One of the most frustrating parts, for me, of researching German genealogy is names. It seems they name their children with the same names repeatedly. Usually if a baby or young child died and they had another child of the same sex they would use the name over again. I have seen this in several of my lines. They may also use the same first name and different middle name.
One of my favorite name challenges I have found is with my 3rd great grandfather. His name is Johannes Klapp II. When I first started to research, I assumed that his father would also be Johannes Klapp, I assumed wrong, his father is Giese Klapp. So, who is Johannes Klapp I? I still have not answered this question. Maybe as I continue to research, I will find him. I did find a Johannes Klapp III! According to Marie Klapp’s, my 2nd great grandmother’s, baptism record, her godmother was Marie Salzer sister in law to the father of the child, married to Johannes Klapp III. What? Would you really name both of your children, who lived into adult hood Johannes Klapp? I can tell you that it did happen in my family and every document I have, neither Johannes Klapp had a middle name. As I stated earlier, I still have not found Johannes Klapp I, I am still on a search for him.
Johannes Klapp II was born 3 Sept 1833 in Istha, Wolfhagen, Germany (my 3rd great grandfather) and married Anna Gertrude Brustmeier and had four children, Johann Georg, Anna Maria, Maria (my 2nd great grandmother), and Johannes Jacob. I really find it interesting that Maria was used in naming of their two daughters. I have read that family names are really important to German families. I am sure that plays a big role when choosing names for their kids.
Johannes Klapp III was born in 1837 in Istha, Wolfhagen, Germany and married Marie Elisabeth Salzer, they had 5 children Valantin, Carl, Johannes, Johann and Anna Catherine.
Giese Klapp and Anna Elisabeth Kessler (my 4th great grandparents) were married in Istha, Wolfhagen, Germany on 03 Nov 1832. He was the son of the farmer Johann Heinrich Klapp and Magdalena Dingler. Anna was the daughter of the linen weaver Johannes Kessler and Dorothea Elisabeth Klapp, I see Klapp name on several of my German lines.
Translation of marriage record. Giese Klapp farm servant, legitimate son of the farmer Johann Heinrich Klapp and his wife Magdalena Dingler, 26 year old reformed confession currently residing in Nothfelden. Anna Elisabeth Kessler legitimate daughter of the linen weaver Johannes Kessler from here and his wife Dorothea Elisabeth Klapp, 26 year old reformed confession resident in Istha, Wolfhagen.
If I could sit down with any of my ancestors, right now I would choose Johannes Klapp’s parents, Giese and Anne Elisabeth Klapp. I would love to ask them why they named both of their sons Johannes Klapp? This maybe a mystery that I may never understand. I will continue my search for this family and see what more I can learn about them.