Sporner Family in America
Paul Sporner, who was born in Straubing Germany, came first to America as
a result of advertisements in German magazines of the day. He came to a
village in the mountains of Pennsylvania that was settled by Bavarian
Immigrants in 1842. That village was originally called Sanctmarianstadt
(see sidebar)in honor of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The settlement date
was December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. King Ludwig I
of Bavaria had given a lot of money in support of the settlement. German
was the main language in the city until the end of World War II. My
grandfather learned Engish as a foreign language at 24 years old and
the older children (my aunts and uncles) learned it as children
Apparently he reported good things back and the rest of the family then immigrated to America. What is not known is what happened to Andreas and Theresa. I was a small child in my grandfathers house before he died and he andamately insisted that no one was left behind, however records say otherwise.
I am putting this information forward for those who are curious about the family that came to America. It would be interesting to know if there really is a connection between those of us in America and those in Germany. With such a small number of people with that name I can't believe it could by anything else. However it has been suggested that it could have been a corruption on the name "Sporrer" which is a rather common name in Bavaria. Its hard to say so far I have not been to the Church Archives in Regensburg where this information is supposed to be. I have a standing offer with one of the "sporners" in Munich for getting something to eat or drink, which is going to be interesting as I have never met somebody with my family name that wasn't known to be related.
I had some bad luck in past years with others making contact (where
people would not reply or similar), Recently however this has also been
true of some of our own people in Pennsylvania were it is *known* that
we are related. I am glad to have people come forward with this
kind of interest. Call me old fashioned, but I put a high value on
heritage and connections.
Andrew Sporner Septempber 17, 2009
Last German generations
First American Generations