#52Ancestors – Love, love, love

… who doesn’t know that world famous chorus? It’s the Beatles’ song “All you need is love”. Published on June 30, 1967.

And since “Love” is this week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors challenge from Amy Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com why not picking that date?


June 30, 1846 is the birthday of the wife of my 3rd great grand uncle Gottlieb Carl Christian FREYTAG.

Catharina Maria Elisabeth EVERT was born that day in Upahl, grand duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the daughter of the fee farmer Johann Joachim EVERT and his wife Wilhelmina Margaretha Elisabeth née WARNKE from Upahl.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

Catharina received her christening on July 5, 1846 in Diedrichshagen, the main village in the parish.

29 years later, it is the same church she marries my 3rd great grand uncle in. They said their vows on April 9, 1875. From that day on she would live with Gottlieb on the family’s farm in Diedrichshagen.

I actually wonder, if that was the first marrige for both of them. Elisabeth (her calling name) was already 29 years would have been quite “old” for marrying the first time. And Gottlieb was even 10 years her senior. Mental note: Barbara check that ;) 

So far I couldn’t find any children for Gottlieb and Elisabeth.  And since Gottlieb died 3 years following their wedding I only have a short period to look for them.

I don’t know yet what happend to Elisabeth after Gottlieb died.

December 21 – Emma Johanna Maria Hennings

Marie and Pierre Curie discover the chemical element Radium on December 21, 1898.

On December 21, 1959 marries the Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi the student Farah Diba.

And on my family tree?

We meet Emma Johanna Maria HENNING, the niece of my 3rd great grand uncle.

Emma was born on December 21, 1882 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany and baptized on December 31, 1882 in Diedrichshagen.

Emma Johanna Maria Hennings Taufe

Emma was the youngest of six children of the mason Joachim Heinrich HENNINGS and his wife Maria Dorothea Elisabeth EVERT.

But little Emma didn’t even reach her second birthday. She died 22 months old on November 14, 1884 in Upahl.

Emma Johanna Maria Hennings Beerdigung


The following document is a perfect example that even registrars make mistakes sometimes. In the original entry, Emmas age is given with 2 years and 11 months. In the side note you can see that his his father had this corrected to “1 year and 11 months”.

Grevesmhlen MecklenburgWestern Pomerania Germany -377


Emma got laid to rest on the church cemetary in Diedrichshagen on November 15, 1884.

August 2 – Otto Heinrich Johann Evert

Julius Caesar defeats on August 2, 47 BC Pharnakes II. the King of Pontus in the Battle of Zela. Caesar describes his success with today’s famous quote “Veni, vidi, vici

Searching for the Northwest Passage Henry Hudson enters the Bay today known as Hudson Bay on August 2, 1610. He already thought to have entered the Pacific Ocean.

On August 2, 1948 Otto Heinrich Johann EVERT died in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany of a cardiac insufficiency.

death certificate Otto Evert

death certificate Otto Evert

He is one of four children I know of so far from Hans Friedrich EVERT, a farmer from Sievershagen and his wife Maria Katharina Henriette née WULF.

He was born on April 22, 1870 in Sievershagen. In April 1884 he got confirmed into the lutheran religion in the church of Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish at that time.

The following record is the 1900 census record for Otto. He is stated as “Son helps on the farm”

census record Otto Evert

census record Otto Evert

On January 20, 1903 he married Friederika Katharina Dorothea BLOCK, a farmer’s daughter from Pohnstorf, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

As far as I know by now they had one daughter: Sophie Frieda Magdalena EVERT, born 1904 in Sievershagen.


March 21 – Helene Johanna Elisabeth Hennings

Reza Shah Pahlavi changes the name of Persia per decree to Iran on March 21, 1925

On March 21, 1980 President Jimmy Carter announces the US boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow in the summer of 1980.

Let’s take a look at my family tree. We meet the niece of my 3rd great grand uncle.

Helene Johanna Elisabeth HENNINGS was born March 21, 1872 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She was the third of six children born into the marriage of the bricklayer Joachim Heinrich HENNINGS and his wife Maria Dorothea Elisabeth née EVERT.

I found her confirmation entry from April 18, 1886 in the church of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany:

confirmation Helene Hennings

confirmation Helene Hennings

On December 4, 1891 Helene married Hans Wilhelm Johann BAUMANN, a farmhand born in Barendorf, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany

The 1900 census of Mecklenburg-Schwerin shows her living in Wüstenmark.

So far I didn’t find any children for the couple.

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March 10 – Maria Dorothea Elisabeth Evert

Happy Birthday Mom!!

And not to forget, it is also my cousin’s birthday today.

Tomás de Berlanga, fourth bishop of Panamá was on his way to Peru when is ship strayed from the course. So it was actually a coincidence that he discovered the Galápagos islands on March 10, 1535.

March 10, 1801 is the day of he first census in Great Britain.

Let me introduce you to the sister-in-law of my 3rd great grand uncle.

Maria Dorothea Elisabeth EVERT was born on March 10, 1844 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the oldest of six children of Johann Joachim EVERT and his wife Wilhelmina Margaretha Elisabeth née WARNKE.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

Maria received her christening in Diedrichshagen on March 13, 1844.

In the same church she married Joachim Heinrich HENNINGS, a bricklayer from Upahl on February 2, 1866.

The couple had six children being born between 1866 and 1882. All in Upahl where I found the family in the cenuses of 1867 and 1900.

Maria died on June 18, 1905 in Upahl and got laid to rest on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen on June 22, 1905.




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