Heinrich Christian Theodor Tretow – Father of Eight

Going through my family tree for today, it was the brother-in-law of my 1st cousin 5x removed who caught my eye.

Heinrich Christian Theodor TRETOW was born in in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany on September 1840 as the youngest son of Johann Joachim TRETOW and Sophia KOTH.

According to the census records of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, he still lived with his parents, his older sister and brother in 1867.

The next information I have on him is the birth of his first child in 1872. I don’t know when exactly he married Christina Sophia Carolina Pauls but I have eight children for the two of them in my family tree.

  • Ida Sophia Maria (born August 22, 1872 and died October 6, 1872)
  • Hermann Carl Friedrich (born August 12, 1873 and died May 28, 1950)
  • Anna Johanna Wilhelmine (born January 17, 1876 and died April 6, 1958)
  • Elise Dorothea Caroline (born June 7, 1878)
  • Ernst Theodor Hans (born December 18, 1880)
  • Wilhelm Hans Johann (born April 8, 1883)
  • Emma Frieda Carolina Ernestine (born October 21, 1887 and died December 30, 1890)
  • Franz Heinrich Hans (born April 6, 1891)

Below you see the census record for 1900 for Heinrich, Sophie and five of their children. Ida and Emma died before this census was taken. Ernst is missing in this record. He is serving as a dragoon in Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.


Heinrich died on September 6, 1908 in Kastahn and got laid to rest on September 9, 1908 in Diedrichshagen.

churchbook entry death / funeral

churchbook entry death / funeral

March 26 – Maria Dorothea Anna Tretow

Cologne on March 26, 1027: Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II. and his wife Gisela of Swabia as Emperor and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire.

Carol I. becomes new Duke of Romania on March 26, 1866 – 15 years later on March 26, 1881 he gets proclaimed as first King of the newly instituted kingdom Romania.

On my family tree, we meet the wife of my first cousin 5x removed Johann David Ernst FRAHM.

Maria Dorothea Anna TRETOW is born on March 26, 1832 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

As far as I know so far she was the first daughter of the farmer Johann Joachim TRETOW and his wife Sophia née KOTH.

On February 9, 1855 she married my cousin in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Between 1856 and 1875 the couple had 10 children.

This 1867 census record shows Johann, Maria and six of their children and six farmhands/servants living in Boienhagen:

census 1867

census 1867

At the time of the 1900 census she is stated as widowed and as a visitor in Alt Jassewitz (compared to a permanent resident).

Maria died on July 21, 1912 in Boienhagen and she got laid to rest in Diedrichshagen on July 24, 1912.

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February 18 – Emma Sofie Margarethe Frahm

February 18, 1587: Mary, Queen of the Scots (a.k.a. Maria Stuart) gets executed after living in captivity for 19 years in Fotheringhay Castle. She had been convicted of being a part of the Babington Plot in 1586 – to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I.

The siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, members of the White Rose, a non-violent, intellectual resistence group in Nazi Germany were arrested on February 18, 1943. They distributed flyers with “Anti-Nazi-Propaganda” at the university of Munich.

On my family tree we meet my 2nd cousin 4x removed.

Emma Sofie Margarethe FRAHM was born on February 18, 1872 in Boienhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the ninth of ten children born into the marriage of the fee farmer Johann David Ernst FRAHM and his wife Maria Dorothea Anna née TRETOW.

She got confirmed in the church of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany on April 18, 1886. The same church she married Wilhelm Johann Christian VOSS on October 21, 1902.

The couple had two children I know of so far: one son being born in 1907 and a daughter for who I don’t have an exact birth date yet.

Emma died one day following her 43rd wedding anniversary on October 22, 1945. Her daughter Margarethe registered her death with the officials.

Actually that is the only record I have so far for her daughter. Always watch out for information not directly related to the person you research. You never know what you find.



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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 2 – Johann Joachim Tretow

On January 2, 1776 Empress Maria Theresia from Austria bans torture in her whole Empire.

The astronomer Charles Dillon Perrine discovers Elara, one of Jupiter’s moons on January 2, 1905.

The brother-in-law of my first cousin 5x removed Johann Joachim TRETOW dies just 4 years later, on January 2, 1909 in Dassow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Johann was born as a farmer’s son on May 5, 1837 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

His parents Johann Joachim TRETOW and Sophia KOTH had two other children I know of so far.

Athough I haven’t found any wedding entry or data about children yet for Johann (the son), there has to be a family out there since the 1900 census states him being widowed.

census 1900 Johann Joachim Tretow

census 1900 Johann Joachim Tretow

Four days after he died he got laid to rest on January 6, 1909 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.