Following the victory in the Franco-Prussian War, Wilhelm I. of Prussia is crowned Emperor of Germany in Versailles on Januar 18, 1871. That is the beginning of the German Empire or better the German Realm.
With one of my first blogs called “Go back to the data you already have” I told you how re-working a census record from 1900 helped me to find more information about my greatgreatgrandmother Henrica Elisabeth Dorothea PETROWSKY.
And since it is her wedding anniversary today, I want to tell you a little bit more about her.
Henrica was born June 10, 1845 in Neu Lüblow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as an illegitimate child of the housemaid Elisabeth Maria Friederike PETROWSKY.
1875 she gave birth herself to an illegitimate child, a daughter called Frieda Emilie Sophie Caroline.
On October 28, 1879 she married for the first time. Her husband is my greatgreatgrandfather Gustav Bruno SCHMIDT, a carpenter from Güstrow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin. So far I found three children for the couple being born between 1880 and 1885. All of them in Güstrow, where the family lived.
So far I thought that they had lived happily ever after.
But then came the day when I found the 1900 census record I mentioned above. The full story can be read in the blogpost, but here the short version:
Due to malicious abandonment by him she got divorced from my greatgreatgrandfather on September 12, 1894. He is missing since then. And having three children to raise (her oldest daughter Frieda was already 20 years old), she actually just HAD to marry again.
I don’t know how she got to know him, but on January 18, 1895 she married the farmhand Wilhelm Johann Christian Ludwig DÜSE from Grubenhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.
The 1900 census shows her living in Bockholt, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.
And that is the last trace I have of her. One of her daughters married in 1903, but in that record only the fathers of bride and groom are mentioned.
So, here my question: Does anyone have the PETROWSKY in their family tree?