Moschelmuhle, Burgalben, Pfalz, Germany – I am still tracing the lines of Emilie Bold. Her mother’s side is proving easier than her head schoolmaster father’s side. Emilie Bold’s mother Elisabetha Scheid (Grandma Ferraro’s great grandmother), descended from several millers and mill owners. They keep popping up on all of the Scheid twigs. Some of them just owned mills. Others owned mills and worked them. Some were just millers at a mill owned by somebody else. They all appeared to inter-marry too. I am finding that when you are a miller or buying and selling mills you are also in a lot of land transactions in areas of organize-happy Germany and Lorraine, France, that didn’t lose records in any of the World Wars!
Luckily, in at least one case, there is a mill still standing today named after the place Emilie Bold’s ancestors lived in Burgalben, near Rodalben, Pfalz, Germany in the mid 1700s. It was called Moschelmuhle. To be exact Elisabetha Scheid’s grandmother’s family, the Beckers, lived in a place with this name and only other families with their surname lived there.
Could this be where they lived?
That is a picture of the actual mill today. To be fair there are other mills in Burgalben still standing but this is the only one named Moschelmuhle.
A mill could be owned by a lord or the town and millers bid on the rent to lease it and be the town’s miller for a specified number of years. Now, in my case in my family I can say my ancestor Frederic Scheid (Elisabetha’s great grandfather) bought a mill near Rodalben, Pfalz in 1722. I have its description too, along with its price, in German, from the Gerichtsbuch. It was his, not the town’s. His son Peter married into the family that lived in Moschelmuhle – the Beckers.
On the other hand in Farindola in my tree, my ancestor Nicola Carusi, the Cancelliere and his uncle the Conte Carusi, signed off on a document authorizing the highest bidder named Giuseppe Salvitti (who happens to be my 6th great uncle) to mill for Farindola in 1814 for a duration of four years. That was a mill owned by the town.
Did you know Frederic Scheid is another person in Grandma’s ancestry that was born in France? I am still sorting that all out.
Back to Moschelmuhle. Did my ancestors just live at Moschelmuhle? I haven’t found any document yet that calls Christian Becker a “miller” unfortunately. I am still looking for any land transaction for Moschelmuhle since Christian Becker’s family lived in a place with that name. Nor am I finished researching his limb in the family tree.
Coming soon: A fact-finding probe into the obscurity of Louis F. Kirsch