Rinthe is a picturebook hamlet in the Siegen-Wittgenstein area

The hamlet of Rinthe, Germany in a not yet bygone era

The hamlet of Rinthe, Germany in a not yet bygone era

One of Marie’s ancestral villages is right out of a storybook which could be entitled, “Most Perfectly-Preserved German Farm Hamlets.”
Rinthe consists of a dozen farms and absolutely nothing else. The scene is right out of the 1700s and most of the farm houses and barns were built in this period and still retain their historic character. The photograph above shows part of the village from a hillside to the north. Those who yearn to experience the rural life of Germany should go to the area of Wittgenstein and stay a few days.

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  1. In the foreground to the right, is “Haus No. 1” of Rinthe, “Schreiners.” The concept of houses having a name and a complete history of the occupants was something new to me when I first came to Germany in 2004. I was happy that I had just found the ancestral towns of my ancestors ! But to find the actual homes was entirely unexpected. Of course, homes had been renovated or completely replaced in the 200 years since my ancestors had emigrated. However, the house histories proved that I was related to nearly everyone in town.
    In this case, Schreiners was named during the tenure of Georg Muesse, a first cousin of my ancestor Zyriakus Muesse.
    There were 9 original houses in Rinthe, as of 1820. Across the street from Schreiners are Koffmans, Jockwewes, Kuenze, and Wosse/Theiss.

    • I attended my aunt’s funeral today. She was my father’s sister and their last name was Muesse. That is very unusual and if I see that name, I assume we might be kin. At the funeral someone was telling us that there was a town in Germany called Muesse. I googled the name and found a Mussen. I am wondering if this is what he was talking about. He was positive though that it was spelled Muesse and said it was a very small town. Came across your information and thought you might have some info. You mentioned a Georg Muesse as a cousin. If you have any other information regarding the Muesse name, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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