Heinrich Christian Theodor Tretow – Father of Eight

Going through my family tree for today, it was the brother-in-law of my 1st cousin 5x removed who caught my eye.

Heinrich Christian Theodor TRETOW was born in in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany on September 1840 as the youngest son of Johann Joachim TRETOW and Sophia KOTH.

According to the census records of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, he still lived with his parents, his older sister and brother in 1867.

The next information I have on him is the birth of his first child in 1872. I don’t know when exactly he married Christina Sophia Carolina Pauls but I have eight children for the two of them in my family tree.

  • Ida Sophia Maria (born August 22, 1872 and died October 6, 1872)
  • Hermann Carl Friedrich (born August 12, 1873 and died May 28, 1950)
  • Anna Johanna Wilhelmine (born January 17, 1876 and died April 6, 1958)
  • Elise Dorothea Caroline (born June 7, 1878)
  • Ernst Theodor Hans (born December 18, 1880)
  • Wilhelm Hans Johann (born April 8, 1883)
  • Emma Frieda Carolina Ernestine (born October 21, 1887 and died December 30, 1890)
  • Franz Heinrich Hans (born April 6, 1891)

Below you see the census record for 1900 for Heinrich, Sophie and five of their children. Ida and Emma died before this census was taken. Ernst is missing in this record. He is serving as a dragoon in Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.


Heinrich died on September 6, 1908 in Kastahn and got laid to rest on September 9, 1908 in Diedrichshagen.

churchbook entry death / funeral

churchbook entry death / funeral

December 7 – Sophia Catharina Warnke

Happy Birthday Delaware!!

On December 7, 1787 Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

And a big an moving day in German-Polish history. On December 7, 1970 the Treaty of Warsaw was signed by the German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his polish counterpart, the Prime Minister Józef Cyrankiewicz at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, accepting the Oder-Neiße-line as existing German-Polish border. It is the basis of the normalization for the relationship between Germany and Poland following WWII.

On the same day, Willy Brandt got down to his knees in front of the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This gesture’s today known as “Warschauer Kniefall“.

On my family tree we meet my 3rd great grand aunt Sophia Catharina WARNKE who was born on December 7, 1835 in Kastahn, Grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the seventh of ten children of my 4th great grandparents Gottlieb Heinrich Christian WARNKE, a farmer in Kastahn and his wife Catharina Dorothea née QUALMANN.

She received her baptism on December 9, 1835 in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish. At the same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on March 24, 1850.

Unfortunately, she died very young, working as a housekeeper in her home village. At the age of 25 she suffered a hemoptysis.

She died on November 19, 1861 in Kastahn and got laid to rest on November 25, 1861 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen.


#52ancestors No. 20 – Elise Maria Rudolfine Koop

52ancestorsIt is time for my next ancestors in the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge.

Meet Elise Maria Rudolfine KOOP, the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle. Which technically makes her my 2nd great grand aunt ;)

Elise was born on August 11, 1883 (Happy Birthday, Auntie ;)) in Upahl in the parish of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Here you can see her baptism record:

baptism record Elise Koop

baptism record Elise Koop

She was the middle child of in total five children born into the marriage of the brick layer Hans Joachim Friedrich Koop and his wife Wilhelmine Louise Henriette née KRUSE.

As you can from the record see she was baptized on August 19, 1883 in the church of Diedrichshagen.

In the same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on April 3, 1898. The record below is the according church record (highlighted in blue) – her father is stated as deceased.

confirmation Elise Koop

confirmation Elise Koop

On January 8, 1904 she married the worker August Heinrich Johann WARNKE from Kastahn, a village in the same parish.

wedding record Elise Koop & August Warnke

wedding record Elise Koop & August Warnke

As you can see, her day of baptism is given as birthday in the wedding record. As this is a secondary record always watch out for the primary record to verify a data you’ve found.

The couple had nine children born between 1904 and 1919:

  • Werner Johann Hermann Christian, * March 26, 1904
  • Paul Friedrich Wilhelm, * June 22, 1905
  • Hans Hermann Richard Wilhelm, * July 1, 1907
  • Bernhard Hans Wilhelm, * July 19, 1908
  • Amy Dorothea Sophia, * September 17, 1909
  • Mathilde Bertha Dora, * October 20, 1910
  • Lisbeth Hertha Johanna, * April 21, 1913
  • Richard Ludwig Martin, * August 22, 1915
  • Olga Minna Emma, * October 3, 1919

This is the 1919 census record for the family:

census 1919

census 1919

Elise died on December 22, 1953 in Upahl and got laid to rest on the cemetary of Diedrichshagen where I found her gravestone:

gravestone Warnke & Koop

gravestone Warnke & Koop


August 9 – Paula Olga Anna Püstow

This blog is a “today in my family tree” meets “cousin bait”…

On August 9, 1792 Louis XIV. gets crowned as King of Bohemia.

And almost 100 years later, on August 9, 1890 does England transfer the island of Helgoland under German administration.

And additional two years later, we celebrate the birthday of Paula Olga Anna PÜSTOW.

She was born on August 9, 1892 in Kastahn in the parish of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She was the second oldest of four children (two girls and two boys) born into the marriage of the fee farmer Wilhelm Joachim Heinrich Theodor PÜSTOW and his wife Margarethe Henriette Magdalene née Ehlers.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

She received her christening in the church of Diedrichshagen on September 4, 1892.

The same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on March 24, 1907.

And so far that is the last trace I have of her. That’s why I call on every PÜSTOW out there… any connections to Diedrichshagen?



August 1 – Maria Wilhelmine Elisabeth Lenschow

With the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 from Augst 1, 1834 does Great Britain prohibit the slavery in the full British Empire.

And August 1, 1944 marks the last entry in the diary of Anne Frank.

On my family tree we move back to the parish of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Maria Wilhelmine Elisabeth LENSCHOW was born on August 1, 1864 in Sievershagen in the parish. She was the oldest daughter of the tailor Hans Friedrich LENSCHOW and his wife Maria Christine Magdalene née WINKELMANN.

So far I only know of one younger sister of her, but she was born five years later. And looking at the birth rate in those times, I am sure there are more siblings to be found.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen


On April 6, 1879 she got confirmed into the lutheran religion in the church of Diedrichshagen. The same church she married the bricklayer Wilhelm Johann Heinrich LENSCHOW from Kastahn in – on January 26, 1886.

marriage certificate Lenschow & Lenschow

marriage certificate Lenschow & Lenschow

Also for Maria and Wilhelm I found only two children so far, but also years apart:

  • Frieda Maria Emma, born March 4, 1886
  • stillborn daughter, born February 9, 1894

Maria died one day after giving birth to the stillborn daughter on February 10, 1894 in Sievershagen and got laid to rest on the cemetary of Diedrichshagen on February 14, 1894.