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From Gresten, Austria to a new start in Brachbach, Bavaria

This is the farmhouse on Brachbach7, home of my Zellhoefer ancestors for 150 years. 

The farm was owned by Hans Landshuter until his death about 1695.  His widow remarried to Hans Zellhoefer II, and the farm went into the Zellhoefer name soon afterward.

Photo c.1900, showing the Eberlein family which owned it at that time.


Stephan is at present my earliest ancestor both known and connected, altho I believe we'll find his father, who will probably prove to be Sebald.  Stephan was born about 1600 in Gresten, Austria. 

His son Hanss (Johann) was born in Gresten abt 1630, and married Elizabetha Keller in Deitenhofen, Bavaria before 1660. 

We'll be trying to learn now whether Stephan & son Hanss both migrated together during Exulanten, and whether Elizabetha migrated with him/them from Austria

They must have soon moved to nearby Lentersdorf, where their son Hanss II was born in 1670.  It appears that Hanss & Elizabeth had a farm at Lentersdorf, which was not passed on to Hanss, so we have a clue they had older children.

Elisabetha must have died before 1684, when Hanss I married Anna Kugler.

In 1695 Hanss II married Margaretha nee:Hartmann, widow of Hanss Landshuter, and they moved to her inherited farm Brachbach No.7, the farm then going into the Zellhoefer name.  There were 5 children known of that marriage. 

The farm passed thru the generations to Johann Joseph Zellhoefer, who died rather young, the farm passing to his widow, Anna Margaretha nee:Hofmann.  Anna eventually sold the farm, migrating to America, as did several of the then-adult children of that household.

The upheavals of the Lutheran Reformation forced many to leave Austria.  Several Zellhofer's moved to from Niederoesterreich to  Bavaria/Bayern probably 1640-1650 where the surname spelling became Zellhoefer or Zellhöfer.

Data posting in and webpages created with Legacy 4.0 from Millennia, updated 12 Jan 2008


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