Geographic Roots of the Stabbert Family...
Initial research indicates that almost all Stabberts come from a very small area in
former "East Prussia".
Four towns in East
Prussia are most often cited as home for Stabberts in the 1800's:
The City of Königsberg and the three towns are all within 30 miles of each
other, indicating a strong geographic connection between the various Stabbert
Historical Map of East Prussia
Click below for a map of East Prussia with the ancestral towns marked.
Map of East Prussia circa 1882
JPEG Scan from Blackie & Sons Atlas (Edinburgh, 1882.)
(187K: about 30 seconds on a 56K modem)
Did you know that the Stabbert's came to East Prussia from Austria?!?
...That Stabberts may be descended from a Teutonic Knight?
Research by Max Stabbert(born May 4th, 1918 - died November 23rd, 1997)
indicates that the Stabbert family may be decended from one of the Teutonic
Knights that originally setup the first civil government in Prussia.
I am searching for details on a facinating
Stabbert! Interesting highlights include:
- Commander of a zepplin the L20 Zepplin (shown below) which crashed in Norway May 3rd, 1916 after an unsuccessful bombing run on England.
- Kapitänleutnant Stabbert was the only person of the crew of 16 to avoid capture and internment for the next 2 years.
- Kapitänleutnant Stabbert was so fit that he was the only person able to swim the fjord to the beach. The 2nd in command barely reached the beach and needed to be hospitalized. 6 of the enlisted crew were picked up by fishing boats, and 8 rode the airship until it crashed into a nearby rocky prominence.
Information on Kapitänleutnant Stabbert's commands can be found on the Zepplin web site at http://www.luftschiff.de
Zepplin L20 Statistics. December 21st, 1915 to May 3rd, 1916
Zepplin L44 Statistics. April 1st, 1917 to October 20th, 1917
Kapitänleutnant Stabbert (I am searching for details on this man) is documented in the memoirs of Admiral Reinhard Scheer. (Germany's High Seas Fleet in the World War, Cassell & Company, 1920.)
Admiral Scheer, who assumed command of the entire German High Seas Fleet in 1916, was in favor of both an aggressive surface fleet policy and unrestricted submarine warfare.
Commander Stabbert is mentioned in Chapter 9b of the memoirs, "Enterprises in the Hoofden, and Bombardment of Yarmouth and Lowestoft". Below is the excerpt:
Norwegian crash site of the "L20"
Early in May the weather conditions were such as to allow of a resumption of the air raids on England.
But this favourable phase in the weather was not of so long duration as in the preceding month,
which was quite exceptional. Two raids were carried out in which eight airships took part.
" L 20 " was lost in the second raid as a strong south-westerly wind had arisen, and the airship, owing to engine trouble, was unable to reach the home coast.
The captain, Commander Stabbert, made, therefore, for the Norwegian coast,
where he came down with his damaged airship in the neighbourhood of Jäderen,
where the crew alighted and were interned. Then ensued a period of short nights which caused a
cessation in the airships' raiding activities as the hours of darkness were not enough to afford them sufficient protection, and it was also obvious that
latterly the defensive measures had become much more effectual.
But the Fleet made good use of the airships for all reconnoitring purposes in connection with important enterprises, which gained in value through cooperation
with the U-boats and on which all the more energy had to be expended since the trade-war by the U-boats had been stopped since the end of April.
The entire text of Admiral Scheer's memoirs can be found at the War Times Journal on-line resource.
The small Norwegian town where "L-20" crashed documented the event with excellent pictures such as the one above.