Hannes Tiedemann

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Hannes Tiedemann (1833 – January 22, 1908) was an American banker who became president and co-founder of Union Banking & Savings Co. of Cleveland, Ohio,[1] after immigrating to the United States from Germany.

Tiedemann is most known for his commission of the historic Franklin Castle (aka "Hannes Tiedemann House" or "Tiedemann House") in 1881. The property has been notoriously catalogued as one of the top fifty most haunted houses in America, and one of the most haunted sites in Ohio.[2][unreliable source][3]

Early years[edit]

Tiedemann, was born in Prussia,[4] and emigrated from Germany to New York in 1848 with his family – his mother, Wiebka (also spelled Wiebeka), his brothers, Claus and Ludwig, and his sisters, Catharina, Rebecca Eliese, and Lowiese. His father had died in 1846.[5][unreliable source]


By about 1850, Tiedemann worked as an apprentice to a barrel maker, which relocated him to Royalton, Ohio. He moved to Cleveland around 1855 and worked as a clerk for Babcock & Hurd, a wholesale grocer, and resided at Bennett Forest City House, a rooming house at Cleveland's Public Square. In 1864, Tiedemann was a wholesale grocer in the firm of Weidemann & Tiedemann, having begun the business with John Christian Weiderman. In 1871, Tiedemann sold out his interests in Weideman & Tiedemann,[6] though he retained business offices within its building. In 1883, Tiedemann founded and was Vice-President of Savings & Trust Co., newly permitted at that time by Ohio state law to form as a trust company.[7] In January 1907, he retired from United Savings and Banking Co. of Cleveland, where he had become President, following his involvement in many Cleveland area banks.

Personal life[edit]

In 1862, Tiedemann married Luisa (also referred to as Louise or Louisa) Höck (also spelled Hook or Hoeoek).[8]

The Tiedemann family consisted of Hannes, his wife, Luisa, his mother, Wiebka, and six children: Wilhelmine Hanna (died in infancy), August Johannes (survived to adulthood), Emma (died at 15), Ernst (died in infancy), Dora Louise (survived to adulthood), and Albert (died in infancy), though it is alleged that Tiedemann also fathered another child, named Herbert, with a woman named Ella May Clark.[9][unreliable source]

After losing his wife, Luisa, in 1895 to liver failure, Tiedemann remarried. His second wife was named Henrietta. This subsequent marriage led to rumors regarding Luisa's purported cause of death. Tiedemann's second marriage ended in divorce after one year.[citation needed]

Tiedemann died on January 22, 1908,[9] following a massive stroke he suffered while on a walk in a park, though it has been claimed that he died due to complications relating to Arterial Sclerosis.[5]

Franklin Castle ("Tiedemann House") and Stone Castle[edit]

In late 1880, Tiedemann built two houses. Although it was named "Stone Castle", the first house was not constructed of stone and did not resemble a castle either. It was built in the popular half-timbered Tudor-revival style of the time.[5]

His second home, also known as the "Franklin Castle", named after the road on which it was built, that has Tiedemann steeped into paranormal history.


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  3. ^ "Franklin Castle/Hannes Tiedemann House". Complex AU. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  4. ^ Quackenbush, Jannette Rae (21 July 2014). Cleveland Ohio Ghost Hunter Guide: Haunted Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Vicinity. 21 Crows Dusk to Dawn Publishing. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-940087-10-8. Retrieved 2016-12-12 – via Google Books.
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  6. ^ Richards, Beth A.; Gove, Chuck L. (5 October 2015). Haunted Cleveland. Arcadia Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-62585-486-5. Retrieved 2016-12-12 – via Google Books.
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  8. ^ "Albert Tiedemann". MyHeritage.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
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