Erwin Diehl's 2008 letter to John Illenberger - page 1
Your first mentioned ancestor Adam Stiebeling (also twice an ancestor of mine) was born about 1657 and died on 2 May 1717 in Gedern. He arrived with the descendants of the Counts of Stolberg-Wernigerode (who also possessed Gedern and lived in Gedern’s Castle), from Wernigerode to Gedern and was their Court Master Baker. His wife was Gertraud Ruppert, born 1653 and died 1705, daughter of Hans Ruppert, then owner of the Castle mill.

Adam Stiebeling's son Johann Christoph, born 1684 and died 1758, in 1727 married Anna Kunigunde Faust from Usenborn (also owned by the Count of Gedern), was also Court Master Baker and lay-judge in Gedern. The Court or Castle Master Baker had his Baker’s Cottage next to the Castle and lived on the ground floor of the Princess’s Building.

Johann Christoph’s son Johann Christian, born in 1729 and died in 1799, was a Master Tanner, in 1751 married Marie Weber, born in 1725 and died in 1799, and was granted a house of the Prince as a fief, opposite the “Bergwirtshaus” (name of an inn), on whose upper floor General Fransecky was born. The aforesaid fief of the Prince had a sandstone coat-of-arms which each succeeding generation had to purchase.

Johann Christian Stiebeling’s son Christoph was also a Master Tanner. He was born in 1760 and died in 1818, married in 1787 to Johanna Elizabeth Albertina Hölle, who was born in 1770 and died in 1848.

Christoph Stiebeling’s son Georg Christian, who was born in 1791 and died in 1847, still lived as Master Tanner in the hereditary house. In the years from 1814 to 1816 he built an inn, which today is called the “Bergwirtshaus”. Besides still working as a Master Tanner, he also became an innkeeper. In 1813 he married Catharina Margarethe Deckenbach, who was born in 1791 and died in 1863. This marriage produced nine children.

Johann Georg Christian Stiebeling, Dr. med., born 6 Nov. 1830 in Gedern, emigrated to America in 1854, just as in 1854 his brother Heinrich Lorenz Stiebeling, born 13 September 1819 in Gedern.

Ludwig Carl Stiebeling (also a brother of the aforementioned, was born in 1824 as the 7th child), becomes the successor of his father as Innkeeper and Master Butcher of the “Bergwirtshaus”, in 1847 married Auguste Louise Hermine Maria Peters. Their son Eduard Stiebeling, born in 1851, also emigrated to America.

The 8th son, Ludwig Karl Stiebeling, 18 April 1858. took over the “Bergwirtshaus” in Gedern, died in 1921. In 1885 in Gedern married Katharina Ganß , born 13 June 1858 in Ilbeshausen, daughter of an Innkeeper.

The 9th son, Philipp Christian, born in 1860, and his brother Wilhelm, born in 1864, the 10th son, also emigrated to America in 1883.

The son of Ludwig Karl Stiebeling, named Ludwig Stiebeling, born in 1888, takes over the “Bergswirtshaus” as Innkeeper and Master Butcher, died in 1948 in Frankfurt/Main in a Clinic. He was married to Berta Vonalt, born in 1890 in Gedern.

Erwin Diehl's 2008 letter to John Illenberger - page 2
The next proprietor, Ludwig Stiebeling’s son Ludwig Karl Stiebeling was also both an Innkeeper and Master Butcher. Frequently he would play his accordion in the evenings for his dinner guests. Incidentally, he also did genealogy. We often exchanged information. His wife was Ottilie Gölner, daughter of a mail carrier.

His children were Annerose Stiebeling (further information unknown); Mechthild Stiebeling, a physician, married in Norway, now deceased; Ludwig Stiebeling, an attorney in Gießen, spent weekends in Gedern. The name of his spouse, a teacher, is not known.

Ludwig Karl Stiebeling, born in 1911, sold the “Bergwirtshaus” in 1982 to Monika Schäfer. She lived in the “Bergwirtshaus” and was partners with a Jewish physician by the name of Kiesel, who was proven in 1987 to have set a house fire in the “Bergwirtshaus” in 1987.

In 1991, the former “Bergwirtshaus” was bought and renovated by the Gedern architect Herbert Weber. His professional offices are on the ground floor and the upper floors are rented out. The basement contains a small meeting hall in which gatherings and occasional small parties are held.

NOTE BY ILLENBERGER: “partners” is literal; it is ambiguous, and could imply anything from a business relationship to cohabitation. Saying that Dr. Kiesel was “proven” suggests he was convicted, but that is not stated.