Saturday, February 5, 2011

Surname Saturday - PULSKAMP

Pulskamp is the name of a farm in Merzen, Germany. By custom, the owner of the Pulskamp farm took Pulskamp as their surname. Before my Pulskamp ancestors inherited the farm, they had the surname Krampe. In 1845, Herman Heinrich Pulskamp and his wife Maria Katherine Steinke Pulskamp came to Franklin County, IN with their children. The farm eventually passed to Bernhard Brüwer/Brewer who then took the Pulskamp name. It is thought that all Pulskamps originate from either the Krampe or Brewer families. My branch of the Pulskamp family eventually moved from Indiana to Celina, OH. The picture is the high school graduation picture of my grandmother Anna Lee Pulskamp and her twin sister Emma Lee.

More on my Pulskamp family at My Pulskamps

A biography of Herman Pulskamp is at: Herman Pulskamp. His brother George, editor of a German newspaper, the Bote was my great-grandfather. More info and some photos of the Pulskamp family are at http://www.pulskamp.org/blog/.

I received a comment with some more information: Herman Heinrich Pulskamp left the farm with his sister, Maria Elizabeth Pulskamp, and her husband, Johann Moller who took the name Pulskamp. They had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married Bernhard Brüwer. This Elizabeth died in childbirth. The baby, also named Elizabeth, died too, leaving Bernhard with the farm and the name. He married Wilhelmine Wöste and their family still owns the farm in Merzen.

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  1. I don't think that Herman Heinrich Pulskamp sold the farm in Merzen. Rather, he left it with his sister, Maria Elizabeth Pulskamp, and her husband, Johann Moller who took the name Pulskamp. They had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married Bernhard Brüwer. This Elizabeth died in childbirth. The baby, also named Elizabeth, died too, leaving Bernhard with the farm and the name. He married Wilhelmine Wöste and their family still owns the farm in Merzen.

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  2. Thanks very much for the correction! I've updated the post.

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