#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 9 – Meyer & Parbs wedding

Monumento a Vittorio Emmanuele

Monumento a Vittorio Emmanuele

January 8, 1878 – following the death of his father Vittorio Emanuele II, his oldest son Umberto I. becomes King of Italy. Today the monument of Vittorio Emanuele II (also known as “Altare della Patria” or “Il Vittorino”) is the ugliest building in Rome.. It does not fit into the city at all.  Well, at least for me ;)

And on January 9, 1960 the construction of the Aswan Dam begins in Egypt.

And on my family tree we celebrate the anniversary of the parents-in-law of my first cousin 4x removed.

Catharina Margaretha Elisabeth MEYER and Heinrich Gottlieb PARBS marry on January 9, 1852 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Catharina was born abt. July 1824 (according to her death certificate) in Sievershagen, in the same parish. Also Heinrich was born in Sievershagen, about December 1824.

Following the wedding Catharina moved to Heinrich onto the family farm, which he inherited after his father’s death in 1863. Between 1852 and 1863 the two had seven children . At least three of them died before their teenage years.

This is the 1867 census form for the family:

census 1867 Parbs

census 1867 Parbs

They have 3 farmhands, 2 maids and a nephew living with them.

Catharina died on May 31, 1877 in Sievershagen, got laid to rest on June 5, 1877 in Diedrichshagen. Heinrich followed her to the other side on November 1, 1878 and got laid to rest on November 5, 1878.

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December 28 – Elisabeth Dorothea Auguste Meyer

On December 28, 1612 Galileo Galilei is the first one to discover the planet Neptun, but he thinks it’s “only” a fixed star.

And we stay in outer space. On December 28, 1904 Alphonse Louis Nicolas Borrelly discovers a comet which is later named in his honour.

On my family tree we meet the mother-in-law of my 2nd cousin 3x removed. Her name is Elisabeth Dorothea Auguste MEYER and is born on December 28, 1860 in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

On July 15, 1881 she married her first husband Heinrich Hans Joachim WULF in Diedrichshagen. Unfortunately, Heinrich died only 1.5 years later in January 1883. Being a young mother of a daughter, Elisabeth doesn’t really have a choice then to remarry.

Her second wedding took place in Diedrichshagen on November 23, 1883 to the fee farmer Wilhelm Heinrich Burkhard Gottlieb KÄHLER from Gostorf.

Elisabeth gave birth to four children in this marriage before she died in Büttlingen on November 15, 1893.

She got laid to rest on November 19, 1893 in Diedrichshagen.

December 20 – Johann Heinrich Meyer

Within the scope of the Louisiana Purchase France hands over New Orleans to the United States of America on December 20, 1803

The Elector of Saxony Friedrich August III. gets proclaimed as king on December 20, 1806 and from that day on he rules the kingdom of Saxony as Friedrich August I.

And on my family December 20, 1889 is the day Johann Heinrich MEYER died in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany of consumption.

death certificate Johann Heinrich Meyer

death certificate Johann Heinrich Meyer



He was the oldest son of Joachim Heinrich MEYER and his wife Catharina Margarethea WULF, being born on March 1, 1817 in Sievershagen.  Upon his fathers death, he inherited the family farm where he later lived with his family.

On January,20, 1854 he married Wilhelmine Maria Elisabeth PARBS in Diedrichshagen. They had one daughter I know of so far, but she was born only in 1860. I guess there have been children before between the wedding and 1860. I just have to find them ;)

Joachim was laid to rest in Diedrichshagen on December 27, 1889.


November 24 – Today in my family tree

And now back on track, here is the actual blogpost for today ;)

November 24, 1963 Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged killer of John F. Kennedy

And on November 24, 1859 Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species”, his theory of evolution.

And on my family tree we celebrate the birth of Emma Wilhelmine Friederike KÄHLER on November 24, 1884 as the oldest of four children from Wilhelm Heinrich Burghard KÄHLER and Elisabeth Dorothea Auguste MEYER in Büttlingen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. Her christening was four days later on November 28, 1884 in Diedrichshagen. In the same church she received her lutheranian confirmation on March 26, 1899.

The 1900 census shows her as a farm domestic in Büttlingen:

1900 census Emma Kähler

1900 census Emma Kähler

On April 21, 1914 she married Ernst Johann Joachim Baumann, a housekeeper from Büttlingen