Presse - Mitteilungen vom Familientreffen: deutsch/english
Ottmarsboccholt – a proud number: 208 „Weppelmen“ from all over Germany, the Netherlans and even Australia met up this weekend in Ottmarbocholt. This is because the here resident family Weppelmann invited to a family meeting in the Vollmar hall. This was only pssible because deacon Franz-Josef Weppelmann, resident in Bavaria, occupied himself for some years now with family research and made the effort to put together the whole family tree. At the same time did he compose a book concerning the history of the family, whose origins probably date back to the big farm „zur Weppel“ in Oelde. The family tree, a work of 3 years, is 26 meters long and complete with all names since 1420. Visitors to the party could view the same on Saturday afternoon in the vollmar hall. Obviously took every member of the family the chance to find their own name on the long list. After a welcoming speech, coffee and cake were served. This was the best opportunity to meet the many members of the family personally, because by now the „weppelmen“ are spread all over the planet. Guests came from the Netherlands as well as Australia. Families from the US as well as South Africa intended to come as well but unfortunately did not manage to follow the invitation to Germany to the regrets of every one else present. The South Africans nevertheless sent greetings per mail. After the afternoon coffee and a historical talk by Franz-Josef Weppelmann the family went on to take a look at Ottmarsbocholt, which with Ascheberg and Oelde is the place where the name Weppelmann appeared first in the church books in the 15th century. Then the farm Weppelmann Broholt and the family owned chapel were visited. The farm today, owned by Heinrich and Ursula Weppelmann, with a size of 4.5 hectar was only a small sublet of the big „Weppelmann farm“, who back in the 1860s the family guesses to have been of a size of approximately 67 morgan. The family party ended on the Sunday with a mass in St. Urban church, held by priest Döpker and deacon Franz-Josef Weppelmann. After that the whole party went once again back to the farm Weppelmann to have some pre-lunch drinks. Heinrich and Ursula showed together with their children to be fantastic hosts and the party came to a wonderful end.
208 Familienmitglieder der Weppelmann trafen sich in der Festhalle Vollmer Ottmarsbocholt
Der Stammbaum erstreckt sich über 26 m
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