Well known is that Froebel’s grandfather, Johannes Froebel, had been the princely forester (fuerstlicher Foerster) for the Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.
On his mother’s side, Froebel’s 3rd great grandfather was Michael II Heubel, Kriegskommissar (Commissioner of War) for the Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, who was honored with a Family coat of arms by Holy Roman Emperor and King of Germany, Leopold I in 1677. Heubel was bestowed the right for the coat of arms to be used in perpetuity by his descendents. Michael II Heubel was Froebel’s ancestor via his mother, Jacobine Froebel, geb. Hoffmann.
The author, J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker, here shown at the age when he was already listening to to the oral tradition of his Froebel grandfather and great grandmother, Lina Froebel, nee Maeder (Liebstedt near Weimar/Apolda).
His Grandfather Froebel’s family had immigrated to Coudersport, Potter County, Pennsylvania from the city of Triptis in the Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, even though they had originated in Arnstadt in the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and in the nearby Principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt with its seat at the Heidecksburg Castle in Rudolstadt.
The author, J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker and architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, are both descended from Anne Mattle, who was born in 1610 in Northhamptonshire, England and died in 1685 in Connecticut Colony. Wright was influenced in his architecture by his exposure to Froebel’s “Gaben,” the wooden blocks used to engage children in didactic discovery.