I am a descendant of Lazarus and Johanette Allenberg who emmigrated from Hettenleidelheim in the Rheinpfalz in Germany. The Allenbergs from whom I am descended were Jewish and immigrated first to Cincinatti, then to Indiana, and ultimately to Memphis Tennessee. My great grandmother and two of her sisters went west to Washington, Oregon, and California.
The Allenbergs were the largest Jewish family in Hettenleidelheim. There is a Karl Blum Archives in the town of Hettenleidelheim. Karl Blum was a local historian who created family trees for sixty of the most well-known Jewish families in Hettenleidelheim. I have a copy of the Allenberg tree, but did not see a Wilhelm Allenberg on it; however, Levi Allenberg was from Breunigsweiler and WIlhelm may have been from that town. One of the Allenberg family left Germany to escape conscription into the army. It is possible that he may have changed his name. There are a few Allenbergs listed on the family tree from Germany who are listed as having gone to America/whereabouts unknown. The Archives gathered Karl Blum's papers and manuscripts and published a book titled The Jews and the Two Jewish Cemeteries of Hettenleidelheim. The book has photos and details of the Jewish graveyards in Hettenleidelheim, including photos of the gravestones.
We had portions of the book translated concerning our family, the Allenbergs. If you would like to order the book, I am sending you the name of my contact in Hettenleidelheim, Ludger Becker. His father is the volunteer curator of the Archives. I am also sending you the link to the Hettenleidelheim webpage. I wish you success in your search for your family.
Phoebe Smith http://www.hettenleidelheim.de/
Altleininger Straße 25
phone : +49 6351 41874
mobile phone : +491709616708
e-mail : Ludger@LJBecker.de
www : http://www.ljbecker.de