Revelations communicated to author David Stroebel supporting the banishment of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele
Revelation 1. Roland Stroebel (father), late 1980s: When asked from where in Germany our Stroebel family originated, came the answer, "Essen."
Revelation 2. Mary Stroebel (mother), early 1990s: When asked from where in Germany our Stroebel family originated, came the answer, "Essen."
Revelation 3. Theodore J. Beebe, Sr (Engelbertha’s great-grandson) July 2008- John and Engelbertha worked for Kaiser Wilhelm I at the Berlin City Palace. John worked as a boot black and Engelbertha worked in the kitchen. She enjoyed making omelets.
Revelations 4-8, Caroline Marchuck, age 86 (my grandfather’s grand-niece):
Revelation 4. My great-grandfather, John Joseph Stroebele married Engelbertha Krupp, from the famous steel and munitions manufacturer in Essen and that Engelbertha’s parents did not approve of this marriage and threatened her with disinheritance if she proceeded.
Revelation 5. After departing Villa Hugel for the last time, John and Engelbertha stayed for a short time in "a city by the sea" somewhere in Germany. Caroline could not remember the name of the city
Revelation 6. My great-grandparents brought $10,000 to the United States that was given to them by Alfred Krupp with these specific words, "never darken my door again." The correct denomination was Deutsche Mark, and it was estimated by me and Theodore Beebe at between $2 million and $6 million dollars that was received from Alfred Krupp that still exists today (from 1883) in the form of a trust fund for Charles and John Stroebele of Scotia and Albany, New York.
Revelation 7. My great-grandfather operated a shoemaking business on Palisade Avenue in Jersey City after he immigrated in 1882. This was corroborated via historic address directories on Ancestory.com
Revelation 8. There was a famous jeweler from New York that became friendly with my great-grandfather, because they frequently rented a room next to my great-grandfather’s business in Jersey City. The jeweler turned out to be Louis Comfort Tiffany, Jr.,
Revelation 9. John and Engelbertha Stroebele told their children their family roots were located in Sedan, France (debunked). Genealogy records prove the Stroebele family origins stretched back to 1736 in Ostrach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, not Sedan, France.
Revelations 10-14 were made by my elderly cousin, Charles Stroebele of Scotia, New York and support the trail of money discovered first in Albany c.1923 being spent by John and Engelbertha’s son, John Stroebele, Jr., Junior began accessing the bank account of his now elderly father when his father moved in with him in Albany in 1915. Father and son both had the same identical name.
Revelation 10. Land records obtained by author David Stroebel show John Stroebele, Jr., began collecting the first of six homes in Albany and Monticello, NY in 1923 with the money given to John and Engelbertha from Alfred Krupp.
Revelation 11. John Stroebele, Jr., paid an $89,000 hospital bill c. 1950 in Albany for his wife in cash. Corroborated by elderly cousin Charles Stroebele.
Revelation 12. John Stroebele, Jr., withdrew approximately $10,000 every two weeks from the bank to cash the paychecks of railroad workers at the family bar and grill in Albany. This was debunked by his cousin who stated there weren’t enough railroad workers at the family bar and grill to warrant that much money taken out of the bank.
Revelation 13. Charles Stroebele stated his father, John Sedan Stroebele, easily paid gambling debts in excess of $16,000 by asking a young Charles Stroebele who was 12 to fetch the money from the rafters in the family basement.
Revelation 14. Charles Stroebele also stated that when his bank notified him they were closing his account due to failure to maintain the minimum amount, his grandfather, John Stroebele, Jr., marched down to the bank with young Charles in tow demanding that if they closed his grandson’s account, they could close “all his accounts,” (plural) indicating he had more than one account. Back then, the FDIC only insured accounts with less than $45,000 c. 1947.
Revelation 15. Judith Linde (great-niece of Engelbertha Krupp): Revelation passed down from Engelbertha or John Stroebele that the family was related to Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany. Wilhelm aided John and Engelbertha by providing them shelter and work at the Berlin palace. They, in-turn gave their one son the middle name, "Wilhelm," upon baptism. It was a name that was never used by the family going back to 1736, or at least not properly recorded.
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