The Schoenborn family lived in Burgschwalbach, Hessen-Nassau, Germany. This is within a few miles of where the Fuchs family lived (Netzbch), and the Birlenbach family lived (Niederneissen) and the same village where the Ohlemacher family lived.
The earliest records of the Schoenborn family were found in the Kirchenbuch (parish records) of the Burgschwalbach Evangelical Lutheran Church beginning in 1783. Their surname is found spelled both Schoenborn and Schönborn in the Parish records. Some information is from the Ahnentafel (ancestor table) of Erna Fuchs via cousins Dieter and Waltraud Weigang, Netzbach, Germany, a Fuchs descendent. I have not recorded all the descendents that appear in the parish records as it is a large family. I will leave that task for someone else.
I have been in contact with a Schoenborn descendent whose mother was born in Burgschwalbach, Germany. He states that there is a large concentration of Schoenborns living in Florida as well as some who have settled in Australia.
Direct ancestors of the author are shown in bold type below.
Johann Philipp Schoenborn
(1783 - )
Apparently only Philipp Jacob remained in the Burgschwalbach parish as I found no records for his siblings.
Maria Dorothea Schoenborn
(1821 - ) died
at age 3 1/2
Jacob Schoenborn, 1834 - 1906 and Maria Elizabeth Demarée, 1832 - ????
Anna Margaretha (a.k.a. Margaret) Schoenborn (1863 - ) married Fred G.
This family does not appear together in any censuses, immigration, or passenger ship records that I can find. I do not know if Johann's (John's) wife immigrated with him or not. I do not know when he immigrated for sure. John's daughter Margaret lists her immigration as 1881 and I assume she came with her father. His daughters Anna and Mary list their immigration as 1886 in census data. Perhaps the younger girls stayed in Germany until John and Margaret got settled. Perhaps his wife died in Germany before she could emigrate.
John is buried alongside his daughter Anna (Fosselman) in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. Read his obituary...
I have a lovely sampler that Margaret stitched in 1877 at the age of 14.