Our earliest known Lilienthal family members came from what is now Germany, but some researchers believe that the family is actually Swedish. According to one family history, in about 1650 three Lilienthal brothers (Liljendahl in Swedish) left Sweden and settled in three different parts of Germany. They are supposed to be the ancestors of all the German Lilienthals. (Unless the supposed date was much earlier than 1650, this theory is probably incorrect).
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Hans Henning Lilienthal was born in Germany circa 1730s or 1740s. He died before 1792 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Hans is the earliest known member of the family. Hans was a gardener. He died prior to 1792, probably in the village of Darry, Schleswig-Holstein.Hans married Lucia Dormann on November 14, 1760 at the Schmoel Manor (near Hohenfelde), Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 2. She was born circa 1735 in Germany. She died in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
They had at least one child:
Carl married Engel Margarethe Kahl on November 9, 1792 in Lütjenburg, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 1. She was born circa 1765 in Germany. She died on December 27, 1826 in Darry, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 1.
Father: Hans Henning LilienthalCarl was baptized on October 7, 1762, and his Godparents were Count von Hessenstein, Hans Schoening and Hedewig Benedicta Hamanns. In his youth he moved to the village of Darry, where he and Engel Margarethe Kahl had an illegitimate son in 1790. They were married in 1792. Carl was a farmer in Darry where he spent the rest of his life. He was buried on July 4, 1833.
Mother: Lucia Dormann
Engel was the daughter of Hans Kahl and Catharina Dose. She was buried on December 30, 1826.
They had the following children:
1 Hans Detlef Lilienthal 2 Friedrich Wilhelm Lilienthal was born circa 1795 in Darry, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 3. He died after 1833.Friedrich was never married (at least not in 1833).
Hans married Friederika Elisabeth Sophia Möller on November 13, 1819 in Lütjenburg, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 1.
Father: Carl Detlev LilienthalHans was an illegitimate child of Carl Lilienthal and Engel Kahl and was baptized on September 7, 1790 1. His parents were married two years after he was born. Hans was raised in the village of Darry, where his father worked as a laborer. It would have been in this context that Hans did not develop any specific trade and also worked his adult life as a laborer. Hans died of unknown causes in 1835, at the age of 45. He was buried on January 2, 1836 1. Hans' widow later remarried.
Mother: Engel Margaretha Kahl
They had the following children:
1 Detlev Friedrich Lilienthal was born circa 1823 in Darry, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 4. He died after 1874.In 1845, Detlev was still living in Darry where he was working as a servant and living in his employers' household. This is the last known reference to him; but he was apparently still alive when his mother died in 1874. In 1855, in the household of his mother and stepfather are Maria Elisabeth Lilienthal, aged 30 (married, but husband not present), and her son Heinrich Friedrich Lilienthal, aged 2. These people were either the wife and child of Detlev, or his brother Carl. 2 Carl Friedrich Lilienthal was born circa 1826 in Darry, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 4. He died after 1874.Carl was living with his mother and stepfather in 1845 in Darry, but afterwards disappeared from any known records. He was apparently still alive when his mother died in 1874. 3 Catharina Margaretha Elisabeth Lilienthal was born on October 10, 1828 in Darry, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 4. She died on June 2, 1914 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark.She married Carl Friedrich Lilienthal on March 16, 1851 in Lütjenburg, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.They had at least the following children:Catharina was married to a man named Carl Friedrich Lilienthal, who happened to have the same name as her brother. They first lived briefly in Darry, Germany after their marriage. They moved to Rise, Denmark sometime between 1851 and 1854, apparently with Catharina's younger sister Christina. Between 1874 and 1902, eight of their children moved to America (most to California). Each child made the trip by themselves, at different times. Only son Hans (and possibly daughter Elise) remained behind in Europe.
"William" Frederick William Lilienthal (1851-1933)
md. Wolberga Hansen
"Frederick" Fritz Ferdinand Wilhelm Lilienthal (1854-1927)
md. Elizabeth C. Penell
Christian Heinrich Lilienthal (1856-1925)
md. Hansine Vonsel
Henriette Elise Lilienthal (1858-1888)
md. Hans C. Olsen
Heinrich Carl Lilienthal (1860-1942) Elise Sophie Lilienthal (1863-???) infant male Lilienthal (1865-1865) Hans Nissen Lilienthal (1866-1922)
md. Anne Marie Iwers
Carl Christian Lilienthal (1869-1897) Carolina Anna Bertha Lilienthal (1871-1962)
md. Mogens C. Jensen
Ferdinand Johannes Lilienthal (1875-after 1918)
md. Christine Sidsel Jensen
4 Christina Margaretha Dorothea Lilienthal
"Dora" Christina Margaretha Dorothea Lilienthal was born on February 24, 1834 in Darry, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 1,6. She died on July 4, 1921 in Brainerd, Crow Wing Co., Minnesota 6,7. She is buried in the Decoria Cemetery, Decoria Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
For further information on their children, see his page.
1. Luetjenburg Parish Register, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
2. Geikau Parish Register, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
3. 1803 Census of Darry, Schleswig.
4. 1840 Census of Darry, Schleswig.
5. 1855 Census of Darry, Schleswig.
6. Death Certificate of Dora M. Kling, 1921, Crow Wing Co., MN
7. Obituary of Dora Kling, Brainerd Dispatch, July 8, 1921.
8. Rise Parish Register, Rise, Aabenraa, Denmark.