#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.

September 21 – Joachim Christoph Behrens

On September 21, 1964 Malta gains its indepence from Great Britain.

And another independence from Great Britain for this day: It was September 21, 1981 and it was Belize which was known til 1973 as British-Honduras.

And on my family tree?

September 21, 1828 is the birthday of Joachim Christoph BEHRENS, who became the husband of my 3rd great great aunt.

He was born in Warnow in the grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany into the marriage of the small farmer Hans Heinrich BEHRENS and his wife Engel Maria BUMANN.

It looks like Hans Heinrich handed over the small farm to  his son. When Joachim married my 3rd great great aunt Maria Elisabeth FREYTAG on July 25, 1856 in Diedrichshagen, he was stated as “small farmer from Warnow”.

Joachim and Maria had two children I know of so far, one son and a daughter:

  • Joachim Johann Heinrich
  • Elisabeth Maria Joachime

The 1900 census states him as being widowed and pensioner living in Warnow.

1900 census Joachim Behrens

1900 census Joachim Behrens

Joachim died on April 13, 1913 in Grevesmühlen. His son Joachim registered his death with the officials.

death certificate Joachim Behrens

death certificate Joachim Behrens

#52ancestors No. 19 – Sophia Maria Wilhelmine Warnke

This is my 19th post for the 52 ancestors challenge from Amy Crow over at “No story too small”.


This time it is about my 2nd great grandmother Sophia Maria Wilhelmine WARNKE who was born on July 18, 1860 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She was the oldest of ten children of the farmer Johann Friedrich Gottlieb WARNKE and his wife Maria Elisabeth Wilhelmine née OLDENBURG.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen


On July 29, 1860 she received her christening in the local church of the parish in Diedrichshagen. In the file below her baptism entry is the one No. 21

Warnke Sophia Maria Wilhelmine 1860 baptism

In the same church she got confirmed into lutheran religion on March 21, 1875 and she married the mason Joachim Heinrich Gottlieb FREYTAG from Diedrichshagen on December 7, 1883.

civil wedding certificate Warnke - Freytag

civil wedding certificate Warnke – Freytag

The couple had three children I know of so far:

  • Emma Wilhelmine Elisabeth (* July 26, 1884 + November 11, 1972) – my greatgrandmother
  • Christine Sophia Dorothea (* August 27, 1885 + 1973)
  • Gottlieb Hans Heinrich (* June 20, 1888)

While checking my sources for this post it striked me that I didn’t have any entries for her for the censuses 1867, 1890, 1900 or 1919. I checked those online today again – but nothing. I wonder where she is. And her family, too.

I haven’t found a death entry so far for her.






July 17 – Werner Joachim Hans Hermann August Freytag

Due to the political pressure in Great Britain during World War I. King George V. adopts the family name Windsor after the Royal Family’s place of residence in favour of “House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha” the original German descendance on July 17, 1917.

And one year later, on July 17, 1918 Lenin orders the assassination of Tsar Nicholas II., his wife, their four daughters and the crownprince Alexej in Jekaterinenburg.

On my family tree we meet my 3rd cousin 2x removed Werner Joachim Hans Hermann August FREYTAG.

He was born on July 17, 1912 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as second oldest of five children into the marriage of Richard August Joachim Johann FREYTAG and his wife Berta Wilhelmine Elise née WARNKE. One of my many FREYTAG-WARNKE combinations, I might add ;)

Werner received his christening on August 11, 1912 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. Barely one month before he died on September 9, 1912. His father registered his death with the officials on the same day.

death certificate Werner Freytag

death certificate Werner Freytag

Werner got laid to rest in Diedrichshagen on September 12, 1912.

#52ancestors No. 18 – Richard August Joachim Johannes Freytag

I am slowly catching up with the 52 ancestors challenge from Amy over at www.nostorytoosmall.com


This is my No 18. My 2nd cousin 3x removed Richard August Joachim Johannes FREYTAG.

birth certificate Richard Freytag

birth certificate Richard Freytag


He would celebrate his 130th birthday today. He was born on July 6, 1884 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as oldest son of Joachim Heinrich Claus FREYTAG and his wife Caroline Auguste Elisabeth née KABEN.

Three weeks later, on July 27, 1884 he got christened in the beautiful church of Diedrichshagen.

The same church he got confirmed in on March 26, 1899.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

When I go back home to visit my parents I love to jump in the car and drive the roughly 30 km. There is a small bench on the church cemetary I like to sit on and to think about how my ancestors have been baptised or were married there.

The 1900 census record states him living as a farm labourer living in Diedrichshagen. It is not mentioned, but I guess he was working on his father’s farm.

On February 19, 1909 he married the farmer’s daughter Berta Wilhelmine Elise WARNKE from Kastahn, the neighbour village.

wedding certificate Kaben & Freytag

wedding certificate Warnke & Freytag

The couple had five children born between 1910 and 1915

  • Elisabeth Anna Emma Paula Auguste FREYTAG (* June 18, 1910)
  • Werner Joachim Hans Hermann August FREYTAG (* July 17, 1912)
  • Gertrude Wilhelmine Caroline Henriette FREYTAG (* October 16, 1913)
  • Hertha Dora Johanna FREYTAG (* December 11, 1915)
  • Magda Emma Margarethe FREYTAG (* December 11, 1915)

When you take a closer look at the birth certificate above, you can see a small stamped remark on the bottom of the record. There the registrar noted that Richard died in 1971  in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.