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It seems I may be a little late in web page updates. I will
work to be more diligent in providing updates.
It was a huge blunder to leave out the Begemann’s I have come to
the conclusion that we are the same family.
letters in a surname
So to the Begemann's out there WELCOME! I am honored to include
you as family!
You are of course welcome to include your branches
So lets get caught up. From the mailbag.
Greetings, from Robert Opitz
My English isn't very good, but I'll try to explain
the most important points about the Begemans in Betzen.
You can see some more informations on the website of Herbert
Begemann from Maintal/ Hessen/ Germany under
At first we have a look around the "biggest Begemann-farm" in the
little village of Betzen.
The oldest written document about the village Betzen is dated in
the year 1362.
In this document are signs about this farm. But the first document
with the "name Begemann" is later: It is dated in the
year 1450. "Hans Begemann aus (=from) Betzen" is the farmer on
The year 1450 is the first year you can find the written name
"Begemann" in Germany/Lippe/Betzen.
In the year 1575 is a "changing" or a "difference": The name
Begemann became Mittelbegemann (Middelbegeman).
Why? In Betzen are three families with the name "Begemann" in the
same time, two bigger farms and a small one.
The farmers of the both big farms had the prename "Hans". Perhaps
that explains the difference.
The biggest begemanfarm in 1575 is Hans Middelbegeman.
The secondbiggest begemanfarm is Hans Niederbegemann (In english:
The third one is Berend Begemann, his Name changed later in
Behrends, later in Berndsmeier.
He left Betzen in the beginning of the 20th century.
The last Middelbegeman died on 05.03.1904. He had only one
daughter, she sold the farm in the year 1907.
The last both Niederbegemanbrothers died in the 19fifties. The
farm was later sold in the year 1994.
Betzen was in old time a part of the "farmership Wendlinghausen",
in german spelling: "Bauerschaft".
Wendlinghausen is a little bit bigger than Betzen.
Today we have only two old houses of the real Begemanns in Betzen.
This houses were grounded for the old farmers.
At first we have the "oldfarmerhouse" of Mittelbegemann, the date
of grounding isn't clear, perhaps it was in
the 17th or 18th century, in the 19th century the house was
completed at the southside.
The main farmhouse burned down in 1959, but we've an old photo of
the year 1954.
There was a little cabin for food, too. This cabin was broken down
in the 1980th, but the cabin was regrounded in the
neighbourvillage Humfeld. We have an old Photo of the year 1984,
The last one is the "oldfarmerhouse" of Niederbegemann. The date
of grounding is 1855.
I'll send you the collection of the digitalphotos in the package
of this mail in the format .tif.
Because my english isn't very well, i can make a cd for you with
my begeman- and Betzen-collection in german language.
If you've somebody, who is able to translate the german language,
you'll find out a little bit more about the first
begemans in germany. I think, today we have thousands of begemans
around the whole world, but there is no more a
begeman in the village of Betzen - only old houses... If you want
to have a cd in microsoft-word, i can send you
a letter to america with the whole story of the village Betzen on
cd. It is a actual collection of all old farms in
this little village and historical dates.
Robert H. Begeman of Branch 17 writes
I visited Yaegerborn in Germany in 2000. Here is a
picture. It was being renovated at the time.
That's my new Volvo on the right side of the picture.
I also visited Bega.
My name is Kyle James Begeman, and I do not know
exactly what my branch is, but I was born August 30th 1989 in
Kansas City Missourri.
If there is anything else you would like to know, e-mail me back
and I can get all the information from my family members and such
if you would like. Thank you!
I did not see any Begeman's related to the place
Slochteren also in Groningen/Netherlands
I was wondering if you got any respons since in this place a lot
of Begemans are living
Met vriendelijke groet en tot horens
Yes there are some from Groningen
and the Netherlands.
-- Roelof --
I have seen that aswell
I mean my great grant father Hindrik Begeman living aswell
( don't know his age ) he had 3 kids 2 brother 1 sister, 1 my
JACOB BEGEMAN BORN 1905 in FROOMBOSCH
My father Hendrik Begeman born 1935
and myself born 1962
I was wondering whether you have any connection
available to this?
My full name is Etienne Begemann birthdate – 11 June
1974, Alice, South Africa.
There may be a few missing links I can help with as our
descendants have been living in S.A. since the 1860’s
If you have any questions, you are welcome to ask
He includes some data and a picture
Begemann, Adriann Jacob (Subscriber Content)
Neth., 15.6.1831 - †Pretoria, 15.11.1925), minister of the N.H.
Kerk and librarian, was one of the twelve children of the Rev.
Jan Begemann (†1878), minister of the N.H. Kerk at Dongen, and
his wife, Anna Johanna van Alphen. In addition to his father and
one of his two brothers, several of his other relatives were
theology at the University of Utrecht from 18.9.1849 to 1855,
when the provincial church council of Utrecht declared him
eligible for a call.
assisting with the Lichtenvoorde congregation for a while, he
received a call to the N.H. Kerk in the Transvaal republic
through the good offices of the commission for spiritual affairs
at Amsterdam, who devoted themselves to the spiritual and moral
needs of the Voortrekkers in the Transvaal. B. accepted this
call and was ordained on 7.3.1860 by the commission for the
affairs of Protestant churches in Dutch East and West India.
In June of
the same year he arrived in Cape Town, where he was ordained by
the registrar of the Cape N.G. Kerk. In December he arrived in
the T.R., and was inducted as the first minister of the N.H.
congregation of Pretoria on 27.1.1861.
B. married Johanna Hermina Goetz (†1916) in Potchefstroom.
Eleven children were born of the marriage.
He was a good
preacher, and was strict, meticulous and frank. At first he
inspired confidence, but he expressed his views sharply and
sometimes tactlessly. His tactless actions eventually led to his
resignation. Because of the civil disturbances in the T.R., for
example, he refused, in a manner contrary to church law, to
ad-minister the sacraments in July 1864, and on two other
occasions (February 1864 and June 1865) he declined invitations
to open sessions of the volksraad with prayer, apparently
evoked dissatisfaction that increased to such an extent in 1868,
when he opened a Masonic lodge with prayer, that some members of
his congregation refused to acknowledge him as their minister
and demanded that they be served by a consulent minister, this
giving rise to the so-called Konsulentegemeente in Pretoria.
A charge was
laid against him in 1872 after he had discussed the academic
question of textual criticism in the course of his sermon. He
was suspended for three months by the commission of the general
assembly of the N.H. Kerk. When this period expired, he resigned
(30.6.1872), becoming the first librarian of the state library
of the T.R.
He lived in
Pretoria until his death and continued to play an active role in
public life. He made a notable contribution to education,
helping to found the Staatsmeisjesschool in Pretoria in 1894.
B. died at an
advanced age at his home in Scheiding street, Pretoria, and is
buried in the Old cemetery. Portraits of him can be seen in a
history of the Pretoria congregation of the N.H. Kerk by S.P.
Engelbrecht, in Pretoria, 1855-1955 and in the N.H. Kerk
children, two sons, Simon Hendrik Anton Jan and Frederik Adolf,
died in action during the Second Anglo-Boer War.
BEGEMANN, Leerrede over Matth. 23 vs. 9 uitgesproken in de Ned.
Herv. kerk te Pretoria op 8 Maart 1872. Potch., 1872 (first
sermon published in the Transvaal); - S.P. ENGELBRECHT, 'Ds.
A.J. Begemann', Alm. N.H.K., 1922; 'Simon Hendrik Anton Jan
Begemann', Alm. N.H.K., 1943; 'Ds. en mevr. A.J. Begemann, Alm.
N.H.K., 1943; 'Die familie Begemann', Alm. N.H.K., 1943;
Geskiedenis van die Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika. 3rd
ed. Pta: C.T., 1953; Die Nederduitsch Hervormde gemeente
Pretoria, 1855-1955. Pta., 1955; - Pretoria 1855-1955. Pta.,
Linda Creighton writes - I have a mystery on my
hands that I can`t solve.
My g-grandmother who I beleive was Mary Begeman, Beggeman, or
Begemann b-1857 OH.
Married a man by the name of John Newbanks and by 1880 she is a
widow with 4 children, in Quincy Il. Adams Co. in 1887
She married Albert L. Evans and had 3 more children.
I found her with family 1880 census. And with Albert and their 3
in the 1900 census.
If you have her please let me know.
My name is Emily Rose Begeman.
I was born April 23, 1990 in Indiana. My sister Is Abigail Marie
Begeman, born June 25, 1985 in Indiana.
My father is York Douglas Begeman, born June 6, 1958 in Indiana.
His father is Robert Begeman born in Indiana, but unsure of his
And his father I believe was Chalmas Begeman.
My Uncles Wade and Tobert :) both residing and born in Indiana
Tessa Schmidt writes - and shares news of her
cousin's quest to unravel his heritage.
She included this pic of Tyson from his senior year (1990?)
She relates - He has been told his father is a Begeman and hopes
for a chance to get to know his relatives.
(I have withheld sensitive information regarding this situation
and await confirmation of the claim and acceptance by the
(I will not allow my website to be a party to any dispute, I
hope to publish good news soon)
(I shared contact information with the involved parties but
have not received any significant info since)
(it would be fabulous to share a "connection made" story here
and I wish all the parties the best)
Bob Miller provides us with some interesting
information about van Gogh
(here are several accounts of what happened from different
In 1883 in Neunen he had a love affair with an older woman
Margo Begemann, which lead to a scandal and her attempted suicide.
He was to remain in Neunen for the most of 1884 and 1885. All this
time he was improving as a painter. His main subjects were
still-life, landscape and figures. In March of 1885 his father,
Reverend Theodorus van Gogh died.
In 1884 Vincent sets up studio in a room at the home of Schafrat,
a Catholic sacristan, and paints 6 decorative panels for Hermans,
an Eindhoven goldsmith. Executes several studies of weavers and
peasants and gives some painting lessons. A neighbour Margot
Begemann falls in love with him but, after opposition from both
families, she attempts to commit suicide, leaving Vincent badly
While continuing with his work, Vincent begins a relationship with
a neighbour's daughter, Margot Begemann. Both families are opposed
to their plan to marry and, in despair, Margot attempts to poison
herself. Vincent is extremely distressed as this relationship
ends, but continues his work and strikes up a friendship with
Anton C. Kerssemakers (1846-1926), a tanner and art enthusiast.
They spend much time together, discussing art and visiting
Ellen Begeman, who was the next door neighbor of Vincent van Gogh?
A letter from my aunt gives these details.
Margo (Ellen) Begeman whom Vincent wanted to marry around 1884-85.
She was one of five daughters whose father had a weaving factory
in Antwerp, the Hague. After the father died, the son ran the
business and the family with authoritarian vigor. The son/brother
disapproved of Vincent and forbade the marriage. In the biography.
"Dear Theo" which contains most of the correspondence of Vincent
to his brother, Theo, Vincent hinted that he and Margo (Ellen) had
been intimate. She was subsequently sent away to a "rest home"
which is what would happen, had she become pregnant out of
wedlock. In later letters, Vincent expressed his moral and
financial obligation to her and requested that Theo give her
specific paintings to keep, expecting that their value would
increase after his death; which, in truth, did happen, thus
providing Margo with a nest egg for her old age. I don't recall
she married and no direct mention of whether there was a child.
There is a touching letter about her last visit with V. prior to
her being sent away. They met in the city park, where she told him
she had tried to poison herself and forthwith, fainted. In those
days, women took strong purgatives to induce miscarriage.
Sometimes, it worked. Sometimes, it didn't. My speculation is - if
there WERE a child, it would be sent to the relatives to be raised
in anonymity. Of course, relatives in America would be considered
favorably, since they were furthest away and least likely to leak
information about the child's origin. And, the child would be able
to grow up with the stigma of "orphan" rather than "bastard" yet
retain the Begeman name.
Terry Joe Begeman adds her family
Hi my sons and I heard of your project one day when we were
searching google on where our name came from and we found your
project and my boys father. (Name?)
We're divorced now but his sons names are
Justin Paul Begeman was born on February 16th 1994 at
and Joshua Taylor Begeman was born on 1999 Londstuhl Germany
Right now were living in Bellevue Nebraska.
Joyce writes (didn't
get her last name)
it might be possible that Margot and van Gogh are my
My grandmother who died in AR in1910 was a Begeman named Laura,
was cared for by different parents raised as an orphan,
married my grandfather in 1901 in AR.
She went by three diferent names Begeman, Stewart, and Jones
married my grandfather when she was just 15.
She had five children ,2 named Verena died before she did.
The 1910 census says her father was born in IN, her mother in
MO, she says she was born in AR.
I cannot find her any where before 1900, who is she ?
I have relatives who look like one or the other, need help.
Kathleen Begemann writes - I believe you were once
contacted by Marga Begemann from the Netherlands who said she was
planning on sending you documents.
She is the cousin of my father.
I think her papers included an extended genealogy of the Begemann
(2x N) family researched by J.J. Roelants and M.C. Braat.
The introduction has an explaination about the 1x N and 2x
N. Do you have this document? If not, I once made a
translation of it into English and will be happy to send it to you
(Please send I would like to include this for
Also provided a photo of Margot and her home.
Jennifer Byer writes - Thought it might be helpful to
you to include a link to the Missouri digital archives birth/death
It's an excellent resource. Lots of other info. is
posted on the archive portion of www.sos.mo.gov . Quite a
lot of Begemann info can be found there.
Another great, independent site is fiegenbaum.org
Mark Fiegenbaum has listed tons of data about the Begemanns, who
have a familial connection to the Fiegenbaum family.
Click on the surnames link found on the site, and you will find
A note: Augusta Begemann's father is also listed as Gottlieb
H. H., (as below) rather than Herman Heinrich Gottlieb.
That is actually the version I've seen most often.
Also, I have traced Gottlieb's wife, Friedrika Wilkening, back
Here, in more detail, is the info I have about Augusta's parents
(my great-great grandparents.) I think it is accurate.
My name is Jeremy Begeman. Branch 2,
John and Lavonne are my grandparent,
Joel and Diane are my parents.
I can add a few more details from my section.
Jeremy Kyle Begeman
+Amanda Christine Rivera 8-20-1975
Jack Andrew Begeman 1-26-2003
The website is great. I'm glad someone did it.
provides some photos from
Jaegerborn and web links
Ingo Busse writes
A few weeks ago I contacted you, because I read your
webpage concerning Begemanns that emigrated to the USA.
Meanwhile, I have found many informations about the Begemanns I
was searching for.
I even get in contact with offsprings. But there is still a
missing link and I would like to ask you for help.
You have listet several Begemanns on your webpage.
The names of the members of my family are followed by the
reference number 5860 p. 114.
Can you tell me, what kind of reference this is. Do you have
access to this resource?
Mikael Begemann Gunnarsson (30 years) - Denmark
(Changed from Petersen to Gunnarsson) writes
I recently discovered your site while researching a
bit about my middlename, Begemann.
We are 12 people in Denmark with that name as of 2016, and as far
as I can tell, the majority is in my close familiy on my mothers
I was very intrigued by the Van Gogh story, and the Begemann
family crest. Turns out my name is rare in Denmark. Exiting!
I don't know if you can use any of this, and i have not been given
permission to share their names, but if you can use it for
anything, please do.
And It branches out from there since they all also had kids, but I
don't have contact with any of them.
My mother: Alice Begemann
My younger brother: Karsten Begemann Petersen
Rita Begemann and Lis Begemann, my mothers two sisters.
Tina Begemann, daughter of Rita Begemann.
Brian Begemann, Son of Rita Begemann
Britta Begemann, married to Brian.
I was spurred into action by Briana who writes
I happened to find your webpage as I was looking to see where the
Begemann surname came from and what it means.
My maternal grandfather is Eiba Henry Begemann (Branch 18) (could
you please fix the spelling of his first name?
It’s Eiba, not Eida). Could you please add my mother as well as
myself? My aunt is already on the list but not under the branch.
My grandfather Eiba is now 93 and we’ve been trying to find more
of his lineage before he passes, even though he is in great shape!
I can get a listing of more of his family to you to add.
Briana Leigh Walker B:9/4/1982 granddaughter of Eiba Henry
Begemann (branch 18), 417 David Jones Road, Saluda, SC 29138
Marianne Begemann Shunamon B:7/15/1952 daughter of Eiba Henry
Begemann (branch 18), 417 David Jones Road, Saluda, SC 29138
My aunt is Margaret D Begemann, could you please add her to branch
Deborah Schroder typed a quick comeback to my update
I am teaching myself German with help from the internet and audio
books. I will be in Germany next September to research my
Schroeder/Sander family. My paternal grgrgrandfather came from
Grossenmarpe and my maternal grgrgrandmother came from Lemgo. I
will be staying in Detmold as that has the best records for the
area. I was surprised with the older pictures I have of Jägerborn
but would like to see again and take pictures if possible. All
depends on time. I will be with my cousin and his wife and we will
then head on to Berlin where they live NW of there. I will have
already been in Belgium and Normandy and will get 2 nights in
Prague before heading home-almost 4 weeks.
I will try to find and get to you the letter written by Ferdinand
Altenberend about his taking the pictures. I guess my graunt Clara
Schroeder Mosteller requested them in a letter to him after the
war. The Begeman cemetery is located very close to my Schroeder
farm-still in the family-and I have seen it with Google Earth and
I guess the people that live there will let you walk back and get
pictures. I am heading down to the farm-about 45 minutes from
where I live-and see about taking some pictures. Anton Sander my
grgrgrgrandfather is buried in the old German Cemetery that has
been lost in time but have permission from the owners of the land
to look for it-anyway his oldest son Frederick was married to the
Begeman daughter(I do not have any notes in front of me so this is
off of my not so perfect memory) and Anton’s daughter Henriette
married Johann Schroeder- my grgrgrandparents. Anton’s wife is
buried on the Begeman farm and I hope her grave is there.
If you have access to FindAGrave Harvey Bell is a wonderful
researcher and cousin and added many family histories to that
website. I am sending this on to him. Harvey is the one that has
been to the cemetery and showed it to me on Google Earth.
Thank you all for your contacts!
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