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The Schwarz name is widespread throughtout the southern part of Saalouis district. While it is always true that the modern writing (spelling) of the name is only with a "z" at the end of the word, and considering the German Rechtscheilbregel* in modern German a "tz" may never be written after the "r". However relatives in neighboring France and all relatives overseas write the family name in the old form can be explained in part by the fact that they left their home land when the form of writing the family name with a simple "z" has not completely yet gained acceptance.
Almost every person of the family name Schwarz in the area of Ittersdorf/Beurs is decended from two lines, which are over 400 years old.
The numberically largest line, the Brettnachan line, sprang from a town (village) of the same name (Brettnachiert) directly on the French border. Their ancestor Heir Jakob Schwartz was born in 1580. He married Apolonia, daughter of Clauss Beymels, a miller in Brettnach. Due to this one can also find Jakob under Muller Clessges. Jakob respectively as Baumels/Beymels Jakob in documents.
Many Schwartz residents today of Brettnach (now Chateau Rouge), are decendants of Jakob Schwarz. Jakob also has descendants in Ittersdorf, Duren, Kerlingen, Leidengen, and Beaumarais. Both lines are still written today with the "tz". The town of Heining (since the beginning of the 19th century) and the towns of Lisdorf and Ensdorf spell Schwartz with a "v" (Schvartz). Above all are those who at times resided in Diersdorfer Hof near Furweiler and those who today live in the neighboring villages of Gerlfangen, Furweiler and Oberesch, but particularly in the Untied States.
A second line, that is somewhat older and that one could name the Altforweiler line goes back to Hans Schwartz, who was born in 1555 and until sometime in 1635 was a farmer in Altforweiler. He was a Hochgerichts (local government offical) and in the meantime occasionally worked as a lay friar at the old parish church in Eschweiler near Berus. His son Peter later married a woman from Ittersdorf from which the family name widely spread. Back to him leads the main Schwarz line in Felsberg, Karlshof and Woevre a district west of Metz (Schwartz).
Another Schwarz line the, Gisinger Line can be traced back to George Schwartz. The information on Georg Begins with the 30 Years War in the area of the Saargau. Occassionally, this family was also in Ittersdorf. Descendants of Georg Schwartz aer found today in Ihn, Nalbach and in Warndt.
There are still many more Schwarz descendants in the area around Saarlouis, in Gerlfangen, Dillingen, Differten, Schmelz and in other areas who have no obvious connecetion to the Ittersdorfer Schwarz. Nevertheless they are partially recorded in this book.
All the dated material about the Ittersdorfer family Schwarz has been extensively recorded throughtout the years. Last but not least, thanks to the efforts of Frau Thugutt and Frau Salmon who always doggedly collected and assembled the correct family data of their relatives which formed the foundation of this book. The title of the book is "The Chronicle of the Schwartz Family from Ittersdorf". However, in the course of my research it was discovered that the larger part of the Schwarz family sprung from the area of Saarlouiser Gau.
Walter Oehling - Altforweiler, in June 2000
* Rechtscherbregel - In 1997-1998 the German government reformed their spelling and hyperiztion rules for the German language in an attempt to simplify spelling rules. The author's point is that after the Rechtscheibregel it is no longer correct to spell Schwarz with a "t" between the "r" and the "z".
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