Tuesday, January 5, 2016
DERNBACH -- THE HOMETOWN OF ANNA MARIA WITTAYER
My 2nd Great Grandmother Anna Maria Wittayer was born in Dernbach, Germany on 23 Oct 1841. She married Baltazar Nebgen in Dernbach. She also gave birth to her children -- Peter (1863), Nicholas (1865), Peter Clemens (1867), Emil (1876), Maria Rosina (1880) and Joseph Laurentius (1884) in Dernbach. Her son Peter Joseph (my Great Grandfather) was born in Eschelbach. Anna Maria died in Dernbach on 6 Jan 1918.
Since Dernbach is just south of Wirges and southwest of Staudt, my husband and I decided to stop there on our way back to our river cruise ship. We visited the St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Dernbach. This church was built in 1863 which is probably where her children were baptized.
Behind the actual church building is another building, shown in the photo below. I do love the large bell (in the above photo) that is located next to the church.
Dernbach was also the place of birth of Catherine Kasper, who was the founder of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ order. There is a statue and plaque in her honor in this church.