Roots of the Vieselmeyer/meier family on Boerninghausen
The oldest known document in which the family name is mentioned is
the Ravensberg Declaration from 1556 (see print out below). The
record relates to the ancestor
The name was, in those days, written somewhat differently, using the
old german or "Saxon-German" spelling. Jorgen Vieselmeiger was a
peasant farm worker and lived in Boeninghausen (Westphalia).
Copy of the Ravensberg Declaration
from 1556 for the Boerninghausen settlement. (Translation see right)
The settlements and farms which were used by the peasants in
Boerninghausen in the middle ages belonged to a lord of the manor.
These pieces of land could be lived on and farmed by the peasants.
Nr. 2716. Jorgen Vieselmeiger is a peasant, with woman and
children my benevolent gentleman (the Duke of Jülich and Berg,
Count Von Ravensberg). The benevolent prince is landlord to all
the plots. The plot is made up of the house, yard and garden of
1 "Scheffelsaat" (0.1182 Hectare) of rye (the ownership rights
therefore belong to the Duke of Jülich and Berg, Count von
Ravensberg. If Jorgen Vieselmeiger dies without a (principal)
heir, he can occupy the place with another serf).
Seeded land: There are 3 plots of 3 "Scheffelsaats"
of rye in the Mede field. A razed piece of land from Mark county
(1 "Scheffelsaat" of rye) was given to the serf with the
permission of the "Droste" (the Dorste (Count) of the castle
Limberg) one year ago.
Debts: He gives my benevolent Sir. (Duke of Jülich and Berg,
Count von Ravensberg). annually 5 "Kortlinge" (a sum of money)
and 2 chickens.
Services: He personally serves (the lord of the manor) one day
Tenth: He does not give a tenth of his 3 pieces of land (from
the Mede field).
Boerninghausen during the blossom of fruit trees arround 1970
was first mentioned in a certificate on August 15, 993, by the
King Otto III as »Brunnenhuson«. The name of the village has
changed many times since then, from Burninghusen, to
Borneckhusen, to Borninghusen to Boeninghausen today. In 1220 a
chapel was built in the village which then developed into a
parish church between 1279 and 1334 with its own independent
parish. Historically Boerninghausen is comprised of several
parts, namely the church town of Boerninghausen, the village
Eininghausen, the Boerninghauser Marsh and the hamlet Balkenkamp
on the Limberg. Eininghausen is mentioned in an un-dated paper
from the Bishop Eilbert (1055 - 1080) as »Enighusen« and then
later »Enichausen«. The Boerninghauser Marsh is first mentioned
in 1256 as »Osterborninghusen«. The bordering, Saxonian farming
communiteis of Buescherheide (from the Bad Essen authority) and
Markendorf (from Melle) also belong to the parish.
Boerninghausen and Eininghausen lies in Eggetal, a small side
dale of the Wiehen hills. The dale is surrounded on all sides by
wooded hills. On the north side of the dale can be found the
main stretch of the preliminary Wiehen hills fortress called
Ritterburg, which remains today only as ruins. To the south is
the main ridge of the Wiehen hills with the towns Oberberg,
Nonnenstein and Maschberg.
The land and the cigar industry were the main sources of income
for the populatin of Eggetal. Up until a few years ago there
were several fruit farmers and fruit pantations with apple and
cherry trees. The dale was particularly beautiful in the spring
with the fruit trees in blossom. Today is tourism an important
source of income for the village. Because of the particularly
high quality air, the town received the state recognition in
1992 as a climatic spa.
As part of a regional rearrangment on January 1,
1973, the former authority of Boerninghausen was combined with
the several surrounding villages and hamlets to become the town
Preussisch Oldendorf. The town has a population of around
13,500 and is siuated in the north-east of the state of North
Rhine-Westphalia (see the map of Germany on the right), around
62 miles west of Hanover.
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