The Schimmelpfennig Family
The Schimmelpfennig Family came to America from Germany. It seems that
not too much has been written or researched about them so I would like
to make this a clearing house for this family. If you have data on them,
please e-mail it to me and I will add it to my database and periodically
generate reports for everyone to view.
Please go to the index and database to view my family.
Bev (Trew) Petersen Information From Visitors to the Site:
This e-mail came on 21 December 1997 and I wanted to share it with everyone
because it summarizes the history of the Schimmelpfennig name so well.....
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 20:07:17 -0800 From: Rolf Schimmelpfennig
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Subject: The Schimmelpfennig Family
Some additional information, please ecxuse my bad english. All dates are
written in european notation: dd.mm.yy
General aspects: Generally we have no written information about our history,
because the most church-books burned during the second world war in eastern
The name "Schimmelpfennig" is related to the german "Schimmelpfeng"
and "Schimmelpenninck" in the Netherlands (known cigars). The
family has branches in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. About 30
years ago my father met a neighbor of a Mr. Schimmelpfennig from Tucson/Arizona;
he remembered himself, that his grandfather immigrated from Pommerania.
I heard from a Hans Schimmelpfennig, living at Berlin that the name Schimmelpfennig
was confered to our ancestors on acount of their merits while the crusades
of the german knights of the cross to the eastern territories (range from
1200 to 1500).
In former times the "Pfennig" was no coin like the german Pfennig
or the english Penny, so that we estimate a change of the meaning of this
word. The "Schimmel" could be translated by "Whitehorse"
or by "Mould" ... and we have no explanation about the combination
of these two words.
We have a bad copy from a picture of a house in Geventer, Netherlands,
from which the 3 brothers Schimmelpfennig went about 1604 to prussia,
(including pommerania) on acount of religious difficulties.
In the austrian public record office, Vienna are some information about
1556 Johann Schimmelpfenng is mentioned in F.W. Strieder's book "basis
for the history for scientists and authors" from 1797 as son from
Friedrich Schimmelpfennig councilor at Eschwege. He was vice-rector, then
rector of the school of Eschwege, since 1556 as preacher in Neustadt and
died 1603 probably.
1608 Sander (Alexander) Schimelpenink went from Geldern (Holland) to prussian
16.11.1650 Confirmation of the titled coat of arms and knightly peerage
for 3 brothers Johann, Christoph and Balthasar Schimelfening
05.07.1842 Empereor Ferdinand permits this branch of the family Schimelpfening
the "Freiherrenstand" (status of baron)
06.01.1800 born: Wilhelm, baron Schimelpenninck van der Olje till
12.12.1872 Gouvernor from Geldern, minister of interior, marsh.at court
12.05.1874 Rutger Jean Schimelpenninck van Nyenhuys got the inheritable
title of count
And now my family from the grandfather to the childs:
1. Christoph von Schimmelpfennig: * 1848 , Pommerania Three childs: see
1.1, 1.2, 1.3 For further information I had to cantact my father ......
1.1 Karl Schimmelpfennig : * 07.09.1913 at Swinemnde, Pommerania
Gertrud Voelz : * 06.01.1916 at Koeslin , Pommerania Living after marriage
in Koeslin till February 1945, Flight via Berlin, Uetersen near Hamburg,
later to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Muenchen and now living in Starnberg
near Muenchen Two childs: see 2.1.1 and 2.1.2
1.2 Ursula Schimmelpfennig: * 11.03.1912 at Swinemnde, Pommerania
Heinz Schndube : * 21.07.1922 at Wedel near Hamburg No childs Actual
adress:1.3 Kthe Schimmelpfennig : * at Swinemnde, Pommerania
: lived and died at Bansin, Pommerania married Mr. Naujoks, two childs,
..... I have no further information, because they lived in the "DDR".1.1.1
Gisela Schimmelpfennig: * 22.02.1940 at Koeslin, Pommerania Not married,
no childs, living with our father at Starnberg (Mother is living since
4 years in nursing home at Starnberg)
1.1.2 Rolf Schimmelpfennig : * 28.06.1944 at Koeslin, Pommerania Gisela
Matschulla : * 22.12.1943 at Breslau, Two childs: see 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
126.96.36.199 Stefanie Schimmelpfennig: * 20.04.1974 at Muenchen Not married
and no childs yet
188.8.131.52 Christoph Schimmelpfennig: * 13.01.1976 at Muenchen Not married
and no childs yet Actual Adress: living still at home
The name "Schimmelpfennig" you'll find very often in the area
of Berlin and the north/east of Germany.
We got a picture from a war cemetery near the polian border: Hans Schimmelpfennig
* 09.02.1910, + Mai 1945 (not from our branch)
Best Regards Rolf Schimmelpfennig
Subject: Re: Schimmelpfennig
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 09:51:03 EST
Good to hear from you. There are 3 groups of Schimmelpfennig's in ND --the
Minot, Fessendon, and Whapeton. None of the 3 are related. I have a brother
in Fargo, sisters in Portland, OR & Chicago. My mother is in Bismarck
and cousins, aunts and uncles all in Minot. My father started tracing
the family roots before he died so somewhere there is info stored somewhere.
Other relatives are in New Ulm, MN & they would know more about the
family origin. Go ahead and use this as you see fit.
From Thelma Schimmelpfennig on 23 June 1998
Your Guestbook is off. (Sorry dont speak English)
My Name :Andreas Schimmelpfennig (*30.04.64)
City :Onabrück / Belm (Germany)
Vater Egon Schimmelpfennig (gestorben 1943)
Please send me all from Thema Schimmelpfennig.
send to : Chamisso@topmail.de (Thema :Schimmelpfennig
Received 3 July 1998: Schimmelpfennig, Alexander
Geboren: 20.07.1824 im damals preußischen Littauen
Gestorben: 05.09.1865 in Wernersville / Pennsylvania
In Deutschland: Schimmelpfennig war Pionieroffizier in der preußischen
Beteiligung an der Revolution 1848/49: War an der Revolution in Baden
beteiligt, bis diese durch die preußische Intervention zusammenbrach.
Ausgewandert: geflüchtet 1853. In den USA: In den USA ließ
er sich in Philadelphia nieder, wo er ein Buch über den Krimkrieg
veröffentlichte. Anschließend arbeitete er als Ingenieur und
1860 soll er für das Kriegsministerium gearbeitet haben.
Im Bürgerkrieg: Bei Ausbruch des Bürgerkrieges wurde er Colonel
des 74. Pennsylvania Regimentes. Aufgrund eines Reitunfalls mußte
er das Kommando abgeben. Er kam erst im Sommer 1862 wieder zur Truppe
und übernahm die Brigade des gefallenen Generals Bohlen. Mit seiner
Brigade war er in den Schlachten bei Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert.
eingesetzt. Bei Gettysburg mußte er sich einen Tag hinter den feindlichen
Linien verbergen, ehe er seine Brigade erreichte. Er führte eine
Brigade während Shermans Feldzügen durch Georgia und die Carolinas.
Anfang 1865 trat General Sherman von Savannah gegen die Carolinas an.
Mitte Februar 1865 übergab der Südstaatengeneral Johann A. Wagener
Charlston. Die ersten Truppen, die in die Stadt einmarschierten, wurden
von General Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert.geführt.
Der Zweite Kampf für Freiheit und Einheit ein Erfolg ?
Der Krieg war vorbei. Die Union hatte gesiegt. Die Deutschen hatten ihren
Teil dazu beigetragen. Aber hatten auch die 48er ihr Ziel erreicht? Sie
hatten sicherlich geschafft, was ihnen in ihrer alten Heimat nicht gelang.
Die Erhaltung der Einheit der Union und die Schaffung der Freiheit der
Sklaven. Sie hatten so manche Anfeindungen der amerikanischen Presse über
sich ergehen lassen. Aber ihr Ziel sicherlich erreicht. Einige haben sich
und damit auch ihren Ansichten und Zielen für immer einen Platz in
der amerikanischen Geschichte erkämpft.
Wieviele 48er letztendlich nach 1848/49 in die USA kamen wird nie geklärt
werden können. Die diesbezüglichen Zahlenangaben schwanken zwischen
4.000 und weit über 10.000. Ebenso wenig wird geklärt werden
können, wieviele Soldaten im amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg bereits
an den Revolutionen in Europa beteiligt waren.
Hier sollten auch keine Lebenswege besonders bekannter 48er nachvollzogen
werden sondern ein kleiner Einblick in das Engagement der 48er im amerikanischen
Bürgerkrieg und ihrem zweiten Kampf für Freiheit und Einheit
Received 10 August 1998
From: "David" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My name is: David Reuben Nussbaum Goldberg. I got your name and e-mail
address from a museum. Anyway, my father recently passed away and I inherited
his nightlight that he had as a child. This nightlight is cast in bronze
and is signed as follows: Herr Oswald Schimmel Pfenning, Berling, 1924.
I am trying to find out who the artist is. Could he possibly be a relative
Mr. D.R.N. Goldberg
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 14:01:54 EST
I found your name on the rootsweb searchlist. I am really interested in
your Schimmelpfennig informations. My roots are in hither pommerania and
east prussia and I have collected informations about more than 100 Schimmelpfennigs.
So may be, you can help me or I can help you.
With best regards
living near the danish border
Subject: Re: SCHIMMELPFENNIG
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 08:09:04 EST
Thanks for writing. I printed out the descendants of Johann Schimmelpfennig.
But now I have some questions.
1. You used two names of towns, I never heard of: Klaushagen / Brandenburg
and Klashagen / Pommerania. Klaushagen in Brandenburg and Klashagen /
Pommerania didn`t exist. Is it possible that they are the same town :
Klaushagen / Kreis Neustettin / Pommern ---- means Klaushagen / Neustettin
County / Pommerania ?
2. The city of Waugenin doesn`t exist in Germany. Is it possible that
you mean the city of Wangerin / Kreis Regenwalde / Pommern ---- means
Wangerin / Regenwalde County / Pommerania ?
Klaushagen and Wangerin are not very far away from each other. Could you
please check your old documents again ?
With best regards
19 Jan 1999 - More from Dieter......Sorry for being very quiet the last
weeks. I made a Schimmelpfennig homepage with some of my informations
on it ( 1100 people ). You`ll find it at http://members.xoom.com/Dieter4851/index.htm
it`s written in german so please follow the link : Die Schimmelpfennig
Sammlung That`s the way to the collection. The other link is the way to
my family. Enjoy it. By the way, do you have new Schimmelpfennig informations
for my collection ?
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 18:57:53 -0500
From: "sivey" <email@example.com>
My name is Shari Ivey, my maiden name is Weyhrich. I am working on my
family history and there are two times that the Weyhrichs and Schimmelpfennigs
married. However, these Schimmelpfennigs were from Tazewell County, Illinois.
Do you have any information on these people?
I am aware of a Mary Schimmelpfennig that married Johann Peter Weyrich
probably in the late 1830s in Pekin, IL.
There also was a Herman John Schimmelpfennig (b. November 06, 1906; d.
March 12, 1956). He married Lydia Weyhrich February 12, 1935) and had
Shirley Ann Schimmelpfennig b. November 13, 1936 in Tazewell County, IL
Marilyn Mae Schimmelpfennig b. October 01, 1938 in Tazewell County, IL
I also have information from St. John's Lutheran Church of Green Valley
(Tazewell County), IL where several other Schimmelpfennigs were married,
Do you have any information about these people??
Let me know. Thanks for your help.
Subject: Re: Schimmelpfennig
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 20:39:55 -0800
From: Cathy and Ernie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bev, Thank you for your response to my inquiry. I know the following plus
what I orginally sent. My records show Mariannah (which could be Marianne)
married Frederick Ibsch, they had 7 children:
Anna Martha Ibsch born 1889
Frederick Ferdinand Ibsch II born 189- 1958
Marie Louise Ibsch 1892-1975
Karl Gotlieb Ibsch 1894- 1970
Ernest Albert Ibsch 1896- 1965
Gretchen Varnell Ibsch 1900 - 1994 ?
Elsie Burnett Ibsch 1903- 1959
I do not have information about the family except that they came to America
when Gretchen was very young and I think ended up in Houston Texas, They
had a store in Houston, Texas.
Any more similarities? Let me know. Cathy
To: Mikki Judge
<JJudge2127@aol.com> SCHIMMELPFENNIG'S IN IOWA
cc: "Schimmelpfennig's" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Dieter Schimmelpfennig <DSchimmelp@aol.com>, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Schimmelpfennig
I found a Dick Schimmelpfennig who m. Margaret Seaba. Looks like they
had 9 children. Is this your Seaba line?
There are a number of Schimmelpfennigs out there. Dieter must have the
largest collection of names. He told me of other people interested in
the Schimmelpfennig name and I have copied them on this note.
Not all are descended from the group around Jaegersburg, Posen. Perhapsthese
people will fill you in on where their Schimmelpfennigs originated?
For me, Schimmelpfennig is a COLLATERAL line: My grandfather, Louis Seaba,
had a sister Margaret. She married Dedrick "Dick" Schimmelpfennig.
They were residents of German Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.
I was born in Sigourney, Iowa. When I was 3 years old father bought his
first house, from Gus Schimmelpfennig. My maternal grandfather had built
the house! On the way to gradeschool I would walk past the Schimmelpfennig
Mill. Bob Schimmelpfennig was a year ahead of me in school, J.D. was about
3 years older.
A number of Schimmelpfennig descendants were close friends of my parents.
When I looked at the records of the German Lutheran church in rural Sigourney,
I found the birthplace of Jaegersburg for the Schimmelpfennig
family. The first meeting to form this church was held by my g-grandfather,
Gerd Hinrich Siebe [the spelling changed when they emmigrated]. Freda
Bruns, who wrote the history of these Schimmelpfennigs, helped
me with researching my family.
Years later I met another alumnis of the U. of Iowa, Hal Schimmelpfennig.
He was a grandson of Gus Schimmelpfennig. Hal graduated in Pharmacy and
is now retired from Lilly.
I'm now president of the Iowa City Genealogy Society. I will get back
to my family history when the NEXT president is elected in June!!
Although I'm not a Schimmelpfennig descendant, our families have had close
ties for years.
Let me know if you need further information.
Peter J. Seaba, Iowa City, Iowa
email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Friederike Schimmelpfennig <email@example.com>
Hi out there!
I by marriage now belonng to one of the big Schimmelpfennig clans in Germany
and I am *very* interested in genealogy. The line is the descendants of
a Wilhelm Schimmelpfennig from Breslau, he was a descendant of the Schimmelpfennigs
from Cologne (Germany) who emigrated to Silesia quite early, probably
in the 16th or 17th century. The descendants of the Breslau clan moved
to Lüneburg after the war, which is now considered to be the main
seat of the clan. One of the family has done some extensive research and
I'd be willing to provide this in the next time (it's a lot of stuff.)
I'll also contct Dieter Schimmelpfennig in Germany who has collected a
mass of info - our part of the family is missing completely though.
Anyhow, there's one thing to add: the name "Schimmelpfennig"
´, I was explained by a numismatic, has nothing to to with having
pennies moulding in your drawer, as some people claim, nor white horses
per se. When silver coins were printed, they first were of black colour,
unpolished. They then were called "Schwarzpfennig" ("black
horse penny") and the Swiss coin "Rappen", meaning "black
horse", derives from this. After polishing and some further processing
the coin became white and shimmering, "schimmern" in German.
So Schimmelpfennig would be derived from "schimmernder Pfennig"
and with some historical linguistic processing finally became "Schimmelpfennig".
So all you Schimemlpfennigs in the world - don't worry.
Our ancestor were most probably not mean traders who kept their money
that long that it started to mould ("schimmeln"). This is also
a reaction to the mail of Rolf Schimmelpfennig from Dec. 1997. So far.
Friederike Schimmelpfennig (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Adriane Wichinsky" <email@example.com> Subject:
Schimmelpfeng Family At 6/15/99 -0700
Hi! It was a pleasure to find this site on "our" family. My
name is Adriane Schimmelpfeng Wichinsky (Wichinsky is my husband's last
name). I am 26, I'm from Brazil and last December I married an American
citizen and because of him I moved to Las Vegas, USA.
If you want, I can provide you some information about my family. They
live in Brazil: Curitiba, Parana State (my city is in the same state as
Foz do Iguacu - I don't know if you ever heard about this city, but Jorge
Schimmelpfeng was one of its founders).
My father's name is Nelson Sottomaior Schimmelpfeng (55) and my mom is
Maria Jose Pereira Schimmelpfeng (46). I have a brother (Alexandre Pereira
Schimmelpfeng, 19 years old) and a sister (Ana Paula Pereira Schimmelpfeng,
12). My father's parents are Syrth de Sa Sottomaior Schimmelpfeng (she
is 85 and is a very nice lady) and his father was Lauro Schimmelpfeng
Well, there are lots of names for me to give you...please let me know
if I can do anything for you and how.
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (702) 873-2772 Address: 3704
San Bernardino Ave.. Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 Unites States
With all my love,
From: "DOROTHY" <email@example.com>
Subject: Schimmelpfennig Family
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 19:28:02 +0100
I was delighted to discover your web site and have made fabulous, informative
contacts through it. I would be happy to share my research efforts with
Generations of my hubands Schimmelpfennig ancestors:First: Johann
Second: Gottfried 1723, Czarnkow, Poznan, Poland
Third: Matthias 1752, Ascherbude, Poznan, Poland
Fourth: Johan Jacob 1798, Ascherbude, Poznan, Poland
Fifth: Johann Rudolph 1845, Putzig, Poznan, Poland
Sixth: George 1878, Oelwein, Iowa
Seventh: Dale George 1921, Sigourney, Iowa
Eighth: Glen George 1952, Logan, Utah
Ninth: David George 1978, Bountiful, Utah
Johan Jacob (1798), wife Anna Caroline Kriese and their 8 children emigrated
to Iowa in 1856.
Dorothy in Utah (firstname.lastname@example.org)
hello from germany!(bramsche)
me english is bad
you have a pic from my family you see 6 brothers
the name is andreas(me),frank,holger.roman.olaf and michael
my father is egon schimmelpfennig(*1943)
my grandfather ernst schimmelpfennig from schlesien east germany
my mather:lieselotte schimmelpfennig(*1933)born.hugo
and my grandma hugo born adler from schleswig-holstein (nord germany)
I,have two children annika schimmelpfennigand nils schimmelpfennig
born:7.6.89 and 3 10 92
please send me all from thema schimmelpfennig
send to email@example.com
Subject: Schimelpfenigs of Plano, Texas
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999
From: Harold R. Huber firstname.lastname@example.org
I happened on your web site today just surfing from Cyndi's List, and
got into your genealogical pages. After
seeing the listing/references to the Schimmelpfennig name, which is very
unusual, I thought you might be
interested in a branch of this family that emigrated to North Texas. Plano
is about 20 miles due north of Dallas,
along US Hwy. 75.
The first Schimelpfenig (the local spelling) to arrive in Plano was Frederick.
Quoting from Plano, Texas: The
Early Years (Friends of Plano Public Library, Henington Publishing Company,
Wolfe City, Texas, 1985), page 316:
"Frederick Schimelpfenig, born in Newport, Kentucky, on September
9, 1852, was the second child of Reverend
Frederick Schimelpfenig, a minister of the German Methodist Church, and
Margaretta Bahrenburg Schimelpfenig,
both of whom were born in Germany. Frederick Schimelpfenig was one of
nine children, four of whom came to
Plano in the late 1870's or early 1880's: Frederick, Wesley Benjamin,
John, and Minnie Katherine . . . "
This Frederick became a mayor of the town of Plano, and was very involved
in the early affairs. His wife, Louise
Ernestine Rammers Schimelpfenig, has a municipal library named for her
on Custer Road in northwest Plano, down the street from where we live.
The above book has about three pages of data about the family, as well
as other references about their civic
and business involvement. The book is still available at a cost of $35
from the Plano Library system, and may be
something that you would want to get hold of. The following is the Plano
There is a rendering of the Schimelpfenig Library on this home page! You
can get a phone number of the Gladys
Harrington Library off the site and call to see if you can order a copy
of the book if you so desire.
It is amazing the breadth and scope of what the Internet is doing for
genealogical research. I hope that this will
be helpful information to you, even if you are not descended from this
particular line. But this family had quite
an impact on the fledgling town of Plano in the time period when they
Harold R. Huber