Bokel

The village of Bokel lies about 3 km southeast of Wiefelstede and is today part of the municipality of Wiefelstede. About 1.5 km northeast of Bokel, in the direction of Rastede, lay the first 1531 mentioned „Bokelerborch“, a ring wall complex built around 850 AD.

Topographic Map of Wiefelstede-Bokel (TK50-1998)
Topographic Map 1:50.000 (Copyright: LGLN Niedersachsen)

The earliest mention of the family name HOBBIE in Bokel can be found in a register from 1634, in which the Köter Johann HOBBIE is mentioned with a tax of 1 Reichstaler and 18 Grote. In the Mannzahlregister (defence recruitment register) of 1581 and in the register of the „Fräuleinsteuer“ of 1613 he is not yet listed. In an old chronicle it says: „In the year 1650 the Almighty God let see his breeding rod in the municipality Rastede, and the penitential bell was rung. The old miller Johann Hobbie from Bokel died of the plague“. According to Wiefelsteder’s church book, he was buried on 7 January 1650. Thus, he will have lived in the Köterei belonging to the mill. The following picture shows the situation of the present situation.

Hobbie-Köterei in Wiefelstede-Bokel in GoogleEarth

The following Oldenburg Vogteikarte shows to scale the location of the mill-Köterei, mill and the settlement of Bokel around 1797.

Hobbie-Köterei near mill in Bokel in Vogteikarte from 1797
Oldenburg Vogteikarte von 1797 (Copyright: LGLN Niedersachsen)

The families „HOBBIE from Bokel“ until around 1920

The spelling of the names mainly follows the baptismal registers and documents. Also in the Rasteder church books the Low German spelling „Hobje“ is preferred repeatedly, among other things by Pastor Anton Maes from 1701 to 1740. The German names for farmers and farm hands are retained and are to be interpreted as follows:
„Hausmann, Meier“ = farmer with a long-established hereditary farm, one of the first settlers in a village,
„Köter“ = farmer with a smaller, later founded farm,
„Altköter“ = Köter on an early founded Köterei,
„Halbköter, Viertelköter“ = Köter with less land,
„Brinksitzer“ = small farmer on the outskirts of the village,
„Anbauer“ = farmer on newly cultivated land,
„Grundheuermann“ = farm hand with own house on non-inherent land,
„Heuermann, Heuerling“ = farm hand without own house,
„Häusling“ = person without own house,
„Dienstknecht, Knecht“ = farm hand.

1. Johann HOBBIE, *at 1580, +07.01.1650 Bokel, Köter and miller.
As mentioned he is not yet listed in the Mannzahlregister of 1581 and in the register of the Fräuleinsteuer of 1613, but for the first time in 1634 with a tax of 1 Reichstaler and 18 Grote. It is highly probable that he will be a descendant of a neighbouring older family named „Hobbie“. According to the initially preferred first names for sons, he could, for example, be a descendant of the families „HOBBIE from Zetel“ or „HOBBIE from Linswege“, which, however, can no longer be proven. He had at least one son Wilke HOBBIE (1608-1676).

2. Wilke HOBBIE, *1608 Bokel, +29.04.1676 ibid., Köter.
He was a pious man, who got along with everyone and was a real principal of his house. He married around 1630 in Wiefelstede Hille NN (1614-1673) from Bokel and had three children with her. Grete HOBBIE (1638-1700) married in 1762 the Hausmann Eilerd Thien (about 1640-1708) from Nuttel and had with him at least one son. Hille HOBBIE (1644-1679) probably remained single. Johann HOBBIE (1654-1688) was the heir.

3. Johann HOBBIE, *1654 Bokel, +13.03.1688 ibid., Köter.
He was named in the tax register of 1679, married Talke Thien (1641-1723) from Nuttel, the sister of his brother-in-law on 13.12.1672 and had three children with her, of which only the first-born daughter Hille HOBBIE (1673-1751) married and became farm heiress.

4. Hille HOBBIE, *21.08.1673 Bokel, +20.02.1751 ibid., farm heiress.
Heinrich Diers (*1659-+23.06.1723) from Bokel married 1688 into the Köterei and took the name „Hobbie“. They had two children. Johann HOBBIE (1690-1757) became the heir of the Köterei. Further information about Anna HOBBIE (1693-1734), who died in Bokel, is not known.

5. Johann HOBBIE, *Nov. 1690 Bokel, +15.07.1757 ibid., Köter.
He married 1711 Anne Bruns (1693-1767) from Bokel and had with her 5 children, of which at least three reached adulthood and married. Hinrich HOBBIE (1712-1796) was the court heir, see 6.a). For Gerd HOBBIE (1722-1802) see 6.b). For Friederich HOBBIE (1730-1814) see 6.c).

6. a) Hinrich HOBBIE, *05.11.1712 Bokel, +16.02.1796 ibid., Altköter.
He married 1736 Wübke Margretha Bremer (1718-1796) from Borbek and had with her 6 children, of which 5 reached adulthood and married. Anna HOBBIE (1737-1810) married the Hausmann Johann Meyer from Bokel in 1758 and had 8 children with him. Johann HOBBIE (1739-1778) was the heir to the Köterei, see 7.a). Almet HOBBIE (1742-1818) married the Köter Röbe Reins (1732-1799) from Wemkendorf in 1765 and had 9 children with him. For Gerd HOBBIE (1748-1802) see 7.b). Wübke Margrethe HOBBIE (1753-1833) married in 1776 the Köter Johann Eilers (1749-1828) from Dringenburg and had 5 children with him.

6. b) Gerd HOBBIE, *May 1722 Bokel, +28.07.1802 ibid., Neuköter.
He married in first marriage 1751 Cathrina Elisabeth Riedeburg (1723-1789), 1748 widowed Brandes, from Bokel and with it in Riedeburg’s Köterei and had with her a daughter Anna ‚Elisabeth‘ HOBBIE (1752-1779), who married 1768 the blacksmith Oltmann Helmers (1741-1795) from Bokelerburg. In his second marriage he married Anna Margarethe Mohrmann (1750-1808) from Borbek in 1789.

6. c) Friederich HOBBIE, *16.08.1730 Bokel, +08.12.1814 Jaderaußendeich, Heuermann, Köter.
He married in first marriage 1761 in Jade Hille Freels (1735-before 1784) and had with her 9 children, of which at least 7 reached adulthood and married. For Johann HOBBIE (1762-1831) see 7.c). Anna Elisabeth HOBBIE (1764-1827) married in Jade the police dragon Johann Barkemeyer (1765-1807) from Jaderaußendeich and had with him at least one daughter. Almuth HOBBIE (1766-1827) married the Heuermann Hinrich Buschmann (1768-1827) in Schweiburg in 1794 and had four children with him. Becke Cathrine HOBBIE (1768-1819) married 1800 Harm Friedrich Hemken (*around 1765) and had at least one son with him. Gerd HOBBIE (1770-1798) married in 1793 Rebecca Cathrine Bremer (1766-1809) from Eckfleth and had with her two children, of which only the daughter Rebecca Margarethe HOBBIE (1797-1845) reached adulthood and married. For Eilert HOBBIE (1772-1808) see 7.d). Anna Cathrine HOBBIE (1776-1827) married the Heuermann Johann Friedrich Weyers (1783-1858) from Jaderberg in Schweiburg in 1804 and had three children with him. Further information is not known about Mette Catharin HOBBIE (1781-1811), who died in Esenshammergroden.
In the second, childless marriage he married in 1784 in Jade Gesche Emken widowed Thien (1736-1816) from Barghorn.

7. a) Johann HOBBIE, *05.11.1739 Bokel, +11.11.1778 ibid..
He married 1766 Helene Gerken (1746-1802) from Bokel and had with her four daughters who all married. Wübke Margrethe HOBBIE (1767-1804) married in 1787 the Altköter Eilerd Oltmanns (1756-1831) from Nuttel and had three children with him. Anna Marie HOBBIE (1769-1836) married in 1799 in Rastede the Heuermann and blacksmith Melchior Kuck (1767-1836) from Wiefelstede and had four children with him. Helene HOBBIE (1773-1820) married in Rastede in 1800 the widowed Köter Johann ‚Friedrich‘ Oltmanns (1761-1819) from Wiefelstede and had three children with him. Anna HOBBIE (1777-1861) married the Altköter Anthon Lürßen 81775-1808) from Mollberg in 1804 and had two children with him.

7. b) Gerd HOBBIE, *16.10.1748 Bokel, +27.04.1802 Eyhausen, Heuermann and carpenter.
He married 1778 in Zwischenahn Hille Mülschen (1754-1825) from Elmendorf and had with her two sons, both of whom married. Johann Hinrich HOBBJE (1778-1813) married in 1810 in Zwischenahn Wübke ‚Helene‘ Deetjen (1785-1841) from Aschhauserfeld and had with her two sons who died as toddlers. Johann Diedrich HOBBIE (1782-1842) married in 1822 his brother’s widow, who had been remarried with Johann Diedrich Bruns (about 1780 before 1822) in the meantime, and had with her two daughters born in Specken, who both married: Hillena Maria Anna Margareta HOBBJE married Bruns (1823-1896) and Almuth Margaretha Elise HOBBJE married Helms (1825-1877).

7. c) Johann HOBBIE, *08.04.1762 Jaderbollenhagen, +24.11.1831 Jaderkreuzmoor, Heuermann and Köter.
He married 1786 in Jade Anna Margarethe Büsing (1754-1824) from Siedenmoor and had with her three children, of which only the first-born son Johann Friedrich HOBBIE (1788-1860) reached adulthood and married. In his first marriage in 1811 he was childless married to Sophie Catharine Hattermann (1778-1826) from Neustadt. The son born in 1827 in second marriage with Anne Margrethe Krömer (1800-1874) from Jaderkreuzmoor died as a child.

7. d) Eilert HOBBIE, *27.12.1772 Jaderbollenhagen, +23.09. 1808 Delfshausen, Anbauer and Brinksitzer.
He married 1796 in Jade Wübke Margarethe Büsing (1765-1836) from Siedenmoor and had with her four children born in Jaderaußendeich, of which at least three reached adulthood and married. Eilerd HOBBIE (1796-1844) was the farm heir, see 8.a). For Friedrich Gerhard HOBBIE (1799-1869) see 8.b). The whereabouts of Johann Berend HOBBIE (*1802), who was still mentioned in the soul register of Delfshausen in 1811, is not yet known. For Helene Margarethe HOBBIE (1806-1869) see 8.c).

8. a) Eilerd HOBBIE, *06.06.1796 Jaderaußendeich, +15.12.1844 Delfshausen, Anbauer and Brinksitzer.
He married 1825 in Rastede Anna Cathrine Harms (1799-1879) from Schwei and had with her four children, of which at least one daughter reached adulthood and married. Helene Margarethe HOBJE (1828-1872) married in Jade 1852 the Heuerling Johann Bakhaus from Jaderkreuzmoor and had two children with him. The whereabouts of the daughters Anna Elisabeth Katharine HOBJE (*1830) and Margarethe Katharine HOBJE (*1835) are not yet known.

8. b) Friedrich Gerhard HOBBIE, *30.06.1799 Jaderaußendeich, +8.02.1869 Moor side, Heuermann and Heuerköter.
He married Helene Catharine Büsing (1804-1886) from Moorseite in Strückhausen in 1828 and had 5 children with her. Eilert Gerhard HOBBIE (1829-1869) married Helene Onken (1832-1906) in Großenmeer in 1860 and had two children with her, of which only Helene Catharine HOBBIE (1861-1896) reached adulthood and married Brinksitzer and worker Gerd Heye (1862-1919) in Rastede in 1891. For Hinrich Gerhard HOBBIE (1833-1887) see 9.a). For Helene Margarethe Catharine HOBBIE (1837-1919) see 9.b). For Johann Friedrich HOBBIE (1842-1917) see 9.c). Ida ‚Caroline‘ HOBBIE (1848-1904) married the carpenter Johann Hinrich Diers (*1849) in Großenmeer in 1876.

8. c) Helene Margarethe HOBBIE, *05.03.1806 Jaderlangstraße, +31.12.1869 Delfshausen.
In her first marriage in 1829 she married Gerd Warns (1801 before 1841) from Rastede-Südende, a Heuermann and Brinksitzer, in Rastede and had four children with him: Gesche Margarethe WARNS (1830-1907), Gerhard Hinrich WARNS (1832-1895), Wübke Helene Margarethe WARNS (1833-vor1880) and Anna Katharine WARNS (1836).
After the death of her husband she had two illegitimate children. Eilert Hinrich HOBJE gen. WARNS (1841-1919) died a single worker in Brake. Helene Catharine HOBJE gen. WARNS (1846-1910) married in 1868 in Rastede the Heuermann and worker Jean Gerhard Geertje Renken (1839-1893) from Kleinenfelde and had 8 children with him.
In her second marriage in 1851 Helene Margarethe married the widowed Heuermann Ahlert Gerhard Engelbart (1806-1868) from Hankhausen in Rastede.

9. a) Hinrich Gerhard HOBBIE, *02.05.1833 Moorseite, +24.10.1887 ibid., Heuermann and Köter.
He married in 1864 in Großenmeer Anna Helene Margarethe Addicks (1841-1898) from Loyermoor and had with her two sons. For Ahlert Friedrich HOBBIE (1865-1935) see 10.a). For Johann Gerhard HOBBIE (1872-1955) see 10.b).

9. b) Helene Margarethe Catharine HOBBIE, *11.02.1837 Moorseite, +13.02.1919 Burmeide.
She had two illegitimate daughters, born in Mooreite. Elise Katharine Sophie HOBBIE called FAHRENKAMP (1856-1889) married Johann Jürgen Meyer (*1860) in Großenmeer in 1885 and had at least one son with him. Helene Caroline Margarethe HOBBIE (*1865) married in 1891 in Eckwarden Eilert Hinrich Gerhard Höpken(*1867) from Eckwarderhammrich and had with him at least one son.
Helene Margarethe Catharine married 1867 in Strückhausen the Heuerköter Johann ‚Friedrich‘ Heitmann (1823-1894) from Huntlosen and had four children with him.

9. c) Johann Friedrich HOBBIE, *01.04.1842 moor side, +18.11.1917 Strückhausen, Köter.
He married in 1869 in Großenmeer Anna Catharine Logemann (1842-1900) from Oldenbrok-Altendorf and had four children with her. For Johann Friedrich Hinrich HOBBIE (1870-1947) see 10.c). Johanne Henriette Caroline HOBBIE (*1873) married in 1892 in Strückhausen the farm hand Friedrich Hinrich Bremer (*1868) from Popkenhöge and had three children with him. Friederike Catharine Sophie HOBBIE (1875-1957) had an illegitimate and young deceased son, married in 1897 in Strückhausen the Brinksitzer, stuccoer and assistant guard Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Mayländer (1865-um 1917) from Wardenburg and had with him at least one son. For Friedrich Christian Bernhard HOBBIE (1885-1926) see 10.d).

10. a) Ahlert Friedrich „Fritz“ HOBBIE, *06.12.1865 Loyermoor, +1935 Oldenburg, Heuerköter and meat inspector.
He married 1892 in Rastede Anna Catharine Sophie Lehmann (1866-1938) from Hankhausen and had with him at least one son. For Johann ‚Heinrich‘ HOBBIE (1897-1983) see 11.a).

10. b) Johann Gerhard HOBBIE, *30.12.1872, Moorseite, +15.03.1955 Oldenbrok-Mittelort, baker.
In his first marriage he married Sophie Catharine Mayländer (1876-1899) from there in 1898 in Wardenburg and had with her in Oldenbrok two children who died as toddlers. In his second marriage he married Marie Johanne Oeljeschläger (1878-1970) from Westerburg in Oldenbrok in 1900 and had two daughters with her. Alma Sophie Henriette HOBBIE (1900-1995) married Johann Imken (1899-1975) around 1925. Frieda ‚Emilie‘ HOBBIE (1904-1990) married Wilhelm Kuck (1895-1955) around 1925 and had three daughters with him.

10. c) Johann Friedrich Hinrich HOBBIE, *18.03.1870 Käseburg, +09.03.1947 Südbollenhagen, Köter, church messenger and gravedigger.
He married as dragoner 1893 in Jade Helene Margarete Fuhrken (1873-1950) from Mentzhausen and had with her 10 children, all of whom reached adulthood. For Johann Wilhelm Anton HOBBIE (1893-1968) see 11.b). Anna Helene Friederike HOBBIE (1897-1976) married in 1925 in Jade Karl Heinrich Eduard Cordes (1904-1942) and had at least two children with him. Johann ‚Friedrich‘ Wilhelm HOBBIE (1899-1929) died a year after his marriage in 1928 in Jade with Anna ‚Louise‘ Tieken (1899-1990). Heinrich Friedrich Bernhard HOBBIE (1901-1957) married Erna Diederike Katharine Winter (1905-1966) from Mentzhausen in 1929 and had two daughters with her. For Theodor Karl Gerhard HOBBIE (1902-1978) see 11.c). Georg Anton HOBBIE (1905-1987) married in 1930 in Schwei Erna Johanne Catharine Schellstede (1910-1988) from Süderschwei and had with her at least one daughter. Martha Johanne HOBBIE (1907-1983) married in 1927 in Jade Emil Johann August Fels (1903-1941) and had with her at least one daughter. Johann ‚Hermann‘ HOBBIE (1909-1973) married in first marriage 1933 in Schwei Martha Auguste Johanne Müller (1912-1965) from Süderschwei and had with her four children. Johanne ‚Helene‘ Gerhardine HOBBIE (1911-1992) married Johann Anton Backhaus (1906-1945) from Jaderkreuzmoor in Jade in 1935 and had at least two daughters with her. Friedrich ‚August‘ HOBBIE (1914-1945) remained single and fell in Russia.

10. d) Friedrich Christian Bernhard HOBBIE, *13.11.1885 Norderhofschlag, +12.02.1926 Jaderaußendeich, farmer.
He married 1909 in Strückhausen Mathilde Katharine von Minden (1883-1975) from Colmar and had with her at least two daughters. Käthe Helene Friederike HOBBIE (1910-1996) married in 1930 in Jade Bernhard ‚Georg‘ Pilzen (1905-1986) and had three children with him. Hanna Helene HOBBIE (*1920) married in 1941 in Brake Christian Graalmann (*1919) from Oldenburg.

11. a) Johann ‚Heinrich‘ HOBBIE, *18.02.1897 Loyermoor, +08.02.1983 ibid., landscape gardener.
He married in 1921 in Rastede Anna Gesine Catharine Addicks (1889-1964) from Barghorn and had with her at least one daughter, Anna ‚Herta‘ HOBBIE (1922-2008).

11. b) Johann Wilhelm Anton HOBBIE, *10.04.1893 Mentzhausen, +11.11.1968 Varel, farmer and dairy worker.
He was father of an illegitimate daughter and married Frieda Meischen (1896-1982) from Neustadt in 1920 and had at least one son with her: Walter Heinrich Gerhard HOBBIE (1920-2008) was municipal director in Schweiburg, his marriage remained childless.

11. c) Theodor Karl Gerhard HOBBIE, *17.10.1902 Rönnelmoor, +25.05.1978 Varel, stonemason.
He advised Marie Gerhardine Vogel (1903-1988) from Moorhausen in Varel in 1921 and had at least two sons with her.

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