Happy Rainy Saturday (here in Colorado!)
Today's surname biography is Hemelt. My 7th great grandfather- Gerhard Jeckering (1673-1735) married twice. His second wife- my 7th great grandmother- was Susanna Hemelt.
b. 06 Nov 1691 in Mehringen, Germany
d. 17 Aug 1765 in Drievorden, Germany
Her parents were Johann Hemelt (1656- ?) and Gebbula Rolfs (1661-1761).
One great resource that I used to research this name was The local heritage book Emsburen. There are 100 Hemelt individuals listed in the book between 1450 and 1881. The earliest Hemelt I could find (using this site) was Johann Hemelt- born about 1450 in Emsburen (place is marked as questionable in the book). The book also doesn't have any other information for Johann- no parents, wife or children are listed.
My 7th great grandmother- Susanna Hemelt- is in this heritage book as well. The oldest Hemelt in her lineage listed is her great grandfather- Wilhelm Hemelt (born about 1605 in Mehringen. He was married to Margaretha Piggeon (born about 1605 in Emsburen) and they had 4 children.
Mehringen, Germany seems to be the main town this family has come from or at least stayed in for many generations.
Researching this town was difficult--Wikipedia.com describes it as:
Mehringen is a former municipality in the district of Salzlandkreis, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 01 Jan 2008, it has been part of the town of Aschersleben.
There seems to be quite a few Hemelt individuals who immigrated to America, although one can only assume that they all came from Germany.
Records from Ancestry.com--
~U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995
-John Hemelt: born in Prussia (Germany); Naturalized in Maryland.
~U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992
-Theodere Hemelt: born in Prussia (Germany); Naturalized in Louisiana on 30 Sep 1868.
-Anthony Hemelt: born in Prussia (Germany); Naturalized in Louisiana on 29 Sep 1874.
Records from Findagrave.com
On the findagrave website, there are 26 Hemelt individuals listed. Now, obviously, there are more than just 26 people buried in the United States (one is listed as buried in the Netherlands), but these are just graves that have been documented by this website.