The little Kirschbaum (Cherry Tree) farm is an old farm in the little village of
Bottrop, first mentioned in 1584.The name
developed from Kersebaum to Kessebohm and then Kirschbaum and is either an
origin name to a place with cherry tree (either Noth-Rhine/Westfalia or East
Prussia) or one living in a place name, for someone living near cherry
trees. (The name Cherry Tree in German language is Kirschbaum).
The Farm’s property today is in lower Hochstraße (high street), in the middle
of the city of
Jo'es Hermannus Kirschbaum born at
Maria Leggewieand she was born on
. They had
8 children. They were my great-great-grandparents on my mother’s side. Jo'es
Hermannus was the fifth of six children He had already to work as a child.
In Heinrich Plögers notes he
described him as a day worker. He was a sand moulder at 7 years
of age and as of 8 years old: he worked in an iron and steel trades.
His workplace was presumably the 1758 in business taken St. Anthony hut, in
. She was
the only one hut in this area. One describes this hut as a "cradle of the
today. She lies at the border to Bottrop/Oberhausen about 8 km of the place of
residence of the Kirschbaums, the "Lehmkuhler Bauerschaft" removed.
Their 6th child, Bernard, was born in
. He was my
great-grandfather. He married the widow Maria Leonore von Darl, born Lobeck, on
. She was a
daughter of Lobecks-Farm in
. A child
resulted from her first marriage Johann Theodor von Darl. He was born on
and he was
a half-brother to my grandmother Maria Gertrud Kirschbaum.
The great-grandfather worked as blacksmith, presumable on the “Coal-mine
Neu-Essen” in Altenessen,
where the great-grandparents also lived.
Bernard Kirschbaum died on
at 46 years old of to consumption. In the death
certificate the widow Louise Benning is mentioned.This is his second wife. His
first wife, Leonore Lobeck, died from a feverseveral month after childbirth on
, the birth
of her son Bernhard who was born on 3.7.1872.
Apart from the son from the first marriage, Johann Theodor of Darl, they had two
more children. The oldest daughter, Maria Gertrud Kirschbaum, born on
Altenessen got married on
Rüdel. They were my grandparents on my mother’s side. At the marriage my
grandmother was already an orphan. I don't know whether her stepmother, Louis
Benning, was still living.
While Johann Theodor von Darl was a half-brother of my grandmother. a daughter
of Johann Theodor (he had 10 children) Änne Mertens, born von Darl was a Cousin
of my mother and her best friend.
To my, sister and me, it was our Aunt Änne.