Paul (Wilhelm) Hasenbalg (#158 in the family tree) took it around 1900 (created or designed likely by himself) which has been registered and published by his son Curt Hasenbalg (# 159, my grandfather) around 1925. See also J. Siebmacher, 'Großes und allgemeines Wappenbuch’ shipment 609 or book V, new issue 1, booklet 2, page 29, table 20, publishing house Bauer and Raspe (original title J. Siebmacher, ‘Großes und allgemeines Wappenbuch’, Lieferung 609 oder Band V, Neue Folge I, Heft II, Seite 29, Tafel 20, Nürnberg, Verlag Bauer und Raspe).
Description: (Head = tower decorated with 3 feathers, tower and crest shield in 3 parts cut into iron helmet, black and silver)
The crest underwrites with: Wilhelm Hasenbalg fecit Okt. ‘07. (October 1907)
This might confuse a little bit because now it’s Wilhelm. But they used very often not their first or calling name, instead prefered one of their middle names. Paul’s prefered name was Wilhelm, the calling name of his father as well as one of the middle names of his son Curt (my grandfather). To take a crest was very usual in those times but even today whoever likes can design one and register it. So after a positive official approval (must be different from all others existing and of course a fee) it’s done.
Origin Of Hasenbalg
Something about the origin of the name Hasenbalg. It’s not quite clear where it originated. But there are some interpretations. ‘Hase’ means hare, ‘Hasen’ is plural, ‘Balg’ means skin, fur or coat but written a bit different as ‘Balch’ is used for hollow in general, socalled also a hollow in the North Sea (Germany) close to the shore. Another interpretation is tub or vat which is/was used by a bricklayer for mixing cement, so interpreted as the vat of a hare. It seems likely to me that it comes from hare & fur/coat because at that time lots of trading was done with them. Also some real and some likely origin locations of the Hasenbalg’s would confirm this. As there are Austria, the south of Germany or the area around the ‘Harz’ mountains in the middle of the reunited Germany (near Brunswick or Goslar). But also the former part ‘Schlesien’ which is now part of Poland. Hasenbalch is just another spelling used in those early times and it can still be found . Nevertheless the first documented appearance of the name is 1291 in the county of Haigerloch, South Germany. There are two towns with this name in this part of Germany but my research didn’t get anything new.
About the first documented forefather, Andreas H. (# 1 in the family tree) from Dassel (Harz area). He had a very successful paper mill there and I have some documents from that time which probably were written on the paper he himself might have produced. I’m still looking for a paper conserver to restore them and also for a complete ‘translation’ (see below). About him and his paper mill there are lots of informations. For example he bought the paper mill in Dassel on January 1st, 1666 and the mill was in the hands of the Hasenbalg's until 1866 when it was sold. It couldn’t compete anymore with the modern mechanical paper machines. Also his brother Hennig (or Henny, #2) must have worked on that paper mill some time. Some of Andreas’ children and also lots of the generations after him worked successfully on paper mills throughout the area. This leads to another location of the origin of the Hasenbalg’s, to Scandinavia. But this information is not very likely. I guess that researching more about paper mills could probably lead to other Hasenbalg's because the question is open where Andreas and his brother learned their profession. Probably with their father. They both were paper maker masters. When they arrived in Dassel they must have had some money for being able to buy this paper mill. So they must have been already some time professionals especially looking at their age at that time (in the end thirties). Also this leads to the likelihood that their father had had a successful paper mill and some money to stuff them. Or they sold his mill after his death. But all this is still speculation. Today on the lot of the paper mill is a school. Also Andreas and his wife donated a pulpit and two chandeliers to the church of Dassel (St. Laurentius) in 1675 which still can be seen today. They prove that he must have made very good money with his mill. In March 1998 I’ve visited Dassel and the church and it was really impressive to see these donations still in very good condition.
Definition of the various branches of the family
- Dassel branch - begins with Andreas H., #1 of the family tree. This is the original family tree from Paul Hasenbalg from July 1st, 1898 with originally 225 entries, now up to date
- Hayn branch - integrated in the Dassel branch beginning with #494 from the town of Hayn (Eastern Harz mountains, Germany). Currently there is no evidence of a connection to the Dassel branch
- Argentine branch - part of the Dassel branch beginning with #182, the first emigrant to Argentina
- Colorado branch - begins with Theodore H., #380. Currently there is no evidence of a connection to the Dassel branch. It documents the family in the U.S.A.
- Longère - ancestry line of the Longère family from Stegers, Pommern (former East Germany, now Poland)
The separation into these branches was done due to historical, practical and geographical reasons and therefore is arbitrarily. Goal is to unite these branches one day into one family tree. Thus, this goal defines the general direction of my research of 'Hasenbalg'.
I’m researching paper mills and their owners
in Germany. As well I’m researching the origin of Theodore
H. (#380). Yet there
are no really new results so far that might lead to the link of this american
‘Colorado’ branch to the current
Dassel family tree.
However, after receiving some new informations my research now focuses on the ‘Hayn’ branch which seems to originate from the East side of the Harz mountains in the former East Germany and might provide new clues to Theodore's origin and hopefully lead to finding the missing links.
More research is taking place regarding the Longère family from Stegers, Pommern (former East Germany, now Poland), also searching for the connection to Villefranche near Lyon, France, beginning 1813 and earlier.
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