Melanie Jay – a Bader descendant in Jettenburg

v.l. Bürgermeister Soltau, Melanie Jay, Nathan Jay, Keith und Sackary Jay
v.l. Bürgermeister Soltau, Melanie Jay, Nathan Jay, Keith und Sackary Jay

After a few weeks planning between Melanie, Hans Kern from the Historical Society and myself we were able to arrange a nice schedule for Melanie and her family.

On Wednesday Nov 24th  Melanie Jay arrived with her husband Keith and the two sons  Nathan and Zackary  in Reutlingen where they have found an appartement for the family.

Melanie is a descendant of Mathias Bader, who  was one of the first emigrant from Jettenburg and settled in 1752 in Pennsylvania.  In America the name Bader changed to Border respectively  Borders. Over the time the descendants of Mathias Bader moved South and West to the North of Texas where Melanie’s family is running a farm since 1908.

On Thursday the family was accompanied by Hans Kern and Manfred Wandel from the Historical Society. The first target was the church of Jettenburg. From there they visited the house of Heinz  Kern as well the historical farm museum of the Bader family.

On Friday I was able to join them in Kusterdingen to participate in the audience at the Mayor’s office. Dr. Soltau welcomed the guests on behalf of the city of Kusterdingen. He proudly reported the successful development of the city, which now even has a high school. He was also very interested in the history of the emigrants and their descendants. After half an hour Ines Stoehr from the local press (Reutlinger Generalanzeiger) joined us for an interview.

Finally we made some pictures in front of the city hall in Kusterdingen. After the visit at the city hall we met Mathias Bader (his family is running the farm museum) for lunch in his compartment store “Braun Moebelcenter” in Betzingen for a joined lunch.

In the interview Melanie said, that she and her family like Germany quite well and they would like to live in Stuttgart. She confirmed that the visit in the church has been a  very emotional  moment for her.

The article of Ines was already published the next day in the  Reutlinger Generalanzeiger on pager 29. Here is the link to the  Online-Version and here the English translation.

Unfortunately we could not accomplish another big wish of Melanie: To meet with local relatives. The archive in Kusterdingen does contain very limited information on Mathias Bader which could be helpful to find a related family. However Melanie provided us with the father and grandfather of Mathias Bader:

Hans Bader (1606-1683) married to  Apollonia (1610-1679)

Adam Bader (1656-1728) married to  Barbara Schneider (1651-1724)

Matthias Bader (1707-1783) married to Anna Maria Schneider (1711-1757)

If you should share the same ancestors with Melanie I would appreciate if you could let me know.

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  1. My name is Melissa Borders Bourgeois. Based on my research I too am a descendant from Henry Bader/Borders, the son of Johann Georg Bader, son of Matthias Bader. I would like to know how can I access as much information about the Bader family. And I am so thankful that I found this website of yours. One thing that helped me confirm our lineage is the pictures you posted of the men who came to visit Jettenburg, William Borders I believe was his name. The eyebrows of one man in particular are true Borders eyebrows that my dad had and all of his brothers! Even my mom agreed when I sent her the link to views the picture. That is a Borders trait no doubt!

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