Descendants of Johann Carll
IHMSEN (1706 - 1759)
Glass Cutter and Glass Guilder at
the "fine" Glassworks EMDE
near Brakel in the Archbishopric Paderborn during
the 18th Century
Welcome to my website!
Many hours of work have been put
into the research
documentation of these ancestors. I hope you will benefit from the
information I present here.
When I first started research into my family in the Mid 1990's, I had
no idea what I
got myself into. I had no idea of the family background and with time
got more and more fascinated
by the work and life of the glass makers
during the 18th
century. I will present here a small amount of the information I found
in my searches. The informations come from various church books and
archives in the
Northrhein-Westfalian area. I published the first informations here in
Should you enjoy this site, please return from time to
time since new information will be added. Researches at the time in
progress are about the other glass makers who, besides the masters
contributed to make these glass works a success.
A special thank you to Frau
Wichert-Pollmann, who with her
Glasmacherhandwerk im östlichen
(The Glass Makers Trade in Eastern Westfalia)
gave the greatest impulses for my search. Further, I want to thank Dr. Dethlefs of Westfälisches
Landesmuseum für Kunst u. Kulturgeschichte,
Münster (Westfalian county Museum for Arts and
history) for the formation of the "Westfälisches
importance of the glassworks Emde and glass making during the 18th
century in Westfalia.
The start to this project was the opportunity of several Westfalian
museums under the leadership of Dr. Dethlefs to auction at Sotheby's
London several goblets produced by
the glass cutters and glass guilders Ihmsen
the Emde glass works.
One of these goblets is
Some members of the Ihmsen family emigrated end of the 18th century to
the USA and were considerably involved in the building of the glass
industry of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To this there exists a wealth of
information that has been gathered together with several descendants
that live in the USA, first of all Mr. Bob Bowers
and Mrs. Carolyn Carroll.
Also, Mrs. Suzanne
Johnston, as a professional
researcher, helped beyond the measure asked with her searches. Further,
a good friend, Mr. A.
John "Brotherjohn" Birkholz
of Montana deserves a special credit for his work. The results of all
these researches, once sorted, will be published here as well.
Even if it took much longer than
expected in the
beginning, I could now, September 2011, present more information on
these pages. By a lucky finding the so far only supposed conncetion
between the German and American Ihmsen could be proven. There is also a
tragic case of emigration to report about. Furthermore the emigration
of a female person in the middle of 1800's, apparently all by herself,
to New York could be followed. Surely a courageous venture especially
at that time.
Questions, corrections or additional informations to these pages are
welcome and wished for.
A future part on this site will also be
reserved for a Maximillian
Ihmsen, who in the
Mid 19th century founded
an important firm for Rose Oil production in Bulgaria and Turkey.
Information here though is hard to come by, so that any help in this
direction is very welcome.