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Location: Kussenberg 5, St. Märgen, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Deutschlandmap
Surnames/tags: Braun Guth
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Kussenschmiede (location) is the name of a building that used to serve as a smithy in Wagensteig valley between Buchenbach and St. Märgen. Although sometimes considered part of the former municipality of Wagensteig, it actually belongs to the boundary of St. Märgen, having the address Kussenberg 5 in an area called Zwerisberg.

In the 19th century Kussenschmiede was connected to Löwen/Belz - which is situated on the other side of the road just a tiny bit closer towards Buchenbach - by both belonging to the Braun family.

Master blacksmith Benjamin Braun lived in "Kusen-Schmiede in St. Märgen" when he got married in 1859 to a woman from Viertäler/Titisee. The family book of Viertäler mentions that he later lived in Hornberg/Hinterstrass (Hinterstrass being a separate community back then, nowadays part of St. Märgen).[1]

According to a note in the American newspaper Indiana Tribüne (sic!) Kussenschmiede burned down in 1885. [2]

At one point around 1890 the blacksmith Johann Baptist Guth and his family lived in Kussenschmiede for at least three generations (including him).

A website still lists the address as home of August Guth, a grandson of Johann Baptist. But because another website has the death announcement of him dating back to 2004 that is rather unlikely.


On frsw.de there is a photograph showing the area: the big building with the small building in front of it (on the right of the electricity pole) is Löwen/Belz (former inn); on the other side of the road one can see Kussenschmiede.


  1. Helmut Heitzmann: Höfechronik Titisee Viertäler Altenweg, Jostal, Schildwende, Spriegelsbach, 1996, p. 256
  2. Indiana Tribüne, Volume 8, Number 307,Indianapolis, Marion County, 24 July 1885, online

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congrats to your first WikiTree article! Well done, Flo!
posted by Barbara Schmidt