Whilst looking a bit around granmother's (gfahter's site) family, I found some really interesting facts:
this family immigrated from 'Germany' to 'The Netherlands' (meaning: what is now ...) in 14th/15th century.
While obviously the most part stayed in the Netherlands (the "van Homeot's" still are a very big family), in 15th century one married again in 'Germany', changed the "van" back to the original "von" and founded a small 'dynasty'.
On the www a found a notice on a school website, taken from a book from late 19th century.
The story there goes that only two single/unmarried brothers lived in this house
Suddenly one disappeared, and it was told that he immigrated to America.
So the other could get the house and all the land for himself and alone.
When he died, the -obviously murdered- dead body of the brother was found walled in the chimney.
Well, we have several copies of this house at home, two painted by my uncle (he was quite a famous painter), because he was born there and lived with my grandmother and their three brothers there until the late 90's of 19th century.
So, that nice "weird story from Westphalia" can't be true at all.
there has bee a telling in our family that the house and the land had to been sold in the 1920's. They got on million Gold Mark for it. A sollictor told them, to investigate this money "in papers" - which weren't worth the paper they were printed on after the inflation.
So, unfortunately only a few historic antiques from this family are still here.
Nice sad story, isn't it?
The oldest sister of the mentioned siblings married a Dutchman, who owned a chocolade factory in Germany.
The family saga was telling that they had to sell the factory due to the Nazis. They immigarted to the Netherlands.
Sad story, too.
Both are untrue, however.
Whle I'd always been confused, why my aunt and uncle left Germany in the very early 20's (no one really noticed the Nazis at that time here!), the inernet helped me to find the 'truth':
there had been really two brothers: my great-granfather and his single brother. The latter often travelled in his young years to the Netherlands and .... visited casinos there. He lost and lost money. One night, he tried to make the bidg win and put all his eggs in one basket.
Result: his brother had to sell all his owings (house, land and more) to pay for the debts.
To get some of the personal belongings back, the chocolat factory was sold and these things were bought back from the new owners.
Great-grandfather's brother seems to have committed suicide, according to Dutch newspapers of that time.
And the "von" was 'deleted' from the family name then.