#52ancestors No. 14 – Elsabe Dorothea Maria Greve

Per royal decree Tsar Alexander I. of Russia proclaims Helsinki as the capital of the new Grandduchy of Finland on April 8, 1812.

And sometimes history repeats itself: On April 8, 1783 does Catherine The Great, Empress of all Russians proclaim the annexion of the Crimean, the Taman Peninsula and the area around the Kuban river by Russia.


On my family tree we stay in my main parish Diedrichshagen, just to give you a short update / reminder which area I am writing about. To the left you see highlighted today’s Bundesland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, of which Mecklenburg-Schwerin has been one part:



Elsabe Dorothea Maria GREVE  was born on April 8, 1817 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She was the youngest child of Joachim Heinrich GREVE and his wife Elsabe Margarethe née DOSE.

In the 1819 census she is called Maria, I will go with her calling name of course.

1819 census Maria Greve

On April 12, 1842 she married Johann Joachim KÖRNER, a farmer and church councilman from Upahl.

I found three children for the couple so far. But take a look at the big gap between child two and three. I am sure there are more.

  • Catharina Maria Elisabeth * March 12, 1843 / + December 22, 1919
  • Wilhelmina Catharina Dorothea * abt. March 1845 / + September 28, 1845
  • Johann Joachim Christian * abt. April 1854 / + December 25, 1856

Maria died on April 2, 1883 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany

death certificate Maria Greve

death certificate Maria Greve

She got laid to rest on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen on April 6, 1883.

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March 22 – Maria Elisabeth Dorothea Kruse

The German Parliament decides to lower the age of majority from 21 to 18 on March 22, 1975.

At the bombardment of Frankfurt am Main on March 22, 1944 the gothic inner city was almost completely destroyed. 1001 people died that day.

Let’s see what we have on my family tree.

Maria Elisabeth Dorothea KRUSE is born on March 22, 1840 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the oldest of four children born into the marriage of the fee farmer Joachim Heinrich KRUSE and his wife Anna Catharina Maria née BAUMANN.

On November 6, 1863 she married the farmer Johann Joachim Heinrich KÖRNER from Upahl in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish.

The 1867 census shows her living with her husband, his parents and his siblings on the KÖRNER family farm in Upahl.

1867 census

1867 census

This is one census form you have to be careful again (for a detailed description on how to read the 1867 census, take a look here):

Lines 1 and 2 are the head of the household (father of Johann) and his wife. Lines 3 and 4 is Johann and Maria. Lines 5, 6, and 7 are siblings of Johann. But take a look at lines 8 and 9. In line 12 where the relationship to the head of the household is stated, both are given as daughters (“Tochter”). From the birthyears I was in doubt from the beginning because it would have meant that both of them were abt. 35 years younger than Johann.

But as you can see from the birthyears from Johann in line 3 and the women stated as wife (“Ehefrau”), she can clearly not be Johann’s mother, she would have been only eleven years old giving birth to him. She must be his stepmother.

So although very rare, it could have been that the two girls in the lines 8 and 9 would have been Johann’s baby sisters.

But it turned out (proven by other records) that those two girls are in truth two of the three children I found so far for Johann and Maria.

Again, I stretch it – read your documents carefully and with common sense

But coming back to Maria.

The 1900 census shows her already being widowed, still living in Upahl.

She died on September 11, 1911 in Upahl and got laid to rest on the chuch cemetary of Diedrichshagen on September 15, 1911.

March 16 – Wilhelm Hans Heinrich Körner

On March 16, 597 BC Jerusalem surrenders to the troops of of the babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II. The Judaic king Jehoiachin gets replaced by his uncle Zedekiah.

And better late than never. On March 16, 1995 the State of Mississippi is the last one ot ratify the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution which abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude. 130 years earlier, in 1865 it still denied the ratification.

I only have sad stories for my family tree for this day.

One is the one of my 2nd cousin 3x removed Wilhelm Hans Heinrich KÖRNER.

He was born on March 16, 1884 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as the first of four sons into the marriage of the farmer Heinrich Christian Wilhelm KÖRNER and his wife Wilhelmine Catharina Maria née BRÜGGEMANN.

Hi received his christening in the church of Diedrichshagen on March 29, 1884

christening Wilhelm Hans Heinrich Körner

christening Wilhelm Hans Heinrich Körner

And you can already see the remark below his name. He got christened just in time before his death one day later – on March 30, 1884.

death entry Wilhelm Hans Heinrich Körner

death entry Wilhelm Hans Heinrich Körner

Wilhelm got laid to rest on April 3, 1884 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen.

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February 15 – Sophia Dorothea Auguste Oldenburg

On February 15, 1794 in the French First Republic the Tricolore gets incorporated as French national flag.

And another new national flag: In an official ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Queen Elizabeth II. presents on February 15, 1965 the Maple Leaf as new official national flag of Canada.

60 years earlier, on February 15, 1905 my 3rd great grand aunt Sophia Dorothea Auguste OLDENBURG died in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Oldenburg Sophia Dorothea Auguste


According to the 1900 census she went by the calling name “Dorothea”, therefore I will use it, too.

Dorothea was born May 17, 1824 in Diedrichshagen as first child into the marriage of Joachim Christian Heinrich OLDENBURG and his wife Christine Dorothea Johanna née SEEMANN.

She married Hans Joachim Heinrich KÖRNER on November 27, 1855 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

The 1867 census shows her living with her husband, two of their children (I found three so far), her mother-in-law and a farmhand on the family farm in Diedrichshagen.

Following her death, Dorothea got laid to rest on February 20, 1905 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen.

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February 5 – Fritz Heinrich August Evert

We go way back in time for our historical events for today.

On February 5, 146 BC. the Third Punic War ends with Carthage being conquered by the Romans.

And 144 years later on February 5, 2 BC. the roman Senate honours Emperor Augustus with the title “pater patriae” (Father of the Fatherland).

Unfortunately, I couldn’t trace my family that far back in time.. so please move roughly 1900 years ahead in time with me ;)

On February 5, 1917 Fritz Heinrich August EVERT died in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. He died of a stroke being just 57 years old. On his death certificate you can see that his day of death was originally wrongly stated with February 4 and corrected afterwards to February 5.

death certificate Fritz Evert

death certificate Fritz Evert


He was born on April 13, 1859 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as the eighth of ten children of Hans Joachim Heinrich EVERT, a cottager and his wife Catharina Maria LEU.

Between 1867 and 1886 he moved to Hamburg, Germany working for the Railway company. On October 8, 1886 he married Helene Elisabeth Maria KÖRNER in his home parish: Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. Also the family of the bride lived there.

While working for the railway company the family moved around a lot.

The following link shows a map following their trace: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zosq8SJnEgTo.kcGYEywfl8K0

Their first child was born 1890 in Hamburg. The next two children I’ve found have been born 1894 and 1895 in Büchen, duchy of Lauenburg, Germany where he got transfered to working for the railway company.

In 1905 when his second son died, the family lived in Hemelingen which is close to Bremen, Germany (abt 200 km west close to the North Sea).

1914 his third son died while the family lived in Berlin, Germany.

Between 1914 and 1917 he retired and returned to his home area, settling down in the next bigger village Grevesmühlen, where he died.

But his dead body got transfered to his home parish where he got laid to rest on February 10, 1917.


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