The Pomnitz Family Newsletter
Descendants of Adelbert Richard
Pomnitz & Ida Marie Ernestina Telschaw
Alberta BINNEY --- Nora GOW --- Maisie HANMER ---
Celia MEISSNER --- Jacob & Charles POMNITZ
From: Art Meissner, Editor,
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:
» Family Reunion
3. A History of Pomnitz' Origins (Part
IV) - 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
Photo Gallery II
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
177 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: FAMILY
It's time to make your plans for
attending the greatest Family Reunion ever! Please check our
website for details and updates on our 8th Biennial
Reunion. If you
don't have online access, please contact our 2003 hosts, Donal &
McKeown at the following
Donal & Marion McKeown
619 Old Orangeville Road
Fergus, Ontario N1M2W4
3. POMNITZ AUS
DEUTSCHLAND (POMNITZ OF GERMANY) Part III of IV -
At Obermöllern - A History - By Ed Pomnitz
PART III REVIEWED
In Part III, to our relief, we found that the name Pomnitz
survived the Thirty Year War remaining in Obermöllern until the
end of the 17th Century. 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, father of our beloved Adelbert Richard Pomnitz,
arrives in the United States.
A MIGRATION TO
In about 1700 Adam Pomnitz, the son of Johannes, migrated north to
nearby Donndorf, Germany, establishing the Donndorf branch of the
Family. It appears that Johannes remained behind and died in
Obermöllern. He was reported to be the last Pomnitz there.
Adam’s son, Johann Christian Pomnitz, was born in Donndorf in
about 1721. Johann Christian then had a son, Johann
Friedrich Pomnitz, (Sr.) who was born in 1747.
During the war Prussia
began its rise to power under the Hohenzollern family.
Frederick William I created a military state. His son
Frederick II the Great made Prussia a leading power of
Europe. After he seized Silesia from Austria in the Seven
Years' War, from 1756 to 1763, he annexed part of Poland.
AFTER THE SEVEN
Just after the Seven Years’ War Johann Andreas Pomnitz (later
establishing the Cölledaer branch) was born of Johann Friedrich
Pomnitz in 1777. Johann Friedrich married Henriette
Kirschman in 1778. They had 6 children in total. We
have now come to a point that we have little knowledge. We
believe that one of these six children was another son who was his
namesake, Johann Friedrich Pomnitz, Jr. Johann Friedrich
passed in 1798 and Henriette in 1818. We will find Johann
Jr. passing in about 1867, his will being executed on February 23,
1867 in Kiel, Germany. He had two sons, Gustave Heinrich
Friedrich Pomnitz (we have no date of birth or death) and Adelbert
Petrus Friedrich Pomnitz Born in 1821 (likely in Donndorf?).
Just prior to Adelbert’s birth, Napoleon victoriously carried
his wars into Germany. After he formed the Confederation of
the Rhine, the Holy Roman Empire collapsed. The French
crushed the Prussians at Jena, not far from Pomnitz and Donndorf,
in 1806. Prussia then undertook reforms. Its leaders
abolished serfdom, organized local self-government, and
established universal military training. Prussia then went
on to help defeat Napoleon at Leipzig in 1813. At the
Congress of Vienna (1814-15) the several hundred German states
were reduced to 39 and grouped into a loose German Confederation.
After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Austria and Prussia
struggled to control the Confederation. In 1848 a
revolutionary movement failed to unify Germany under a democratic
SPECULATIVE FAMILY LORE
Here is where we are presented with a bit of speculative family
lore. We see that Prussia had established universal military
training. We don’t know precisely when Adelbert entered
the United States, but it is believed to be around the time of the
large German emigration of 1846. Oddly, but likely due to
the mandatory military service, Adelbert fled Germany and
performed an illegal name change to "Pomnietsky" before,
upon (most likely), or shortly after his arrival in the United
States. This name change will cause several Pomnitz
descendants some difficult
problems in the years to come.
UNITE THROUGH MARRIAGE
At the time Otto von Bismark enters politics in 1847 and begins to
work towards a unified Germany, Adelbert meets Sarah Caroline
MacAlwee from Baltimore, Maryland and they are married in 1850.
They had a daughter and three sons. Among which is our
beloved Adelbert Richard Pomnietzky, Sr. (Pomnitz) who marries our
beloved and great matriarch, Ida Marie Ernestina Telschaw in
1875. We still have a family artifact, their original
marriage license bearing the name Pomnietzky. Their 10
children later directly yield our current day Binney, Gow, Hamner,
Meissner and Pomnitz families. The families regularly
reunite every other year alternating between southeast Michigan
and Fergus, Ontario, celebrating their common ancestry that that
issues from the union of Adelbert and Ida Pomnietzky (Pomnitz).
As for Adelbert Petrus Friedrich Pomnitz (Richards father), he
leaves us with a seemingly mysterious disappearance. There
were rumors of him being sought for his flight from the mandatory
German service. The last reference of record to him is in
the Detroit City Directory of 1868/69 where he was listed as
Constructing Engineer and Architect. He seems to have fled
to Cleveland where he was either murdered or took on yet another
new life. We are hopeful to find yet undiscovered records
and evidence, possibly in Ohio, to give us a better insight to his
THE NOW MANY
An undetermined number of souls bare the name of Pomnitz. By
design, in our four part series, we did not delve into other
branches of Pomnitz. Nor did we address in our earlier branch
Gustave Heinrich Friedrich Pomnitz, Adelbert Friedrich’s
brother, and three young sisters found in Kiel, Germany.
Let’s also not forget the other three children of Adelbert &
Sarah, Agustave O., Edwin W. and Caroline, who also early on open
doors for other branch(es) of Pomnitzs in the United States.
It is my belief as we continue to our research that we will find
MANY MORE Pomnitzs who indeed are related at some "juncture" (branch).
Some (male) Pomnitzs may turn out NOT to be related at all as
either they or their forefathers merely took on the name (a topic
addressed in the Pomnitz Family Web in an article called "The
Problem with Germanic Names"). Certainly all of us, who
bare the name Pomnitz, have no less than the common heritage of
our name itself, started by the "old folks" in Germany
who also called us "Pumlitz" by remembering Sorbic name
"settlement of Pomnen", a man who liked to remember
heroic stories of the wars.
Though we shall likely
never be able to present a complete picture, lets just say that
the "man, who liked to remember heroic stories of the
wars" could have had no idea of what all would come from his
little farm "on the northern part of the fertile, inclined
mountain slope of the Haselbachtal (The Hasel River Valley)"!
This concludes our
Pomnitz Aus Deutschland
journey through time.
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):
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 in 2002, we have enough funding to stay online
through the end of this year. We
are now in need of funding for the 2003 year.
You can help out through the purchase of a family T-Shirt or by
simply making a contribution. ALL profits from
our T-Shirt sales go towards the Family Fund! We STILL have
a way to go to pay for the initial run of T-Shirts (-$73.19).
|FAMILY FUND REPORT - From Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
Balance from Last Quarter
$ 0.00 - Mail-In Contributions
$ 0.00 - Profit From T-Shirt Sales
$ 38.85 - Web Hosting Pomnitz.com & Pomnitz.net
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 regarding these services at email@example.com.
- PHOTO GALLERY II: Now
Family members can load their own family photos directly
onto our website for all to see. The Pomnitz Family
Web Photo Gallery II can be found at:
We would like to see at least one photo of each family
member posted here. You can include a title and
description of your photo as well as "keywords" to
help others search for your information. Please follow
the categories that have been supplied. If you require
a new category, please E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with the photo category you would like to see added.
Join in the FUN. Registered family members can post
new photos, leave comments and even vote on any of the
photos in this area.
Registration is simple. Just use your FIRST and
LAST NAME when asked for a USER NAME. Then
select a PASSWORD of your choice and provide a valid E-Mail
- AUTOMATED SUBSCRIPTIONS: Our
automated subscription service is back online and better
than ever. You can subscribe or un-subscribe from this
newsletter online. You may also elect to receive Web
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when something has been changed or added to our
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Those already receiving this newsletter by E-Mail should notice
format. Our newsletter is now being sent in HTML format
and thus will appear similar to our online version. If you
are having difficulty with this format, please report such to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
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NOTIZEN AUS DEM ZIEGENSTALL (Notes From The Goathouse):
Dear Folks -
I've found a real
pleasure in gathering tidbits of history about our Grandmother Ida
Telschaw. I am putting them together for an article in a future
Did you know that
there are only (to my knowledge) four (4!) of us who actually knew
her... can remember being in the same room with her? Charles
Edwin Pomnitz (our Historian, son of Jacob), James Gow (son of
Nora), Jean Binney Smith (daughter of Walter Binney, Jr.) and John
C. Meissner, Jr., (son of Celia). That's it!
Each of them has
delved into their own personal memories and given me some insight
into Ida Telschaw. Since Ida died in 1934, all four of them
knew her when they were fairly young, and thus their memories are
sketchy and a bit faint, due to the passage of time. (I was
only two at the time of her death.)
pulling together what pieces each gave me. (I must say that
I've especially enjoyed getting to know Jean Binney Smith if only
by telephone. Her impish love of life and family is
infectious, to say the least. Plans are afoot to make sure
she can be at the next Family reunion next July, which is a MUST
for all of us.)
I humbly suggest
that those of you who know these 4 individuals gently help them
probe for more memories of Grandmother Ida. I've found that you
never know what you are going to remember till someone asks you
the 'right' question.
Try it some time:
ask the Elders in your families for memories of people and events
of long ago. I think you will find it both enjoyable and
enlightening. You will also find that Your Elders can tell you of
a way of life which shall never be ours again.
Do not forget:
The next Family Reunion will be hosted by Marion (Gow) and Donal
Mckeown in Fergus, Ontario: July 12-13. Save the dates and
plan to be there. More details in future newsletters.
Warm best wishes
to you all.
11. NEXT NEWSLETTER is tentatively scheduled for February 1, 2003. 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
January 15, 2003. 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!
"There is a destiny that makes us
brothers and sisters;
neither can go their way alone.
All that we send into the lives of
others comes back into our own."