The Diehl Family Gathering at Butzbach 2007

This July 2007 picture shows 47 of the 54 participants from the Diehl family meeting in front of the Count's castle and the entrance of the Town Hall building. Photo: Fotostudio Behr, Butzbach.

Butzbacher Zeitung 4 July 2007: 54 participants took part at the international Diehl-family reunion, which will end today (the Butzbacher Zeitung reported). Eighteen of the participants came from Finland, 3 from Italy, 7 from Sweden and 3 from the USA, totalling 31 participants from abroad-plus 23 participants from Germany. During this meeting it was suggested to meet again in Chicago in 2009. Later today, Sven Diehl from Sweden is expected to arrive and visit the place of his ancestors.

Dr. Wolf highlighted that most participants, in particular the members from abroad, are descendants of Adam Adolph Diehl, the first known emigrant of this family. He was born on the 2 nd of June 1814, and he was the sixth child of Bernhard Christoph Diehl, a respected carpenter, and Anna Margaretha, née Borsch. His godfathers were Adam Diehl, a businessman from Frankfurt, and the carpenter Adolph Diehl, son of the carpenter Christoph Dietrich Diehl who died in 1814. Adam Diehl had an artistic talent so he was called "Petschenstecher" (a maker of seals or an engraver).

In 1828, Adam Adolph was confirmed (a ceremony at which a young person becomes a full member of the Christian Church) in the St. Mark's Evangelical Church next to his parents' house. His time in school ended about the same time the confirmation took place, and Diehl subsequently learned the profession of a tailor, possibly in another town. [Translator's note: At that time, compulsory education ended after eighth grade, usually about the age of 14.] Twelve years later, in 1840, Adolf Diehl was found again. According to the minutes of the tailor's guild in Christiana, a part of Oslo (Norway), dated 3 rd of December 1840, Adolf Diehl presented his masterwork at the end of his time as a journeyman and he was accepted unanimously as a master in the tailor's guild. He married Inger Marie Enger (1821-1894) on the 25 th of September 1841 in Oslo. He lived longer than his wife and died on the 30 th of October 1897.

The family in Butzbach kept in contact with the Norwegian emigrant. When relative Christoph Dietrich Diehl was baptized in St. Mark's Church in 1842, it was possible for "uncle" Adolph Diehl, to take over the duty as a godfather. It is mentioned in the baptismal record that Adolph Diehl was absent during this religious celebration and he was described as a tailor from Christiania (Oslo). The married couple Diehl remained in Christiana. The descendant's of their six children-five sons and one daughter-live in Sweden, Finland and the United States today.