from royalty.   If you are of European descent, you are probably a descendant of Charlemagne.  Once you are able to prove your line of descent from him, you will then find thousands of links to other royalty in your list of relatives.  It is rare indeed that the genealogy of a person of European descent, when traceable, doesn’t hit nobility somewhere.  And once it hits one European noble, whether you like it or not, hundreds of new names will become a part of your family.

*The nobility is a class of people who had special political and social status. Nobility is inherited or granted by the Crown as a reward to people who perform a heroic deed, achieve greatness in some endeavor, or hold a prominent government position.

 

    If you have an elementary knowledge of heraldry you may wish to use this practice to trace your founding forefather.  If you know the geographical place (country, county, city) where the family coat-of-arms was first identified, you may well search its history for the family name in question in order to find your direct ancestor.  Remember that most noble European family pedigrees have been thoroughly researched and published.   By putting together the family surname with the known location you may find a treasure trove of valuable information about your ancestors.  Upon pursing your research you should be aware of the possibility of variant spellings of the surname.  See Variations of the Surname for more information about variant spellings of the surname.

  

Many family historians who have not connected with a noble ancestor may just want to know what their family coat-of-arms looks like.  If this is the situation you must know that except for a few cases, there is really no such thing as a standard "coat of arms" for a surname.  A coat of arms is a design usually granted only to a single person not to an entire family or to a particular surname.  Coats of arms are inheritable property, and they generally descend to male lineal descendents of the original arms grantee.  As a result you are advised to seek out a coat-of-arms for the locale where your ancestor resided.

For example: we have an Arnold ancestor who is known to have emigrated to America from the town of Erlangen, in Bavaria, Germany.  Current research shows Erlangen is located in the area of Bavaria known as Middle Franconia.  Upon review of the historic locations for Arnold as noted in one source of armorial bearings we find places in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands and others.   One coat-of-arms is listed as belonging to an Arnold of Franconia, Bavaria.  As such we may conclude that this is the coat-of-arms having some relevance to our ancestor.  He may well be a blood relative of the aforementioned noble Arnold.   He or his ancestor may have been employed by or a serf of the noble Arnold family of that locale.  In some cases the name of the noble family becomes the name of the locale resulting in the ancestor appropriating it a as surname, see Sources and Meanings of the Surname to ascertain whether the surname you are interested in is a locational name.

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The art of designing, displaying, describing, and recording arms is called heraldry. The use of coats of arms by countries, states, provinces, towns and villages is called civic heraldry.   A Coat of Arms is defined as a group of emblems and figures (heraldic bearings) usually arranged on and around a shield and serving as the special insignia of some person, family, or institution.  Except for a few cases, there is really no such thing as a standard "coat of arms" for a surname.  A coat of arms, more properly called an armorial achievement, armorial bearings or often just arms for short, is a design usually granted only to a single person not to an entire family or to a particular surname.  Coats of arms are inheritable property, and they generally descend to male lineal descendents of the original arms grantee.  The rules and traditions regarding Coats of Arms vary from country to country. Therefore a Coat of Arms for an English family would differ from that of a German family even when the surname is the same. 

Some of the more prominent elements incorporated into a  coat of arms are :

Crest - The word crest is often mistakenly applied to a coat of arms.  The crest was a later development arising from the love of pageantry.  Initially the crest consisted of charges painted onto a ridge on top of the helmet.

Wreath or Torse – The torse is a twist of cloth or wreath underneath and part of a crest. Always shown as six twists, the first tincture being the tincture of the field, the second the tincture of the metal, and so on.

Mantling – The mantling is a drapery tied to the helmet above the shield. It forms a backdrop for the shield.

Helm or Helmet - The helmet or helm is situated above the shield and bears the torse and crest. The style of helmet displayed varies according to rank and social status, and these styles developed over time, in step with the development of actual military helmets.

Shield or Arms - The basis of all coats of arms.  At their simplest, arms consist of a shield with a plain field on which appears a geometrical shape or object.  The items appearing on the shield are known as charges.

Motto - The motto was originally a war cry, but later mottoes often expressed some worthy sentiment. It may appear at the top or bottom of a family coat of arms.

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     Only two generations of this family line have been identified.  The direct descendents are my 3rd great-grandfather Charles L. Mildenberg born around 1837 in Esch*, Prussia, and his daughter Elizabeth Mildenberg  As such it is difficult to determine which may be the location of Charles Mildenberg’s birth.  There are two towns named Esch located in the Rhineland-Palatinate and it is possible that Charles was born in one of them.   

     The date as to when Charles came to America is not known but it was probably sometime around 1858.  He and his family lived in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a tailor and maintained a cigar and tobacco store.  Charles died at Gloucester City, New Jersey  in 1885.  

     Charles’s daughter Elizabeth lived her entire life in Philadelphia.  She married Frederick Knecht in 1879.  Of this union five children were produced which included my great-grandmother Elizabeth Knecht.  Elizabeth died in 1901.

*Eight towns with the name Esch as well as six of a close variation have been located in the current country of Germany.  Although no place named Esch was located in 19th century Prussia at least fifteen places beginning with ESCH were located therein.  Four were in West Prussia the remainder in East Prussia.

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DESCENDANT REGISTER

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CHARLES L.1 MILDENBERG was born about 1837 in Germany (Esch, Prussia). He died on 10 Jun 1885 in Gloucester City, Camden Co., New Jersey. He married Augusta Mildenberg (Nee?) before 1860. She was born on 11 Apr 1842 in Hesse-Cassel, Prussia, Germany. She died on 14 Dec 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 48th Ward, 1920 Mifflin St..

 

Charles L. Mildenberg and Augusta Mildenberg (Nee?) had the following children:

 

2.              i. ELIZABETH K.2 MILDENBERG was born in Jan 1860 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on 24 Nov 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She married Frederick Knecht Jr., son of Frederick Knecht Sr. and Mrs. Frederick Knecht, Sr.

(Nee ?) Sr. on 06 Jan 1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was born in Oct 1859 in Germany (Prussia). He died on 06 Mar 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

 

ii.      DORA MILDENBERG was born about 1861 in Pennsylvania, USA.

Generation 2

ELIZABETH K.2 MILDENBERG (Charles L.1) was born in Jan 1860 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on 24 Nov 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She married Frederick Knecht Jr., son of Frederick Knecht Sr. and Mrs. Frederick Knecht, Sr. (Nee ?) Sr. on 06 Jan 1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was born in Oct 1859 in Germany (Prussia). He died on 06 Mar 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

 

Frederick Knecht Jr. and Elizabeth K. Mildenberg had the following children:

 

i.        ELIZABETH3 KNECHT was born on 02 Mar 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on 25 Jul 1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She married Frederick Lewis Pfeffer, son of Frederick Pfeffer and Catherine Clement in 1896 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was born on 26 Jul 1875 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on 02 Apr 1951 in Woodbury, Gloucester Co., New Jersey.

 

ii.      FLORENCE KNECHT was born in Oct 1880 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She married Walter Fulmer in 1901 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA. He was born about 1875 in Pennsylvania, USA.

 

iii.     FREDERICK KNECHT III was born in Aug 1883 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Chrissie F. Horn, daughter of Fannie R. Horn (Nee ?) in 1905 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born about 1887 in Pennsylvania, USA.

 

iv.     CAROLINE A. KNECHT was born in Dec 1889 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She married (1) HARRY STRUBE in 1910 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA. She married (2) HAROLD T. BOTHWELL in 1915 in Pennsylvania, USA. He was born on 13 May 1894 in Newtown, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. He died on 01 Jul 1971 in Tucson, Pima Co., Arizona.

 

CHARLES E. KNECHT was born on 27 Mar 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on 14 Mar 1892 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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The documents contained within this “Source Documents Archives” have been located during our research of this family, and used as evidence to prove many of the facts contained within the database of this family’s record.   We have source documents related to the following persons within our database with this surname.

·         Augusta Mildenberg - 1916 Death Certificate

·         Augusta Mildenberg - Death Record 1916

·         Augusta Mildenberg- 1910 Census

·         Charles L. Mildenberg - 1885 Death Certificate

·         Charles Mildenberg- 1880 census

·         Charles Miltenberg- 1860 census

·         Charles Miltenberg- 1870 census

·         Elizabeth Mildenberg Knecht- 1901 Death Certificate

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     Most of these documents can be considered as primary or secondary evidence.  Primary evidence is usually defined as the best available to prove the fact in question, usually in an original document or record.  Secondary evidence is in essence all that evidence which is inferior in its origin to primary evidence. That does not mean secondary evidence is always in error, but there is a greater chance of error.  Examples of this type of evidence would be a copy of an original record, or oral testimony of a record’s contents.  Published genealogies and family histories are also secondary evidence.

     Classifying evidence as either primary or secondary does not tell anything about its accuracy or ultimate value.  This is especially true of secondary evidence.  Thus it is always a good idea to ask the following questions: (1) How far removed from the original is it, (when it is a copy)?; (2) What was the reason for the creation of the source which contains this evidence?; and (3) Who was responsible for creating this secondary evidence and what interest did they have in its accuracy?

SOURCE: Greenwood, Val D., The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 2nd edition, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD 21202, 1990, pgs. 62-63

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       Tracing our own family’s paths of migration can prove crucial in identifying previous generations and eventually, figuring out where and how they arrived in the “New World” as well as where they eventually settled.  Knowing the network of trails American pioneers traveled can help you guess where to start looking.  The trail map(s) provided below may assist you in understanding the routes that our direct ancestors of this family may have taken to find new homes and opportunities in the vast area now encompassed by the United States.

      During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Europeans made the perilous ocean voyage to America.  For many it was an escape from economic hardship and religious persecution.  For most it was an opportunity to start over, own their own land, and make a better future for their descendents.

Immigration records show a number of people bearing the name of MILDENBERG, or one of its variants, as arriving in North America between the 17th and 20th centuries.  Some of these immigrants were: Fridolin Miltenberg, born c. 1819,  who arrived 1845 in New York from  Germany;  Herrman Mildenberg, born c. 1826, who arrived in New York in 1850; and Gottlieb Mildenberg who arrived in New York aboard the steamship Clementine in 1854.

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The Development of an Historical Migration Route

It is understood that in many if not all cases we do not know exactly what routes our ancestors took as they migrated throughout the United States.   As such certain assumptions have been utilized to re-create the migration path presented above.  With regard to 18th and 19th century land routes we assume that they travelled along few trails and roads that were in existence at the time.  Research shows that a great many of these old paths and trails are today designated as U.S. Highway Routes.  For example, a major east-west route of migration known as the National Road is now U.S. Route 40, and a primary north-south migration route of the 18th century followed the Great Indian War and Trading Path is now U.S. Route 11.  In some situations the re-created migration route may travel along state routes that connect or run through the seat of a county as that populated place is probably the oldest settlement in the area. The use of water as a migration route is also likely.  For example, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries many families travelled west on the Ohio River as they moved on the new lands in Missouri or the Old Northwest Territory.  As such when applicable water routes have been included as the possible migration route.   

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*Eight towns with the name Esch as well as six of a close variation have been located in the current country of Germany.  Although no place named Esch was located in 19th century Prussia at least fifteen places beginning with ESCH were located therein.  Four were in West Prussia the remainder in East Prussia. Information about them can be found at: East & West Prussia Gazetteer.

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