...and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music..


...and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music..

This site is about the genealogy of the Fickel family, ancestors and descendants.

The history reaches back to 1602 when Hans Caspar Fickel was believed to be born in the city of Trebur in Germany.
The sources of the oldest genealogy are the church records of the Evangelische Kirsche in Trebur. Investigation is done by Herbert Fückel, the church historian.

The interesting part is that Herbert and the Fickel’s alive today share the same ancestor Hans Caspar. The name has been changed from Fückel into Fickel in one part of the family. Herbert explained that in the 16
th century your name was written in the church books as you pronounced it. In the local dialect Fückel and Fickel was pronounced the same.


The Fickel family moved to the city of Goddelau. They were not a very rich family. A Johan Jacob was so poor that he left in the middle of the winter to sell clothes and he never arrived. He was found death in the mountains.

His son Jacob was a soldier in the army of Prussia. He enlisted in 1828 thru the Centraal Wervingsdepot at Harderwijk for the Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger (KNIL) and was stationed at Surakarta in what is now Indonesia.

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Kamp Harderwijk

Jacob married Maria Elisabeth Triebel in 1830. The Triebel family were also KNIL. He probably married the daughter of a fellow KNIL soldier.

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And there the “Indische” time for the Fickel family started which ended in 1957 when Rudolf Fickel came to the Netherlands.

A very important issue is that the daughter of Jacob Fickel got a child from an unknown man. The “Indische Navorscher” is a magazine about the genealogy of the Dutch in de Indies. In this magazine the daughter, Johanna Dorothea Fickel, is mentioned at her sons’s marriage. The son is Hendrik Philip and his father is unknown, or so it is listed. So the Fickel name was inherited from the mother and not from the (unknown) father.

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DNA research made clear that the male’s in the Fickel family have Y Haplo-group I1, (I1-Z140/A196) which is traced back into the Northern part of Western Europe. So the unknown father was a Western European and not a local Indonesian man. The search continues.

fam Fickel Richard en Joke2

Joh Fred Hillebrandt J A Fickel E Fickel

Interesting books about the Dutch in Indonesia in the 19th and 20th century:

Beeing ‘Dutch” in the Indies by Ulbe Bosma en Remco Raben.
In Indie geworteld by Hans Meijer
De Geschiedenis van de Indische Nederlanders by Ulbe Bosma, Remco Raben en Wim Willems