The Breitenstein Book is Done

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The Breitenstein Family: From Oberotterbach, Bavaria to Louisville, Kentucky

The Breitenstein Family: From Oberotterbach, Bavaria to Louisville, Kentucky; Four Generations - Descendants of Jacob and Margaret (Gerber) Breitenstein

The book's not quite 300 pages, including an every person index, footnotes, bibliography, chart, table, photographs of Jacob and Maggie, passport application, and a lot of decdendants, 13 in the second generation, 63 in the third generation, 119 in the fourth generation and a list of 222 in the fifth. I think that generation is complete, but not if Henry Thomas Bodeman and Elaine J. (Kegler) Bodeman of Lake and Cook Co., Illinois had children. I also don't know the maiden name of Robert Joseph Bodeman's first wife, Betty J. But, and this is a huge but, if I wait until I have every single fact nailed down, I will never publish this book, soooooo...., It's off!!! (I may have liked it more as a work-in-progress! Then I could keep tinkering with it.) 

Breitensteins from Okolona, Louisville and Kentucky

This is a mockup of the book. I should have it in hand in a couple weeks. What a labor of love. While I tried to include whether or not a specific descendant went to U.K. (see the blue binding) or U.of L., I didn't know for everyone, and amazingly some people didn't choose either of those and went to different schools altogether! 

For the next volume, I want to include all the photographs I can locate of the grandchildren of Jacob and Maggie.

For starters, Jacob Breitenstein Jr. had nine children and of those, Jacob Peter Breitenstein had grandchildren, and George John Breitenstein had grandchildren, some of whom still in Louisville. 

William Phillip Breitenstein had six children and of those, Bertha Elise (Breitenstein) Parsons, Robert Edward Breitenstein, Margarite Rosamond (Breitenstein) Saylor Buehler all had grandchildren who might have early photographs.

Carrie Breitenstein Bodeman's family broke up early, but she also had three children who had children; Elisa Henrietta (Bodeman) Miller, Oscar Frederick Bodeman and Rudolph Peter Bodeman.

Next, somewhere in the houses of descendants of Maggie Breitenstein and Peter Fischer's ten children; Margaret Caroline (Fischer) Richardson, Peter Jacob Fischer, William Phillip Fischer, Charles Peter Fischer, Elisabeth Barbara (Fischer) Jenkins, Henry Louis Fischer, Arthur Michael Fischer, Florence Anna (Fischer) Diemer, Lillian Rose (FIscher) Klotter, and Ruth Emma Fischer, there must be pictures. OK, not Ruth Emma, she didn't marry, she didn't have children, but the rest of them all lived in and around Okolona or Louisville and I know there are photographs out there.

Henry Michael Breitenstein had five children, four of whom had children; Henry Palmer Breitenstein, Anna Marie (Breitenstein) Weber, Lula Lee (Breitenstein) Hilton and Charles William Breitenstein. Maybe the oldest or the youngest branches have those old photographs.

The nine sons of Michael Henry Breitenstein all took photographs and I am lucky enough to have some of them, but there are bound to more out there of Edward Lawrence, Michael Henry Jr., Theodore Peter, John Louis, Lawrence Jacob, Herman Joseph Sr., Carl Ernest Sr., Emil Raymond Sr., and Julius Clarence Breitenstein.

Pictures of George Breitenstein and his family might be harder to find, since he had no grandchildren. The same as Annie (Breitenstein) Meier, but of Daniel Breitenstein's nine daughters, two did have children, Gladys Lloyd (Breitenstein) Bush and Shirley Minrath (Breitenstein) Jennings. Their children must have some photos of all nine girls.

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