The area northeast of Stuttgart is a hotbed for Bartenbachs. About 30 klicks northeast of Stuttgart is a town called Backnang.
Backnang sits on the Murr river. Farther upstream are the towns of Sulzbach
and then Murrhardt. Bartenbach sits about midway between these latter two towns; it is very small.
Sometime about 1425 or so, the local duke appointed Hermann Bartenbach as
administrator of his fortress castle in nearby Beilstein. Centuries later.
The ruins of the old castle over in Bartenbach are still
visible. The castle in Beilstein is still in use. Castles in this region were usually atop volcanic hills and were in line of sight of each other for signal purposes.
The volcanic soil is good for grapes. As such, many of our ancestors tended vines and were in the wine business. Wines from this area are hoarded and are not exported. Many of them are now pressed near Grossbottwar.
Most likely, we are cousins at least through Hermann if not a more recent common ancestor.
At the LDS Family History Center, you can order microfiche of Bartenbach histories. These are in German, but names of people and relevant dates are quite obvious. These documents were prepared both before and after WW II. Principal authors are some Bartenbachs and the pastor over in Ilsfeld. My sister got hardcopies of the documents from people in
My bunch of Bartenbachs and their descendants are primarily in Beilstein,
Auenstein, Helfenberg, Ilsfeld, Abstatt, Winzerhausen, and so on. On my
disk of German telephone numbers, there are only 225 listings in the country
associated with the name of Bartenbach (either the town or the family name)
Thanks Tim for this information. Elaine
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