#52ancestors No 5 – plowing through… NOT :)

Okay, I have to admit, the challenge for week 5 of this years 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge gave me a hard time. Why? Because I have no idea what the term “plowing through” means. Of course I know that it is translated to, but I just couldn’t get it. Which shows again, no matter how good and how deep a knowledge of a foreign language is, there are some understanding issues which shows I am not a native speaker.

So, I just decided to not follow the theme.. sorry Amy ;)

If you don’t know what the 52 ancestors challenge is, go and visit www.nostorytoosmall.com and have a look at all the great bloggers taking part in telling stories of their ancestors. One ancestor a week.



What have I done for this week? I randomly picked a name from my list. I literally played “darts” in scrolling down and pointing out a name.

May I introduce you to Karolina Maria Wilhelmine SCHMIDT. She is the mother-in-law of two of my 2nd cousins 4x removed. Keep on reading to unfold that story.

Karolina was born in Jeese, in the grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in Germany on January 22, 1842.


The map on the left shows you the area of today’s German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Thinking back 100 years, you could find the grandduchy in the Northeast.

Karolina was the only known (at least to me) daughter of Ernst Joachim Heinrich SCHMIDT and his wife Henriette Karolina Katharina SCHULZ. Ernst was a “Kossate” (also known as Käter, Käthner, Kötter, Köter or Köthner) – which meant nothing else then that he owned a little cottage. Most of these little cottages were at the outlines of the villages, seperated from the bigger farms. They size of land belonging to the cottages was too small to live off it only. Therefore most of the Kossate worked as day labourers on the neighbour farms or as craftsmen.

I don’t have the exact date when Karolina married Hans Joachim Heinrich WARNKE, but it must have been before August 18, 1868.

Hans was also a Kossate and a mason from Upahl – a village in my “main” parish Diedrichshagen in the same grandduchy.

Why before that date? That was the day her daughter Wilhelmine Maria Dorothea was born in Upahl- which became later the wife of Joachim Karl Johann HAGEDORN, one of my 2nd cousins 4x removed I mentioned above.

Hans and Karolina had another child I know of: Heinrich Andreas Joachim, born on December 19, 1872 in Upahl. Heinrich married Joachim’s sister (and also my 2nd cousin 4x removed) Dorothea Maria Henriette HAGEDORN.

death certificate Karolina Schmidt

death certificate Karolina Schmidt


Karolina died on November 29, 1925 in Boienhagen, were she lived with her son Heinrich and his family following the death of her husband. Heinrich was also the person registering her death with the authorities.

April 3 – Ernst Johann Joachim Warnke

Bruno Hauptmann who got convicted to a death sentence for the kidnapping and killing of the “Lindbergh Baby” Charles Lindbergh III. gets killed on the electric chair on April 3, 1936. Til today there are doubts regarding his guilt.

On my family tree we meet the stepson of my 2nd cousin 4x removed Joachim Karl Johann HAGEDORN.

Ernst Johann Joachim WARNKE was born on April 3, 1885 in Boienhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany to a single mother – father unknown.

He received his christening on April 26, 1885 in Diedrichshagen.

His mother Wilhelmine Maria Dorothea WARNKE married my cousin on July 24, 1896 in Diedrichshagen.

Out of that marriage Ernst has five more siblings: four brothers and a sister.. the poor girl, the only sister of five brothers!

On April 26, 1899 he got confirmed in Diedrichshagen, soon after that he stepped into the “working life”.

This is the 1900 census record for Ernst. He is living in Grevesmühlen in the meantime, working as a shoemaker apprentice.

1900 census record Ernst Warnke

1900 census record Ernst Warnke

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March 31 – Anna Katharina Margerethe Frahm

Following his divorce of Minervina does the Roman Emperor Konstantin the Great marry Fausta, the daughter of the resigned Emperor Maximian on March 31, 307.

Due to the death of his father King Franz I. his son Heinrich II. (Henry II.) becomes new King of France on March 31, 1547.

And we meet my cousin 5x removed Anna Katharina Margarethe FRAHM wo was born on March 31, 1827 in Boienhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She was the third of four children of the farmer Joachim Heinrich FRAHM and his wife Margaretha Elisabeth née PARBS. You might remember her oldest brother Johann David Ernst FRAHM from one of my former blogposts.

On December 22, 1854 Margarethe (how she was named in a census record) married Christian Karl Heinrich HAGEDORN, a cottager and farmer from Boienhagen in Diedrichshagen.

I found six children for the couple so far – born between 1854 and 1868.

The following document shows the 1867 census record for Christian and Margarethe. They are living with five children (the sixth was born in 1868) with Christian’s parents on the farm.

1867 census FRAHM family

1867 census FRAHM family

Margarethe died on February 11, 1894 in Boienhagen and got laid to rest in Diedrichshagen on Februar 17, 1894.

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March 26 – Maria Dorothea Anna Tretow

Cologne on March 26, 1027: Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II. and his wife Gisela of Swabia as Emperor and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire.

Carol I. becomes new Duke of Romania on March 26, 1866 – 15 years later on March 26, 1881 he gets proclaimed as first King of the newly instituted kingdom Romania.

On my family tree, we meet the wife of my first cousin 5x removed Johann David Ernst FRAHM.

Maria Dorothea Anna TRETOW is born on March 26, 1832 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

As far as I know so far she was the first daughter of the farmer Johann Joachim TRETOW and his wife Sophia née KOTH.

On February 9, 1855 she married my cousin in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Between 1856 and 1875 the couple had 10 children.

This 1867 census record shows Johann, Maria and six of their children and six farmhands/servants living in Boienhagen:

census 1867

census 1867

At the time of the 1900 census she is stated as widowed and as a visitor in Alt Jassewitz (compared to a permanent resident).

Maria died on July 21, 1912 in Boienhagen and she got laid to rest in Diedrichshagen on July 24, 1912.

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March 13 – Friedrich Heinrich Karl Martin Hagedorn

The Russian Tsar Alexander I. dies of a bomb exploding at his feet on March 13, 1881. The underground organisation Narodnaja Wolja claims full responsibility for this attack.

The Butler Act from March 13, 1925 prohibits teaching the evolution theory of Charles Darwin in private and public schools in Tennessee, USA, since this theory relates the human descent to inferior beings.

On March 13, 1899 my third cousin 3x removed Friedrich Heinrich Karl Martin HAGEDORN was born in Boienhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

He received is christening on April 2, 1899 in the parish’s church at Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. The same church he got confirmed on March 16, 1913.

The 1900 and 1919 census shows him living with his parents Joachim Karl Johann HAGEDORN and Wilhelmine Maria Dorothea née WARNKE and four siblings in Boienhagen.

His father was a farm owner there and although Friedrich was the second oldest son he inherited the farm since his older brother got killed on the battlefield in France during WWI.

I am not sure when exactly he married but I found two children for him and his wife Getrude née NÖLCK

  • a daughter who died before her christening on November 19, 1931
  • a daughter born January 30, 1929 and died June 1, 1931

It must have been heartbreaking to loose two children within 5 months.



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