150th Anniversary—1988

John George Schumm Family History

History 4

Despite the fact that the people of the Hohenloher Ebene occupied such a secluded area, they were nevertheless made to feel the current of world events. The gigantic upheaval of the Reformation with its many phases and ramifications swirled them into the activity of the Peasants' War. But the efforts of the good people of Lendsiedel, a village in the valley of the Jagst, to cast off the oppressor's yoke, ended in vain when they failed to gain relief from staggering taxes and exactions. In fact, for their part in the revolt they were made to buy back their cattle and stock from one Wolf von Vellberg, into whose hands they had fallen, for two hundred Gulden.


In this particular locality the then growing movement of the Reformation was fostered by Georg von Ansbach. Largely through his preachings and efforts and those of his associates, the entire community had, by 1556, renounced the Catholic faith and had embraced Protestantism. But they paid dearly for their cleavage to Luther's cause. Because of it, they suffered during the Thirty Years' war when soldiers of the Spanish King and of the German emperor, Charles V, harried and pillaged the entire Protestant countryside. Particularly severe were the years 1634 and 1635. It is recorded that in one night eight whole villages were burned at once.
















The first definitely identified ancestor of the family is Hans Schumm, who was born before 1568, and who is found to have farmed the Gaishof, located between Lendsiedel and the enterprising neighboring village of Klein Allmerspann. In 1632 the buildings and other property of Hans Schumm fell prey to the lust of plunder of Spain's soldiers who swooped down upon the community bent on destruction. Today there remains nothing of his once prosperous endeavor save the ruins of a stone well. It was never rebuilt, and at the present time the Gaishof is overgrown with woods, and the peasants of Klein Allmerspann and Herboldhausen use it as pasture.


The exact cause of our forefather's suffering is obscure. However, the belief is that it was his opposition to the oppressor's arm that subsequently deprived him of all he owned. Enough that he fared as did his neighbors when they showed resentment to the constant meddling by foreign interests in their temporal and spiritual affairs. The stately and imposing church built at Lendsiedel in 1511 was spared and still stands, though now in need of repairs.

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