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According to David BLANK rmjb at "Actually, there are several other DANNENBERG branches, all of which seem to have taken the name independently. One is from Falkenberg and was originally Plaut. Another is the Adelebsen branch. Another branch came from Gronau, and we know when the name was taken. Another is the Felsberg branch, which intermarried with the Plaut branch there. Still another is from Trendelburg (near Adelebsen); One very old branch is from Ziegenhain, and there are documents showing the family used the DANNENBERG name in the early 1600's. There are also several other independent DANNENBERG families in the Hessen area."

According to John DANNENBERG, The name DANNENBERG was first given in the year 1152.


Aron DANNENBERG was a teacher. He married Jeannette SPIRO (b. Hamburg, Germany). They had one son: Nathan DANNENBERG.



Nathan DANNENBERG was born in Stadtensfeld, Hessen, East Prussia, 17 November 1852. Nathan died of Diabetes in Frankfurt on the Main, 23 May 1911. He was a notary.

Nathan married Minna OPPENHEIMER. She was well known for her hospitality. They had five children, all born in Frankfurt.

Catherina SPIELMAN, better known to us as Ketchen or Detta came to work for Minna and Nathan DANNENBERG at the age of 14. It was traditional for young girls from the country to work in a family in order to develop the skills they would need to run their own household. Several years later her family found her a suitor in her rural hometown. Ketchen replied that she did not need a new family. She already had a family, the DANNENBERG's. When Jeanette DANNENBERG was married to Carl OPPENHEIMER, Ketchen came with to help her run her household. Ketchen remained in the household and raised Stephen LOEB and Norbert LOEB as Jeanette was widowed, remarried and immigrated to the United States. Later (around age 90) she expressed the desire to be buried with the family in the Oakbridge Jewish Cemetery and converted to Judaism. She already had a great knowledge of Judaism from her life with the family. In fact she was the one who taught Stephen to say the Shema each night. She passed away and was buried in the Oakbridge Jewish Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois (Block #28, Lot #31) around four years later after eight decades of family devotion.


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