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The Totenhöfers (originally spelled Dudenhöfer) were originally from Hesse and worked on a count's farming estate at Hof Haina near Frankfurt. They later emigrated to East Prussia and became notable horse breeders on their own estate, Birkenfeld, in the Goldap region, some 130 kilometres from Königsberg. In the 1870s, they emigrated to Australia, where they worked as fruit farmers.

CONFIRMED AS ANCESTORS

NAME: Hans Conrad Dudenhöfer
BORN: Circa 1609
DIED: Circa 1650, Hof Haina, Hesse
RELIGION: Lutheran
OCCUPATION: Farm labourer
SPOUSE: Unknown in 1632 in Hof Haina
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Unknown.
SPOUSE BORN: -
SPOUSE DIED: -
CHILDREN: Caspar (1631-1704) and Agathe (1647).
OTHER INFORMATION: He worked on the farm estate of the Count of Solms.

THEIR SON: Caspar Dudenhöfer
BORN: Circa 1631 in Hof Haina
DIED: Circa 1704, Hof Haina
RELIGION: Lutheran
OCCUPATION: Farm labourer
SPOUSE: Anna Catharina Dudenhöfer in 1664 in Hof Haina.
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Unknown.
SPOUSE BORN: Circa 1643 in Waldgrimes
SPOUSE DIED: 1704
CHILDREN: Johann Georg (1664-1738), Johannes (1665-1738), Anna Elisabetha (circa 1666), Ludwig (circa 1677), Maria (1680-1753) and Hans Conrad (1688).
OTHER INFORMATION: -

THEIR SON: Johannes Dudenhöfer
BORN: 1664 in Hof Haina
DIED: 1738
RELIGION: Lutheran
OCCUPATION: Farm labourer
SPOUSE: Anna Elisabeth Schneider in 1688 in Rodheim Bieber.
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Unknown.
SPOUSE BORN: -
SPOUSE DIED: -
CHILDREN: Johann Conrad (1689-), Johannes Ludwig (1697-), Johan Georg (1699-), Johann Ludwig (1702-), Johann Jost (1704-), Johann Andreas (1709-) and Anna Elisabetha (1719-)
OTHER INFORMATION: Second son of Caspar, not entitled to inherit the farm, which went to John George. In 1724 he emigrated to East Prussia, initially settling in Gertschen (later Gertenau) at Insterburg.

THEIR SON: Johann Jost Dudenhöfer
BORN: 1704 in Hof Haina
DIED: -
RELIGION: Lutheran
OCCUPATION: Farm labourer
SPOUSE: Anna Margarete Dudenhöfer.
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Unknown.
SPOUSE BORN: -
SPOUSE DIED: -
CHILDREN: Ludwig (circa 1755-1795)
OTHER INFORMATION:

THEIR SON: Ludwig Todtenhöfer
BORN: Circa 1755 in Kanitz, East Prussia (now Olschöwen/Olszewo Węgorzewskie in Poland)
DIED: 1795 in Kanitz
RELIGION: Lutheran
OCCUPATION: Horse breeder
SPOUSE: Anna Maria Ditt
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Unknown.
SPOUSE BORN: -
SPOUSE DIED: 1807 in Kanitz
CHILDREN: Gottlieb (1777-1836)
OTHER INFORMATION: Ludwig was the first to adopt the name "Todtenhöfer".

THEIR SON: Gottlieb Todtenhöfer
BORN: 1777 in Kanitz
DIED: 1836 in Kanitz
RELIGION: Lutheran
OCCUPATION: Horse breeder
SPOUSE: Euphrasine Elmer in 1797 in Angerburg.
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Unknown.
SPOUSE BORN: 1775
SPOUSE DIED: 1841 in Kanitz
CHILDREN: Johann (circa 1798-) and Eleonore (1803-)
OTHER INFORMATION: The Elmers were exulanten, Lutherans expelled from Salzburg by the Roman Catholic Bishop-Ruler of the City, Leopold von Firmian, on the 214th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses (October 31st, 1731). This expulsion was one of the last major acts of religious oppression in the Counter-Reformation.

The exulanten resettled in East Prussia after a winter-long march. Most of them were farmers from the outskirts of Salzburg as the city itself was predominantly Roman Catholic. The Elector of Brandenburg, Friedrich Wilhelm I, was keen to welcome them as his population had been devastated by an outbreak of the Black Death a few years previously and Prussia was an unusually tolerant State for that time.

THEIR SON: Johann Todtenhöfer
BORN: 1798 in Kanitz
DIED: -
RELIGION: Lutheran
OCCUPATION: Horse breeder
SPOUSE: Charlotte Janell in 10 Nov 1817 in Kanitz.
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Unknown.
SPOUSE BORN: Circa 1795 in Snutteln (Sutzen, 10 km from Goldap.)
SPOUSE DIED: 20 August 1871 in Kanitz
CHILDREN: Johann August (3 May 1843-?)
OTHER INFORMATION: -

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THEIR SON: Gottlieb Todtenhöfer
BORN: 1825. Lived in Morathen (now known as Bergesruh) and Goldap, small towns/regions about 130 km from Königsberg.
DIED: 1916, Collinsvale, Tasmania, Australia.
RELIGION: Lutheran, then Seventh Day Adventist.
OCCUPATION: Farm labourer.
SPOUSE: Maria Alester
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Johann Gothlieb and Catherina Alester (nee Gizycki). (The Alesters were another exulanten family.)
SPOUSE BORN: 1832
SPOUSE DIED: 1902
CHILDREN: Their children were Frederick (died young), Adeline (1858-1951, a domestic servant), August (1860-1927, a farmer), Bertha (1864-1957, a domestic servant), Carl (1868-1905), Francis (1871-1877) and Alfred (1874-1953).
OTHER INFORMATION: They emigrated to Tasmania via Hamburg in 1870 on the ship Victoria for unknown reasons (possibly the devastation caused by the Franco-Prussian war). (They were sponsored on their trip by a Quaker family from Swansea.) The first five children were born in Königsberg. Francis and Alfred were born in Tasmania.

THEIR SON: Alfred Totenhöfer
BORN: 1874, Bismarck (later Collinsvale), Tasmania
DIED: 1953
RELIGION: Non-practising Seventh Day Adventist
OCCUPATION: Farm labourer
SPOUSE: Anna Margaret Carlsen in 1898.
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Peter Oluff and Anne Carlsen (nee Jensen) from Grenå, Denmark.
SPOUSE BORN: 1878
SPOUSE DIED: 1958
CHILDREN: Stella (1898-1925), Walter (1901-1970), Olive (1904-1974), Myrtle (1905-1966), Ruby (1906-1962) and Ivy (1908-1974).
OTHER INFORMATION: The Carlsens were Lutherans but attended the Methodist Church as there was no Lutheran presence at Collinsvale. At this point, the name was changed from Todtenhöfer to Totenhöfer. Alfred later owned the Ferntree Hotel (which burned down in the 1967 bushfires) and Ashleigh homestead in Davey Street, South Hobart.

THEIR DAUGHTER: Ivy Anne Totenhöfer
BORN: 1908
DIED: 1974
RELIGION: Lutheran but attended the district's Methodist church.
OCCUPATION: -
SPOUSE: Cecil John Williams (known as Bill), a storekeeper/grocer, from a line of Welshmen, in 1944.
SPOUSE'S PARENTS: Joseph Holland and Evelyn Williams (nee Wallace)
SPOUSE BORN: 1902
SPOUSE DIED: 1960
CHILDREN: NAMES OF THE LIVING WITHHELD
OTHER INFORMATION: Cecil was a widower. His previous wife was Esme Hartnam-Bayes. He was heavily involved in the Boy Scouts movement. He was a storekeeper at the construction site for the Bronte Park Hydro-Electric Dam.

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Special thanks to Carole Stanton and Birte Brodisch for researching the information found on this page.


Exulanten leaving Salzburg