The Strassburger Family History
From Germany to United States and Brazil.

Oberdiebach is a German village lying on the west bank of the Rhine,
a little over nine miles northeast of Bingen.

Johann Ulrich Strassburger, of Oberdiebach, was united in marriage on the 26th of February, 1715, with Maria Elizabetha, widow of Peter Flucken,
at the Lutheran Protestant Evangelical Church, in Ober Ingelheim. However, Oberdiebach was not the original home of the family Strassburger as there are historical and church registers to show that the earlier ancestors came from the city of Strassburg, the capital of Alsace-Lorraine. The name Strassburger is of purely Teutonic origin and is one of that group of family names which derived their appellation from their place of residence or origin.

The St. Mauritius Lutheran Evangelical Church, in Oberdiebach, erected in 1414.

Oberdiebach with aproximately 950 inhabitants maintains today the same characteristics as in the former 16th century.

Situated about half a mile from the Rhine in the midst of a rich wine-producing district, the Riesling white wine bearing the brand Oberdiebach, is known the world over.
("Fürstenberg", "Bischhofshub" and "Kräuterberg" )

Ancient Gateway

The next interesting point, not far from Oberdiebach, is Ober Ingelheim, a small village in the Province of Rhine Hesse, District of Bingen, on the river Salz, near its confluence with the Rhine, about half way between Mayence (Mainz) and Bingen, in the southern part of the old German Palatinate. Nieder Ingelheim lies about three-quarters of a mile distant, about a mile and a half from the Rhine in the midst of a rich wine-producing district. Ober Ingelheim was originally an imperial village, while Nieder Ingelheim was once the site of a celebrated palace of Charlemagne, described by ancient writers as an edifice of great magnificence. Some writers suppose it was the birth-place of the great king. From Bingen to Mayence is about seventeen miles.

Relief over the tower portal.

The Protestant Lutheran St. Remigiuskirche was once the chapel of the palace, but as it has been repeatedly restored, nothing of the original is now left except some parts of the north transept. The old Evangelical Church at Ober Ingelheim dates from the thirteenth century.

It is a handsome building, adorned with painted windows epresenting scenes in the life of Charlemagne.
It was restored about 1875.

It is upon the church books of this old Protestant Lutheran Evangelical Church, at Ober Ingelheim, that are found recorded the first and second marriages of Johann Ulrich Strassburger, and the births of all of his children, ten in number, the eldest of whom was Johann Andreas, born January 19, 1716, who came to Pennsylvania in 1742. He went back to Germany, but returned in 1769, settling in Bucks County, where he died a few years later.


The German emigrants who came to Pennsylvania between the years, 1683 and 1776 were almost entirely from South Germany, especially the Palatinate, Wurtemberg, and also from Switzerland.

The greatest exodus of Palatines to Pennsylvania occurred about the year 1740. Numerous pamphlets, letters and the like were distributed freely throughout South Germany, setting forth the advantages to be derived from the civil and religious liberty, and privileges for Protestants, to be enjoyed in Penn's Colony over the sea.

Being young, unmarried and no doubt of an adventurous spirit, Johann Andreas Strassburger, in the late summer of 1742, set sail from Rotterdam, in the ship Loyal Judith, James Cowie, Captain. The vessel reached Philadelphia about September 1, for on the third of the month he with the other passengers subscribed to the oath of qualification, signing his own name:

Upon the list made out by the Captain of the vessel, the entry reads Andrews Strasburger, aged 25.' As a matter of fact he was over twenty-six and a half years old, but the ages of passengers, as given by the masters, were more or less approximate.

It is
only just to say that to all that has gone to build up
Pennsylvania, to enlarge her wealth, to increase her property, to educate her people, to give her good government from the first, the German element of the people has contributed its full share. It is the religious spirit, the love of industry, the peaceful disposition of its people, which has placed the great State of Pennsylvania in the foremost ranks of the great American nation. The story of the privations, the fortitude, and the patriotism of these early German emigrants is blended with that of the other elements of the composite people which formed the base of the grand structure of American nationality.

They did not leave the Fatherland to seek power and glory in the wilderness to which they emigrated. They forsook their native country and braved the perils of the deep in search of a land where they might enjoy liberty of conscience. Nor did they come empty-handed, being for the most part the well-to-do, not the paupers, of the Old World.

Early Pennsylvania habitation
They came with the fear of God in their hearts; with energy and industry in their make-up; with high hopes and expectations that here was freedom to worship as their conscience dictated. They left us a real inheritance.
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The Strassburger Family Genealogie
The Strassburger Family and Allied Families of Pennsilvania
Author: Ralph Beaver Strassburger
Ralph B. Strassburger was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on March 26, 1883. He received his preliminary education in the public and private schools of Norristown, Pennsylvania. He attended the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire and in 1901 was appointed to the United States Naval Academy.
After his graduation in 1905 Strassburger was assigned to cruiser duty until 1909 when he resigned from the Navy to become manager of a boiler manufacturer. In 1914, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States House of Representatives. When the First World War broke out he re-entered the Navy as a transport officer serving until 1919. Following the war he ventured into publishing business eventually becoming the owner of the Norristown Herald.
He was an active member of many Pennsylvania genealogical and historical societies,
an American Historian and an author of books on Pennsylvania German history and culture.

To see more, go to: The Biography of Ralph Beaver Strassburger

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Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese but also received a large group of immigrants from other countries,
mostly from Germany, Italy, Holland, France, Spain and Japan in addition to Africans who arrived as slaves.
Thus, the Brazilian culture is a rich blend of many ways of living reflected in its food,
clothes, religions, literature, music and arts.
Immigration to Brazil began when the country opened its ports to "friendly nations" (1808), and gathered momentum in the wake of the Declaration of Independence (1822). This, of course, does not include the Portuguese, who colonized the country (discovered in 1500).
Besides focusing on voluntary settlement by immigrants, one should also recall that millions of Negroes were forced to cross the Atlantic in chains from the XVIth to the XIXth centuries to serve as slave labour in Brazil.

Brazil's emperors sought to attract European immigrants to the south of the country by offering them plots of land that they were entitled to work as smallholders.

  German immigrants were the first to come in 1824. They were followed in 1870 by Italians. Between them, these two groups came to comprise the majority of the population in the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

The first group of German immigrants arrived in Brazil shortly after the country became independent, as part of a settlement programme devised by the Brazilian Government to develop agriculture and ensure settlement in the southern tip of the country. The first German community in Brazil was founded at São Leopoldo in Rio Grande do Sul State in 1824. It was established on public property in the Sinos River valley.
The concentration of German immigrants in the southern region coupled with the fact that they maintained their language and cultural traditions, besides establishing a Germanized press, schooling system and a clutch of associations, paved the way for the emergence of a Teuto-Brazilian ethnic identity. The immigrants and their offspring thus generated a sense of belonging, first and foremost, to an ethnic group characterized by its German origin.

The German vessel "Leopold" - Oil painting in Bremen Naval Museum - Germany
  The German ship "Leopold",
Cap. Holtz, arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 25, 1845 carrying 225 German immigrants. They where contracted by by the Brazilian Emperor D. Pedro II, through the company of Dunkerke Charles Delrue & Cie., to work in the construction of the Summer Palace of the Imperial Family. Today this magnificent palace, shelters the dependences of the Imperial Museum, in the city of Petropolis, situated in the mountains, near of the former Brazilian Capital, Rio de Janeiro.
BBetBetween the passangers of the ship LEOPOLD,  

Johann Heinrich Strassburger and
Katharina Elizabetha Kuwer
(circa 1860)

Johann Heinrich Strassburger and Katharina Elizabetha Kuwer
(circa 1860)


JOHANN HEINRICH STRASSBURGER, unmaried, aged 23, was a passanger of

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