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Town called Obenshania or Obenshain?

Town called Obenshania or Obenshain?

Posted: 1350347048000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hoffmann, Malz
I am searching for a town called Obenshania or Obenshain (note: my spelling it likely incorrect). My great grandmother's family was supposedly from there, but I cannot seem to locate it on any historical or present-day maps.

I'm not even certain it's in Austria because in the forty years of census records I have for her, the birthplace listed for her changes literally every 10 years... Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Romania. I am assuming it's because the borders were changing around the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (Her death certificate listed Austria as her birthplace, though.)

I'd be so grateful if anyone has information about this town/village...


Re: Town called Obenshania or Obenshain?

Posted: 1350395568000
Classification: Query
map of Austria-Hungary

since you mentioned Romania than possible the location is in present Romania. I suspect the location might start as "Obersch".

Do you have your ancestor's arrival manifest? Which ancestor was from this location?

Re: Town called Obenshania or Obenshain?

Posted: 1350401033000
Classification: Query
It is probably Slovenian last name Oberžan.
It is pronounced obershain.

Re: Town called Obenshania or Obenshain?

Posted: 1350559694000
Classification: Query
It might help if you posted your ggmother`s name and type of record where this town/village is listed.

Re: Town called Obenshania or Obenshain?

Posted: 1350585717000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1350586101000
Thanks so much for the suggestions. It was in this obituary record that the town was mentioned:


Source: Wetzel Democrat, New Martinsville, W.Va., Thursday, Jan. 12, 1939

Nicholas Hoffman of this city, died at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1939. He was a retired car foreman for the B&O Railroad Company, having been here for the past 26 years. He came to this city from McMechen, W.Va. Mr. Hoffman was born in Obenshania (Obenshain), Germany on July 28, 1877, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth Hoffman. He was united in marriage to Miss Louise Maltz of Obenshania, Germany and to this union two children were born. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Nicholas H. Hoffman and William R. Hoffman, both of New Martinsville, W.Va., and one sister, Mrs. Susiana Gibson of Miami, Florida. The remains were brought to the Wharton Funeral Home and prepared for burial and returned to the residence on Thursday, Jan. 12th, at 11 o’clock. The funeral services will be held on Saturday morning, Jan. 14th, at St. Vincent de Paul’s Catholic Church. Rev. Father Garrett will say mass. Interment will be in Northview Cemetery, New Martinsville, W.Va.

My great grandmother was Susanna Hoffmann Gibson, sister to the deceased. She was born in 1892 and died in 1979. According to this obituary, Susanna's father was named Nicholas Hoffmann, but I've also seen him listed as Ignasius Hoffmann. Susanna's mother was supposedly Elizabeth Malz.

Someone suggested to me that Obenshania could have been a part of the former Austrian Monarchy. And Susanna used to say she was from Austria/Germany. (I've not had any luck finding the right Susanna in ship manifests or immigration records.)
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