A Durrenberger family from the Allgäu region of Germany

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Minnesota Beginnings

     

Minnesota Beginnings

and the Root of the Family Tree for all the Minnnesota Durrenbergers

The beginnings of the  Allgäu Durrenbergers emigration to America and settlement in Minnesota starts with and ends with Gebhard Ignatius Dürrenberger in 1852. By this time Gebhard was already 34 years old and the only member of his family to come to America. He was born in 1818 in the Rhein parish, Wangen-Primisweiler, Württemberg, Germany. Some records seem to indicate that he was married to a woman named Barbara in Germany. She must have passed away as he travelled to America alone in 1852.

We have not located him on a passenger list but it seems that  he might have arrived in New Orleans and travelled up the Mississippi where he ended up farming in the Minnesota River Valley In southern Minnesota.

In 1859 he married Theresia Mueller (Miller), also from  Württemberg in Saint Paul and on the 1860 US census, he is enumerated as a  farmer in Henderson Township, Sibley County, Minnesota. At this time Henderson was a thriving village of log buildings that represented a point of departure for stage and freight lines taking people from the steamships running up the Minnesota from Saint Paul to Mankato. (ed. note: In the 1860census he is recorded as Gesh Deermabergen.)  

Gephard I. and Theresia Durrenberger

On 4 October 1860 Gebhard acquired his own farm land, 139.44 acres located between Henderson, MN and Le Sueur, MN. He and his family farmed this land until about 1873. In that year, his daughter Rose Margaret Durrenberger was born at Lake Prairie Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota.

Some time before 1900 Gebhard was living in Le Sueur, Minnesota where he died 29 April 1900. During his lifetime, he and Theresia had nine children and it is from these nine children that all Durrenberger descendants have come.

The following photo of all the Durrenberger children was take about 1920 shortly after the death of Theresia in 1919.

Children of Gebhard and Theresia Durrenberger - ca 1920

The children of Gebhard and Theresia Durrenberger, This photo was taken around 1920. Gephardt died in 1900 while Theresia died in 1919.

Back Row: Theodore N. Durenberger, August (Gus) Durrenberger, Gephardt Durenberger II, Anton Durrenberger, Joseph Paul Durenberger

Front Row: Maria (Mary) Durrenberger, Magdalena (Lena) Durrenberger, Theresa Durrenberger, Rose Margaret Durenberger

It's interesting to note that some of the children spell their surnames as Durenberger (one r). It is believed there was a dispute in the family that caused some to drop an 'r'.

 

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