#52ancestors 2015 No. 2 – oh just where is my connection to a King??

This week’s theme for the 52 ancestors challenge of Amy Crow over at “No story too small” was a tough one for me. It is “King”.

Well, were is just my connection to a King? I tried the German word for King: König – but no, I don’t have that name in my tree. The King’s birthday (of course Elvis, the one and only) was on January 8. It is my aunt’s birthday and I think my Dad is the biggest fan ever. But I know neither one of them would love to see their story in my blog.

But then of course there is another “one and only” King of whom I am the biggest fan ;)

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop was born on August 29, 1958 – So, I checked for that date. What do I find in my family tree for August 29?

My 2nd great grand uncle was born in Schlutup, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on August 29, 1824 at 3 in the morning. Schlutup belongs today to the Hanseatic city of Lübeck where my family still lives.

Hans Hinrich BADE was born as an illegitimate child to my 3rd great grandmother Lucie BADE and Jürgen Hinrich FASKUHL. Five years later, Lucie would marry my 3rd great grandfather Hans KRANZ. Which technically makes Hans Bade my “half” 2nd great granduncle.

Hans was baptized on September 1, 1824 in St. Andreas, the beautiful church of Schlutup.

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His godparents were his grandfather Hans BADE, Carsten VOGT of which I guess he was related to Lucie’s mother Magdalene Geesch VOGT and Engel Catharina BADE. While researching in Schlutup it didn’t make it easier, that there are several BADE lines in the village. All of them were fishermen and all of them were somehow related ;)

The next sign I found from Hans was the census 1862, which states him still living in Schlutup.

But I didn’t find any confirmation record, wedding or death entry for him.

Okay, that was my connection to a King – I admit, very far–fetched ;)

April 9 – Helene Anna Elise Ohrt

The United States Senate ratifies the treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska on April 9, 1867 (a.k.a. Alaska Purchase) – the ratification passed by a single vote.

And over 450 years before, on April 9, 1413 Henry V.is crowned King of England.

And going 460 years into the future again, we meet my great grand aunt Helen Anne Elise OHRT who was born on April 9, 1873 in Schlutup, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Helene is the second youngest of six children of the day labourer Joachim Heinrich OHRT and his wife Elisabeth Maria née KRANZ.

She had four older siblings and one younger sister, which was my great grandmother:

  • Margaretha Catharina Dorothea (born 1862)
  • Lucia Catharina Maria (born 1867)
  • stillborn sister (born / died 1869)
  • Heinrich Fritz Christian (born 1870)
  • Emma Catharina (born 1877)

She received her christening in St. Andrew’s (St. Andreas) church of Schlutup on April 12, 1873.

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Lbeck Germany Census 1880

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April 7 – Peter Iben Friedrich Kranz

The French discoverer Robert Cavalier de La Salle is the first European to reach the mouth of the Mississippi river on April 7, 1682.

And we stay with the French ;) The waiter Maxime Gaillard opens the today’s famous Restaurant Maxime’s in Paris today in 1893.

And I just have a short blogpost for today.

My 2nd cousin 3x removed Peter Iben Friedrich KRANZ was born on April 7, 1870 in Schlutup (today part of Lübeck), Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. His father registered his birth two days later with the authorities.

He was the only son I could find so far for the fisherman Hans Jürgen KRANZ and his wife Anna Dorothe née STEFFEN.

Unfortunately, Peter didn’t live a long and healthy life. He died being three months old on June 16, 1870 at 7pm in his parents’ home.



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February 20 – Hopp & Kranz wedding

The merchants Hermann Henrich Meier and Eduard Crüsemann found the shipping company “Norddeutscher Lloyd” on February 20, 1857 in Bremen. Next to the Hamburg shipping company HAPAG (with which it merges in 1970 to be named Hapag-Lloyd) it was one of the most important of its kind worldwide. Already in 1858 Lloyd starts a regular transatlantic line from Bremen to New York. If your ancestors emigrated from Bremen, they definetly used a Lloyd vessel.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opens its doors on February 20, 1872.

On February 20, 1829 my 3rd great grand uncle Claus KRANZ, a fisherman from Schlutup, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (today part of Lübeck) married his bride Elisabeth Wilhelmine Henrica HOPP, a bricklayer’s daughter from Schlutup.

One problem with my research in Schlutup: almost every second male member of the KRANZ family is named Claus or Hinrich or Claus Hinrich.

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They married in the beautiful church of St. Andrews.
It is the same church Claus received his christening on April 22, 1798. His baptism entry in the local church book didn’t contain any information on his birth. For the church the sacrament of the baptism was the important detail, not the birth itself.
Claus was the oldest son of the fisherman Hans KRANZ and his wife Magdalena Geesche BUMANN.
Elisabeth got baptized there on August 11, 1805 – being born on July 26, 1805. She and her twin brother have been the firstborn children of the bricklayer Henning Leonhard HOPP and his wife Sophia Magdalena Christina née ZIMMERMANN.
The couple had three children I know of so far:
  • Hans Jürgen Kranz * 1833
  • Margarethe Elisabeth Kranz * 1835
  • Claus Hinrich Kranz * 1839

In the 1875 census Elisabeth is stated as widow, living with her oldes son and his family. I didn’t find an exact death date for Claus yet.
Elisabeth died in Schlutup on December 31, 1876

February 6 – Magdalena Christiana Kranz

Two days before the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi we have two other Olympic Events:

  • on February 6, 1936 the Nordic Combined champion and future designer Willy Bogner speaks the Olympic oath for the athletes in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Since then the Skiteam wears traditionally Bogner outfits
  • on Februar 6, 1968 the skier Léo Lacroix is the one giving the oath for the athletes at the Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. It was the first time that two seperated German teams represented the two German countries

On my family tree my first cousin 4x removed Magdalena Christiana KRANZ is born in Schlutup, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

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She received her baptism on February 16, 1834 in St. Andreas church of Schlutup




Magdalena was one of two children I have found for the fisherman Hinrich KRANZ and his wife Anna Elisabeth BADE.

Unfortunately, Schlutup didn’t belong to Lübeck yet for the census of 1845. And the census 1851 shows her not living with the family anymore.

Which means, her baptism record is really the last trace I have of her.

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