Holland

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Holy Roman Emp.*

Roman Empire

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 # of children


Client State of 1st

Schaffhausen

of Hesse

(1806–1918)

A State of German

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Grand Duchy

Kingdom of

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A State of Holy

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of Hesse

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Clementine Emilie Nahl 

1783–1832 (m.1794)

Born: Location unknown

Talents: Painter & poetess from the famously artistic Nahl family; her 
brother was Wilhelm Nahl

​Mother of seven: Georg Clemens Wepler (m. Anna Engeline Wittekindt)


Honoring Georg's Maternal Side, Great to 3x-Great-grandparents to the von Trapp Children

(1815–1848)

Confederation*

Grand Duchy

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of Hesse

Georg Clemens Wepler 

1825-1901 (m. 1849)
Born: Kassel, Grand Duchy of Hesse, a State of German Confederation

(today Kassel, Germany)

Career: Chief Railroad Station Inspector in Eisenach, Thüringen. As a young man he was a Cadet in the Electorate of Hesse and denied the right to take his officers exam by the Elector of Hesse who had taken a disliking to his father, a County Judge. Georg Clemens was also denied studying law for this reason and therefore chose a career with the Prince Elector’s Wilhelmsbahn Train Company in Guntershausen. He rose from Stationmaster to Head of Station Class I. He moved to Eisenach, Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in 1853, the neighboring Electorate, and retired as Railroad Inspector-General. 

Grand Duchy

of Hesse

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of Hesse

Schaffhausen

(1871–1918)

German Conf.*

A Federal State of 

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Landgraviate

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Weimar-Eisenach

Holland

Roman Empire*

of Hesse

Died in:

Hesse

From 1264–1567, the Landgraviat of Hesse was a single entity. From 1567-1806, it was divided into two, Kassel and ​Darmstadt. From 1806–1871, it was the independent country, the Grand Duchy of Hesse. In 1871, it lost its country status  when it joined the German Empire.  The Duchy ended in 1918 with the German Revolution.   

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Kingdom of Holland

Holland has existed in many forms from 1064–present. From 1091–1581, as County of Holland, it was a State of the Holy Roman Empire. From 1581–1795, it incorporated into the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. From 1806-1810, it was briefly the Kingdom of Holland, a State of the 1st Republic ​of France. 1890 to today it is the Netherlands.

Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Established as duchy in 1809, it was initially part of the Confederated States of the Rhine. From, 1867–1871 it was a Federal State of the North German Confederation. Then incorporated into the German Empire from 1874–1918. At the end of WWI, it became the Free State of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, which merged two years later with the State of Thuringia.

Tobias von Ziegler 

1772-1818 (m. 1805)

Born: Schaffhausen, Republic of Swiss

(today Schaffhausen, Switzerland)

Career: Merchant in Amsterdam; landowner in Schaffhausen & Treysa

Anna Margaretha Stephan  

1770-1833 (m. 1805)

Born: Treysa (today Germany)

Mother of four: Anna 'Antje' von Ziegler (m. Ernst Christian Wittekindt)

French Empire

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of Hesse

(1806–1918)

Grand Duchy

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3x-Great-grandparents

(1806–1918)

Georg Heinrich Wepler​ 

1763-1833 (m. date unknown)
Born: Hersfeld, Landgraviate of 

Hesse, State of Holy Roman Emp. 

(today Bad Hersfeld, Germany)​​

​Career: Attorney

Elisabeth Bücking

Dates unknown
Born: Location unknown​
Mother of unknown total # of children: Georg Heinrich Wepler II (m. Clementine Emilie Nahl)

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Wilhem Wiedekind 

1771-1847 (m. 1799)

Born: Rauschenberg, Landgraviate of Hesse, State of Holy Roman Empire
(today Rauschenberg, Germany)​

Career: Haina Hospital Administrator​ 

​Ernestine Friederike Fey 

1771-1850 (m. 1799)

Born: Merxhausen (today Germany)

Motherof five: Ernst Christian Wittekindt (m. Anna 'Antje' von Ziegler)​

Republic of Swiss

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A State of Holy

of Hesse

Landgraviate

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of Hesse

Ernst Christian Wittekindt

1802–1841 (m. 1828)

Born: Haina, Landgraviate of Hesse, a State of the Holy Roman Empire Germany (today Germany)

Career: Attorney at Treyla

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FAMILY TREE: Wepler / Wittekindt / Nahl / Ziegler 

 Georg Heinrich Wepler

1794–1861 (m. 1794)
Born: Marburg, Landgraviate of Hesse, a State of the Holy Roman Empire (today Marburg, Germany)

Career: County Judge in Kassel, Hesse (today Kassel Germany)

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1851-1852 Miners in the Sierras

Painted by Charles Nahl
Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Duchy of Saxe-

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of Hesse

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Johann Samuel Nahl - the Elder (1664-1727) 

His father was Matthias Nahl (1618–1668), who was court carpenter to the principality of Ansbach. Johann Samuel was born in Annsbach (today Germany) and studied under Renz the Older (court sculptor in Bayreuth), 1704 in Berlin, he became court sculptor to Frederic I of Prussia and Rektor of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sculpting weather-resistant plaster sculptures for castles in and around Berlin, he also worked on the equestrian statue of Friedrich Wilhelm I by Andreas Schlüter. His son was Johann August Nahl (1710– 1781).


Johann August Nahl - the Elder (1710– 1781)

Johann August was born in Berlin and was an interior architect and stone & plaster sculptor. At age 18, he went on a European tour to study sculpting. After working in Strassburg, Berlin and on sculpture and relief work for Frederic I palaces, he moved to Switzerland for 9 years. In 1767, he became Professor of sculpture at the ‘Collegium Carolinum’ and at the newly founded Academy of the Arts in Kassel. His commissions included a statue of landgrave Frederic II of Hesse-Kassel and work on the design of the Wilhelmsthal Palace Park for Landgrave Wilhelm VIII of Hesse.  His commissioned work of a grave cover for Maria Magdalena Langhans was one of the most admired works of art in 18th century Europe. His sons were also artists, Johann Samuel Nahl the Younger and Johann August Nahl the Younger.


Johann Samuel Nahl & Johann August - the Younger

Johann Samuel Nahl the Younger (1748-1813) was born by Bern, Switzerland and was an artist & professor at the Academy of Arts in Kassel. His brother Johann August Nahl the Younger (1752-1825), also born in Bern, Switzerland was a painter of landscape and historical scenes. His father taught him sculpting and from 1763/64 he studied painting under Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder, 1765-1767 with Tanesch and Christoph von Bemmel, 1767-1770 in Bern with Emanuel Handmann. In 1773, Johann August went to the Academy of Arts in Paris and finally to Rome in 1774. Returning to Kassel he began his sepia landscapes and paintings. 


4th & 5th Generation Nahl's

 Johann August - the Younger - had three children: Clementine Emilie Nahl (1783-1832) was well educated for a woman in this era, and dedicated herself to the arts and poetry. His son Georg Valentin Friedrich Nahl (1791-1857) became a portrait artist and copper plate engraver in Kassel, Hesse. His son Carl Christian Heinrich Nahl (1818-1878), later known as Charles Nahl, was already an accomplished watercolorist at age 12. He studied at the Academy of Art in Kassel, Hesse to become a painter, illustrator and graphic artist. He emigrated with his family and artist friend, August Wenderoth 1846 to Paris, France and then in 1848/49 to the US. Finally settling in San Francisco, Nahl became the first major Californian artist and devoted himself to different artistic genres. Together with August Wenderoth and his brother Hugo, he opened a studio in San Francisco, producing collaborative landscapes and commercial work.  His woodcut ‘Grizzly’ became the inspiration for the design of the bear on the California State flag. Carl Christian died of typhoid fever in San Francisco in his adopted country.  

(1804–1814)

Canton of Schaffhausen

In the Middle Ages, Schaffhausen was a city-state. From 1330–1501, the Habsburg Monarchy ruled it.  In 1501, the area became a full member of the Old Swiss Confederation, as known as the Republic of Swiss and an independent Canton from 1567–1806. Occupied briefly by the French from 1798–1815. Today it is still a Canton within Switzerland.

Born in :

California State Flag 

Design inspired by woodcut "Grizzly"

by Charles Nahl (San Francisco, USA)

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*Duchy a part of Confederation/Empire 

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Anna Engeline Wittekindt 

1829-1920 (m. 1849)

Born: Treysa, Grand Duchy of Hesse, a State of  German Confederation 

(today Treysa, Germany)

Mother of eight: Karl Wepler, Anna Wepler (m. Hugo Posse),Hedwig Emilie Wepler (m. Capitan Johann August Ritter (Knight) von Trapp - Georg's parents), Wilhelmine 'Minna' Wepler (professional pianist), Leopold Wepler (m. Katharina 'Kathchen' Meyer), Alma Elisabeth Wepler (m. Hermann Wilhelm Dreiheller), Karoline Wepler and Elisabeth 'Else' Wepler (m. Paul Wilhelm Dreiheller)

Johann August Nahl

​1752-1825 (m. 1798)

​Born: Clanne bei Bern, Switzerland; Kingdom of Prussia national​

Career: Painter & Sculpter; Painting 

Director at Academy in Kassel
Christine Westren (Western)

Dates unknown

Born: Location unknown

Mother of unknown total # of children: Clementine Emilie Nahl

(m. Georg Heinrich Wepler)

Confederation

Anna 'Antje' von Ziegler 

1808–1860 (m. 1828)

Born: Amsterdam, Kingdom of Holland, of the French Empire

Motherof six: Anna Engeline Wittekindt (m. Georg Clemens Wepler), Ernestine, Emilie, Friederike, Wilhelm, Wilhelmine