In continuation of yesterday’s post… It was actually ancestry.com where I found the German Military Records. I did another search yesterday and came up with another record of Franz Xavier Kranz. Here it is. it was listed on ancestry as: Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918 Record for Franz Xaver Kranz:
While looking through the records under a search on Ancestry.com for only the last name of Kranz in Arzheim, Germany, I came across the military records of Xavier’s brother and another uncle of mine, Robert Kranz. Robert was born on January 17, 1891 in Arzheim. Here are his records:
While continuing to pour over the results from my search on Ancestry, I came across the following. It was listed as Commercial handels and trade directory of the German Reich 1930-1931 4th volume. Under the listing for the town of Arzheim it lists:
Gasthöfe Hahn R.
Schlossereien Kranz, Robert
A Gasthöfe translates as Hotel. R. Hahn was probably a relation of Robert Kranz’s mother, Elizabeth Hahn. A Schlosserein translates as a Locksmiths Shop. Which makes sense as that was Robert’s father’s profession.
Here is another similar listing I found for the Kranz family in the Ancestry .com collection: R Mosse Deutsches Reichs-Adressbuch für Industrie, Gewerbe und Handel, 1902-1903, 1. Band (Record for German realm Reich for industry trade and trade 1902-1903 1 volume) This one lists under Arzheim:
Schlosser: Kranz X.
Schlosser translates on babelfish as “Fitter” but I’m guessing that is incorrect. as it’s awfully close to Schlossereien which was Locksmith’s Shop. X. Kranz would be Xavier Kranz, father of Robert, Xavier and my great Grandfather, John Kranz. We know Xavier was a Locksmith from his son Franz Xavier’s Military Paperwork from yesterday’s post. It would see that being a Blacksmith of sorts was the family business. We know Xavier Kranz, the father was one who worked on making locks. From the military records here we know that both his sons Robert and Franz Xavier were also locksmiths and from my family papers we know that John was a blacksmith who worked on making Wagon Wheel parts in America.
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