The Cannon King's Daughter

An unrecorded banishment from Germany's Krupp steel family

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DNA Evidence Points to Krupp Dynasty Banishment

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With AncestryDNA’s recent update to their DNA findings comes a startling revelation.

AncestryDNA just released their most accurate DNA test updates for their online tests and has released their updates to all their individual DNA customers. That being said, DNA test results for American-born author David Stroebel  now for the first time reveal his origins precisely in The Netherlands and in northern Germany where Essen, and the Krupp steel family’s origins have existed since 1587.

This new development further corroborates Stroebel’s claim that his deceased great-grandmother was banished and disinherited from Germany’s Krupp Steel dynasty for failing to break off an engagement to John Joseph Stroebele, a poor, Catholic shoemaker employed at Villa Hugel, the Krupp estate in Essen. Engelbertha married Stroebele is Sigmaringen, Baden-Wurttemberg in August 1875 before the couple and their three children immigrated to Jersey City, New Jersey in the United States where Stroebele’s brother was living.

The Netherlands is where Arndt Krupp, the first Krupp, was born in the second half of the 1500s, but immigrated to Essen in 1587, thus beginning Germany’s Krupp steel dynasty as an early-modern merchant. He was also the mayor of City of Essen.

While no member of the von Bohlen und Halbachs nor the von Wilmosky’s (descendants of Friedrich Alfred Krupp- the brother of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele) would ever had a reason take an online, commercially-available DNA test for reasons obvious to this readership, no one-to-one match could be expected. However, this is the strongest, irrefutable piece of evidence supporting Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele’s banishment from her Essen Krupp family in 1874.

With Engelbertha’s 19th century baptismal record missing from Essen’s Market Church, it has been a challenge for Stroebel to prove her very existence beyond the family photos, records and revelations. Stroebel had been waiting for a break in regards to DNA. He certainly is much closer now.

Stroebele’s 2010 investigative book, The Cannon King’s Daughter, revealed his great-grandmother’s true identity with the assistance of three elderly relatives who passed century-old photographs, records and revelations to him. His book was featured in an August 2013 edition of Germany’s Der SPIEGEL News Magazine by German reporter Marc Pitzke which triggered a firestorm of criticism in Germany.

Stroebel is again calling upon the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation in Essen to open it’s archive to independent researchers in the interest of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele to examine the 1.9 million photographs in their archive. His intentions are to restore her very existence in the eyes of the Protestant Church of Essen and restore her rightful place in the Krupp family next to her parents, Alfred and Bertha Krupp and brother Friedrich Alfried Krupp.




Krupp Workers’ Benefits 1836-60

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In 1836 Alfred Krupp established healthcare coverage for his employees.

1853 saw the birth of other important benefits- life insurance and a pension plan.

In 1856 the first hostels for single workers were constructed in Essen.

1860s- housing for workers were built to allow some of the workforce to live close to the Krupp factory.

Alfred Krupp

Written by Dave Stroebel

May 9, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Krupp Gun Fired at Sandy Hook, NJ Proving Ground, 1882

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The date was June 6, 1882. Alfred Krupp’s daughter, Engelbertha, was still nine months away from immigrating to nearby Jersey City, north some 18 miles up the Jersey coast as the crow flies from where his Krupp 11-inch gun was being tested at the Sandy Hook Proving Ground, America’s very first proving ground established 1874.

Alfred’s 11-inch gun weighed-in at 82,280 crushing pounds firing massive rounds behind 40,829 pounds of sheer pressure. Alfred had brought his gun to America in the hopes of making a lasting impression on the US Federal Government in the hopes of making a sale. But it’s foe, the Haskell 6-inch multi-charge gun would not be upstaged.

At the conclusion of testing, the Haskell demonstrated it’s superiority over the Haskell despite being 32,000 pounds lighter and constructed of far inferior cast iron while Krupp’s gun was manufactured utilizing the highest quality steel the German steelmaker could produce at it’s Essen works.

The Haskell Multicharge gun had a greater range of 61 yards over the Krupp gun that had over an 11-inch bore and 24 minutes less elevation than the Haskell gun. If the Haskell had had the same elevation as the Krupp gun, its range would have been several hundred yards greater.

Letter to Prof. Dr. Ralph Stremmel

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Dear Prof. Dr. Stremmel,

I recently read with great interest on the website of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung (Foundation) that currently, there are over 1.9 million photographs in it’s archive.

With the utmost respect, I ask that you please consider allowing me and one other researcher to visit the Alfried Krupp Stiftung to search for additional photographs of my great-grandmother, Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele.

There is much to gain by both families in a positive sense and I am open to any request you may have beforehand. You may contact me at info @


David Stroebel


Written by Dave Stroebel

May 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Former Essen Krupp Servants for Book/Film

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Did any of your German relatives work for Alfred Krupp at either Klosterbuschhof from 1864-1873 or at Villa Hugel from 1873-1880?

Did they pass down stories in your family about their work at Villa Hugel or Klosterbuschhof?

If yes, your stories passed on to you from your deceased loved ones could appear in an upcoming book and documentary film on the Krupp family.

Please email your stories in German or English to

You will receive full credit for all stories that appear in the book and documentary film.