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This entire work is dedicated to the memory of Paul Fred Edelmann, who died October 9, 1995. Dads untiring search for genealogical information which began in the mid-1970s resulted in an oftentimes astonishing collection of photographs, personal interviews, and other historical artifacts. Dad was primarily responsible, however, for instilling the motivation and sense of urgency needed to pursue the considerable amount of information ultimately collected in this history.
It was fitting indeed that what was to become one of his final and most memorable trips was to the land of his forefathers in 1994. In that year, one of Bavarias distant sons returned home.
In his passing, however, Dad truly returned home to the land of his forefathers, and in so doing, has brought his journey to an end.
Table of Contents
The Edelmanns of Stangenroth
Bruno Edelmann the Emigrant
Bruno in Circleville, Ohio
Bruno the Catholic
The Kent Family
Paul Frederick Edelmann
The Helfenbeins in Germany
Peters Descendants in America
The Holobaughs of Pennsylvania
Francis and James in the Great War of the Rebellion
James and Emily Holobaugh
James and Hattie Holobaugh
The Holobaugh Reunion
Seidels and the US Census Records
The Seidels of the Grand Duchy of Baden
Heinrich and Benedikt Seidel
John William Seidell
Charles Edward Seidell
William Joseph Seidell
The Hofackers of Germany
Karl and Maria Hofacker
Karl and Anna Hofacker
Joseph Hofacker, the Emigrant
New! Appendix - Individual Family Histories
The search for the ancestors of the Edelmann family began in 1975, during which time John Edelmann, author of the present compilation, began fulfilling the requirements for the Genealogy Merit Badge, with the Boy Scouts of America. While the search continues, early successes provided much of the motivation needed to remain committed to the effort. The many contributors to this work will be mentioned in the text, as the information obtained from them is presented.
The Edelmann Edition focuses on the following primary family lines (listed with the earliest known ancestors):
Edelmann, Michael Edelmann born in Stangenroth, Germany, 1745, wife Anna Marie Schlereth
Helfenbein, Johann Adam Helfenbein born in Osthofen, Germany, 1785, wife Anna Elisabeth Orlemann.
Holobaugh, Samuel Holobaugh born in Armstrong Co., PA, 1819, wife Sarah Jane Bice.
Seidel / Seidell, Benedikt Seidel born in Oberschopfheim, Germany, 1770, wife Maria Anna Mußler.
Hofacker, Joan Michael Hofacker born in Hüfingen, Germany, 1624, wife Anna Friedler.
Many of the descendants of these individuals are included in this work since extended families of the descendants were recorded whenever possible. Complete descendant listings can be found in the Appendix A, as noted in the text.
A special note regarding the Seidell family name is in order. John William Seidel changed his name to Seidell sometime early in the 1900s. As result, his descendants have taken this modified name. In this document however, references to the general family name itself will appear as Seidel, unless John or his descendants are the subject at hand.
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