August 13 – Otto Wilhelm August Lenschow

confirmation Otto Lenschow

confirmation Otto Lenschow

August 13, 1961 – During the nighthours East Germany begins to block streets and traintracks leading from East- to Westberlin. This marks the beginning of building the Berlin Wall. It should come down just 38 years later in 1989.

And one of the most beautiful movies premieres on this day in 1942 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City: Walt Disney’s Bambi!

And my event for today is an easy one since I only have one for August 13 in my family tree. You read correctly. Over 1500 individuals in it and just one single event for today.

On August 13, 1893 Otto Wilhelm August LENSCHOW is born in Sievershagen, Grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

He was the oldest son of Katharina Maria Elisabeth LENSCHOW. His father is not mentioned on any of the records I could find for him.

But in 1895 his mother married Wilhelm Johann Heinrich LENSCHOW (yes, they both have the same last names) a brick layer from the same village and gave birth to three more children. I wonder if Wilhelm is also Ottos father – just a wild guess, though!

The 1900 census states him as “son” living in Sievershagen. Naturally I would say, since he was just seven years old.

On April 12, 1908 he got confirmed into the lutheran religion in the church of Diedrichshagen. And also in that record, only his mother is  mentioned.

confirmation Otto Lenschow

confirmation Otto Lenschow

And that is the last thing I know about him.

Anyone researching the name Lenschow in Mecklenburg-Schwerin?



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.




June 29 – Dorothea Louise Christiane Lenschow

Happy Birthday Go-Mizunoo, 108th Emperor of Japan, born June 29, 1596!

And happy Birthday Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, best known as the author of “The Little Prince“, born on June 29, 1900!

I chose two birthdays as historical dates for today since I have a sad event on my family tree for this day.

We mourn the death of Dorothea Louise Christiane LENSCHOW who died on June 29, 1916 in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

death certificate Dorothea Louise Christiane Lenschow

death certificate Dorothea Louise Christiane Lenschow

Dorothea was born on August 25, 1855 as second of (so far) three known children of Johann Heinrich LENSCHOW, a farmer in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany and his wife Katharina Elisabeth née KRUSE.

On June 22, 1883 Dorothea married Hans Heinrich Christian BAUMANN, a tailor from Groß Pravtshagen, now living in Wotenitz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany – a widow with one daughter just six months old.

So far I didn’t find any children for Dorothea and Hans, but I am sure it is just a matter of time.




#52Ancestors No. 13 – Leppin & Lenschow wedding

Don’t worry, although it’s April Fools’ Day today, I won’t fool you. This year was the first year I haven’t been fooled myself. Not that my colleagues and friends didn’t try.. ;) But for once I didn’t fall for the trap.

This is the 13th part of the 52 Ancestors challenge of Amy Crow at “No story too small”.


This week we have a wedding anniversary to celebrate.

Happy Anniversary to Dorothea Maria Elisabeth LEPPIN and Hans Jacob LENSCHOW. They married on April 1, 1864 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Dorothea was born on November 20, 1836 to the cottager from Hamberge, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany Hans Heinrich LEPPIN. Her mother is unknown to me so far.

Hans Jacob LENSCHOW was born on January 21, 1822 in Wölschendorf, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as third son to Hans LENSCHOW and his wife Engel Elisabeth née MÖLLER.

For Hans it was his second marriage. On May 14, 1852 he married his first wife Sophia Dorothea MEYER who died shortly after giving birth to her fourth child on October 26, 1863.

His first wife Sophia came from Sievershagen within “my” parish Diedrichshagen. But following their wedding, Hans and Sophia moved to the neighbour village Kastahn.

That’s where he met his second wife Dorothea after Sophia’s death. Having to take care of four children, one of them a newborn baby, he just HAD to marry again.

Dorothea and Hans had two more children I know of so far:

  • Dorothea Sophia Maria born May 29, 1865 and
  • Franz Heinrich Hans born August 4, 1869

Hans died on September 11, 1881 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. I assume that Dorothea was still alive at that point, although his son named “Hans” registered the death.

death record Hans Jacob Lenschow

death record Hans Jacob Lenschow

Why my assumption? Because Hans (the father) is stated as “verheiratet mit der Dorothea geb. Leppin” (married with the Dorothea née Leppin). In other records where the spouse had been deceased the other spouse had been declared as “widow” or “widower”.

Hans has been laid to rest on September 16, 1881 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen.


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January 31 – Paul Friedrich Heinrich Karl Lenschow

The first month of the new year is almost over already. Isn’t it amazing how time seems to fly?

The London Lock Hospital opens its doors on January 31, 1747. It was the first venereal disease clinic developed for the treatment of syphillis.

Friedrich II. of Prussia (also known as Friedrich the Great or “the old Fritz”) constitutes the province Westprussia via decree on January 21, 1773.

January 31, 1896 is the birthday of Paul Friedrich Heinrich Karl LENSCHOW. He was the firstborn child of the cottager and grocer Wilhelm Johann Heinrich LENSCHOW and his wife Katharina Maria Elisabeth née LENSCHOW, living in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Paul received his christening on February 16, 1896 in the lutheran church of Diedrichshagen, in the same parish. In the same church he got confirmed on March 20, 1910.

And that is the last trace I’ve found of him. I wonder, if there are Lenschow descendants out there?


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