Well family/friends I have had this website up for 8yrs and at long last we have had a marvelous breakthrough, MARGARET LANGE found my website and has kindly given me some more LANGE FAMILY information, this is the pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow, my knowledge about my FRENCH-GERMAN GREAT GRAND PARENTS and where they originated from was very meager, so many thanks to MargaretLange for additional information re the LANGE FAMILY, we can tie it in all successfully.I cannot vouch that this is 100% correct but it's pretty close.
The original LANGE FAMILY/FAMILES lived in the area of Metz, Alsace Lorraine,FRANCE I do know that my GRAND MOTHER CLARA HELENA HEDWIG was born in BERLIN, GERMANY, so the LANGE FAMILY must have been living in that region. We know that they landed in NEWZEALAND about 1879 aboard the vessel HEREFORD-via LONDON . My MOTHER always said that GRANDDAD GODFREY LANGE was a FRENCH HUGUENOT, Of course the HUGUENOTS were FRENCH PROSTESTANTS who where persecuted most foully IN THEIR HOMELAND FRANCE ie., the BARTHOLOMEW MASSACRE 1572 WHEN 8,000 HUGUENOTS WERE MURDERED IN PARIS, the streets and river filled with corpses, that wolves came down from the hills to eat the remains and fishing was banned. So persecutions, burning at the stake, the systematic extermination, by the CATHOLIC CHURCH forced the HUGUENOTS to leave their homeland FRANCE by their thousands and escape however they could, usually under the cover of darkness to the sanctuary of neighboring countries..
The LANGES come from the area and lived in METZ, ALSACE, LORRIANE inFrance.then following the ghastly persecution of FRENCH HUHENOUTS were driven them out of their homeland FRANCE to flee across to STETTIN (SZCZECIN )POLAND. it was here in the old GERMANY PRUSSIA the LANGE brothers were born, as our August met and married his wife Caroline Wilhelmina in BERLIN and their two daughters born in Berlin. I think the ominous clouds of the coming first World WAR was the contributing factor to persuade the Lange families to migrate to the other side of the world, a tremendous decision. In 1879, 7 years after his brother Carl sailed to NZ, August & Caroline plus their two daughters, one being my Grandmother Clara, followed them, first sailing to England then the long 6 mth voyage to the port of Lyttleton New Zealand....
Carl Lang, brother of August Lange was bornSTETTIN-WEST PRUSSIAcame to New Zealand before his brother, in the year 1872 Carl and his wife Wilhelmina landed at Holmes Bay, Lyttelton 30 Aug 1872 in HMS “Friedeburg” with their two sons Ferdinand and Ernst.
The origin of our LANGES is FRENCH and the name LANGE possibly could have derived from another FRENCH NAME. de LANGLEY, or similar, I really don't know, until such time as a correct LANGE FAMILY TREE detailing these issues has been done.....
Now to the spelling of LANGE, even though on my GRANDMOTHER'S DEATH CERTIFICATE, her maiden name is put in as LAING, we believe because of the documented anti GERMAN feeling at the turn of the century in the CHRISTCHURCH REGION , and elsewhere, the obvious GERMAN names were changed to their ENGLISH VERSION for anonymity.........and that origin FRENCH name LANGE, is de LANGE , de LANGLEY, etc.,
More to come plus Family photos... courtesy of Margaret Lange Christchurch and Kathleen Monk of Tauranga New Zealand..I shall to correct some of this info as more Family data comes to hand, thanks to all concerned
CAROLINE ROSINA HELENA WILHELMINE KRAENZLIN AND AUGUST GODFREY( GOTTFRIED) LANGE [LAING LANG] had only one son born who was born in New Zealand, in 6/1/1880 he was named CHARLES GEORGE LANGE he married MARY FAULLS19/3/1902 in Christchurch NZ .
.MARY LANGE'S ( LANG LAING) WEDDING DRESS is evidently on display in the SETTLERS MUSEUM, SOUTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND, if anyone has seen this LAING ( LANGE LANG) WEDDING DRESS I would love to hear about it!
THIS IS A NEW ZEALAND SITE.
SOME LANGES I HAVE FOUND IN MY SEARCH WHICH MAY HELP SOMEONE ELSES GENEALOGY SEARCH..
THE BOER WAR..
LANGE WILLIAM 10TH CONTINGENT-SOUTH ISLAND-PRIVATE ' CLERK' No. 9529.
LANGE WILLIAM- 2nd May-1918 Wellington
LANG NORMAN-30th Sept., 1915-Wellington.
LANGE Mrs Anne 7th July 1888 Masterton
LANGE CHARLES R. A. aged 32yrs result of accident. 7/11/1894.
LANGE EMILY, wife of WALTER LANGE-aged 46yrs. 12/3/1909.
INHABITANTS OF WESTPORT SOUTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND-1873.
LANGE HERMAN HENRY- aged 41yrs,builder of the Municipal Baths 1912, and Abattoir 1905.
PLEASE CHECK ALL GUEST BOOKS YOU MAY FIND SOMEONE LOOKING FOR YOU AND LEAVE YOUR INFO FOR OTHER FAMILY RESEARCHERS, MOST OF ENJOY YOUR FAMILY QUEST.....PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL INFORMATION AND PRIVATE PHOTOS ARE COPYRIGHT AND GIVEN FREELY FOR FAMILY RESEARCHERS, AND NOT TO BE SOLD.......
CAROLINE ROSINA HELENA WILHELMINE HEDWIG KRAENZLIN wife of AUGUST GODFREY LANGE, my Great, Grand Mother-.Prussian, married Berlin Gernany
AUGUST GODFREY ( Gottfried) LANGE-my Great Grandfather- French Hugenout. Lorrainne France
Now I have confirmed online, see link below, that Mother was right when she said Lange's were from PRUSSIA....Pommern was a Prussian province. Its capital was Stettin! Godfrey Lange's brother Carl Lange was born in STETTIN 24.Nov 1847 Stettin (Szczecin) so possibly all the family that migrated to NZ were born there as well? Carl married in Stettin, 1866 left Hamburg for New Zealand 19 May 1872....passenger list here...I am now sifting through the Latter-day Saints Genealogy site to see what I can find.....this is getting exciting! It is also claimed that one of Carl's brother immigrated to America