Franconian Origins:

Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel’s paternal aunt, Johanna Sophia Dorothea Froebel was married to Johann Gotthelf Greiner, whose family Wappen (coat of arms) is fashioned in Red and White, colors denoting Franconian (Franken) origins.

These origins are the same for the Froebel family, which could trace its earlier residence to the vicinity of HAMMELBURG in Franconia.

Frankish kings Theodoric I and Chlotar I gained control over Thuringia in 531 AD, while the Thuringians were converted to Christianity by St Boniface with his assistant, St Wigbert, in the 8th century.

The Greiners were well known for porcelain and glass manufacturing in Thuringia.

In following ancient Thuringian custom, it is thought that JOHANNA and Johann GOTTHELF were among the four godparents for Friedrich Froebel’s eldest brother, Johann August Gotthelf Froebel, as each has a name imbedded in that of the godson.

Johanna is author’s 5th great grand aunt, while Johann Gotthelf “August” Froebel is the author’s 4th great grandfather.

The descendants of Johann Gotthelf and Johanna Sophia Dorothea Greiner, nee FROEBEL and those of Johann August Gotthelf Froebel, both in the USA, are still in regular contact.



Birth: 22 Feb 1732 in Alsbach, Principality Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, Thueringen, Germany

Death: 12 Aug 1797 in Limbach, Duchy Sachsen-Meiningen, Thueringen, Germany


Birth: 7 Dec 1736 in Neuhaus Am Rennweg, Principality Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, Thueringen, Germany

Death: 11 Oct 1792 in Limbach, Duchy of Sachsen-Meiningen, Thueringen, Germany  greinerAUGUSTGOTTHELFFROEBEL

Katherina Luther, nee von Bora and Froebel


Through Friedrich Froebel’s mother, Jacobina Hoffmann, he was related to the Family von Bora of which Martin Luther’s wife originated.

Hans II von Bora (MATERNAL Main FROEBEL line): 12th great grandfather to Friedrich Froebel (Kindergarten) und 2nd great grandfather to Katherina LUTHER nee/geb VON BORA


More images of Katherina von Bora:

Carl Brossmann

Great Nephew of Friedrich Froebel and Grandson of Carl Poppo Froebel, Printer to the Princely House of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt,

Carl’s mother was a niece of Friedrich Froebel and daughter of Carl Poppo Froebel, who was a younger, half brother of Friedrich.

Carl Edward George Brossmann was born on 10 October 1846 at Schleiz.  He married Emilie Kohler. He died on 2 June 1906 in Philadelphia PA while training a horse.

Froebel’s Death Bed

His last sentence was, “My last words I take with me to the grave, as the World is not ready to receive them.”

Froebel’s death was so peaceful that his family and friends were not sure he had passed as all was so calm and his face full of tranquility.




This is the bed in which Froebel died n 1852, while residing at the Marienthal Hunting Lodge (Jagdschloesschen) of the Duke of Saxe Meiningen.

Through intercession of his mother,  born a von Hohenlohe princess, and Baroness Bertha Marie von Marenholtz-Buelow,  Duke Bernhard von Sachsen (Saxe)-Meiningen allowed Froebel to reside there and train the first women who would become certified Kindergarten Teachers.

Author to Present at Ravena Coeymans Historical Society

The Story of Kindergarten involves Coeymans, New York also. It was there, in the town also genealogically linked to the author via the Coeymans and Ten Eyck families, that Mary McConnell Blaisdell corresponded with Susan Blow, American educator. Susan had started the first Kindergarten in a public school in Carondolet, Missouri. Researcher, Linda Bruno, found correspondence not only between Blaisdell and Blow, but also between Blaisdell and Denton Jacques Snider, whose 1900 work, THE LIFE OF FREDERICK FROEBEL: Founder of the Kindergarten, J ( Johannes) Froebel-Parker edited and republished with commentary and illustrations  in honor of the FROEBEL DECADE (2013-2022).

The Ravena Coeymans Historical Society has invited the author to speak on 14 September 2014 at 2 o’clock at the museum. Directions can be found at: Society