#52ancestors No. 12 – same year, different places

52ancestors-2015The challenge of week no. 12 is “Same”. I thought a bit how to approach this motto. At the end I decided to introduce you to two women who were born in the same year: 1786

My fourth great grandmother Catharina Dorothea DAEHN, born 1786. I cannot yet prove exactly when. I only have her age from her death entry.

On November 3, 1811 she married the day laborer Franz Joachim Hinrich Christian SCHAPER in Mustin, grandduchy of Sachsen-Lauenburg (today on the territory of Schleswig-Holstein), Germany. The couple had seven children I know of:

  1. Hans Joachim Hinrich 1812-1812
  2. Johann Joachim Heinrich 1814
  3. Anna Catharina Elisabeth 1816
  4. Franz Joachim Hinrich 1818
  5. Anna Catharina Dorothea 1820-1846
  6. Johann Jacob Hinrich 1823-1882
  7. Johann Heinrich Friedrich 1826-1854

Following a stroke, Catharina died on April 15, 1847 in Mustin and got laid to rest on the church cemetary on April 19, 1847

And then there is my 3rd great grandaunt Kathrin Magdalena ORTH, of whom I don’t know that much. She was born on January 11, 1786 in Mönkhagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany as fifth of eight children into the marriage of the day laborer Hans Hinrich Christopher OHRT (yes, the spelling is different from entry to entry) and Ann Malen JÄGERS.

She received her christening on January 15, 1786 in Zarpen, the main village of the parish.

And that is the last trace I have of her.

April 17 – Catharina Dorothea Elisabeth Schaper

The Treaty of Shimonoseki from April 17, 1895 terminates the First Sino-Japanese War. Signed by Ito Hirobumi for the Empire of Japan and Li Hongzhang for Qing Empire in the Japanese harbour town Shimonoseki it is today known as an unequal treaty – due to the onesided burden for the Qing Empire.

The first World’s Fair is opened on April 17, 1958 in Brussels, Belgium. Til today the Atomium which was built for this Fair is a landmark for the city.

Let me introduce you to my 2nd great grand aunt Catharina Dorothea Elisabeth SCHAPER who was born on April 17, 1856 in Mustin, Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

She was the youngest daughter, the youngest of eight children of my 3rd great grandparents Johann Joachim Heinrich SCHAPER, a farmer from Mustin and his wife Catharina Maria Sophia née HAGEN.

She received her christening in the church of Mustin on April 23, 1856.

church Mustin

church Mustin

So far, I don’t know anything else of her.



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March 23 – Maria Dorothea Henriette Schaper

Great Britain signs a peace treaty with the South African Republic on March 23, 1881 which ends the First Boer War.

And on this day in 1919 the does Karl I.,  the last monarch leave Austria-Hungary for his exile in Switzerland. Before crossing the border, he declared his resignation from any right of ruling the country. This resignation will be later the cause for the Habsburg Law.

On my family tree we mourn the death of my first cousin 4x removed Maria Dorothea Henriette SCHAPER on March 23 1845 in Naschow, parish of Mustin, duchy of Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany (take a look at the map here).

The cause of her death is just stated with “attack” in her death entry.

Maria was born on November 11, 1844 as first of six children of Franz Joachim Hinrich SCHAPER and Helene Christine Louise MÖLLER.

Franz and Helene have neve been married though. You might remember that I already told you their story here, in my fourth blogpost for the 52 ancestors challenge.

church Mustin

church Mustin


Maria got christened in the church of Mustin on November 18, 1844 and got laid to rest on its cemetary on March 28, 1845.



February 12 – Johann Jochen Hinrich Schaper

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin!!! Both were born on February 12, 1809.

And with 114 other people the English General James Oglethorpe founds the city of Savannah and therewith the colony of Georgia on February 12, 1733.

On my family tree we meet my first cousin 4x removed.

Johann Jochen Hinrich SCHAPER died in Mustin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on February 12, 1853 – being only two years old.

He was the firstborn child of the weaver Johann Jacob Hinrich SCHAPER and his wife Catharina Maria Sophia née LEHMANN.

There were five more siblings to come. Two of them also died before reaching the age of three.

church Mustin

church Mustin


Johann was born on November 5, 1850 in Mustin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He received his christening in the local church in Mustin on November 17, 1850.

He was laid to rest on the Mustin church cemetary on February 16, 1853.




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January 28 – Franz Friedrich Schaper

The US Coast Guard is founded on January 28, 1915 with the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life Saving Service.

And something I played a lot with when I was a child. The lego brick – On January 28, 1958 the danish toy company LEGO registers a patent for the brick in its today’s form.

And on my family tree we have a sad event for today.

On January 28, 1815 my 5th great grandfather Franz Friedrich SCHAPER, a day labourer died in Mustin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The churchbook entry states “diarrhea” as cause of death.

I don’t know a lot more about him. According to his age given in the entry he was born abt. 1739 .

So far I only found one child, my 4th great grandfather. And unfortunately in those old church book entries wives and mothers haven’t always been mentioned. Which means, I don’t have a name for his wife. I just know she died before him, since he is given as “widower”.

Franz got laid to rest in Mustin on February 1, 1815.


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