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Our ‘Rosentreter’ Family has persons who were born in every country shown here.

Many thanks to our researchers and contributors listed below.

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Josh Rosentreter
Leigh Evans
Leslie Rosentreter
Muriel Pickels
Roger Rosentreter


Brandon Lentz
Carol Rosentreter
Michelle & Tim Rosentreter


Waldo Rojas Espinoza


Ole Rosentrætter


Uli Bonin
Dieter Fetting
Peter Pankau
Kevin Rosentreter
Michael Rosentreter
Ursula Rosentreter (nee Heider)
Felizitas Wiese


Anastasiya Rosentreter


Moniek Rosentreter

New Zealand

Anita Rosentreter


Uli Bonin
Oliver Hoffmann
Michael Musolf
Barbara Rosentreter
Felizitas Weiss


Anastasiya Rosentreter
Tatiana Yakovleva


Karen Rosentreter Villarroel

United Kingdom
United States of America

Brian Podoll
Darwin Rosentrater
Connie Rosentreter
Corryn Rosentreter
John Rosentreter
Paul Rosentreter
Robert Rosentreter
Jean Wells


Diemmy Rosentreter

Rosentreter Religions

Religions of the Rosentreter Family



It would be pure speculation to even guess what religion the earliest families were, apart from Pagan.  In fact, it is becoming more than a theory that the family originated in the Norse countries, meaning that the earliest religion may have been that of the Vikings, the Old Norse religion.

From of the 1400’s onward, it is known that some families were Roman Catholic, and some of the family become Evangelisch (Lutheran) in the early 1500’s.


Evangelisch (Predominantly Lutheran)


St Jacobi Lutheran Church in 2011

St Jacobi Lutheran Church in 2011

Most of the documented Rosentreters I have found were Evangelisch (Lutheran), and apart from Dietrich, and Georg & Agnes’ family, documented in the Catholic section below, continued to be largely from the Evangelistic faiths (Protestant, Lutheran, etc.) even until the present day.

The Lutheran Church was formed by Martin Luther around 1525 in the Electorate of Saxony in Germany.

While the faith bears his name Martin always disliked the term Lutheran, preferring the term Evangelical, which was derived from εὐαγγέλιον euangelion, a Greek word meaning “good news”, i.e. “Gospel”.

The church in the photo – St Jacobi in Bramstedt in Lower Saxony – has seen over 100 Rosentreter christenings, marriages and funerals. Another Lutheran church some 5 km’s away in Sandstedt has seen a similar number.

There is also mention of a Lutheran ‘court preacher’, Rudolph Rosentreter [I2190], born before 1720 who lived in Königs Wusterhausen, Brandenburg, Germany.

Further reading: Lutherans of Russia by Thomas K Edlund




Lichnowy Catholic Church in 1915

Lichnowy Catholic Church in 1915

Canon Dietrich Rosentreter [I4813] is the earliest recorded Roman Catholic and was a Priest (Canon) in Magdeburg and Stendal, Saxony Anhalt between 1425 & 1488. He was a lawyer and writer of Canonical Law.

The next Catholic family we have found is that of George Rosentreter *1653 [I0409] and Agnes [I0410] married in Lichnowy. They had eight children who all went on to ‘prosper and multiply’.

Their descendants now number over 590 persons and a large majority of them live in the USA, with some still living in Poland and Germany.

The most famous Catholic Rosentreter is Augustinus Johann Rosentreter [I0572] Bishop of Kulm.

So, if you are a Catholic Rosentreter your research should focus on the family of Martin, born about 1631 [I0411].




Rabbi Adolph A Rosentreter - b 27 Dec 1878

Adolph Rosentreter

I have heard many stories of Jewish Rosentreter’s, but one the few families I have been able to fully document is that of Rabbi Adolph A Rosentreter [I2853], born 27 Dec 1878 and died 14 Apr 1940.

Rabbi Rosentreter served Congregation B’nai Amoona, St. Louis, Missouri for over 20 years (1885-1912). He also served as rabbi at Brith Sholom for 20 years (1910-1930). He is listed along with other rabbis who served St. Louis congregations.

See here for more Jewish families and their stories.


New Apostolic


Arthur Henry Rosentreter

Arthur Henry Rosentreter

About a third of the Australian Rosentreters belong to the New Apostolic Church which was founded in 1863 in Hamburg, Germany.

My uncle, District Apostle Arthur Henry Rosentreter [I0226] was the leader of the the church for the Australian & New Zealand district for many years.




Other religions I have discovered in my research have included: Church of England, Russian Orthodox, Baptist, Anabaptist, Mennonite, Pentecostal Christians, Apostolic and Methodist. There are probably many more…

Are there any family members who are of another religion not mentioned? Buddist? Satanist? Shintoist? Hindu? 🙂



(Last Update – 29 March 2021) This is a work in progress and more information will be added as it is discovered. If you have additional information, please email us.

  • Muriel Pickels
    Posted at 15:25h, 18 July

    It would be interesting to know how many descendants are Pentecostal Christians today, Roger..

    • Swaterman
      Posted at 16:39h, 17 January

      Muriel, We are from the Pennsylvanian RosentrAters. My grandfather Floyd was a Pentecostal, my mother Carol is a Pentecostal, I am a Pentecostal and we are raising our kids as such as well!

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