April 17 – Catharina Dorothea Elisabeth Schaper

The Treaty of Shimonoseki from April 17, 1895 terminates the First Sino-Japanese War. Signed by Ito Hirobumi for the Empire of Japan and Li Hongzhang for Qing Empire in the Japanese harbour town Shimonoseki it is today known as an unequal treaty – due to the onesided burden for the Qing Empire.

The first World’s Fair is opened on April 17, 1958 in Brussels, Belgium. Til today the Atomium which was built for this Fair is a landmark for the city.

Let me introduce you to my 2nd great grand aunt Catharina Dorothea Elisabeth SCHAPER who was born on April 17, 1856 in Mustin, Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

She was the youngest daughter, the youngest of eight children of my 3rd great grandparents Johann Joachim Heinrich SCHAPER, a farmer from Mustin and his wife Catharina Maria Sophia née HAGEN.

She received her christening in the church of Mustin on April 23, 1856.

church Mustin

church Mustin

So far, I don’t know anything else of her.



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April 6 – Catharina Maria Isernhagen

In the Battle of Thapsus Caesar defeats the followers of the Roman Senate lead by Cato on this day in 46 BC.

And today in 1994 was the first day of the Rwandan Genocide. It all started when the aircraft carrying the Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and the Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Genocide lasted for approximately 100 days to mid-July 1994. An estimated number or 500,000 – 1,000,000 Rwandans (mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutu) got killed. As much as 20% of the overall Rwandan population and up to 70% of the Tutsi living in Rwanda.

It is hard to come back to my family tree following an excursus like this, but that what this blog is about.

My fourth great grandmother Catharina Maria ISERNHAGEN died today in 1849 in Mustin, Duchy of Sachsen-Lauenburg, Germany.

She was born on March 13, 1771 in the same village. Three days later she received her christening in the partially wooden church of Mustin.

church Mustin

church Mustin

She married Johann Friedrich HAGEN sometimes before 1810. That is when their first son was born. I found the following children for the couple:

  • Jochen Friedrich Christian Gottlieb HAGEN (November 10, 1810 – January 6, 1811)
  • Catharina Elisabeth Dorothea HAGEN (March 13, 1812 – March 17, 1886
  • Catharina Maria Sophia HAGEN (May 7, 1815 – 1887) – my 3rd great grandmother

You can see that the surviving children grew to reach a very high age for that time.

Catharina got laid to rest on the cemetary of Mustin on April 10, 1849.

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March 17 – Catharina Elisabeth Dorothea Hagen

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

The Dalai Lama Tendzin Gyatsho seeks refuge in India on March 17, 1959 following the failure of the uprising of the Tibetanians vs. their Chinese occupying forces.

Wilhelm von Opel and his brother Friedrich Opel sell the majority of the shares of their car manufacturer Opel to the US company General Motors on March 17, 1929.

And on my family tree we finally move out of the parish of Diedrichshagen again. We go westwards to the parish of Mustin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

That’s where my 3rd great grand aunt Catharina Elisabeth Dorothea HAGEN died on March 17, 1886. She was the middle child of the shepherd Johann Friedrich HAGEN and his wife Catharina Maria née ISENHAGEN.

church Mustin

church Mustin


Catharina was born on March 13, 1812 in Mustin. And she received her christening on March19, 1812 in this beautiful church in Mustin.



So far I didn’t find a husband or children for her.

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January 25 – Jochen Ludewig Carl Schaper

The English King Henry VIII. marries his second wife Anne Boleyn on January 24, 1533 although the Pope didn’t confirm the divorce form his first wife Catherine of Aragón yet.

And another royal wedding: In the presence of eight Kings and Queens are the English King Edward II. and Isabelle de France getting betrothed in the Cathedral of Bologne-sur-Mer on January 24, 1308.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a wedding for today in my family tree to follow the series.

So, we celebrate a “plain” birthday ;)

My 2nd great grand uncle Jochen Ludewig Carl SCHAPER was born on January 24, 1840 in Mustin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany as the first of eight children of the day laborer Johann Joachim Heinrich SCHAPER and his wife Catharina Maria Sophia née HAGEN. Actually both he and his next younger brother have been born with the stigma “illegitimate” until their parents married in 1842.

For the topic of illegitimate children, please also see the related post #52ancestors no. 4

He received his christening on February 2, 1840 in Mustin.

But the poor little boy died just one year later on March 24, 1841 in the house of his paternal grandfather, the day laborer Heinrich SCHAPER.

The churchbook entry for this funeral states as cause of death a chest sickness. Which could have been anything from asthma to cramps.

church Mustin

church Mustin

Jochen got laid to rest on March 26, 1841 in Mustin.

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December 15 – Today in my family tree

December 15, 1964 – Canada gets its Maple Leaf as National Flag.

On December 15, 1949 The Federal Republic of Germany (a.k.a. West Germany) joins the Marshallplan.

And I only have a short entry from my family tree today.

On December 15, 1846 my 2nd great grand aunt Catharina Maria Henriette SCHAPER is born in Mustin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She is the second youngest of eight children of the day labourer Johann Joachim Heinrich SCHAPER and his wife Catharina Maria Sophia HAGEN.

She received her christening on December 26, 1846 in this beautiful partly wooden church (even today) in Mustin:

church Mustin

church Mustin

And this is all I have for her so far. And my to-do-list is growing constantly since I started this “today in my family tree” section :)