The Pomnitz Family Newsletter
Descendants of Adelbert Richard
Pomnitz & Ida Marie Ernestina Telschaw
Alberta BINNEY --- Nora GOW --- Maisie HANMER ---
Celia MEISSNER --- Jacob & Charles POMNITZ
Pomnitz Family Newsletter
To: Family Members-we-know-of-with-e-mail
Associate Editor: Nancy Meissner...
Historian: Charles Edwin Pomnitz...
Webmaster: Edwin Charles Pomnitz, Sr.
Family Website: http://www.Pomnitz.net
Art Meissner - Editor
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
of this Newsletter
2. Family Stories, Events and Biographies:
» "Background of
Ida Marie Ernestina Pomnitz"
by Charles Edwin Pomnitz
3. A History of Pomnitz' Origins (Part
III) - Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
Births, Anniversaries, Deaths
5. Family Projects:
» Family T-Shirt Now
» Family Cook Book Being Considered
6. Pomnitz Family Fund Report
- Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
7. Services Offered
To Family Members
» Chat Room Access
» Internet Dial-Up Service
8. Newsletter Mechanics:
» Format &
Layout of the Newsletter
9. Contact Information:
» How to
» Where to send articles & news
10. Notizen Aus Dem
Ziegenstall (Notes From the Goathouse)
11. Next Newsletter Date
12. Final Quote
PURPOSE of this newsletter: to note and share items of
possible interest for the "greater Pomnitz Family". The
174 family names
mentioned in the Family Tree are listed at http://www.pomnitz.net/history/surnames_list.htm.
Please do send me suggestions or ideas for future newsletters: they will be
STORIES, BIOGRAPHIES AND NOTES OF INTEREST:
THIS ISSUE: BACKGROUND
OF IDA MARIE ERNESTINA POMNITZ - This is a re-print of a most worthwhile article from the great efforts of Charles Edwin Pomnitz:
Now about the fascinating story of our Grandmother Ida Marie
mother was Johannah Engel, a beautiful woman and lady of the Court during
Kaiser Wilhelm's reign. She married Charles Telschaw, who the Kaiser sent
to the Isle of Wight to do government surveying. While he was absent on
official business, two children were born, Charles and Ida Marie
Ernestina. The Kaiser is reported to be the father and Ida Marie was schooled with the
young Kaiser in Latin, Spanish and Ancient History.
Telschaw had died on the Isle of Wight and the Kaiser had Johannah married
to Frederick Lehman. They had two children, Frederick and Rudolph.
The family migrated to America. It is believed that Ida Marie migrated to
America with the Lehmans and that they settled in the Cleveland area.
An enchanting part of the story is the Victoria (Vicky), The Princess Royal,
daughter of Queen Victoria, married Friedrich Wilhelm III, the German Crown
Prince. He later became Emperor Wilhelm and Vicky became Empress Frederick,
mother of Wilhelm II (1859-1941). The German influence is well established.
That is the over-all
picture, fact or fiction. Perhaps one of our future
genealogists will work to verify and fill in the gaps in our
story. The very exciting probability of Grandmother, Ida
Marie Ernestina's royal heritage and the story of the Pomnitz
Family of Baden bearing the royal title of "Keepers of the
Black Forest", merits our utmost efforts in further research.
If I have added
anything to our family lore, I am more than gratified. Only
an avid genealogist knows the excitement of discovering a little
prior unknown fact about one's family. The Mormon records
will soon be on the Internet and this should make the task of
Story by Charles
3. POMNITZ AUS
DEUTSCHLAND (POMNITZ OF GERMANY) Part III of IV -
At Obermöllern - A History - By Ed Pomnitz
PART II REVIEWED
In Part II we discovered the settlement of Pommen which grew by the time
of emperor Lothar into a hamlet. In Part III our journey in time
continues as the horse groomers and cartwrights migrate from the hamlet
of Pomnitz becoming farmers and village craftsmen in Obermöllern (Upper
WARS, FEUDALISM AND DECLINE OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE
Another four hundred years will pass before we discover Jakob D. Ae Pomnitz, our first ancestor known by his full name.
In the passing of this time, wars and feudalism continued to weaken the empire.
The duchies were split into hundreds of smaller powers. Some cities became
free cities. Many formed powerful groups such as the Hanseatic League.
This was a group of increasingly independent and powerful north German
towns and commercial groups who defended their own trade concessions.
This decline of the Holy Roman Empire resulted in the Great Interregnum,
from 1254 to 1273, when the electors could not agree on an emperor.
Then Pope Gregory X forced the electors to name Rudolph of Hapsburg emperor.
In 1356, Charles IV issued a proclamation, known as the Golden Bull,
which gave the right to seven electors to elect the emperor.
A MIGRATION TO OBERMÖLLERN
In 1515 AD we find that the horse groomers and cartwrights have migrated
from the hamlet of Pomnitz becoming farmers and village craftsmen in
Möllern). During the rule of Charles V, Martin Luther led the Reformation; the
religious revolt against the Roman Catholic Church. In about 1550 Jakob
D. Ae Pomnitz was born in Obermöllern. The Peace of Augsburg in 1555
gave each German prince the right to choose Catholicism or Lutheranism.
The religious struggle continued in the "Thirty Years' War", which devastated Germany.
The Peace of Westphalia made the empire a loose confederation of princes.
Jakob had (at least) four sons one of which was Abraham Pomnitz who also
had (at least) four sons. D. Ae Pomnitz was born three years before the
beginning of the "Thirty Years' War", he to had (at least) four sons.
His son Johannes Pomnitz was born in 1641 in the midst of the "Thirty
Years' War". From Johannes came Adam Pomnitz in about 1670 (Johannes
also had two daughters).
As the ensuing Peace of Westphalia made the empire a loose confederation
of princes we find that at least one "Pomnitz has survived. It just may
be that the Pomnitz migration to Obermöllern is directly responsible for
the preservation of the Pomnitz name as we are told in Hermann Mitgau's
writings that the Pomnitz "name survived with two other ones among 16
inhabitants" (in Obermöllern). Perhaps of those remaining in Pomnitz,
none had survived the Thirty Years' War (1618 - 1648). Thus, leaving
the hamlet of Pomnitz without a Pomnitz ever since?
Until we are able to trace our roots further back than our dear
Jakob, we can only speculate that we may indeed be direct descendants of this
fellow "who liked to remember heroic stories of the wars". On the other
hand, we may be descendants of others who migrated to and thus contributed to the minor expansion of the Settlement of Pommen into the
small hamlet. The one thing we can be certain of is that the name
Pomnitz was brought to Obermöllern from the hamlet of Pomnitz and our
linage traces to Jakob in Obermöllern.
In Part IV, our final chapter, we will follow the Pomnitz branch that
migrated from Obermöllern to Donndorf, Germany. We will conclude our
journey as Adelbert "Pomnietsky arrives in the United States.
Story by Edwin Charles Pomnitz, Sr. January 2002.
Excerpts included from Compton's Interactive
Encyclopedia (c) 1994-1995, the Pomnitz and Senf Family Tree (Hermann Mitgau), The Pomnitz
Family Database and The Pomnitz Family Web.
4. PASSAGES: EVENTS REPORTED SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER (births, graduations,
marriages, deaths, careers):
8 June 2002: Joshua (Josh) Jaime Engel, son of Sharene Dawn
Pomnitz. Josh graduated from Valley Forge High School,
Parma Heights, Ohio. He is currently attending the
Health Education Center of Parma Community General Hospital
in his pursuit of a career as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
Great job Josh and good luck in all your endeavors!
FAMILY T-SHIRT NOW AVAILABLE!!
Pomnitz Family T-Shirt is now available. Full ordering information
is at http://www.pomnitz.net/wc/t-shirts.htm
INSIDER TID-BITS: You just HAVE TO KNOW a couple things about the shirts:
1) - The designs printed on each shirt were graciously donated by Kathy
Kelm-Cronin (daughter of June Meissner Kelm). Kathy is founder and
Director of NISDA (Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts).
You can get a peek at what she does by going to http://www.nisda.org.
2) - The Tag inside the neck of the drawing of the Coat of Arms says
"Einfuhr Aus Deutschland" ("Imported from Germany").
That means YOU, not the shirt.
3) - The model demonstrating the T-shirt (with his sleek male physique)
is none other than our esteemed Web Meister, Edwin Pomnitz, Sr. (Note
the hair on his chin.)
A FAMILY COOK
BOOK is still being considered, and we would like your reaction.
It could include favorite family recipes, starting with any legendary old Pomnitz
family dinners down each generation to this time. Rumors already exist of special breads,
muffins, triple chocolate cakes, Chicken and dumplings.... and much, much more. Let
us know if this interests you, and whether we should pursue it... If you like the
idea, send-in recipes for inclusion! (Photos too, of the cook and of the dish...)
POMNITZ FAMILY FUND REPORT - (A Note from Ed Pomnitz,
Sr.): The greatest significance of our Family Reunions, our Family Newsletters, our
Family Tree Database, Family Website and ongoing Research that they help us to: 1)
Understand our rich heritage... 2) Stay in touch with one another.
Thanks to our
contributors this quarter, we have enough funding to stay online
through the end of 2002. Don't forget that ALL proceeds from
our T-Shirt sales go towards the Family Fund! You can
contribute and we'll put a shirt ON your back! We still have
a way to go to pay for the initial run of shirts. The
initial advanced orders have been filled. Our hearty thanks to both Kathy
Kelm-Cronin whose Nantucket Island
School of Design and the Arts provided the terrific design, and to an
anonymous family member who has graciously underwritten the Family T-Shirt project.
|FAMILY FUND REPORT - From Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
Balance from Last Quarter
$ 45.00 - Mail-In Contributions
$ 38.85 - Web Hosting Pomnitz.com & Pomnitz.net 07/01/02
If you desire to make a contribution to the
Pomnitz Family Fund, you can mail your check or money order to:
SERVICES OFFERED TO FAMILY MEMBERS: Please contact Ed
Pomnitz for either one, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCESS: The family website now offers family members (only)
their own 'chat-room', where you can (at no cost to you) chat with others anywhere in the
world. You can find it in the "In Touch" area, http://pomnitz.net/intouch/index.htm and
just click on "Family Chatter". This area requires a USER ID and PASSWORD.
Contact email@example.com for your
DIAL-UP SERVICE: Family members are offered an economic
way to get to the Internet as well as having e-mail AND their own Web Site, if desired.
Ed Pomnitz' computer consulting company (FXtra) which handles the technical side of
"Pomnitz.net", is also able to offer Family Members a low-cost connection to the
Internet, called "EZDial". A special offer for low-cost EZDial is
available in both the US and Canada, is economic ($15.95 USD per month) and reliable, with
no pop-up ads, no-spam, privacy (does not sell your e-mail address), no set-up fee, free
web space, unlimited access. If you are interested and want to join-up, you need to
go to http://www.fxtra.com/deal and enter this PIN
number when prompted: "ae80701". If you need more information before you
do, contact Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org via
e-mail. The added benefit to us all is that Ed's company will donate another $2 per
month to the Pomnitz Family Fund, which helps to underwrite our website and our other
NEWSLETTER MECHANICS: TROUBLE VIEWING THE NEWSLETTER IN
THIS FORMAT??: Please notify email@example.com to describe any problems you are having. This Newsletter is
composed and sent to you in "plain text" since some subscribers may not have
computers capable of handling graphics in their e-mail. For a 'graphic version' of
the newsletter, go to the Newsletter section on our family website. http://www.pomnitz.net/news/newsletter/index.htm. You can print a copy if you wish.
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10. NOTIZEN AUS DEM
ZIEGENSTALL (Notes From The Goathouse):
Meissner, Editor. Chuck Pomnitz and Ed Pomnitz continue their relentless search for the
historical truth of our family origins. I find it fascinating, as an
Editor and thus a 'bystander', to monitor their progress and be awed by
their dogged determination to get the honest-of-goodness facts.
In fact, they've come up what strikes them as some possible murder mysteries, as they following the lines of birth and death over the past
couple centuries. Add to all that the fact that both Ed and Chuck are
true perfectionists: dedicated to the pursuit of the facts-as-they-are,
thus trying to ensure the integrity of the data shown in our Family Tree.
One thing Chuck has come up with (that you'll hear more of in the
future, I am sure) is a delightful barn-side graphic. Material from
Mormon records shows that the barn on the Pomnitz Farm in Donndorf holds
the following image of the Cartwright craftsman: "1789 - 1810, separated
by a cart wheel and the initials J. A. P." (believed to be Johann Andreas
By the way, I do think you will like the Family T-Shirt.
Check it out. I showed mine to my goats, the other day. Their ears stood up
straight, their noses flared wide to capture a whiff of
cotton-with-ink print... and they were unanimous in desiring to have one
for themselves. However, I was cautious, knowing that they would
delight in eating anything that has grown on this earth.
Once again: Please do note down and send in any of what you know of our
family history. It will be gratefully and tenderly received.
Sincere best to you & yours....
11. NEXT NEWSLETTER is tentatively scheduled for November 1, 2002. It will contain a
summary of then-current Family news as well as any articles submitted by family
members. Please help by submitting newsletter items no later than
2002. You do not have to do a lot of writing: Just list WHO in the Family did
WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE. ("How" and "Why" are optional.)
We will edit it for a future issue. THANKS!
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we
take, but by the moments
that take our breath away."