Published: 18. Juli 2022 updated: 18. Juli 2022
Sometimes exciting relationships are found. Such has its origin in our Aulmann line, a lower line of the green Nassau line…
As stated in the article „Unserer frühesten Vorfahren“ („Our earliest ancestors“, German only), the Aulmanns originally came from Eschbach and moved from there via Miehlen to Endlichhofen.
Our Aulmann ancestors in Miehlen include Marx Groß (born around 1615) and his father Samuel (died 1636). Their descendants over eleven generations are shown in this diagram…
The two are also ancestors of Johannes Bückler, better known as „Schinderhannes„, Adam Opel, founder of the Opel company, once the largest bicycle manufacturer in Germany and later automotive group and Walter Elias „Walt“ Disney, the American trickle film producer and inventor of world-famous Comic figures. Reason enough to take a closer look at the relationships. This is done in the order of the birth of the three protagonists.
Concerning the contemporary work of the personalities, I recommend the information linked in the text. I also point out that part of the research is based exclusively on secondary literature, that can be found in the source list at the bottom of the text.
The persons presented:
Johannes „Schinderhannes“ Bückler
Johannes "Schinderhannes" Bückler Karl Matthias Ernst (1758-1830), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
The ancestors of Johannes Bückler (born presumably in autumn 1779 in Miehlen or Weidenbach) from paternal side were executioners and knackers. His father Johann was born in Merzweiler in 1758 and married Anna Maria Schmidt (born 1755) in 1777. The parents of Johannes Bückler fled in 1783 from Miehlen because of some crimes. In 1784 the father served in the army for six years. He deserted in 1789 and returned to his birthplace, Merzweiler.
Johannes Bückler also began an apprenticeship with a knacker (regionally also called „Schinder“), where his nickname „Schinderhannes“ derives from. Already during his apprenticeship, he started as a 15-year-old with his criminal career, which finally ended with his execution in Mainz on November 21, 1803.
Marx Groß was the great ×3 grandfather (or great-great-great-grandfather) of Schinderhannes…
Since the grandparents of the latter were 2nd cousin, he appears twice in the table above (Implex).
In the closest of two relationships, Schinderhannes is my 4th cousin 6 times removed (or 4th cousin of the 6th degree).
Adam Opel Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Adam Opel (born 1837 in Rüsselsheim), the son of a master locksmith, began his career as a locksmith in his father’s workshop. In his journeyman years he worked abroad in sewing machine factories and founded his own sewing machine factory after his return. In 1868, he married Sophie Marie Scheller and started producing bicycles in 1886. The Opel company developed into the largest bicycle manufacturer in Germany. After his death in 1895, his widow, together with the five sons, took over the management of the Opel company, which began in 1899 with automotive production.
Adam Opel was the great ×5 grandson of Marx Groß…
…and my 6th cousin 4 times removed (or 6th cousin of the 4th degree).
Walter Elias „Walt“ Disney
Walter Elias "Walt" Disney New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff
photographer: Fisher, Alan, photographer.,
Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Walt Disney (born 1901 in Chicago), his family business and the many cartoons he created, everyone knows, especially his mouse, which was invented in 1928, which is immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…
Walk of Fame Witchblue, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
His grandmother Henriette Catharine Groß was born in Miehlen on July 22, 1837…
Her baptism entry in the church register of Miehlen…
Accordingly, she was born illegitimately by Maria Catharina Schmidt. However, the blacksmith Johann Georg Groß declared himself as the father.
Her parents married on June 10, 1838 and emigrated to the United States with their children in the early 1840s.
There are various and partly utopian ancestors of Henriette Catharine Groß in several Internet-databases. However, in the original church register of Miehlen, – apart from one exception – her ancestors can be comprehended well…
The exception concerns the great ×2 grandfather (or great-great-grandfather) of Henriette Catherine Groß named Johann Hermann, because there are two possible options of this name in the relevant timeframe.
The first Johann Hermann Groß was born on July 28, 1712 in Miehlen and married Anna Maria Ackermann there on November 29, 1740…
The second option is his cousin of the same name, born on April 23, 1716, who married on January 19, 1746 Anna Maria Spitz. In some online databases it is noted that he died on December 27, 1727 at the age of 11 in Miehlen. However, there is no corresponding entry in the church register of Miehlen, and he is listed there in 1728 at his confirmation.
Nevertheless, due to the godparents, Johann Hermann, born in 1712, is the likely ancestor in this line. Either way, Marx Groß was the great ×7 grandfather of Walt Disney and the latter in the narrower of two relationships my 7th cousin twice removed (or 7th cousin of the 2nd degree).
Finally, the – closest – relationships between the three protagonists with each other:
Schinderhannes was a 3rd cousin twice removed (or 3rd cousin of the 2nd degree) of Adam Opel.
Schinderhannes was a 4th cousin, 4 times removed (or 4th cousin of the 4th degree) of Walt Disney.
Adam Opel was a 6th cousin twice removed (or 6th cousin of 2nd degree) of Walt Disney.
The opposing relationships are accordingly.
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|Clotz, Paul Martin||Die Familie Oppel / Opel / Obel in Dachsenhausen | Nachkommen Peter Oppel|
|Clotz, Paul Martin, Hainau|
|Gensicke, Hellmuth||Ahnen und Verwandte des Schinderhannes (Johannes Bückler)||Hessische Familienkunde | Band 10 Heft 7 (September 1971)||1971||-||-|
|Radke , Horst-Dieter||Räuber und Räuberbanden im deutschsprachigen Raum||Daun | Regionalia Verlag | 2. Auflage||2021||978-3-95540-264-8||-|
|Various||Family Search Databases||Family Search||retrieved June 2022||-||-|
|Various||My Heritage Databases||My Heritage||retrieved June 2022||-||-|
|Various||Wiki Tree Databases||Wiki Tree||retrieved June 2022||-||-|
|Various||Walt Disney | Find a Grave Database||Find a Grave||retrieved June 2022||-||-|
|-||Das Geschichtliche Orts-Verzeichnis||CompGen|
Verein für Computergenealogie e. V.
c/o Horst Reinhardt
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|-||La Famille Disney||Chronique-Disney||retrieved June 2022||-||-|
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