Frans AMELANG & Mary PLOSCHENTZ were married December 26,1872. Frans (born 02/20/1844 Kothen,Germany - died 11/29/1917 Davis Co.,IA) and Mary (born 03/10/1851 Prussia - died 09/22/1924) AMELANG were the parents of nine children; William (b.1874), Paul (b.10/10/1876), Robert (b.08/22/1881), Rosa (b.04/02/1883), Cora (b.02/26/1885), Minnie (twin b.05/13/1887), Martha (twin b.05/13/1887), John (b.01/21/1888) & Mary (b.06/02/1890). Frans & Mary PLOSCHENTZ AMELANG are buried in the Sherman Chapel Cemetery, Davis County, Iowa.
MY G.GRANDFATHER'S CHRISTENING RECORD
Born in 1844 on 20 February at 8:00 in the evening and christened on 3 March, a son Christoph Wilhelm Frans AMELANG
Father: Johann Christoph AMELANG, local citizen and mason journeyman
Mother: Mrs. Marie Sophie Dorothee nee MINSEL
Witnesses of the christening were:
1) Bachelor Wilhelm Minsel, weaver journeyman in Rosefeld
2) Maiden Marie Nagel of Pisdorf
3) Bachelor Christoph Schadewald, resident and economist in Rosefeld
4) Maiden Friederike Schroeter of Rosefeld
We still know very little, other than names and dates about the family in Germany. It is believed that the entire Amelang family comes from within 150 kilometers of Kothen. We now know that Johann Gottfried, his son Johann Peter and his grandson Johann Erdmann all resided in Kothen, that Johann Peter was a day laborer and farmhand, and that Johann Erdmann (his eldest son) was a farmhand/manual laborer. We also know that Johann Erdmann's son, Johann Christoph worked as a journeyman mason, bricklayer, and gardener in Kothen, and that he died in Kothen in 1867. His wife's name was Maria Sophie Dorothe Minsel. She was the daughter of Johann Georg Minsel (a baker) and Katherine Luise Meiling and the granddaughter of farmers/small holders.
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