"Hessen County is the Land of the Reinhardwald Forest which surrounds the
Weser River. These dark foreboding forests with their ancient castles
were used by the Grims brothers - Jacob and Wilhelm- in their famous
fairy tales. Two of which are 'The Sleeping Beauty' (Sababurg Castle)
and 'Little Red Riding Hood.' ....Another famous town of Hessen county is
Hamelin, in the northern part. Hamelin was make world renown by James
Howell when he heard Browning tell his tale of "The Piped Piper." Howell
Believed the tale and published it in his "Familiar Letters of 1643." (The
German Mefferts, by Betty Lou Mefford)
Photos of Wachenbuchen and area.
Oberdorfelden is a small town about 8 miles northwest of Wachenbuchen. It is also right next to Neiderdorfelden. I understand that "ober" means over or above and "felden" is a field. This would mean that the translation would be akin to "the upper field." "Neider" means close or near, so it would be the "closer field."
Photos of Lutheran Church
Article and photos of Mefford Fort built by George Mefford in 1787, near the present Maysville, Kentucky.
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Very good photos of Mefford Station on Terry Bodkin's page.
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Photos of the historic town of Shrewsbury, anscetral home of Samuel Jackson, who immigrated from England in the mid-1800's.
Also includes St Chad's Church, where his family were blessed and attended for generations.
Photo of the ancestral home of the Vance Family. Go to photo
photos of the Barnbarroch Manor, courtesy of Jamie
Photographs of the house and gardens of Barnbarroch in Wigtownshire, the seat of the Vans family from the 14th century until it was destroyed by fire in 1941, including some family portraits. They were taken by Frank Vans Agnew on a visit to Barnbarroch in 1906.
Map of Palatine and its relationship to the other countries in Europe. Go to Map