Photo courtesy of Jim Edgar ownwe of the building in Warren Count
my research twelve years ago (1993) I was able to find about 48 families
with our name in the phone book. In the so called Schoppenhorst Family World Book No. 282521, Family Heritage
International USA of 1997 there are 32 entries in the US phone book with
our name: Alabama 1, Arizona 2, Georgia 1, Illinois 1, Indiana 6,
Kentucky 2, Michigan 1, Minnesota 1, Missouri 10, South Carolina 1,
contrast today (2005) I can find 126 entries in the USA. But that is not
because of the fast ‘reproduction’ of the ‘Americans’ but because
back then I only checked one phone book while this time I checked three
books. In one of the three examined phone books there is a accumulation in
the states of Missouri (15), Indiana (11), and Wisconsin (11). In
Minnesota there are 3 entries for Schoppenhorst. These states lay in
relatively close proximity to each other.
another phone book I found 45 entries for Schoppenhorst: Illinois 5,
Connecticut 2, Florida 13, Alabama 5, Georgia 7, Colorado 4, Arizona 6,
a third phone book I found 41
parties: Missouri 12, Indiana 7, Wisconsin 7, Minnesota 3, Georgia 3,
Texas 2, Alaska 1 (www.boreallodge.com),
Alabama 1, Arizona 1 (www.schoppenhorst.com),
Florida 1, Illinois 1, Kentucky 1, Ohio 1. However, it should be noted
that as yet I wasn’t able to check up on how many of them had themselves
entered in two or even three phone books at the same time.
to the knowledge at hand 50% of all Americans with the name Schoppenhorst
live in 3 states (63 of 126): 27 in
Missouri, 18 in Indiana, and 18 in Wisconsin. Of the 8 Schoppenhorsts
from Ladbergen who emigrated in the middle of the 19th century most
settled down in this area. I
wrote to a couple of Americans asking whether they knew anything about
their ancestors. Until today (May 13, 2006) I received some messages
namely, that is from Heidi
who herself is from Alaska and married Scott Schoppenhorst. His ancestors
are from Wisconsin.
writes that there were many people with the name Schoppenhorst there. I
had a temporary correspondence of a couple of months with A.
(he doesn’t want to be mentioned by name). He wrote that he visited
Ladbergen in 1993 and that he is interested in his ancestors. I hit the
mark with Jane
and Cathie Schoppenhorst (316)
who heard of my plans through A. Both had engaged themselves with ancestry
research for a long time already, especially with the emigrants from
Ladbergen. Of course with the Schoppenhorst family, too. Through numerous
e-mails by Jane Denny suddenly a flood of data was available to me – I
was able to draw on abundant resources and was hardly able to catch up, to
process, and to read up. Jane is on friendly terms with Pastor
John Clausing who is
considered a specialist in the field of ancestry research regarding
Ladbergen. Through Jane I established contact with him.
new data that he made available to me, time and again he (just like Jane)
pays thorough attention that I don’t make any mistakes. This is great
help, as a amateur you cannot imagine how easily a mistake happens and how
easily a terrible confusion can emerge, especially when you keep several
lists. From the start Pastor Clausing warned me of this problem.
you are interested in astronomy on the internet,
you know Gary
There he exhibits wonderful space pictures. Jane Denny drew his attention
to my homepage, too and he wrote me a letter with a complete list of his
ancestors that starts with Emanuel, born in 1709, and ends with Gary’s
children. By the way, he has nearly the same nickname as me, his is
Schoppy, mine is Schoppi.
late there is a new list of the distribution of individuals with the name
Schoppenhorst in the USA to be found under http://names.whitepages.com/Indiana/last/Schoppenhorst
I tried to compile a list of ancestors including all Schoppenhorsts from Europe and the USA, which is still incomplete though.