#52Ancestors – Love, love, love

… who doesn’t know that world famous chorus? It’s the Beatles’ song “All you need is love”. Published on June 30, 1967.

And since “Love” is this week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors challenge from Amy Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com why not picking that date?


June 30, 1846 is the birthday of the wife of my 3rd great grand uncle Gottlieb Carl Christian FREYTAG.

Catharina Maria Elisabeth EVERT was born that day in Upahl, grand duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the daughter of the fee farmer Johann Joachim EVERT and his wife Wilhelmina Margaretha Elisabeth née WARNKE from Upahl.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

Catharina received her christening on July 5, 1846 in Diedrichshagen, the main village in the parish.

29 years later, it is the same church she marries my 3rd great grand uncle in. They said their vows on April 9, 1875. From that day on she would live with Gottlieb on the family’s farm in Diedrichshagen.

I actually wonder, if that was the first marrige for both of them. Elisabeth (her calling name) was already 29 years would have been quite “old” for marrying the first time. And Gottlieb was even 10 years her senior. Mental note: Barbara check that ;) 

So far I couldn’t find any children for Gottlieb and Elisabeth.  And since Gottlieb died 3 years following their wedding I only have a short period to look for them.

I don’t know yet what happend to Elisabeth after Gottlieb died.

#52ancestors No 5 – plowing through… NOT :)

Okay, I have to admit, the challenge for week 5 of this years 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge gave me a hard time. Why? Because I have no idea what the term “plowing through” means. Of course I know that it is translated to, but I just couldn’t get it. Which shows again, no matter how good and how deep a knowledge of a foreign language is, there are some understanding issues which shows I am not a native speaker.

So, I just decided to not follow the theme.. sorry Amy ;)

If you don’t know what the 52 ancestors challenge is, go and visit www.nostorytoosmall.com and have a look at all the great bloggers taking part in telling stories of their ancestors. One ancestor a week.



What have I done for this week? I randomly picked a name from my list. I literally played “darts” in scrolling down and pointing out a name.

May I introduce you to Karolina Maria Wilhelmine SCHMIDT. She is the mother-in-law of two of my 2nd cousins 4x removed. Keep on reading to unfold that story.

Karolina was born in Jeese, in the grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in Germany on January 22, 1842.


The map on the left shows you the area of today’s German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Thinking back 100 years, you could find the grandduchy in the Northeast.

Karolina was the only known (at least to me) daughter of Ernst Joachim Heinrich SCHMIDT and his wife Henriette Karolina Katharina SCHULZ. Ernst was a “Kossate” (also known as Käter, Käthner, Kötter, Köter or Köthner) – which meant nothing else then that he owned a little cottage. Most of these little cottages were at the outlines of the villages, seperated from the bigger farms. They size of land belonging to the cottages was too small to live off it only. Therefore most of the Kossate worked as day labourers on the neighbour farms or as craftsmen.

I don’t have the exact date when Karolina married Hans Joachim Heinrich WARNKE, but it must have been before August 18, 1868.

Hans was also a Kossate and a mason from Upahl – a village in my “main” parish Diedrichshagen in the same grandduchy.

Why before that date? That was the day her daughter Wilhelmine Maria Dorothea was born in Upahl- which became later the wife of Joachim Karl Johann HAGEDORN, one of my 2nd cousins 4x removed I mentioned above.

Hans and Karolina had another child I know of: Heinrich Andreas Joachim, born on December 19, 1872 in Upahl. Heinrich married Joachim’s sister (and also my 2nd cousin 4x removed) Dorothea Maria Henriette HAGEDORN.

death certificate Karolina Schmidt

death certificate Karolina Schmidt


Karolina died on November 29, 1925 in Boienhagen, were she lived with her son Heinrich and his family following the death of her husband. Heinrich was also the person registering her death with the authorities.

#52ancestors No. 20 – Heinrich Andreas Joachim Warnke

After a couple of weeks it is time for my next ancestor in the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge of Amy Crow over at www.nostorytoosmall.com


Heinrich Andreas Joachim WARNKE is the husband of my 2nd cousin 4x removed Dorothea Maria Henriette HAGEDORN.

Heinrich was born on December 19, 1871 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen


He was baptized in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish on December 26, 1871.

The same church he got confirmed into the lutheran religion 15 years later on April 18, 1886.

It is also the same church he married Dorothea on October 23, 1896.

Below you find their marriage certificate. He is stated working as a cooper.

marriage certificate Warnke & Hagedorn

marriage certificate Warnke & Hagedorn

And you see those notes on the side? Those are my sources for the dates of death for Heinrich and Dorothea.

But going chronologically ;)

Heinrich and Dorothea had four children.

  • Hermann Wilhelm Heinrich * October 6, 1897
  • Anna Dorothea Christine Elisabeth * March 11, 1899
  • Frieda Maria Henriette * April 2, 1901
  • stillborn daughter * March 22, 1905

Also in the census of 1900, he is stated as a cooper living in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

The 1919 census shows him living with his wife, parents, Anna and Frieda in Upahl.

1919 census Heinrich Warnke

1919 census Heinrich Warnke

And now we come to the side note .. ;)

Heinrich died on November 25, 1955 in Diedrichshagen, German Democratic Republic.

December 7 – Sophia Catharina Warnke

Happy Birthday Delaware!!

On December 7, 1787 Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

And a big an moving day in German-Polish history. On December 7, 1970 the Treaty of Warsaw was signed by the German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his polish counterpart, the Prime Minister Józef Cyrankiewicz at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, accepting the Oder-Neiße-line as existing German-Polish border. It is the basis of the normalization for the relationship between Germany and Poland following WWII.

On the same day, Willy Brandt got down to his knees in front of the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This gesture’s today known as “Warschauer Kniefall“.

On my family tree we meet my 3rd great grand aunt Sophia Catharina WARNKE who was born on December 7, 1835 in Kastahn, Grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the seventh of ten children of my 4th great grandparents Gottlieb Heinrich Christian WARNKE, a farmer in Kastahn and his wife Catharina Dorothea née QUALMANN.

She received her baptism on December 9, 1835 in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish. At the same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on March 24, 1850.

Unfortunately, she died very young, working as a housekeeper in her home village. At the age of 25 she suffered a hemoptysis.

She died on November 19, 1861 in Kastahn and got laid to rest on November 25, 1861 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen.


#52ancestors No. 20 – Elise Maria Rudolfine Koop

52ancestorsIt is time for my next ancestors in the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge.

Meet Elise Maria Rudolfine KOOP, the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle. Which technically makes her my 2nd great grand aunt ;)

Elise was born on August 11, 1883 (Happy Birthday, Auntie ;)) in Upahl in the parish of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Here you can see her baptism record:

baptism record Elise Koop

baptism record Elise Koop

She was the middle child of in total five children born into the marriage of the brick layer Hans Joachim Friedrich Koop and his wife Wilhelmine Louise Henriette née KRUSE.

As you can from the record see she was baptized on August 19, 1883 in the church of Diedrichshagen.

In the same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on April 3, 1898. The record below is the according church record (highlighted in blue) – her father is stated as deceased.

confirmation Elise Koop

confirmation Elise Koop

On January 8, 1904 she married the worker August Heinrich Johann WARNKE from Kastahn, a village in the same parish.

wedding record Elise Koop & August Warnke

wedding record Elise Koop & August Warnke

As you can see, her day of baptism is given as birthday in the wedding record. As this is a secondary record always watch out for the primary record to verify a data you’ve found.

The couple had nine children born between 1904 and 1919:

  • Werner Johann Hermann Christian, * March 26, 1904
  • Paul Friedrich Wilhelm, * June 22, 1905
  • Hans Hermann Richard Wilhelm, * July 1, 1907
  • Bernhard Hans Wilhelm, * July 19, 1908
  • Amy Dorothea Sophia, * September 17, 1909
  • Mathilde Bertha Dora, * October 20, 1910
  • Lisbeth Hertha Johanna, * April 21, 1913
  • Richard Ludwig Martin, * August 22, 1915
  • Olga Minna Emma, * October 3, 1919

This is the 1919 census record for the family:

census 1919

census 1919

Elise died on December 22, 1953 in Upahl and got laid to rest on the cemetary of Diedrichshagen where I found her gravestone:

gravestone Warnke & Koop

gravestone Warnke & Koop