September 1 – Marcus Heinrich KRUSE

Looking on my family tree for today, we meet Marcus Heinrich KRUSE, a cottager and day laborer from the grandduchy Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

He was born on September 1, 1778 in Botelsdorf as the son of Hans Joachim KRUSE and Catharina Magdalena née PARBS.

I didn’t find out yet when he married Magdalene Elisabeth RUNGE but between 1806 and 1818 I have four children documented for them, which were all born in Botelsdorf:

  • Johann Heinrich (born abt. December 1806 / died January 16, 1869)
  • Hans Heinrich (born abt. August 1809 / died February 16, 1853)
  • Joachim (born February 2, 1814)
  • Katharina Elisabeth (born abt. January 1818 / died December 6, 1907)

The 1819 census of Mecklenburg-Schwerin shows the family still living in Botelsdorf.

When his daughter Katharina married in 1843, he was stated as cottager living in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Marcus died on November 16, 1851 of gout in Sievershagen and got laid to rest on November 21, 1851 in Diedrichshagen.

February 11 – Anna Katharina Margarethe Frahm

The history facts for today

  • a French Army lead by Napoleon Bonaparte defeats a Prussian-Russian alliance in the Battle of Montmirail on February 11, 1814
  • on February 11, 1945 the last day of the conference of Jalta Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin sign a declaration which determins the reorganisation of Europe. A main decision: Germany gets divided into 4 occupation zones (British, French, US and Soviet)

And on my family tree we meet my first cousin 5x removed.

Anna Katharina Margarethe FRAHM died on February 11, 1894 in Boienhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. According to census records she was called with her middle name Margarethe (or Margaretha, that differs).

Her son-in-law registered her death with the officials in Schildberg one day later:

death certificate Anna Frahm

death certificate Anna Frahm

She was born as third of four children into the marriage of the farmer Joachim Heinrich FRAHM and his wife Margaretha Elisabeth née PARBS on March 31, 1827 in Boienhagen.

She married Christian Karl Heinrich HAGEDORN on December 22 1854 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany – six days after she gave birth to their first child.

Between 1854 and 1868 the couple had five more children. In total four daughters and two sons.

The 1867 census shows Margaretha (row 4) and her husband Christian (row 3) living with 3 of  their children (rows 5-7) on his parent’s (rows 1-2) farm, which he as oldest son would inherit from his father.

census 1867

census 1867

Margaretha got laid to rest in Diedrichshagen on February 17, 1894


  •, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, Census, 1867 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations Inc, 2006),
  •, Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2013),

January 21 – Maria Magdalena Johanna Dose

Today is National Hug Day!! So feel yourself virtually hugged ;)

The Dutch Sailor Abel Tasman discovers the island Tonga in the South Pacific on January 21, 1643.

And we go on with discoveries. On this day in the year 1788 does Arthur Philipps, commander of the First Fleet with british prisoners on board to found the first penal colony, discover Manly Bay. Like most discoveries out of coincidence. He planned to settle in Botany Bay but went further North due to lack of sweetwater. This would become the first European settlement in Australia.

On my family tree I would like to introduce you to Maria Magdalena Johanna DOSE, a farmer’s daughter born on January 21, 1882 in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She is the third of eight children of Carl Johann Joachim Heinrich DOSE and his wife Maria Sophia Elisabeth  née PARBS.

She received her christening in Diedrichshagen (take a look at the map here if you are interested) on February 5, 1882.

baptism entry

baptism entry

In the same church she gets confirmed on March 29, 1896

I have found her census entry for Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1900 in Bernstorf in the county of Grevesmühlen.

And that is the last trace I have of her. Any DOSE descendants out there?




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January 19 – Johann David Ernst Frahm

Georgia is the fifth state to leave the United States of America on January 19, 1861. Two weeks later, Georgia will be one of the founding states of the “Confederate States of America“.

The last Volkswagen Beetle (“VW Käfer) produced in Europe leaves the factory in Emden on January 19, 1978.

On my family tree we meet my first cousin 5x removed Johann David Ernst FRAHM, a fee farmer from Boienhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. Today is the anniversary of his death on January 19, 1896 in Boienhagen.

His son Johann (one of his six sons) registered his death with the officials one day later.

death certificate Johann David Ernst Frahm

death certificate Johann David Ernst Frahm

Johann was born on July 20, 1819 in Boienhagen as the oldest child of the fee farmer Joachim Heinrich FRAHM and his wife Margarethe Elisabeth PARBS.

The 1819 census of Mecklenburg-Schwerin shows him and his parents in the rows 52-54

1819 census

1819 census

On February 9, 1855 he married Maria Dorothea Anna TRETOW from the neighbour village Kastahn. Between 1856 and 1872 the couple had 10 children, six sons and four daughters.

Four days following his death he got laid to rest in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish on January 23, 1896.


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January 10 – Wilhelm Johann Heinrich Parbs

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, an Admiral in Russian service, discovers on January 10, 1821 an island in the South Polar Ocean and names it in honour of Tsar Peter the GreatPeter I island“.

During the Battle of Stalingrad the Russian Red Army starts a major offensive, which will lead to the annihiliation of the closed in German 6th Army.

On my family tree we mourn the death of the brother-in-law of my first cousin 4 times removed.

Wilhelm Johann Heinrich Parbs died January 10, 1866 in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany of tuberculosis. He was the second oldest son of Heinrich Gottlieb Parbs and Catharina Margaretha Elisabeth Meyer. I told you about them in my yesterday’s blog.

Wilhelm only got 12 years old, he was born abt. September 1853.

He got laid to rest in Diedrichshagen on January 15, 1866.



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