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Bischofshagen chronicle of approx 1650 to 1700


Unfortunately nothing is known of the relatives of Hieronymus Vieselmeyer (also Fiselmeyer or Fieselmeyer) in the neighbouring Bischofshagen. In the same year, in which he gave the valuable communion goblet to the church of Boerninghausen Hartwig Vieselmeyer died. Three years later on March 4, 1653, his wife also died. Their son Johann Vieselmeyer had, in the meantime, gotten married and taken over the parental mill enterprise (Vieselmill) at Bischofshagen No. 28, aera Kohlflage. He had six children, three boys and three girls with his wife

BORGSTEDE, Magdalena, born 1614 in Germany.

Their children were

VIESELMEYER, Dorothee, October 29, 1637, baptized in Gohfeld,
VIESELMEYER, Johann Juergen, June 21, 1640, baptized in Gohfeld,
VIESELMEYER, Gertrud, June 11, 1643, baptized in Gohfeld,
NOLTING nee VIESELMEYER, Otto, May 7, 1646, baptized in Gohfeld / October 5, 1727, buried in Gohfeld,
VIESELMEYER, Catharina Elisabeth, Sept. 2, 1649, baptized in Gohfeld,
BORGSTEDE nee VIESELMEYER, Christian, May 23, 1652, baptized in Gohfeld.

At first sight it is amazing that the sons Otto and Christian have other surnames. This is due to a traditional Westphalian practice. The youngest child inherited the entire estate. If a woman inherited a farm as a youngest child, the name of the yard remained. After marriage the married man accepted the name of the woman and the children also received these names. Still today, in many areas of Germany, people say “house name” instead of surname. The son Otto married for the first time on July 1, 1673

NOLTING, Ilsabe November 16, 1650, baptized in Gohfeld / June 30, 1700, buried in Gohfeld,

who inherited those the parental yard Joellenbeck No. 5, on helmet mountain. Therefore the man married-into the name of the yard. Joellenbeck is the earlier name of Gohfeld and not be confused with the more well-known suburb of Joellenbeck near Bielefeld. After the death of his first wife Otto Nolting married his second wife on 22 October 1701. His second wife

RICHTER, Anna Catherina October 20, 1675, baptized in Gohfeld / February 2, 1744, buried in Gohfeld,

with whom he had two children. Together with the children from his first marriage he had nine children.

The youngest son of Johann and Magdalena Vieselmeyer was Christian. He bears the name Christian Borgstede, thus the earlier maiden name of his mother. He probably inherited his mother’s yard as a youngest son and received the maiden name as the start of his mother’s inheritance, which then became his house name. No entry of a marriage in the church book exists, so that we don’t know anything about his descendants or marriage either. His sister Catharina Elizabeth Vieselmeyer was likewise not married and had no children. His sister Gertrud Vieselmeyer got married in the year 1669 to

CORSMEYER, Johann January 18, 1646, baptized in Gohfeld / July 30, 1719, buried in Gohfeld.

His assets (Bischofshagen, house number 30) can be found on the old charts as the area name "Stickdorn". According to an inspection register of Bischofshagen in 1682 he is recorded as being 36 years old, called "Johann on the Stickdorn". The family was also called "Cords".

The second son of Johann and Magdalena Vieselmeyer was Johann Juergen Vieselmeyer married on April 16, 1666, in Gohfeld

NOLTING, Trine, born 1635 in Germany.

Not much is known about the children from this marriage. There were probably no further descendants. Of particularly consideration is Dorothee Vieselmeyer, the eldest daughter of Johann and Magdalena Vieselmeyer. She got married at the age of just 18 years on July 22, 1655, in Gohfeld

VIESELMEYER nee Volle, Heinrich, born 1628 in Germany / in February, 1706, buried in Gohfeld.

The married man accepted the surname of his wife because the so-called Vieselmill (Bischofshagen Nr 28, Gemarkung Kohlflage), was inherited by the eldest daughter. This deviated from Westphalian inheritance law, because the youngest child Christian Borgstede nee Vieselmeyer was only 3 years old at the time of the marriage and so was not given the right of inheritance of his mother’s land. It can be assumed that the family managed the family plot for a transitional period up to the point where the son: Christian was old enough to take responsibility. Heinrich and Dorothee Vieselmeyer had 11 children and so the Gohfelder family branch continued.

VIESELMEYER, Johann I, May 26, 1656, baptized in Gohfeld / 1705, buried February 14 in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Anna Elisabeth, February 14, 1658, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Johann Friedrich, May 27, 1660, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Hartwig, March 18, 1663, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Rolf, March 18, 1663, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Johann II, February 19, 1665, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Anna Cathrina, February 2, 1668, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Henrich Otto, August 10, 1670, baptized in Gohfeld / died around 1715
VIESELMEYER, Maria Ilsabe, December 28, 1672, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Anna Gertrud, December 28, 1672, baptized in Gohfeld / June 11, 1708, buried in Mennighueffen
VIESELMEYER, Johann Henrich, March 31, 1675, baptized in Gohfeld / died July 1676, buried in Gohfeld

Heinrich Vieselmeyer nee Volle married for the second time in December 1678 to

ENDTEN, Margretha, born around 1637 in Germany / died 1705, buried in Gohfeld.


This marriage probably didn’t produce any children. Whether his first wife Dorothee Vieselmeyerdied, is also unknown, since no entry was found in the church book. Heinrich Vieselmeyer nee Volle, is called Untervogt in the church book; this is a head of a small municipality or “Vogtei”. According to the inspection register of Bischofshagen in 1682 on plot Nr. 28 "Johan Fieselmueller", 27 years old, indicated as owner (previously Heinrich). The oldest son Johann I is referred to. Heinrich Vieselmeyer nee Volle had probably promptly handed the mill enterprise over to his eldest son, in order to be able to completely dedicate himself to his job as “Untervogts”. Why the oldest child of the Vieselmill took over, so deviating from Westphalian law is unclear.

The youngest son Johann Heinrich Vieselmeier had already deceased as an infant. With regards to the remaining children no marriages, births and deaths have been found. Only with the following four children can the research be continued at present:

a) Johann I
b) Johann Friedrich
c) Heinrich Otto
d) Anna Gertrud.

On June 1, 1681 a) Johann I Vieselmeyer married

MASCHHOP, Margretha, born around 1660 in Wulferdingsen

in the Evangelical-Lutheran church of Gohfeld. The couple had the following children:

VIESELMEYER, Anna Cathrina, March 18, 1682, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Trin Elisabeth, July 18, 1683, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Johann Jürgen, August 11, 1686, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Anna Maria, September 10, 1690, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Cathrina Elisabeth, August 3, 1692, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Johann Henrich, September 24, 1696, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Anne Margrethe, October 19, 1698, baptized in Gohfeld / died September 3, 1738, bury in Gohfeld

The further development of this family line is dealt with on the following pages.

The brother b) Johann Friedrich Vieselmeyer also married in the church of Gohfeld on April 2, 1684, to

PAHMEYER, Anna Margretha, May 27, 1660, baptized in Gohfeld.

They had the following children:

VIESELMEYER, Anna Elsabe, September 17, 1684, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Anna Elisabeth, October 19, 1687, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Johann Daniel, April 30, 1690, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, Johann Otto, September 21, 1692, baptized in Gohfeld

Whether the descendants of Johann Friedrich Vieselmeyer and his Ehefrau Anna Margretha were married and had children is not known. The Gohfelder church books don’t have any further entries for any of the four children. Probably this branch of the family moved to another town; however, so far the location could not be determined.

The other brother c) Heinrich Otto Vieselmeyer was married to:

KAHRE, Cath. Ilsabein, April 28, 1669, baptized in Exter

The marriage ceremony took place on the October 19, 1698, in the church in Gohfeld. After the death of her husband around 1715 the widow married Johann Hermann Puls in 1715 in Exter on September 15. The first marriage with Heinrich Otto Vieselmeyer produced the following descendants:

VIESELMEYER, Anne Cathrine, July 19, 1699, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, N.N., July 17, 1701, baptized in Gohfeld
VIESELMEYER, N.N., August 1, 1706, baptized in Gohfeld

Unfortunately there is no further evidence of this branch of the family. Possibly her second husband adopted the children and so the children took the name Puls. For these investigations it would be necessary to go to Church records in Exter, which today belongs to the city of Vlotho.

The sister d) Anna Gertrud Vieselmeyer married

HEKELNKÄMPER O. FELDSCHER, Johann Henrich, born 1669 in Germany / died March 21, 1712, buried in Mennighueffen

The married couple had four children, the daughter Anna Dorothea Ilsaben (baptized March 12, 1702) and the sons Johann David (baptized March 3, 1704 / died April 6, 1704), Ernst Henrich (baptized Sept. 20, 1705 / died October 2,.1726) and Johann Philipp ( baptized May 13, 1708 / died June 17, 1708). All the sons died young, some still as children. The mother Anna Gertrud died on June 11, 1708, briefly after the birth of the fourth child. Only six days later the small boy also died. The widower got married for the second time in the same year (November 30, 1708) to Cathrina Ilsaben Trampe. The year after their son Johann Philipp Hekelnkaemper (October 27, 1709, baptized in Mennighueffen / died 1770, buried in Mennighueffen) was born. The further development of this family has no great meaning to the Vieselmeyer/meier family tree.

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