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

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Author of "The First Kindergarten" and other books about Friedrich Froebel.