Rublinghausen, Olpe, Westphalia, Germany

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(Notes by Brian, October 2000)

The baptism record of Elizabeth Clemens gives her birthplace as Ruplinghausen. The record is from a church in Olpe, Westfalen. Another document in my possession spells the town "Rublinghausen."

Olpe is a location in a region called Sauerland in the Westphalia ("Westfalen") province of Germany. I am not sure whether it is a city or a county ("Kreiss").

Olpe has a website: The site is in German, and I have not yet attempted to translate it. One one page,, there is a list on which the name Rüblinghausen appears. From this, I gather that Rüblinghausen is a village near or within Olpe.

A web page by Dierk Stoetzel at lists some emigrants from Olpe to the USA. On the list are a number of people named Clemens from Rüblinghausen. The name on the list most similar to Ochel (the maiden name of Elizabeth's mother Mary Catherine) is Oeckel, from a town named Brachthausen.

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