BARBARA GIENGER

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Barbara Gienger was born March 25, 1819 in Bessingen, Wurttemberg, Germany. A Maier Genealogy was written in the 1930's while a family member was living in Germany. However, I also have a copy of the Protestant church records of Bissingen microfilmed by the LDS library. The handwriting is in old German and the spelling varies but the detail matches what had been discovered in the 1930s.  I also have a photocopy  from the Family Record Book 1, page 381/2 from Bissingen an der Teck, den Standesamt which lists all the names and dates below for Johann Christian and Barbara.

Barbara was the daughter of Daniel Gienger and Anna Barbara Ensinger. They were probably from Bissingen an der Teck as they christened their daughter there.

Barbara married Johann Christian Maier on Oct. 17, 1843 in Bissingen, Wurttemberg, Germany. They had ten known children, all born in Bissingen:
1. Eva Rosina born Oct. 14, 1842 stillborn.
2. Eva Rosina born Nov. 25, 1843 wed Vinzenz Aloys Schwenk in Dischingen, Bayern
this entry specially stated she was born in Bissingen a.d. Teck, all other just say Bissingen.
3. Johann Daniel born Oct. 3, 1845 wed Wilhelmina Hartmann in Wilmington Delaware, USA
4. Anna Barbara born April 7, 1848 wed Christian Christof Veil in Schlaitdorf in 1870
5. Anna Katharina born June 26, 1850 wed Johann Jakob Sprandel in Bempflingen in 1873
6. Johannes born April 26, 1852 wed Amelia immigrated to USA
7. Maria born March 20, 1854. She was christened in 1868, she died Oct 1907 in the family home.
6. Friedrich born Dec. 18, 1855 unwed, died in USA
7. Margareta born Nov. 18, 1858 wed Karl Kohlbecker & they immigrated to Wilmington Del.
8. Johann Jakob born Feb 8, 1861 wed Anna Degenhart in Mindelheim on March 15, 1892.  He died in Denklingen Germany Feb. 6, 1934.

With the possible exception of # 7 Maria, all left Bissingen. After 300 years in this village, it would be very interesting to know why they all left.  When we were in the village and asked that question the answer was "It was a very poor area in the last half of the 19th century and people needed to leave to make a living.

In the area around Stuttgart, there are 3 towns that could fit the name "Bissingen". They are Bissingen, Bisingen, and Bissingen an der Teck. Our village is the Bissingen an der Teck. This village is south east of Stuttgart.

Barbara Gienger Maier died in Bissingen on April 18, 1891. Her husband Johann Christian Maier lived until 1902.

 

 
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