The German Groebe's


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Tom and Katie recently visited Germany while in Europe during the summer of 2001 and had the pleasure of visiting with some of the Groebe family living there. Until recently we knew nothing about these family members in Germany. We only thought that Christoph came to the USA in 1865 and settled on a farm near Chicago, Illinois. But about a year ago some of the Groebe's living in Germany found our GroebeFamily web site on the internet and made contact with us via e-mail.

We were told by them that Christoph had two brothers; Adam, who also came to America, and Bernard who stayed in Germany. They lived as children in Westhofen, Germany (near Frankfurt) in the building shown here. We have been unable to find a record of Christoph having a brother named Adam, but he did have a son named Adam who came on the ship with the family. Adam was known to have returned to Germany for visits.

Christoph's Home

Bernard's first wife died and he remarried. Fritz and Ilse of Pfeddersheim, Germany (near Worms, Germany) are pictured here with Tom standing outside of the Worms' Cathedral. Fritz is descended through Bernhard's first wife.

By Worms Cathedral

Another picture of them with Tom and Katie:

Ilse & Fritz at home

One of Fritz and Ilse's sons, Gunther, a Dermatologist living in Friedricksdorf, Germany, came to the USA on a business trip in May and while in the Chicago area visited with Ed, Dottie and Doug. He is shown here on the right, with Ed.

Ed and Gunther

One day we hope to meet Gunther's brother, Karl Friedrich.

In September while traveling through Europe Tom and Katie met Ilse and Fritz, also some cousins descended via Bernhard's second wife. There was Fritz and Marianne who run the Groebe Butcher Shop in Biebesheim. Sadly, Fritz (aka Big Fritz) died in December of 2004.

Butcher Shop Big Fritz & Marianne Big Fritz & Marianne

Fritz's mother Matilda (Uma)lives with them in Biebesheim.

Uma, Kate & Max 4 Generations

Fritz and Marianne have two children; K. F. (Fritz) who runs the Groebe Winery and Annette who is married to Marcus Gewalt.  The Gewalt's have three children named Pamina, Ann-Katherine and Maximillian who are pictured in this photo.

Gewalt Family

Tom and Katie had a good time staying with Fritz and enjoyed picking grapes at the Groebe Winery in Westhofen.

Katie picking

Gunther and K. F. (Fritz) of Germany  and Tom of the USA are fifth cousins. We are excited about learning of our distant cousins and actually having a chance to visit with them face to face. We hope that some day they will be able to visit with us here in America as Gunther did.

Tom and Fritz

We also wish to get more details on birth, death, and marriage dates for the living as well as deceased relatives so that we might find other relatives in Germany. If anyone can provide information please contact

Ed Groebe at edward_groebe@ieee.org

You may wish to contact some of our German relatives at the following e-mail addresses:

Ilse & Fritz at Fritz.Groebe@t-online.de

Gunther at Groebe.G@t-online.de

K. Fritz at K.F.Groebe@t-online.de

The total Groebe lineage can be seen by going to: Groebe's

The more recent German Groebe lineage can be seen by going to: German Groebe's

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