Rudolf Kottemann and Bertha Rumpf
for a full picture of them click on the one above
The meaning of this name is quite simple: Kotte = Kotten, Koetter or Kate: This is an outhouse of a big farm, where farming families are living. These families did not own the place, but had practically leased it from the big farm, including some land. As a lease they had to work a certain number of days a year for various jobs on the big farm. Mann - means simply man. Therefore - KOTTEMANN = MAN from the KOTTEN. You find a few variations of this name in the area - KOTTMANN, KOTTERMANN, KOETTERMANN - all are more common than KOTTEMANN. The first mention of the name of KOTTEMANN has been in the churchbook of the LUTHERAN church in STEINHAGEN in 1641, or 1643 or 1646 as "HEINRICH known as KOTTEMANN" was married to ???. This may be correct or not. It would be a matter to get access to the old records. We are going to see and hope that Fritz and Ursla Kottemann, the current caretakers of the homestead will help us search the locak records for more information.
In the mid 19th Century five brothers, Karl (Charles), Eugen (Eugene), Friedrich, Franz, and Heinrich came from the TEUTOBURGER WALD (Wald = forest) is the most nothern mountain range in Western Germany. They arrived via ship out of Hamburg (Ship name forthcoming) in New Orleans, LA. It is unknown how long they stayed before Heinrick returned to Germany (we believe) and Frederick and Franz moved up the Mississippi to St. Louis, MO.
Frederick is the line that my family is attached to and the one I have most information on. He came from Germany with a wife, Mary Osing from Hanover, and a son, named Frederick who was 14 years old at the time. This pattern is evident today in the location of about 70 Kottemann's in the USA that I have tracked through the internet and am currently collecting data from. The Missouri Kottemann's were very German in their mannerisms.
A quick update for those who are involved in my current research... I have been very busy trying to fit the jigsaw together. There are some stories and lines where the information is short of exact, and I am trying to discern what dates are correct. As I get the information together I will post it here. I am currently readying a letter to the Kottemann's in Germany. I have about 20 addresses. I will also be working to get hard copies out to those Kottemann's who have requested a copy. Trying to compile it into something other than a mess is a bit rough. I am also using Ultimate Family Tree software so if you would rather I email you the file or send it by disk then let me know.
At least of who I have to date - not including the lines that go through all the Kings of England, etc.
Also looking for clear lines from Aneka JANS and Everdus BOGARDUS of New York 1600's. Grandmother insists there is a connection but I can not fill in the middle!
WHERE ARE WE NOW?, The Kottemann's of Today.
HIGHREACHES Our own Medieval fact and fantasy domain.
TEANAH'S DREAMSCAPE The WebMeister's personal pages.
DAUGHTERS OF THE UNION VETERANS ORIGINS & MEMORIALS The women of my family are members and my Grandmother is a past national president of the organization.
Old map of the GRAFSCHAFT (earldom) RAVENSBERG from 1778. (86K) Loxten is on the left lower side, but unfortunately it cannot be seen fromn the photograph Gerhard took of the map.
ROAD MAP OF THE LOXTEN AREA of Germany where the Kottemann family originates from. (117K) You find LOXTEN, near Versmold, between the towns Osnabrück and Bielefeld somewhat to the south of the line, which is practically the mountain range TEUTOBURGER WALD.
A PICTURE OF THE OLD FARM HOUSE, an arial photgraph made about 1955. The place was rebuilt in 1909 and is even today just about the same lay-out.
THE OLD HOMESTEAD TODAY (75K)
AN ANGEL IN CYBERCLOTHING Great Genealogy Resource.