Descendants of Josephine Kautzer
The History of the name “Gottschalk,” and the origin of the Family Coast of Arms
The Geography and description of Remsede, Germany, the parental home, the church, and the village The beginning of the
Gottschalk Genealogy Descendants of Heinrich Clemens August Gottschalk, Germany Descendants of Bernard Henry Gottschalk,
Pittsburg, PA Descendants of John Henry Gottschalk, Pittsburg, PA. Descendants of William Ludwig Gottschalk—Pittsburgh, PA.
Descendants of George Henry Gottschalk—Kansas Priests and Nuns in our history Index of Families
DEDICATION To all our parents , grandparents, who inspired us with their courage and good example, and above all, who kept our
religious heritage in highest esteem, we dedicate this volume, so as an humble return of our love and gratitude.
LEGEND OF SIGNS AND SYMBOLS 1) In This book, every name is followed by a date, which always signifies the date of birth. 2) 2)
Within each of the 5 main branches, each child will be given its own special serial number, which will also be used to identify the
child and sits spouse when they are listed as a family. All married persons can thus be traced back to the family which they were
born. 3) 3) 00=this sign indicates “double rings” and is a symbol of marriage. 4) 4) ==this cross, following a name, indicated that they
are deceased, and the date following, when available, and tells of the date of death. FOREWARD With the celebration of the Bi-
Centennial year of our Country, many documents and date have come alive, to awaken in the minds of our American citizens how
rich their heritage over the past two hundred years has been. It makes people more proud of their Country, and spurs them on to
learning more about its history. In the same spirit, many family histories have appeared in print in recent years to motivate, to
remind the present generation and those yet to come, just who their ancestors were, from where they originated and what kind of
people their forefathers really were. It has been a matter of great curiosity for me over a span of years, to wish for a clearer picture
of our own Gottschalk relationship. For many years my relives have suggested that somebody should make this research! It is
difficult for me to understand how George Henry Gottschalk (188 to 1917), with his education and years of teaching, never thought
to set to writing the history of his family, together with the migration of his three brothers and himself over to America. , beginning
with the year 1867. The written documents and information and of those years in our relationship were, to say the least very
meager. Over the last fifteen years, this feeling of curiosity that possessed me became a determined desire to find an answer. It
became clearer to me, that if there was to be a Family Tree Record, I had better take the task in hand now. Being inexperienced in
this type of work the beginnings were naturally difficult and disheartening, because I could not find sources of information about
whether there were relatives of our Grandparents will living in Germany, and if so, what was their present address. Without this
first step, I knew there would be no adequate “Family Story”. At least three or four persons going to Germany had promised me an
honest search in the area of Osnabrueck, but it always ended in failure. In May of 1973, I met a man in Victoria, Kansas, named Mr.
Heinrich Witteman, whose wife was a nice to Fr. Jordon Hammel, Capuchin. This gentleman was from Mannheim, Germany, working
in the Police Department. He listened to my story of frustrations, and then made me a solemann promise to make a thorough search
in the Remsede, Germany, area, where our grandparents were born and raised. This was in May. His promise was” You will hear
from me,” Nothing happened for eight months, and I thought it would end in the usual failure. Suddenly in January a letter ar rived
from Germany, telling me that Mr. Witteman had located a living relative in that area, named Elizabeth Gottschalk, age 74 years,
together with her address. I wasted no time writing alerter to her, explaining my projected Family Tree. Very quickly, Elizabeth
Gottschalk’s married daughter, Hedwig Holtmeier, answered my letter, assuring me that her grandparent and pours were truly
brothers. The rest of the history is in the first portion of our genealogy, Mrs. Holtmeir very graciously got all possible records from
the old parish church, and whose records date back three hundred years. Through her efforts we have all the information from the
home of our grandparents that was possible to find. It remained bow only to gather the information of the relatives in Pittsburg,
Pa., and the Kansas area, which make up the contents of these books.
THE NAME “Gottschalk” HAS A VERY ANCIENT AND INTERESTING ORIGIN. Because OF ITS CENTURIES OF USE AND ABUSE. It is not
too surprising to find that ITS CORRECT SPELLING MAY BE DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH. It contains two words: “Gott” and “Schalk.” The
word Gott obviously means Gods. The problem arises with the second word “Schalk.” This is the crucial word, In old English writings ,
this word appeared with precisely the same spelling as in the family name, and it meant simply “servant.” Men, who worked in the
service of royalty or people of greater means and wealth, were called “Schalks. This word was taken forever into the early German
language with the same meaning of servant. In later years, the meaning of Schalk grew to take the meaning of a mischievous fellow.
In very early centuries in Germany, the name Gottschalk appeared as a family name, meaning very simply “God’s servant.” Through
the centuries, this name took on many variations in spelling, due to doubt, to the fact that names were carelessly written as they
sounded, or the fact that many people simply could not spell their name correctly. The word “Gott” alone, sometimes appears a s
“Got.” “God,” “Gad,” “Cut,” or “Gat.” The second wor5d, “Schalk” appears in many more variations, for example,” “Schlat,” “Schall,”
“Schalck,” or Shalk.” It you join these two words in all their possible variations; you can understand why the family name took on
endless variety of spellings. It might be of interest to mention some people in early history bore this name.
1. Gottschalk of Orbits, who lived from 803 to 869, a Benedictine monk and theologian. He defected from the Catholic Church mainly
because of his false teachings on the doctrine of Predestination. 2.
2. Gottschalk of Limburg, Germany. He lived from 1010 to 1098. He was a poet. 3.
3. HISOTRY OF THE GOTTSCHAL NAME AND COAT OF ARMS THE REMSEDE AREA Remsede is a small village, which is situated in the
northern section of Germany, at the end of the Teutoburg forest, surrounded on both sides at the base of a series of low foot hills.
The big city of Osnabrueck is just 13 miles to the north, a city of about 150,000 inhabitants. Remsede was always a rather small rural
village, and at the present time there are only about 800 inhabitants. It is a lush farm area which is set back from any heavy highway
traffic. Up until a few years ago, Remsede was an independent town, but in recent years they joined three little villages under one
mayor. The area is now called Laer-Remsede. The two little towns are about two miles apart. In earlier 1800, the address for
Remsede inhabitants was written in this way: Kingdom of Hanover, Principality of Osbabrueck, and town of Remsede. Hence you
see that Remsede used to belong to the Kingdom of Hanover, not the town of Hanover. This led some of our relatives to say that our
ancestry was from Hanover, Germany, which was not too accurate. The nearest large city, Osbabrueck, is just 13 miles to the north.
Most of their business, advanced schooling, and other needs, were taken care of in this large city. On the map of Germany, just look
for Osnabrueck, and Remsede is just 13 miles due south. In modern West Germany, the country is divided into States, similar to our
division in America. Remsede is in the state known as Lower Saxony. The pictures in this chapter show you: 1) The picture of the
little village 2) A composite of four buildings in the town 3) A picture of their very famous, ancient church 4) An aerial view of the
home, just outside Remsede, of our earliest known relatives. The white portion of the building was the original home, and a portion
in dark, has been added in the course of time. "Today the home is no longer in existence. All members of the first family were born
and raised in this home. One of the most unique buildings in Remsede is the little parish church, under the patronage of St.
Augustine. In 1935 they celebrated the eleven hundred the year of it counting. What makes it so unique is that is became an official
pilgrimage chapel. It is quite authentic, that this altar was built back in the year 734. Many people from as far as Cologne made
pilgrimages to this highly indulged chapel. Pictures show its earliest form with the tall, spire, but in recent years a new tower has
been built, giving it a different look. The pictures of the village will give you some idea of the lovely, quiet Remsede, in which our
early grandparents lived their early lives. Being nestled in this valley-like forest, away from the thoroughfare, it is easy to see that
they loved its quiet and peaceful retreat. The Beginning of the Gottschalk Genealogy Since the parish of St. Anthony's at Remsede
was a Pilgrimage Chapel over the centuries, all of the church records for both Remsede and Laer, Germany, were kept in the St.
Mary's Parish Church records for both Remsede and Laer, Germany, about two and a half miles from Remsede. In these books,
which date back three hundred years, the following is written by its pastor: "The oldest entries at Laer, with the family name of
"Gottschalk" date back to the year 1794." The very first parents found in that area were: Anton Gottschalk and A. Catherina Leinker
There is no record of where they came from, or who their forbearers were. They simply appeared suddenly, with the baptism of
their son, Bernhard Heinrich Gottschalk Who is the ancestor of all the Gottschalk’s mentioned in this book. Whether or not they had
other children is unknown.