#52ancestors no. 16 – Christine Dorothea Johanna Seemann

It is time for my next blogpost regarding the 52 ancestors challenge.


For those of you who don’t know this challenge yet, it sounds quite simple:

52 blogposts about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.

But I have to admit, I have a lot of catching up to do, I didn’t blog regularly lately.

One of the few german speaking blogs taking part in this challenge is “A thing is going on” (yes, I know, it’s an English title.. but the rest is German ;))

And since I follow this blog I get all the new posts provided in my wordpress reader. So far all of her ancestors came from the Northwest of Germany compared to mine coming from the Northeast.

But then her blogpost no 21 in this challenge caught my eye.. it was a name I have in my family tree, too: Hedwig Westphal geb. Seemann (1889-1944)

It was the maiden name SEEMANN which was interesting to me. And when I went on reading the post and saw that this Hedwig SEEMANN was born in Bahlen, I got even more interested, because it would have been a real coincidence if there would have been a Bahlen in the Northwest, too.

The Bahlen I know is in the Northeast, in Mecklenburg to be exact. And with the other places that were mentioned in the post I was very sure that it was “my” Bahlen were Hedwig SEEMANN was born in 1889.

There was just a slight problem. The last SEEMANN I had in Bahlen was my 4th great grandmother Christine Dorothea Johanna SEEMANN born in 1797. Which means there was a 100 year gap. To be honest, I didn’t really dared hoping that this gap could be closed.

“How cool is that?”

But sometimes I should just have a bit  more faith. I left a comment telling that I had the name SEEMANN in Bahlen too, but 100 years before. I left the details about my 4th great grandmother and kept my fingers crossed.

And it didn’t take long and I got a reply from Katrin who wrote this post which sounds translated like “How cool is that? I descend from her brother’s line! Do you have the name of her parents’ parents? I would have those.”

What? But she was right, how cool is that? This would mean that Katrin and I are 6th Cousins since our 5th great grandparents were our shared ancestors.

I just love those days!

But let me tell you what I know about my 4th great grandmother Christine Dorothea Johanna SEEMANN.

She was born October 7, 1797 in Bahlen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She received her baptism three days later on October 10, 1797 in Bahlen.

I don’t exactly know yet when she married my 4th great grandfather Joachim Christian Heinrich OLDENBURG but their first know child was born on May 17, 1824 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germay – “my” main parish. I would love to know how the two met, since the villages were roughly 20  miles apart.

I found four children being born between 1824 and 1838. But when I take a look at the gaps I have between them I guess there are more. I “just” have to find them.

Christine died in Diedrichshagen on April 12, 1878 and got laid to rest on the church cemetary on April 16, 1878.

death record Christine Seemann

death record Christine Seemann

And another coincidence: you remember my blog about finding relatives of my father’s cousin?

Christine can be found in the “Ahnenpass” I received from them, too.

And our 5th great grandparents are Katrin’s blogposts no. 23 and 24






April 10 – Auguste Dorothea Nina Warnke

The “Titanic” part of the White Star Fleet sets sail on April 10, 1912 in Southhampton, England on her maiden voyage. She should never reach her destination New York, USA.

The “Statute of Anne” comes into force in Great Britain on April 10, 1710. It is the first law worldwide, regulating copyright.

My 2nd great grand aunt Auguste Dorothea Nina WARNKE was born on April 10, 1866 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She was the fourth of ten children from the farmer and cottager Johann Friedrich Gottlieb WARNKE and his wife Maria Elisabeth Wilhelmine née OLDENBURG.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen


She received her christening on April 22, 1866 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Auguste died of meningitis on December 13, 1875 in her parents’
home – being just 9 years old.

She got laid to rest on the local cemetary on December 18, 1875.

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 13 – Johann Wilhelm Christian Warnke

The “Goddefroy”, the first German ship with emigrants reaches Melbourne, Australia on February 13, 1848. Named after the year of the arrival the “Forty-Eighters” consist of many political refugees following the German revolution in 1848.

On February 13, 1945 the allied troops start their raids on Dresden, the capital of the Bundesland Saxony during World War II. The bombing and the resulting firestorms almost totally destroyed the inner city of Dresden and killed between 22,700 and 25,000 people.

On my family tree we go back to the 19th century. On February 13, 1864 my 2nd great granduncle is born in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

He received his christening on February 28, 1864 in the church of the parish in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

He was born as third of ten children into the marriage of the fee farmer Johann Friedrich Gottlieb WARNKE and his wife Maria Elisabeth Wilhelmine née OLDENBURG.

Unfortunately, just like three of his siblings he died at a very young age.

Johann died of pneumonia on May 14, 1875 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. He got laid to rest on May 19, 1875 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Within 30 months his parents lost four children. How devastating that must have been.




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January 17 – Carl Joachim Heinrich Freytag

We have two new French presidents for this day in history.

On January 17, 1906 Armand Fallières becomes président of France. And seven years later on January 17, 1913 Raymond Poincaré gets elected as his successor.

The event for this day in my family tree is the death of my 3rd great grandfather Carl Joachim Heinrich FREYTAG on January 17, 1902 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

death certificate Carl Joachim Heinrich Freytag

death certificate Carl Joachim Heinrich Freytag

He was born on August 11, 1824 as second oldest son of Johann Heinrich Christian FREYTAG, a farmer from Diedrichshagen, and his wife Catharina Maria OLDENBURG.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen


In this beautiful church he not only received his christening on August 12, 1824 and got confirmed in 1839 but he also got married there to my 3rd great grandmother Margaretha Dorothea Maria KESSIN on November 3, 1848.

The couple had five children, two sons, two daughters and one stilborn son, who was their first child.

The 1867 census of Mecklenburg-Schwerin shows the family living with 3 helping hands on their farm in Diedrichshagen.

1867 census

1867 census

He got laid to rest on the Diedrichshagen cemetary on Januar 22, 1902

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