The HECKENBACHs of WITTLICH

Wittlich is a city of 18000 located north of the Mosel River, east of Trier, in the Rhineland. There has been a concentration of Heckenbach families living in Wittlich beginning around 1796. It's not known where the family originated, or whether they were related to concentrations of Heckenbachs in other towns. There are still many names to work into the chart. See list at bottom. Also, living persons are excluded.

Johann Heckenbach was apparently the "founder," of the family in Wittlich, the earliest one in the records, born perhaps about 1766, but that's just a guess, somewhere unknown. He died in Wittlich before 1799. He married Anna Maria MARX or MERXIN (born 25.06.1769 in Wittlich, died on 1.05.1835), some time before 1796. She was the daughter of  Franz Marx (born 22.03.1716 in Wittlich, died 21.03.1790 in Wittlich) and Appolonia LOSER (born in 1726 and died 24.09.1794) who married before 1748. After the death of Johann, Anna Maria married Johann Josef KIESGEN in 1799.

Johann and Anna Marie had only one child, Johann Baptist Heckenbach (born 3 Sep 1796 Wittlich; profession: Uhrmacher, died 11 Feb 1869). Johann Baptist m1 Anna Jacobina WEINAND (born on 4 Sep 1796 in Wittlich, died 13 Apr 1844 in Wittlich) on 26 Nov. 1816. Then he m2 Anna Jakobina BUDINGER (born 10 Oct 1822 in Wittlich, died 18 Mar 1895, the daughter of Christof BUDINGER and Angela GINDORF) in 1851. Johann Baptist and Anna Jacobina Weinand had eight children:
  1. Josef Heckenbach was born 25.08.1817 in Wittlich. He m Maria Agathe KRANZ (20 Nov 1822-6 Jun 1893) on 10 May 1849. 
    Josef and Maria Agathe had the following children:

    1. Sybilla Heckenbach 11 Feb 1850- 15 July 1861
    2. Clara Catharina Heckenbach 30 July 1851- >1896 (godmother of 1896 Clara)
    3. Mathias Josef Heckenbach 12 December 1853- married Maria BECKER (b 1862) in 1883. His profession: teacher.
    4. Jakob Heckenbach (9 January 1857-16 March 1928) married Maria Anna WENDEL (17 February 1859-10 October 1932) in 1886. His profession: Ökonom (economist)

      1. Clara Heckenbach 12 October 1896-
      2. Friedrich Wilhelm Heckenbach 29 September 1899-
    1. Barbara Heckenbach 6 Sept 1859-18 March 1861
    2. Maria Sybilla Heckenbach 20 Oct. 1861- married Mathias GEISEN (b 1861) on 24 Jan 1889
    3. Maria Heckenbach 30 August 1863-
    4. Clara Heckenbach 19 March 1865- 29 September 1869
  2. Johann Jakob Heckenbach was born 25 April 1819. He m Margarethe KUNSMANN  (ca. 1813- 16 Nov 1885) on 18 November 1847. He died just 3 months later, on 20 January 1848.
  3. Nikolaus Heckenbach was born 13 July 1821, and died 20 August 1887. Nikolaus was a Schreiner (cabinetmaker, joiner). He m1 Barbara KUNSMANN (b 16.02.1821 in Wittlich, died 16.02.1849 in Wittlich) on 1 Feb 1848, and m2 Anna Maria DENZER (b 1822 died 23 November 1889 in Wittlich) on 26 Apr 1849

    Nikolaus and Barbara had no children. Nikolaus and Anna Maria had the following children:

    1. Josef Heckenbach b  2 Aug 1849. Josef m1 Maria Anna KEMMER (born 2 May 1852, Altrich, died 6 September 1880, Wittlich) on 22 Jan 1878 in Wittlich. He m2 Anna Maria ARENS (b 10 Nov 1856) on 3 Feb 1894. Josef and Maria Anna had two daughters

      1. Sybilla Heckenbach 4 January 1879 in Wittlich.
      2. Catharina Heckenbach 17 May 1880 in Wittlich.
    2. Heinrich Nikolaus Heckenbach b 3 Jul 1850. Profession: Tagelöhner. He m1 Maria CASPARI ( born 13.04.1854 in Wittlich, died 15.12.1879 on 10 Nov 1877 and m2 Barbara BUNGERT (born 30.06.1854 in Wittlich) on 31 July 1880. Heinrich and Barbara had the following children:

    1. Peter Heckenbach (2 Sep 1881 in Wittlich - 17 Nov 1884 in Wittlich)
    2. Elisabeth Heckenbach b 29 Sep 1882 in Wittlich.
    3. Josef Heckenbach b 25 Aug 1886 in Wittlich.
    4. Johann Heckenbach b 14 Jan 1889 in Wittlich.
    5. Matthias Heckenbach b 1 Mar 1897 in Wittlich. He died on 7 Jan 1971 in Wittlich. Matthias married Anna GITZEN (born on 2 Sep 1895 in Deudesfeld, died 10 Mar 1979 in Wittlich) on 29 April 1921 in Wittlich. Their son Heinrich (1933-1996)  m Ingeburg HEINZ (1939-2000.)

    1. Margarethe Heckenbach b 22 February 1852 in Wittlich. She died 18 June 1853
    2. baby born and died 16 February 1854 in Wittlich
    3. Elisabeth Heckenbach b 10 May 1855 in Wittlich. She died 19 July 1856
    4. Elisabeth Heckenbach b 8 Aug 1857 in Wittlich. Elisabeth married Andreas FELLER in 1885
    5. Gertrud Heckenbach b 9 Mar 1859 in Wittlich. Gertrud married Mathias SCHOMMER (b 1868) on 20 Oct 1892
    6. Conrad Heckenbach b 16 August 1863. He m Margarethe BUDINGER (b 1868 in Wittlich) in 1894. Conrad and Margarethe had the following children:

    1. Johann Heckenbach b 3 Oct 1895 in Wittlich.
    2. Anna Maria Heckenbach b 27.10.1896 in Wittlich, died on 12 Dec 1896 in Wittlich.
    3. Christina Heckenbach b 15.11.1897 in Wittlich
    4. Barbara Heckenbach b 29.09.1899 in Wittlich.
    1. Jakob Heckenbach b 1 Feb 1867 in Wittlich. He died 19.06.1889.


  4. Anna Maria Heckenbach b 26 Jul 1823 in Wittlich, died 20.03.1870.
  5. Catharina Heckenbach b 12 May 1825 in Wittlich, died 20.08.1864
  6. Elisabeth Heckenbach b 11 Dec 1827 in Wittlich, died on 11 Feb 1861.
  7. Sybilla Heckenbach b 29 Jun 1829 in Wittlich. Was godmother to the 1850 Sybilla.
Anna Jacobina (maiden name WEINAND) died 13 April 1844. Johann Baptist married Anna Jakobina BUDINGER in Wittlich on 24 March 1851. However, the first of their 4 children, Heinrich, was born before this second marriage. 
  1. Heinrich Heckenbach b 21 September 1849 in Wittlich. .He married Susanne SCHOMMER (the daughter of Josef SCHOMMER ca 1809-1869 and Elisabeth GEIBES 1811-). Heinrich and Susanne had the following childrenm all born in Wittlich:
  1. Dorothea Heckenbach 9 Nov 1875-
  2. Johann Heckenbach 21 Dec 1876- 5 Jun 1878
  3. Johann Heckenbach 2 April 1879-
  4. Theresia Heckenbach 21 Sep 1881-
  5. Philipp Heckenbach 3 March 1884-
  6. Peter Heckenbach 17 Dec1885-
  7. Helena Heckenbach b Jan 7 1888, d May 5 1963 in Solano, CA, US. She departed from Liverpool, England, on the ship Etruria, arriving 25 Feb 1907 at New York, married Kaspar WEBERSKIRCH (1875 – 1945) and lived in Precinct 2, Routt, Colorado, in 1910. They had a son John D. WEBER (1917 – 1996).

Anna Jakobina BUDINGER also had a daughter Angela BUDUNGER born 1846.

Then Johann Baptist and Anna Jakobina had three more children:
  1. Maria Heckenbach b 3 Jan 1852 in Wittlich.
  2. Heinrich Heckenbach b 23 Jan 1858 in Wittlich. He died 14 Apr 1861
  3. Anna Maria Heckenbach b 20 Aug 1862 in Wittlich. She was unmarried when she had a son Peter Heckenbach born 27 Jun 1883. Then Anna Maria m Peter KRISCHEL b 1858 in Wittlich, in 1883.


There was a Johann Heckenbach living in Wittlich. He is not yet identified with the other families. He was married to Anna BUDINGER. They had a son Johann, b 27 November 1909. Johann m Grete Lieselotte HERMKENS (b 2 November 1909 in Saarbrücken) on 5 February1938 in Wittlich. Johann was a pilot, shot down over Russia, died in captivity, death date decreed as 31 Dec 1945. Grete died in 1968. They had two sons:
  1. Hermann Heckenbach b 5 January 1939 in Wittlich, moved to USA and married Patricia Louise BLANK (b 22 March 1933 in Warrensburg MO) on 3 May 1958 in Miami OK
  2. Kurt Heckenbach, b 7 June 1941, d 1 February 1944 in Wittlich
The Johann Baptist Heckenbach b 1796, and Anna BUDINGER b 1822, could hardly be the parents of Johann at their age, so there must have been another couple with the same names. There were other people living in Wittlich who might match. There were other Heckenbachs living in Wittlich, relationships unknown.

LIST OF all HECKENBACHS in WITTLICH
*birth     +death     <before     u about   m1. spouse1     m2. spouse 2

HECKENBACH Anna Maria *1823 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Anna Maria *1862 Wittlich married KRISCHEL Peter 1883
HECKENBACH Anna Maria *1896 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Barbara *1859 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Barbara *1890 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Barbara *1899 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Catharina *1825 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Catharina *1880 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Christina *u1871 Wittlich married FISCHER Emil 1901
HECKENBACH Christina *1897 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Clara *1865 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Clara *1896 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Clara Catharina *1851 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Conrad *1863 Wittlich  married BUDINGER Margarethe 1894
HECKENBACH Dorothea *1875 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Elisabeth *1827 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Elisabeth *1855 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Elisabeth *1857 Wittlich married FELLER Andreas <1885
HECKENBACH Elisabeth *1882 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Friedrich Wilhelm *1899 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Gertrud *1859 Wittlich married SCHOMMER Mathias 1892
HECKENBACH Heinrich *1849 Wittlich  married SCHOMMER Susanne 1873
HECKENBACH Heinrich *1858 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Heinrich Nikolaus *1850 Wittlich m1. CASPARI Maria 1877, m2. BUNGERT Barbara 1880
HECKENBACH Helena *1888 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Jakob *1857 Wittlich  married WENDEL Maria Anna 1886
HECKENBACH Jakob *1867 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Johann *u1766, +Wittlich  married MARX Anna Maria <1796
HECKENBACH Johann *1876 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Johann *1879 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Johann *1889 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Johann *1895 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Johann Baptist *1796 Wittlich  m1. WEINAND Anna Jakobina 1816,  m2. BUDINGER Anna Jakobina 1851
HECKENBACH Johann Jakob *1819 Wittlich married KUNSMANN Margarethe 1847
HECKENBACH Josef *1817 Wittlich  married KRANZ Maria Agathe 1849
HECKENBACH Josef *1849 Wittlich m1. KEMMER Maria Anna 1878,  m2.  ARENS Anna Maria 1894
HECKENBACH Josef *1886 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Margarethe *1852 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Maria *1852 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Maria *1863 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Maria *1892 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Maria Sybilla *1861 Wittlich married GEISEN Mathias 1889
HECKENBACH Mathias *1897 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Mathias Josef *1853 Wittlich married to BECKER Maria 1883
HECKENBACH Nikolaus *1821 Wittlich m1. KUNSMANN Barbara 1848,  m2. DENZER Anna Maria u 1849
HECKENBACH NN *1854 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Peter *1881 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Peter *1883 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Peter *1885 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Philipp *1884 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Sybilla *1829 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Sybilla *1850 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Sybilla *1879 Wittlich
HECKENBACH Theresia Catharina *1881 Wittlich

List of names matching  "Anna Budinger" in Wittlich
BUDINGER Anna *<1857 Wittlich married KIESGEN Mathias 1880
BUDINGER Anna *1875 Wittlich
BUDINGER Anna Jakobina *1822 Wittlich  married HECKENBACH Johann Baptist 1851
BUDINGER Anna Margarethe *1814 Wittlich
BUDINGER Anna Margarethe *1832 Wittlich married KIESGEN German 1852
BUDINGER Anna Maria *1861 Wittlich
BUDINGER Anna Maria *1865 Wittlich

This page was created May 5 2015, and last revised December 8, 2016
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Jim Heckenbach heckenbach@ameritech.net