#52ancestors 9 Close to home – reaching Lübeck, Germany

I have a bit of catching up to do with the 52 ancestors challenge from Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.

Travelling and a broken wrist after the first 20 minutes this year on cross country skis don’t help :)

This week’s theme is “Close to home”. The first question to be answered there is “which one”? My original home is Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein Germany. Fort Worth, Texas, USA will always be part of my home, too. I live in Frankfurt, Germany for 13 years now.. definetly home.

But when I speak of back home it is always Lübeck, Germany. In my Dad’s maternal SCHMIDT line (both my paternal grandparents were SCHMIDTS) it is the generation of my greatgrandparents who came from Tüschenbek in the neighbour grandduchy of Lauenburg into the free city of Lübeck. Have a look at the map below. It is really close but it was a bit different 100 years ago.


Let’s take Johann Heinrich Christian SCHMIDT, my first cousin 3x removed as an example. He was born as a lauenburg citizen on December 7, 1868 on Tüschenbek estate, grandduchy of Lauenburg as second son of Johann Joachim Heinrich SCHMIDT and his wife Anna Maria Elisabeth née KORFF. He received his christening eight days later on December 15, 1868 in Groß Grönau the main village of the parish, the estate belongs to.

The local military draft registration lists show him living and working on the estate as a stableman in 1888.

An then 1912 came the big day. On May 25, 1912 he was officially naturalized:

naturalization record

naturalization record

The record shows him being married to a woman née RÖNNPAGE and if I interprete it correctly, he had one daughter and one son. But I didn’t find his wedding record or any children for him yet.

StepMap Schleswig-Holstein

May 29 – Carl August Joachim Schmidt #52ancestors No. 15

I missed a lot of the 52 ancestors challenge created by Amy Crow at http://www.nostorytoosmall.com

I have a lot of catching up to do. And this is where I start.


We meet one of my paternal great grandfathers.

Carl August Joachim SCHMIDT was born on May 29, 1875 in Tüschenbek, Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

church Groß Grönau

church Groß Grönau

He received his christening on June 27, 1875 in the church of Groß Grönau, Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

He was the second born child of the stableman from Tüschenbek estate Carl Friedrich Wilhelm SCHMIDT and his wife Christina Maria née Holst.

Unfortunately, his older sister was a stillborn child, so he grew up as the oldest of three children.

In 1876 he got his first immunization against smalllpox. The second one was on June 10, 1887. With pigs’ lymph. He received six cuts and since he developped pustules, the immunization was called a success.

While searching for him in the city archive of Lübeck where I knew he moved to since my grandmother was born there I found his name in the recruitment papers for the 41th infantry regiment of 1896. Which means he moved from Tüschenbek which was just outside of Lübeck to the city between 1887 and 1896.

I didn’t find the exact entry for his wedding with my great grandmother Emma Catharina OHRT yet, but from 1901 til 1912 Emma gave birth to six children, four girls and a boy. You might remember my blogpost about Emma and her children, which you can find here.

This is an entry of the adressbook of Lübeck 1920. Carl is the third entry from below in the second column.

adressbook 1920 Lübeck

adressbook 1920 Lübeck

Following his move to Lübeck he changed his occupation from a stableman to a coachman. And soon he started his own transport business. First by horse and coaches, but when the time came he bought his first truck – an Opel Blitz (the German word for lightning).



Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture from his first car, but this is one I found of the model at wikipedia.. and let me tell you one thing: it looks a lot cooler than most middlesized trucks today ;)



My great grandfather Carl died on December 23, 1955 in Lübeck and he got laid to rest on December 27, 1955.

obituary Carl Schmidt

obituary Carl Schmidt

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May 18 – Anna Catharina Elisabeth Schmidt

Without gaining approval of her former husband and liege, Eleanor of Aquitaine marries the 11 years younger Henry of Plantaneget, Count of Anjou and Duke of the Normandy on May 18, 1152.

The Treaty of Teusina from May 18, 1595 between Sweden and Russia terminates the Russo-Swedish War.

On my family tree we celebrate the birth of my 2nd great grand aunt Anna Catharina Elisabeth SCHMIDT. Anna was born on May 18, 1832 on Tüschenbek Estate, Duchy of Sachsen-Lauenburg, Germany.

She was the oldest of four children born into the marriage of Johann Christian August SCHMIDT and his first wife Catharina Elisabeth SCHNOOR (I’m descending from his second wife). Anna was not only the oldest child but also the only daughter of the couple.

Anna received her baptism on May 27, 1832 in Groß Grönau, Duchy of Sachsen-Lauenburg, Germany.

In the same church she married her husband Johann Joachim Heinrich KRUSE (a.k.a. GRUBE) on October 23, 1853 .

The couple had one son I know of so far. Johann Joachim Heinrich GRUBE (in his entries the KRUSE name is vanished) was born over a year before their marriage on August 7, 1852 on Tüschenbek estate where his father worked as a day labourer. Unfortunately, Johann died of consumption an early infant death on April 20, 1853.

The wedding entry is the last trace I have of Anna.

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April 15 – Schmidt & Eulert wedding

Following a three years ongoing siege the starving people of Bari surrender to the Normans led by Robert Guiskard on April 15, 73. With that the Byzantine Empire looses its remaining territory in Southern Italy.

The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth on April 15, 1621 for its return to England.

245 years later, on the other side of the Atlantic, my 2nd great grand uncle Johann Joachim August SCHMIDT married his bride Sophia Maria Margaretha EULERT on April 15, 1866 in Groß Grönau, Duchy of Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

Johann was about to become a labourer on the Tüschenbek estate, where he was born on August 6, 1838. He received his christening in Groß Grönau on August 19, 1838.

He was the youngest of four children from my 3rd great grand father Johann Christian August SCHMIDT and his first wife Catharina Elisabeth née SCHNOOR.

Sophia was also born in Tüschenbek, but she was five years younger than her husband Johann. She was born on June 9, 1843 and received her christening in Groß Grönau on June 25, 1843.

She was the second born child of the labourer Johann Jürgen EULERT and his wife Catharina Margarethe Wilhelmine née RUNGE.

Johann and Sophia had four children I know of so far:

  • Maria Elise Wilhelmine * April 21, 1867
  • Johann Heinrich August * December 7, 1868
  • Hans August Heinrich * September 26, 1871
  • Johann Friedrich Wilhelm * September 17, 1877

But do you see the gap between child three and four? It’s six years. I am very sure that there are more children between those two.

That is the last trace I have for the two of them.


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February 16 – Joachim Jürgen Diederich Eulert

Lithuania declares its independance from both Russia and Germany on February 16, 1918.

On February 16, 1982 is Agatha Barbara the first women to be elected as President of Malta.

And on my family tree?

I only have one event for today. It’s the birthday of the brother-in-law of my 2nd great grand uncle.

Joachim Jürgen Diederich EULERT is born on February 16, 1840 in Tüschenbek, Duchy of Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

He is the only known son (by now) of the day laborer Johann Jürgen EULERT and his wife Catharina Margarethe Wilhelmine RUNGE.

Joachim received his christening on March 1, 1840 in the church of Groß Grönau, Duchy of Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany. Two brothers of his mother were his godfathers.

And that’s it. That is all I know about him.

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