Thursday, March 31, 2022

the case of the mysterious uncle

Every picture tells a story No. 31

Adam Eberle, the baker at Lorsch, had eight brothers and sisters, according to his oldest granddaugher, but the details she could provide about some of them are very sketchy and difficult to align with the 5 brothers listed in GedBas.

Essentially both sources only provide specific info about boys, there may have been up to three sisters about whom we know nothing. One brother inherited the farm at Obermumbach (Michael, I assume), Nikolaus found moderate wealth as a merchant in Austria, but died suddenly at 32, Johannes became a butcher and married, and then there is the mysterious uncle from Mainz, who went to university and became a Vermessungsrat (an official in land survey matters, on a level comparable to a high school teacher, Studienrat). We have a beautiful portrait of him but don't know his name:

As the siblings listed in GedBas include one called Peter, like Adam's only son (our customs officer), I am wondering if this was him, and he wasn't referred to by his name as this would have led to confusion. This Peter was born January 1866, so he was just two years and a bit younger than Adam.

Anyhow, the nameless uncle had two daughters, one of whom may have been called Amalie. One of them is thought to have died together with her children in a bomb attack in WW2. And we don't know about the other, so there may or may not be living descendants of the uncle from Mainz, whose name may or may not have been Peter Eberle. Or indeed Friedrich Adam Eberle. Or anything else Eberle if he's one of the three unnamed siblings.

Stop press: It just dawned on me that this photo from a photography studio in Mainz probably shows his daughters. (The letter explaining the details mentioned above came with a photo, and this is probably it, especially as we don't know anybody else in Mainz.)

This photo is also on flickr.

Every picture tells a story series so far:

  1. string quartet Wuppertal Elberfeld 1927
  2. greetings from Adamsweiler
  3. Gastwirthschaft Ferd. Weirich
  4. quartet times three
  5. Neumühl 1923
  6. Tangermünde railway station 1889
  7. a singing lesson
  8. bei Wilhelm Geppert
  9. a bakery at Lorsch 1900
  10. Consumgeschäft von Julius Düsselmann
  11. Hanna and Ruth
  12. a young chemist
  13. school's out at Reichenstein, 1886
  14. a patchwork family in East Prussia
  15. the case of the missing grandmother
  16. checkpoint Glaner Brücke 1929(ish)
  17. finding Mimi
  18. five sisters, five decades
  19. happy at home
  20. gone milking
  21. steel workers
  22. field work
  23. what to wear at Porta Westfalica
  24. a classic convertible
  25. at the bottom of the steps
  26. a forester's family
  27. the Kaiser visits Allenburg
  28. teaching the 'deaf-mute'
  29. a guard dog called Schluck
  30. party like it's 1956
  31. the case of the mysterious uncle

Alternatively, you can use this twitter thread as an illustrated table of contents.

In a somewhat roundabout way, this series relates to my research for the family history music memoir I have now completed in a first version.

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