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Antecedents of M. Paul Hawes : Hans Rexsrodt
Hans Rexsrodt
(Cir 1480-Cir 1540)


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Hans Rexsrodt 1

  • Born: Cir 1480 2
  • Marriage: Unknown
  • Died: Cir 1540, Wanfried, Hesse, Germany about age 60 1

bullet   Another name for Hans was Hans Recksrodt.3 4


bullet  Research Notes:

The Rexroth name, as well as other spelling variations, is a habitational name for someone from a former village near Wanfried in Hesse on the Werra River near Thuringia. This village is mentioned in the literature for the first time in 1337 as Reystras and in 1490 as Rexraide. Spelling variations of this family name include: Rexrodt, Rexrode, Rexroad, Rexroth, Reckrodt, Rexerode, Reckrode, Reckrodt, Reckroth and many more.

Legend says that this family served as weapons and armor maker for Otho or Otto II, crowned in 961 the Emperor of Germany. He was nicknamed Otto the Red. The family supposedly showed their loyalty to Otto II by taking the name, "von Rexroth". "Rex" meaning king, "Roth" being an old German word for Red. Thus the name "von Rexroth" means "from the red king". There seems to be no factual basis for this legend.


Hans married.



1 Juergen Gerstenberger, Nachkommen von Hans Rexsrodt (<>
<[email protected]>
From information collected directly and from Heidi Banse), <>.

2 Heidi Banse, Vorfahren der Familie Banse (<>
"Heidi Banse" <[email protected]>
Michelstadt, Hesse, Germany).

3 Descendants of Hans Recksrodt ("Bess Wilson" <[email protected]>
From information collected from other sources including A History of the Descendants of Zacrariah Rexrode of Pendleton County, VA (WV) by Walter L. Eye, July 1986.).

4 E-mail from Mary Ross (Columbus, Ohio
<[email protected]>
Including information obtained from Heidi Banse, a friend, Rexroth descendant, and researcher in Germany.).

5 Michael Lee Rexroad, Rexroad Family History (
copyrighted 1996), <>.

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