Rebmann family page

This page is an overview. For more detailed information, see the documents linked in “For more information,” below.

About the Rebmanns

The Rebmanns are Dick’s maternal ancestors. Members of the Rebmann line are of German ethnicity (although many of them lived in Alsace when it was¬†controlled by the French). Members of the Kalert line were born in Bavaria (now Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany.

Richard Johnson's maternal ancestors: Rebmann
Richard Johnson’s maternal ancestors: Rebmann

The Rebmanns originated in Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France. Dick’s great-grandfather Henry Rebmann was born in Gundershoffen, just south of the town of Niederbronn, which is famous for its spa and its wine grapes. Henry’s mother, Salome Lang, was born just east of Niederbronn, in the farming village of Hatten.


Most of the Rebmanns in Henry’s generation came to the United States. Henry arrived in 1888 on a ship that left Europe from Le Havre. Henry and his brother Peter settled in the area around Buffalo, New York; sister Karoline (Carrie) lived in Ohio; and sister Salomea (Sally) settled in San Francisco.

Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York
Karoline (Carrie) Rebmann
Karoline (Carrie) Rebmann

In 2013, when Dick and Anna were in Europe celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, they went to Alsace and visited the area where the Rebmanns came from. Below are pictures of the village of Hatten, where Henry Rebmann was born, and of Dick in the Hatten cemetery.

image of Hatten, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Hatten, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
image of Dick in Hatten cemetery
Dick in Hatten cemetery

The Kalerts lived in Geinsheim, Germany, which is now in Rhineland-Palatinate, but which was part of Bavaria in the 19th century. The family immigrated to St. Louis 1857 via New Orleans.

St Louis, Missouri
St Louis, Missouri
Anna Kalert portrait, taken in St Louis
Anna Kalert portrait, taken in St Louis

Most of the Kalert family lived their whole lives in Freeburg, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St Louis. It is not known when, how, or why Anna Kalert moved to the Buffalo area where she met and married Henry Rebmann.

Some of Henry and Anna Rebmann's children (Louise is second from the left)
Some of Henry and Anna Rebmann’s children (Louise is second from the left)
Louise Rebmann Moseley with daughter Lillian and her sister Elizabeth's son Smith Aldrich
Louise Rebmann Moseley with daughter Lillian and her sister Elizabeth’s son Smith Aldrich
Anna Redmann with some of her adult children
Anna, Elizabeth, Henry, Louise Rebmann
Selma Rebmann, 1940
Selma Rebmann Steckelberg, 1940
Four generations: Louise Rebmann with daughter Lillian, grandson Dick, and great-granddaughter Ellen
Four generations: Louise Rebmann Moseley with daughter Lillian, grandson Dick, and great-granddaughter Ellen

Ancestor surnames

  • Guttmann
  • Kalert
  • Lang
  • Lehe
  • Mittag
  • Rebmann
  • Wilhack

Unanswered questions about the Rebmanns

  • When, how, and why did Anna Kalert travel from St Louis to Buffalo?

For more information

Blogs about Rebmann family members

The Rebmanns migrate to the United States of America

My Maternal Grandmother Louise Rebmann Moseley

Happy birthday to my great-grandfather, Henry Rebmann

My maternal great grandmother, Anna Kalert Rebmann

Happy birthday, Aunt Selma!

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