#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.

#52ancestors No. 20 – Heinrich Andreas Joachim Warnke

After a couple of weeks it is time for my next ancestor in the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge of Amy Crow over at www.nostorytoosmall.com


Heinrich Andreas Joachim WARNKE is the husband of my 2nd cousin 4x removed Dorothea Maria Henriette HAGEDORN.

Heinrich was born on December 19, 1871 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen


He was baptized in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish on December 26, 1871.

The same church he got confirmed into the lutheran religion 15 years later on April 18, 1886.

It is also the same church he married Dorothea on October 23, 1896.

Below you find their marriage certificate. He is stated working as a cooper.

marriage certificate Warnke & Hagedorn

marriage certificate Warnke & Hagedorn

And you see those notes on the side? Those are my sources for the dates of death for Heinrich and Dorothea.

But going chronologically ;)

Heinrich and Dorothea had four children.

  • Hermann Wilhelm Heinrich * October 6, 1897
  • Anna Dorothea Christine Elisabeth * March 11, 1899
  • Frieda Maria Henriette * April 2, 1901
  • stillborn daughter * March 22, 1905

Also in the census of 1900, he is stated as a cooper living in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

The 1919 census shows him living with his wife, parents, Anna and Frieda in Upahl.

1919 census Heinrich Warnke

1919 census Heinrich Warnke

And now we come to the side note .. ;)

Heinrich died on November 25, 1955 in Diedrichshagen, German Democratic Republic.

June 28 – Hagedorn & Frohrieb wedding

June 28, 1914 – The day that changed the world. It was a nice summer day in Sarajevo, Bosnia. And Gavrilo Princip was just 19 years old when he became a murderer. In the late morning hours of that day he killed the Archduke and heir to the throne of Austria and Hungary, Franz Ferdinand and his wife Archduchess Sophia with two shots. The first one hits Sophia and slashes a main vein in her belly. The second shot hits Franz Ferdinand and tears his cervical artery. They were both dead within minutes.

The day that changed the world..

And on June 28, 1635 the caribbean island Guadeloupe becomes a French colony.

I picked a happy event from my family tree to try to compensate for this day at least a bit.

We celebrate the 110th wedding day of Bertha Maria Anna HAGEDORN and Karl Franz Ernst FROHRIEB who married on June 28, 1904 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

wedding certificate Frohrieb & Hagedorn

wedding certificate Frohrieb & Hagedorn

Bertha was born on April 20, 1877 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the third of seven children (sadly, 2 of them were stillborns) of Johann Heinrich HAGEDORN and his wife Luise Dorothea Maria née MEYER.

She received her baptism in the church of Diedrichshagen on April 29, 1877. The same church in which she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on March 22, 1891,

The 1900 census records shows her living in Grevesmühlen, the next bigger town, working as a house maid.

Following her wedding in 1904 she moved with her husband to Crivitz in the same grandduchy where he worked as a gardener. I couldn’t really find out why, since he was born in the area in Gadebusch on October 8, 1878, but I couldn’t find any trace to Crivitz before. Not his parents and not him.

I didn’t find a death certificate for Karl yet but Bertha died on February 16, 1952 in Rostock, Mecklenburg, Germany.


April 28 – Otto Hans Heinrich Schwarz

Today 225 years ago Fletcher Christian started the mutiny on the “Bounty” against his commanding lieutenant William Bligh. The Bounty sets sail to Tonga while William Bligh with some loyal officers are set adrift. They reach Tofua on the same day.

With the death of this father Fuad I. the 16 years old Faruq becomes King of Egypt on April 28, 1936.

And on my family tree I only have one event for today.

My 3rd cousin 3x removed Otto Hans Heinrich SCHWARZ is born on April 28, 1894 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin ,Germany.

He is the youngest son and the second youngest of ten children of the farmer and cottager Heinrich Carl August SCHWARZ and his wife Elisabeth Maria Henriette née HAGEDORN.

Otto received his christening on May 27, 1894 in the local church of Diedrichshagen.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

The same church he got confirmed in on April 24, 1909.
The 1919 census shows him living with his parents on the family farm in Diedrichshagen. Together with four farm hands and two Russian prisoners of war.
Two of his sisters still living with the family were not present at the time of the census. They are listed in the lower section.
1919 census Schwarz family

1919 census Schwarz family






And that is the last trace I have of him so far.
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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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