OK, I have a question for you. Say you loved history and loved genealogy and spent lots of time with your family trying to discover your roots and suddenly you had the opportunity to go to a city in far away Germany to go walk in the town where your 8 thru 12X great grandfathers lived, what would you do? Well this is my Istha Germany Trip and I want to tell you that I am so excited.
This is the position that I have found myself. I am working for a new company and have been sent to Germany right smack dab in the middle of where these ancestors have roamed since the 1500’s and beyond that I am sure, that is just how far I have gotten so far.
So Join me on my journey walking the streets of my ancestors while I share a little bit about them with you.
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My 12th great grandfather Thomas Klopp was born in this town in 1563. He married his bride Elisabeth when he was at 23 years old and she a girl of 21 in 1588.
They started a life together happily having children and making a living in their village working hard and raising children and going to their village protestant church.
1618 saw the beginning of the 40 Years War and Thomas was 61 years old. The Klopp family were Protestants and this war was when Ferdinand III came into power he began to tighten the noose on the Protestants in the land and first he started to limit the freedom of the Protestants to worship outside of the Catholic church.
Slowly it became worse and churches were destroyed and families were fined or imprisoned. Some European countries came to the aid of these Protestant Christians that were being destroyed for their faith. These people lived in constant fear for their lives as they were under an unending threat from Ferdinand’s edicts. Families lived in fear of soldiers that would come and take what little they had forcing them to give money or goods.
Thomas and his wife died in 1624 in the midst of this hardship.
Peace was not made until May of 1648 and even then twenty percent of the German people were dead – over eight million casualties in all. These were times of extreme hardship and widespread famine.
But the family continued work and toil, laughter and tears until the time of their 3x great grandchildren. This is my 9th great grandfather Johan Jost Klopp / Klap and his wife Anne.
It is August 9, 1669, and little Johan was born in his small village. He grew up in a cottage with his momma and papa and many siblings learning a trade at his father’s knee. His mother died when he was just a boy and sometime the family relocated and he met and married his wife Anna at her home church in another town we will visit soon. There my story will continue.
Until then jump in the car with me and then walk the streets with me of this ancient town.
It took about an hour and 15 minutes to get there. Actually, the day before I went to Kassel in the hopes of catching another train there, but there is no train heading to this small town. I would have had to take a bus there. It would have been another 45-minute trip but I decided to try another way of getting there.
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What a feeling to know that I have been walking on the same ground that my ancestors worked on. I found a church that is from 1836. Sadly the church I was hoping to find is older than that I didn’t see any other churches.