Revised 1997 August - This the first draft of this page; incomplete
Editor: Harold Eddleman, Decendent of Catherine Eddleman 1778 KY
This is an online Eddleman geneology workshop. Please send your information or speculations about the origin of the Eddleman people. My current opinion is that Edelmann people came from Austria, south of Munich, the Odenwald, maybe Switzerland, maybe Benelux. Someone said Alsace also. See Origin of the Eddleman surname.
I have studied this problem 42 years and have not found a definite single origin of the people. One can suppose that a name like Smith originated in many places and that the various smith families do not trace back to a single person named Smith. Since Eddleman is an infrequent name, I am still looking for the possibility that all Eddleman trace back to a single person, but I have about discarded that idea. Actually, I have very little information on the origins of Edelmann - Eddleman.
Originally, I had Origins of Eddleman Surname and Origins of the Eddleman People on the same page. I am not sure I should have separated them.
The Odenwald means forest of Od trees. I am looking for the English for Od - does anyone have a dictionary. My guess is that it means beech trees. When I was in Germany (1955-57), a professional german geneologist told me Eddleman were only from the Odenwald which lies northeast of Hiedelberg. I went to Erlenbach with Richard Menges, an amateur German geneologist, who had traced his family to 1400s. We asked the first man we met on the street whether any Edelmann lived in town. He replied, 'Ich bin ein Edelmann. (no link yet; it will link to his family tree). Earlier that day we had visited a church and microfilmed Eddleman records. The pastor explained to me that the church records were in good condition because Hitler prohibited Jews from marrying and couples had to prepare a family tree proving they had no Jewish ancestors for x generations. When the first man I met in Erlenbach was named Edelmann (above), I expected to find lots of Edelmann in the village, but he said he was the only one. He gave me his lineage and I am trying to figure where to put it. For now it is at the end of this page.
This year via the Internet I have located four Edelmanns, but they came from south of Munich or unknown areas. One said he his meager information suggested the name Edelmann arose in various locations.
Here I will list the places Edelmann immigrants said they came from: ship lists, family traditions.
Claude Eddleman, my father, said we came from Schleswig-Holstein, but when was in that area a banker told me Edelmann was not a name in that region.
If you know anyone in these locations, ask them about the Edelman name.
Placed here for no reason. I have no knowledge or idea that any of Hemut's relatives came to America. I had heard from a German Geneologist that the Odenwald was the only part of Germany that he knew of any Edelmann. I went there about April, 1957, to photograph church records. Later that day I met Helmut Edelmann on the main street of Erlenbach.
I met Helmut Edelmann, born 1924 June 29, about April, 1957 on the street in Erlenbach, which is a villiage ___ km northeast of Heidelberg, Germany. He invited me to come to Sunday dinner the following Sunday. He had a 3 or 4 year old son named Martin. Helmut was a biology teacher.
Helmut's father was Wilhelm Edelmann, born 1900 Oct 6. Wilhelm was a farmer and woodcutter.
Wilhem's father was Jakob Edelmann, asst police, Born Erlenbach 1878 Aug 30, died 1935 April 5, Erlenbach.
Jakob's father was Leonhard Edelmann, protestant, born 1843 jul 14,Hinterbach; died 1902 JUL 14, in Hinterbach. Leonhard's wife was Elisabethe Catheriana Kraemer, born 1846 in Erlenbach and died 1935 April 5 in Erlenbach.
Leonhard's father was Wilhem Edelmann, Steinhauer, Evangelical, in Hinterbach. Helmut ;had not further information about Wilhelm, his great-great grandfather.
Apparently, Helmut had no knowledge that any of Odenwald Edelmann went to America, else I would have recorded that info.
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To: Harold Eddleman, 1997 August 31
From: INT:joeeddleman@InfoAve.net ......(some typo errors were generated by software)
It may take me some time to compile a detailed list of the names William H. Eddleman mentioned from where Eddlemans originated but I will try eventually to do this. In the mean time I will periodicaaly send some comments in letters which my Eddleman wrote or received from Eddleman researchers which mention various Eddlemans from Germany.Let me know if the information is new to you.
By letter dated January 16, 1957 William received a letter from Miss. Donna E. eddleman, 2468 Butler St., Easton, Pa. who mentioned she was descended from John Peter Eddleman and MAria Elizabeth Tommer who arrived in Phila. Sept. 2, 1740.
By letter dated 8/3/1964 William wtote her to advise that "after all these years I believe that I have finally located the location your ancestor Peter Eddleman came. The names Peter and Conrad Edelman appear consistently in the family who lived in Oberdielbach by Waldkatzenbach which is near Eberbach, Germany. There is a notation on the church books of a Peter Edelman intending to emigrate to America in the Spring of 1749." From a letter dated 2/27/1965 to Mr. Russell S. Baver, 234 W. Lincoln St., Easton, Pa. Mr.William Eddleman states "Some of the Eddlemans came from the Dutchy of Zweibrucken, some from the Odenwald, others from Werrheim and Rhein Pfalz... There are at least five Eddleman families in old Northhampton county cir 1755. One of the Eddleman families of Northhampton County came from Erlenback in Odenwald another from Hainbrunn and Beerfelden Odenwald. The ancestors of Forest Edelman I believe from Waldkatzenbach near Eberbach. Working in this area I have stumbled across several Northhampton families.I have information of Donna Eddlemans ancestors through John Peter Eddleman and Elizabeth Tommer(Pommer?), John Conrad Eddleman and Catherine Yeager, Jacob Eddleman and Elizabeth Young, William C. Eddleman and Emma S. Hineline and William Conrad Eddleman and Lillie B. Snyder and could try to send this line to you if you don't have the information. Most if not all of the information was donated by Miss. Eddleman's Uncle Forrest Eddleman to the Easton Public Library. Sincerely, Joe Eddleman
Geschichte des Odenwaldkreises History of Oden Forest County
Die Geburtsstunde der Gebietskörperschaft Odenwaldkreis (bis 1972 Landkreis Erbach) schlug im Jahre 1822: Mit einer Veröffentlichung im Großherzoglich Hessischen Regierungsblatt vom 17. Juni 1822 wurde für die Herrschaft Breuberg mit den Ämtern Habitzheim und König ein Landrats- und Landgerichtsbezirk Breuberg mit Sitz in Neustadt bzw. Höchst im Odw. und für die Gräflischen Erbach-Erbacherischen und Erbach-Fürstenauischen Ämter ein Landratsbezirk Erbach mit Sitz in Erbach geschaffen. Durch kleinere und größere Gebietsreformen ist die Fläche des Kreises verändert worden, so zuletzt 1972, als die Gemeinden Brensbach, Fränkisch-Crumbach und Wersau aus dem Landkreis Dieburg und Laudenau aus dem Kreis Bergstraße hinzu kamen. Durch Zusammenlegung verringerte sich die Zahl der Gemeinden von 93 auf 15. Der Landkreis Erbach nahm den landschaftsbezogenen Namen "Odenwaldkreis" an. Die Geschichte des Odenwaldkreises reicht nachweislich bis in die Hallstattzeit (800 v. Chr.) zurück. Bedeutend für die spätere Besiedlung des Kreises war letztlich der Bau des Limes, den die Römer vor 2000 Jahren zwischen Main und Neckar in einer Länge von 70 km als Schutz gegen die Germanen anlegten. 80 Wachtürme und verschiedene Kastelle sicherten zu jener Zeit die Grenze des römischen Weltreiches. Im Jahre 1232 übergab Kaiser Friedrich II. dem Erzbischof Siegfried von Mainz und seinen Nachfolgern das Kloster Lorsch einschließlich aller Untertanen und Besitzungen, die im Odenwald lagen. Das Kloster sollte somit nach dem Willen des Kaisers und nach Bestätigung durch den Papst Gregor IX. dem Erzstift Mainz gehören. Die Pfalzgrafen bei Rhein erhoben jedoch bald Anspruch auf Anteile an den Besitzungen des Klosters. Das Geschlecht der Schenken - später Grafen - zu Erbach konnte bei den Streitigkeiten um die Vormachtsstellung zwischen Mainz und Pfalz ihren Nutzen ziehen. Zu Anfang des 14. Jahrhunderts dienten sie nicht nur den Pfalzgrafen, sondern auch dem Mainzer Erzbischof. 1532 wurde dann die Herrschaft Erbach von Kaiser Karl V. zur Reichsgrafschaft erhoben. Bis 1806 wurde unser Landstrich durch die verschiedenen Grafenhäuser geprägt. Danach beginnt die eigentliche Geschichte unseres Landkreises.
Erbach / Odenwald
Erbach is a small town with over 14 000 inhabitants in the middle of the Odenwald. This is a holiday region with large forests, nice valleys and some small lakes.
Erbach is over 900 years old. A small river, the Mümling, flows through the town. Erbach still has a count who lives in his castle in the centre of the town. You can visit interesting exhibitions in this castle.
Near the castle there are wonderful old houses. One of them is the old town hall. There you can find the tourist information.
In the middle of Erbach you can visit the Lustgarten. This is a wonderful big historical garden with trees and beautiful flowers. There you can sit and rest.
Erbach is proud to present the German Ivory Museum with interesting exhibitions all over the year. Today there are still some ivory carvers.
For people who like sports Erbach can offer the Alexanderbad, a swimming-pool that is very popular, and there are the wonderful Erbach sports-grounds where you can practise lots of outdoor sports.
The most popular event of the region is the Wiesenmarkt. This is one of the greatest fairs in the south of Germany. It is always in the last week of July.
So, what are you waiting for? Come to Erbach and have a good time!
02 / 1997 / 7cR