OUR GERMAN ROOTS
BRILON, WESTPHALIA (WESTFALEN),GERMANY
Town of origin of Julius Caesar Hesse and birthplace of his wife Gertrude Guntermann.
"Brilon (bree' lon) is a town of Prussia, Westphalia, 22 miles East of Arnsberg. Pop 3537 in 1855. Its large parish church is said to date from the time of Charlemagne."
GLAUCHAU, SAXONY (SACHSEN), GERMANY
Birthplace of Wilhelmina Sachse, Marie Müller Hesse's mother.
"Glauchau (glow'-cow) or Glaucha, a town of Saxony, 8 miles N. E. of Zwickau, on the Mulde. Pop. in 1848: 8184. It is enclosed by walls, and has a castle of the princes of Schönburg, of whose mediatized principality it is the capital."
GROSS GLOGAU, SILESIA (GLOGAU or GLOGOW, POLAND)
Birthplace of Rudolf Müller's grandfather, Carl Müller
"Glogau (glo'-gow), or Gross Glogau, sometimes written Glogaw, a strongly fortified town of Prussian Silesia government, and 35 miles N.N.W. of Liegnitz, on the left bank of the Oder, and on a branch railway from Frankfurt to Breslau, the town being connected by a wooden bridge with the Dom Insel, or Cathedral Island, in the Oder, which is separately fortified. Pop. in 1846: 12,450, or, including the garrison, 14, 591. Besides its cathedral, Glogau has many other Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches, a synagogue, a citadel with a large garrison, Roman Catholic and Protestant colleges, and a school of midwifery, with manufactures of beet-root sugar, tobacco, paper, woollen and cotton fabrics, and straw hats, and a considerable corn market."
LAUTERECKEN, BAVARIA (BAYERN)
Birthplace of Carl Brenner, father of Nellie Brenner Hesse, Henry Hesse's wife
"Lauterecken (low'ter-ekken) a town of Rhenish Bavaria, at the junction of the Lauter with the Glan, 17 miles N.W. of Kaiserlautern. Pop 1155."
LEIPA, BOHEMIA (BÖHMISCH) (NOW CESKA LIPA, CZECH REPUBLIC)
Birthplace of Marie Müller Hesse
MÜNSTERBERG, SILESIA (NOW ZIEBICE, WROCLAW, POLAND)
Birthplace of Rudolf Müller, Marie's father
"Münsterberg , a town of Prussian Silesia, 35 miles S. of Breslau, on the Oblau, Pop. 4000 (in 1855) It is enclosed by walls, and has breweries, manufactures of plush, and cotton stuffs."
This map shows Leipa, Bohemia (now Ceska Lipa in the Czech Republic) and Munsterberg, Silesia (now Ziebice in Poland) and Gross Glogau, Silesia (now Glogow in Poland)
Still to come: a map of Europe showing all of the towns.