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Re: Faupel family

Posted: 5 Dec 2008 11:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Faupel Grauschmitter
Hello there.

I'm also descended from William (Wilhelm) and Anna Faupel (nee Grauschmitter [sp?])who lived in London in the early 20th century. Their 2nd son William was my grandfather. Wilhelm was a master baker. He came to England aged 14, boarded with the Grauschmitter family, became very fond of their daughter Anna and the rest is history - although quite what the true history is has become a little confusing! My grandfather also became a baker but worked in a bakehouse, whereas Wilhelm had his own shop, somewhere in the East End, I don't know where. William's brother Alfred (Alf) was a big noise in the trade unions in London at the time. My father's first job interview was as follows: "You work hard, boy?" "Yes,Sir". "You're Alf Faupel's nephew, aren't you?" "Yes Sir." "Start Monday." George Faupel, the youngest brother was killed in Galipolli in 1915. All three brothers fought in the first War, for England, even though they were full-blooded Germans. Meanwhile Wilhelm was having stones put through his windows and horse shit through his letter box, because he was a German."...and I had three sons fighting for England," he would bitterly recount later, "and one of 'em never came back!"

The Grauschmitter family did well for themselves in London, going in to the jewelery trade and later Anglicising their name to become Grossmiths of London.

William died before he reached fifty, from flour ono his lungs from the bakehouse. He was asthmatic, it transpired, but wasn't diagnosed until it was too late. On his death in 1939, a dispute over money broke out in the family and his widow Edith was left with nothing. She took various jobs ot make ends meet. The family was living in Hoxton at the time in a back to back house shared with three other families. william and Edith's children were John Edward (1920-1980), Olive Emma(1922-2008), William Horace (1927-1998) who was my father, and Joan Edith (born 1936) who has lived in Canada for many years and is still going strong.

After the split in the family after my Grandfather's death, our branch of the London Faupels lost touch with the rest. What became of Alf or Lizzie's children and grandchildren I couldn't say. I was interested to read about the variations in spelling (F or V) denoting Catholic or Protestant. It seems my grandfather may have further alienated himself from the rest of the familiy by marrying a Protestant girl....

So this is as much as I know about the Faupel family from the arrival of young Wilhelm in London in the 1890's. I've never been able to trace the line back to Germany, although I beleive Wilhelm's father was called Heinrich and lived in Bochum. I'd really appreciated any more information about the family in germany before the 1900's....
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Jackie Blight 18 Aug 2000 1:21PM GMT 
Peter Faupel 15 Aug 2003 9:31PM GMT 
wlfaupel1 15 Feb 2004 6:43PM GMT 
jeanette friedman 16 Apr 2006 5:17PM GMT 
biccybecca 6 Apr 2008 6:08PM GMT 
jamesfaupel1 5 Dec 2008 6:30PM GMT 
Shirley Tynan 2 May 2007 11:32AM GMT 
Shirley Tynan 25 Sep 2008 7:49PM GMT 
jamesfaupel1 21 Dec 2008 2:42PM GMT 
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