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Researching the Wellhoefer surname

Beginning in the mid-1600's and continuing thru about two centuries, we find the surnames Zellhoefer and Wellhoefer.  Both surnames are found during that period ONLY  within an area of about 25 mile radius , roughly bounded by Neurnberg, Fuerth, Bad Windsheim and Ansbach.

The surname Wellhoefer seems to have originated somewhat later -- it is NOT found in Austria where the earliest Zellhoefer's were found, which seems a further indication that this is a variation of Zellhoefer.  This would suggest that the W... perhaps resulted from a mis-writing on some old document or perhaps from a family rift.  

Both surnames are also found in early-day Austria.  It appears that Exulanten had much to do with a very large exodus to Bavaria in the early 1600's.  Those in Bavaria are exclusively(?) Evangelishe.

Our research now extends to trying to discover just what happened "way back whenever" that these two surnames now appear together, and also seeks to learn the connection, if any, between the two surnames.

As of July 2003 no connection has been discovered, but it seems certain to me that as research continues, it will be found.  Of course this will become a HUGE additional branch of ZellTree, something I cannot manage without help!

WellhaferPfefferMar.gif (94465 bytes)The beginnings of including the Wellhoefer surname in our ZellTree research came from this marriage certificate for John Wellhafer and Elizabeth Pfeffer

This was included amongst the few documents contained in the works of Myron Klotz, with his insistence that this document "proved" the marriage of my g.g.grandparents.

After relying on this for several years, but finding it impossible to track either of them, nothing could be made to fit other "facts" of either family lore, nor of additional records unearthed in this very long and intense research.

Finally, this couple was disproven, having no connection whatsoever to John Michael Zellhoefer, the true g.g.grandparent.  The coincidences are truly amazing, however, so perhaps somehow we must forgive the wasted years!
Here will be added links to additional Wellhoefer individual / history files as time is found to create same. 

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