Local heritage book Mühlfeld
Mühlfeld – PLZ 97638 – is a small village that is part of Mellrichstadt in Kreis Rhön-Grabfeld today. The place lies in the valley of Malbach close to the former border between the Federal Republic and the GDR on the Bavarian / Franconian side. A neighboring place on the Thüringen side is Schwickershausen, two km distant, and in a southwesterly direction, some 4 km distant is Mellrichstadt. In 2001 382 inhabitants were indicated.
Mühlfeld is mentioned originally in 1196. In the church book the following are listed as ‘noble lords’: the Lords von Eberstein, from 1481 die Lords von Bibra, from 1703 the Lords von Wolzogen and from 1784 the Lords von Seefried. In 1715 the Lords von Wolzogen built the castle in baroque style, which was acquired in 1988 by the city of Mellrichstadt. It was renovated and houses along with others, a part of the Lower Franconian Border Museum, as well as a porcelain exhibit
The Mühlfeld church books are now located (in 2005) in the Lutheran parish office in Mühlfeld. The pages of the church books were photographed with a digital camera and the dates were processed with the Genealogy Program GES-2000.
The oldest three church books were utilized for the Ortsfamilienbuch Mühlfeld, whose entries range from 1610 to 1850 (+ to 1847). After 1800 one occasionally finds the death date added to the birth or marriage entries. I have adopted these death dates unproven and without sources for the time period after 1847. Place names were for the most part expressed using modern day spelling. There are also entries in the church book for the places Ober-and Unterharles over a long time period. In the years between 1790 and 1800 it is striking to note that there are many marriages of non-local people.
Dates are given in a few cases for persons who originated from places in the surrounding area, which are familiar to me through my own research. Dates with the source notes 'FB Aubstadt', 'FB Gollmuthausen', 'FB Rappershausen' or 'FB Waltershausen' stem from family books, which Mrs. Karina Kulbach-Fricke has produced for her private genealogic research.
(Translation: Karen Gebhardt Shepard)