German Wappen Of
Reicherd Family from Ravensburg
Our Reichert family (sometimes spelled Richert), German roots are from the former Kingdom of Wurttemberg, in village of Weingarten-Ravensburg. The town of Ravensburg was founded by the Lords of Welfen in the 12th century. It became a free Imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire in the 15th century. In 1810 it was incorporated into the Kingdom of Wurttemberg.
Ravensburg developed at the foot of the Welfen Castle (drawing above) which was first mentioned in 1088. Today the castle is known as "Vitsburg". The Duchal family Welfen established a market town at the intersection of two important trade routes where municipal law had been in place since the 12th century.
By the time of The Reformation, the city had decided on a denominational policy of parity, where it was one of four cities in the Holy Roman Empire where Catholics and Protestants had equil rights. Unfortunatly, history mentiones only the good parts. Numerous wars had ravaged the country side and the Towns and villages had been sacked. There was no apparent concern for the well being of our ancestors. Not to mention a guy by the name of Napoleon lurking about and presganging the men into his Grande Armee.
Our Reichard ancestors decided to take matters into there oun hands, and so they did. They sold their properties and posessions, loaded the necessities and and made tracks for the South Russian stepps, where Tzar Alexander was promoting immegration to a peacefull land where there was lots of room for a better life.
In 1809 -1810 our ancestor Andreas Reichert arrived at the newly established village of Rohrbach in the administration area of Kherson, South Russia. The family would have embarked on their long journey at the city of Ulm on the Wurttemberg side of the River Danube and traveled down river to Budapest. From here their journey will have taken one of two possible routes, (1) an overland wagon-train to thr River Dniester in South Russia, or more likley (2) continuing their river boat voyage on the Danube to the Black sea coast and on to the city of Odessa.
Generation 1: Andreas Reichert (1787 - 1841) B: Wingarten-Ravensburg, Wurttemberg, D: Oct 1841 Rohrbach, Kerson Province, South Russia. M: Eva, she B: 1785 Wurtenberg. Their children (1) Johann B: 1811, Jacob B: 1812, and (3) Georg Valentin Sr B: about 1815,
Generation 2: Georg Valentin Reichert Sr, about (1815 - 1875) B: Rohbach, South Russia, D: abt 1875. M: Dec 14, 1837 Eva Catharina Strasser, @ Rohrbach, she B: about 1814 Rohrbach. Their children (1) Georg Valentin Jr, B: Nov 2 1838, (2) Anna Maria B: Jan 10 1843, (3) Catharina B: Oct 7 1840, (4) Michael B: Mar 18 1848, (5) Eva Maria B: Jul 27 1850, (6) Johannes B: Dec 1852, (7) Phillip B: Jun 12 1858 and (8) Jacob The newly married couple Friedrich and Margarete Reichert left Rohrbach in late 1887 or early 1888, immigrating to Sutton, Clay County, Nebraska in the USA.
The newly married couple Friedrich and Margarete Reichert left Rohrbach in late 1887 or early 1888, immigrating to Sutton, Clay County, Nebraska in the USA.