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of Hesse

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zu Eisenbach

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Johann Jacob Trapp 

1763–1827 (m. 1794)

Born: Lauterbach, Territory of Riedesel zu Eisenbach (today Germany)

Career: 1808 appointed as Senior Government Official over Hesse-Homburg and five other towns


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Great-grandfather to von Trapp children

Dr. Eduard Christian Trapp (1804-1854)

Esteemed Physician & Key to Development of Bad Homburg Spa


Multi-National: Born in Lauterbach (today in Hesse, Germany), at the time it was a small independent territory of Riedesel zu Eisenbach under the Holy Roman Empire. His ancestors, 200 years earlier, emigrated to Hesse to escape religious prosecution for being Lutheran from their origins in Steiermark and Tyrol Austria.

Historic Merits: An esteemed physician, he published scientific papers on the merits of the "Homburger cure" and rediscovered the natural mineral spring, later named the Elisabethenbrunnen, in today Bad Homburg, Germany.


Physician

 Eduard Christian Trapp came from the long line of the "Thelenius" medical doctors. He did his medical studies in Munich, Heidelberg, Wuerzburg, Darmstadt, Paris and Vienna. In 1822, during his studies, he became a member of the Old Giessen fraternities in Germany. He settled down in Homburg, Hesse, today Bad Homburg, Germany, where he practiced medicine for the remainder of his life. He was instrumental in the development of Bad Homburg as a health and healing spa destination. In 1834, Eduard rediscovered the mineral spring, later named the Elisabethenbrunnen. He asked his close friend, the chemist Justus von Liebig, to examine the water to confirm its long term healing properties and then used scientific publications & lectures to promote the success of the 'Homburger cure'. Eduard also took in spa guests at his villa in Bad Homburg for treatment, including governing princes and their relatives. One of the first was the wife of the later Emperor Wilhelm I, Augusta of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach. In his profession, Eduard dedicated himself to helping and healing others and was widely respected. The town of Bad Homburg appointed him an honorary citizen and a street today bares his name, "Trapp-Straße".​ 

A State of Holy

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Wilhelmine Thilenius

 1774–1855 (m. 1794)
Born: Location unknown​​
Mother of six: Karl Moritz, Elisabeth Caroline, Anna Wilhelmine,
Eduard Christian (m. Marie Sofie Hoffman), Auguste Wilhelmine and Herman

zu Eisenbach

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Johann Gottlieb Metzler

Dates unknown

Born: Location unknown

Career: ​Hesse Military Major (Fürstlich-Hessischer Major)​ 

Johanna Katharina Moter

Dates unknown

Born: Location unknown

Mother of unknown total # of children: Sophie Metzler (m. Baron August Konrad von Hoffman)

(1806–1918)

(1567–1806)

of Hesse

(1692–1814)

Electorate 

German Conf.*

​Caspar Emanuel Trapp 

1736–1814 (m. 1762)

Born: Landenhausen, Landgraviate of Hesse (today Germany)

Career: Justice of Peace & Lawyer

Catarina Elisabeth Diehm

1740–1813 (m. 1762)

Born: Lauterbach, Landgraviate of Hesse (today Germany)

Mother of ten: Johann Jacob Trapp (m. Wilhelmine Thilenius)

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Historical Figure - Dr. Eduard Christian Trapp

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Conrad I Hofmann 

1743–1799 (m. date unknown)

Born: Location unknown

Career: Legal Officer in Nidda, Hesse (today Nidda, Germany) ​

Susanne Schneider 

1753–1826 (m. date unknown)

Born: Unknown, possibly Kranichstein, Hesse (today Germany) 

Mother of unknown total # of children:​ Baron August Konrad von Hoffman (m. Sophie Metzler)​

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Elisabethenbrunnen (Spring) 

Bad Homburg, Germany

1834 Eduard rediscovered mineral spring 

1918 Hans Dammann sculpted current well design

(800–1806)

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Territory of Riedesel zu Eisenbach

Today Lauterbach, Germany.  With a pact in 1684, Lauterbach came under the control of the Riedesel zu Eisenbach family, as a small independent territory. Predominantly Lutheran following the Reformation, the first 'Trapp' to the area emigrated in the 16th century to escape religious prosecution in Austria's Habsbursg Monarchy. After the Napoleonic Wars and Congress of Vienna, in 1806, Lauterbach became part of the Grand Duchy of Hesse.  


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Baron August K. von Hofmann 

1776–1841 (m. 1799)

Born: Nidda, Landgraviate of Hesse (today Nidda, Germany)

Career: Finance Minister of Hesse 

and State-Advisor to Archduke of Hesse, titled nobility in 1827


(800–1806)

(1815–1848)

Roman Empire

3x-Great-grandfather to von Trapp children

Dr. Moritz Gerhard Thilenius (1745-1809)

Esteemed Physician & Balneologist (Study of Medicinal Springs)


Multi-National Exposure: Moritz's father, Johann Heinrich Thilenius (1696-1766), was an adventurer and medical practitioner extraordinaire; he spent five years as ships doctor for Admiral Lowenschild and sailed from Amsterdam to ports in Java, Honduras, Siam, Sumatra, Borneo, Persia, and the Arabias. While on his travels, he collected native healing knowledge from the natives and incorporated these techniques into his practice at home.  

Historic Merits: Dr. Thilenius came from a long line of medical doctors and he founded a family branch for Balneological (the study of medicinal springs). He is attributed with being the frist to perform a tenotomy of the Archilles tendon by a surgeon.


Physician and Balneologist

He was the son of Johannes Heinrich Thilenius, known as the "traveling doctor". Moritz was born in Eddigehausen, Hesse in 1745. He graduated in 1765, studying medicine in Göttingen, with a MD in “rheumatism pathology”. Moritz Thilenius initially settled in Göttingen. In 1771, he moved to Einbeck and practiced as a natural scientist. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Lauterbach and became the City and County physician under the Riedesel family patronage. In 1796 he was called to Wiesbaden as the court appointed Spa doctor for Wiesbaden. In 1801, he served in the Chamber of Physicians in Wetzlar. In 1803, he was assigned personal physician to the Princely house of Nassau-Usingen with the responsibilities of the highest advisory official at the court of Usingen. His outstanding medical career spanned 43 years.

2x-Great-grandparents

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Sophie Henriette Metzler 

1772–1825 (m. 1799)

Born: Location unknown
Mother of three: Charlotte von Hoffman (m. Friedrich Hahn), Ernst von Hofmann, Marie Sophie von Hoffman (m. Eduard Christian Trapp)​​

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Hesse

From 1264–1567, the Landgraviate of Hesse was a single entity. From 1567-1806, it was divided into two, Hesse-Kassel and Hesse-Darmstadt. From 1806–1871, it was the independent country, known as the Grand Duchy of Hesse. In 1871, Hesse lost its country status when it joined the German Empire, but remained a Duchy. The Duchy ​ended in 1918 with the German Revolution. Today, Hesse is a federal state of Germany.

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Electorate 

Confederation

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Dr. Moritz Gerhard Thilenius 

1745–1809 (m. 1771)

Born: Eddigehausen, state of Holy Roman Empire (today Germany)

Career: ​Dotor & Privy Councillor

Christine Sofie Doll (1st wife)

1746–1793 (m. 1771)

Born: Kassel, Landgraviate of Hesse (today Germany)

Mother of tenWilhelmine Thilenius (m. Johann Jacob Trapp)

(1806–1918)

(800–1806)

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Electorate of Hanover

​​Also known as the electorate of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, it was a State of the Holy Roman Empire from 1692-1806, and ruled by the House of Hanover. The Electorate came from the sub-principality Calenberg of the Duchy of Braunschweig and Lüneburg. In 1714, it became joint-ruled by Great Britain in a personal union. The Electorate ended at the Congress of Vienna in 1814.

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Dr. Eduard Christian Trapp 

1804–1854 (m. 1833)

Born: Lauterbach, a small but independent territory of Riedesel zu Eisenbach, under the Holy Roman Empire (today Lauterbach, Germany)

Career: Physician from a family line of doctors; known for the rediscovery of the mineral spring, later named the Elisabethenbrunnen, in Bad Homburg and his key role in the town's spa development. He was awarded many honors including, in 1845, the title Privy Medical Adviser. A personal physician to Landgrafen Phillip and Gustav, despite his honors and celebrity clientele, he is remembered for his commitment to all citizens of Homburg with his practice and work at the hospital.

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Confederation*

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Founded Family Branch of

Medical Balneologists 

- The study of medicinal mineral springs -

Grand Duchy

(800–1806)

Baroness Marie Sophie von Hofmann 

1812–1872 (m. 1833)
Born: Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse, a State of the German Confederation (today Darmstadt, Germany)

Mother of five: Anna Trapp, Eduard II Trapp (engineer, emigrated to the U.S.A., land-surveyed for the Transatlantic Railway and consulted on the construction of Brooklyn Bridge NY; m. 2nd Barbara Rost),  August Johann Ritter von Trapp (m. Hedwig Emilie Wepler -Georg's parents), Konard II Trapp (Mining Director in Homburg, Grand Duchy of Hesse, today Bad Homburg, Germany; m. Henriette Droescher), and Karl Trapp (emigrated to the U.S.A.)

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Medical Lineage - Thilenius family

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