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Ancestors of Anna Rotermund

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Joan's Rotermund and Wiechmann ancestors were early settlers on the Teufelsmoor near Grasberg, where several of cousins have farms to this day. Prior to settling in Eickedorf, Jacob Rotermund and Gretje Gefkin's ancestors lived on the western edge of the moor in villages north and east of Lilienthal. Prior to settling in Huxfeld, Christoph Wiechmann's ancestors lived in villages surrounding Nienburg, south of Verden an der Aller. For further information on the settlement of the moor, read the Research Report:

Click below to view, save, or print Rotermund and Wiechmann Descendant's Lists:


Brüning-Rotermund Family with Oma Meta Wiechmann in 1926

Meta Rotermund and husband Diedrich Müller in 1915
with their children (L-R) Käthe, Oskar, and Freida.

Anna Rotermund in 1905
Meta Wiechmann in 1910                 Meta Rotermund about 1905

Maria Rotermund in 1949                 Anna Rotermund in 1946


Joan's great-great-grandfather, Jacob Rotermund, was born in Eickedorf in 1791. He served with the Duke of Wellington's army which defeated Napoleon at Waterloo on June 18, 1815. He was a private soldier in the Verden Landwehr Battalion, part of the army of Hannover ... remember that Great Britain and Hannover had a common ruler at that time.

Joan's great-grandmother, Meta Wiechmann, recalled her father-in-law saying that he was one of only three soldiers from his unit to return home alive. We are very pleased to still possess the medal he was awarded for participation in that battle. It pictures Prince Regent George IV of Great Britain and Hannover and is personally engraved around its edge with the words "Soldat Jacob Rotermund Landwehr Bat Verden." The reverse proclaims "Hannoverian Gallantry -- Waterloo -- Jun XVIII."

For further information concerning the battle and Jacob Rotermund's participation in it, read, save, or print the Research Report:

Jacob Rotermund's Waterloo Medal


Over the years, there were many marriages between Joan's paternal Lührs and Gerken ancestors who all lived in the Verden area, and likewise between her maternal Brüning and Rotermund ancestors who all lived on the moor northeast of Bremen. But, we never anticipated finding a link between the paternal and maternal sides of her family ... but, a few years ago, we found such a connection. We thank a distant Beckröge cousin for making the detailed facts available to us.

Buried deep in the recesses of her Gerken ancestors are a set of 6xGreat-Grandparents named Johann Dieterich Beckröge and Maria Bischoff (born: Bassen 1716) living in Walle. Deep in the recesses of her Rotermund ancestors are her 5xGreat-Grandparents Arend Mindermann and Marie Bischoff (born: Bassen 1742) living in Dannenberg on the moor. It turns out that Marie is the niece of Maria. Their grandparents/parents are the same couple: Lüder Bischoff (1667-1733) and Maria Block (1679-1750) of Bassen (near Achim). This means that Joan's parents were sixth cousins -- unfortunately, they never knew it because we learned of this only after both of their deaths.

The relationship between Joan's parents is brought together clearly in the Descendants List and Modified Register of Lüsse Bischoff (born c1630). Click below to view, print, or save these files:

including Mindermann, Rotermund, Brüning, Koster,
Beckröge, Gerken, Lilje, Rencken, Lührs, etc.

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