Oh John Oesterling, you man of mystery. The puzzle of your origins may have been solved.
The only thing we knew about the Oesterling origins was that John, Peter, and Leonhard’s parents last names were Oesterling/Kradel. At least that’s how they have been written in every tree that I’ve come across.
I had been given some information on another tree branch on my Kradel side and in doing some further internet research, I ran across a tree that is written in German. There were many listings of Oesterlings and a family with the last name of Kredel in this tree. Somehow I knew that I could connect this tree to ours, both on my Kradel side and through the Oesterlings.
It took only two emails back and forth with the tree’s owner to come to the conclusion that our Oesterlings did indeed descend from his Oesterlings and Kredels. I have entered most of his information into our tree on ancestry.com.
The Oesterling line now goes back to 1668 and beyond. I am now getting a picture of what our family was like while it was in Germany.
Actually, I’m 99.999% sure the puzzle is solved but it makes me beg the questions – if no one had the tree beyond John Oesterling and Elizabeth Ripper, then how has the family folklore (which may be just that – folklore!) survived? That’s the next mystery to solve!
In the meantime, John Oesterling’s parents were:
Father: Johann Peter Oesterling: July 18, 1762 in Michelbach, which is in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. He died August 5, 1814 in Michelbach.
Mother: Anna Elisabetha Kredel: August 31, 1774 in Erlau, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. She died on April 28, 1796 in Michelbach.
Married: October 27, 1791: Fränkisch-Crumbach
Wait! There’s more!
John was only a half-brother to Peter and Leonhard.
But don’t fret, because he was also their cousin!
After Anna Elisabetha Kredel passed away, John’s father remarried – to Anna Elisabetha’s sister, Maria Christina.
Peter and Leonhard’s Line:
Mother: Maria Christina Kredel: July 22, 1777 in Erlau, and she died on December 17, 1826 in Michelbach.
Married: September 27, 1796: Fränkisch-Crumbach