his death my father did some ancestry research. He reckoned that when a large
part of the residents of Ladbergen emigrated to the USA approximately in the
middle of the 19th century because of a famine in Ladbergen, members of the
Schoppenhorst family had to be among them. In
two stories of his chronicle Friedrich
Schoppenhorst, born 1848
describes how immeasurably poor the people were in the 19th century:
and My friend Heinrich Maneke. Several times my parents visited
descendants of the emigrants from Ladbergen who had founded the village New
Knoxville in Ohio. Friedrich
Saatkamp in (1) writes that the founders of the village dismissed the name
“New Ladbergen” as so much misfortune had happened to them in Ladbergen. In
contrast to that Friedrich Schoppenhorst, born 1848, wrote in the newspaper
“Heimatglocken” No. 6 (1815) that at the purchase of the land from one Mr
Veitel the Ladbergers had to obligate themselves to name the new village Knox-Ville
as the wife of Mr Veitel was born a Knox. Even today there are villagers here in
New Knoxville who speak the same Low German as it is spoken now in Ladbergen.
But there is nobody here called Schoppenhorst.
couple of people from Ladbergen but most notably the Protestant church Ladbergen
are still in contact with people from Ladbergen in the emigration regions in the
USA. But as Mr Apitz, an employee of the Protestant church says, according to
his knowledge there is nowhere a Schoppenhorst to be found.
The pictures from “New Knoxville” (at the top left) are taken from www.newknoxville.com
The sailing boat “Fridjof Nansen” (alias “Bremen” in the ARD series “Windstärke 8” (Wind Strength 8)) at the bottom right was taken by me in Lübeck in August 2005. The emigrants traveled from Europe to the New World on such boats in the 19th century. (Please click on the picture)
my parents got to know the parents of the astronaut Armstrong
(the first human on the moon) whose ancestors on his mother’s side
come from this New Knoxville respectively from Ladbergen. Friedrich Kötter
from Ladbergen/Overbeck emigrated there in 1864. Armstrong owns a farm
close to New Knoxville. Dietmar Kötter, innkeeper of the inn Gasthof
"Up de Birke”
is a descendant of above mentioned Friedrich Kötter.
a couple of visits to his parents my parents never got to know Mr
Armstrong. Once he was invited to visit Ladbergen but as he demanded
10,000 Dollars the Ladbergers abstained from his visit.