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Birthplace: Vœllerdingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Death: October 16, 1673 (61-69)
Diemeringen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France (beheaded and burned as a witch)
Place of Burial: Diemeringen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of PETER EBERHART and Madame EBERHART
Wife of Hans Koppel
Mother of Hans Peter Koppel

Occupation: married 1643 - second marriage
Managed by: Jo C. WILLIAMS
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Immediate Family


Walpurg Eberhart was born on 1629 in Voellerdingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France to Peter Eberhart. Walpurg married Hans Koppel and had a child: Hans Peter Koppel. She passed away on October 16 1673 in Diemeringen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France.

Walpurg Eberhart Koppel is my 8th great grandmother.

Walpurg was beheaded and burnt as a witch. An entry from the parish book of Diermeringen, 1588-1715:

Den 16. Octobris [1673] ist Ottilia Enßmingerin Wittlib sonsten vulgo Gerber=Ottel, Elsbeth, Niclaß Hänels des Unter Portners Frau, beede von hier, item von Dehling Hans Köppels des Würths Weib, namens Walpurg desgleichen, Louys Jenins Frau, Gertrud; auch Ulrich Kieffers Weib Appolonia, und Anstett Hemmerts Frau Margaretha, der Zauberey halben, mit dem Schwert gerichtet, und die Cörper beym Galben verbrannt worden.

Translation: On October 16 [1673], Ottilia Enßminger Wittlib also commonly known as Gerber=Ottel; Elsbeth, Niclaß Hänels the Unter Portner's wife, both from here; also from Dehlingen Hans Köppel the innkeeper's wife, named Walpurg; also Louys Jenin's wife, Gertrud; also Ulrich Kieffer's wife Appolonia; and Anstett Hemmert's wife Margaretha, were executed for witchcraft and their bodies were burned near the gallows.

Two entries from the court proceedings, translated:

2nd August 1673 Has been asked on denunciation, and accused by the criminal court of Diemeringen as follows:

  • Her age, name and quality:
  • She is aged 65, and born in Voellerdingen, county of Saarwerden.
  • Why she is now in front of this court:
  • Answers she is an honest woman and that only bad people have accused her to have commerce with the devil, and she recuses all the charges against her especially those held by Nickel Kuehn.
  • How long she had been practicing as a witch:
  • Answers she had always prayed not to enter into any bad practice.

Result: Has been sent back to her jail for better reflection.

4 August 1673 Sent to question (torture) and follows that she finally has been decided to acknowledge as follows: She had a bad husband (Carl Ensminger) who used to beat her when he was drunk, etc... [one page missing] she had prepared several poisonous drinks from snakes, etc. and poisoned several children in the village; how she had witched horses, cows; same evils in Haspelschiedt in Bitsch land, on cattle, on persons who died soon after, the shepherd in Metting who died one year ago, in Postorff a calf, with help of Lucifer.

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Vœllerdingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
December 11, 1644
Age 36
Dehlingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
October 16, 1673
Age 65
Diemeringen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
October 1673
Age 65
Diemeringen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France