Today Doris Winkelmann Sonntag [my German cousin] sent me a very excited email:
Hi Charles! I have found a document in the registry office in Berlin. Christian Winkelmann shows the death of his wife! Sincerely yours Doris Sonntag Leipzig (Saxony)
We had learned only recently that Christian Winkelmann from Carolina, Posen, Prussia was the father of my 3x great grandmother Wilhelmine Winkelmann. Now Doris has discovered the death record for Wilhelmine’s mother. She attached the document itself, which I’ll display below. Here is the translation:
No.99 C. Stieglitz, 23 December 1885 Today, the Leibgedinger Christian Winkelmann, residing in Carolina, appeared before the undersigned registrar and indicated that Charlotte Winkelman, née Börke, wife of informant, aged 71 years 7 months, 23 days old, evangelical religion, a resident of Carolina, born in Pehlitz [Kreis Friedeberg, Neumark, Brandenburg, Prussia] on 29 March 1814, parents of the deceased unknown, has died at two (2) o'clock in the afternoon on the twenty-second (22) of the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty and five (1885). Read, approved and signed signed Christian Winkelmann The registrar, his signature In agreement with the main register Authenticated Stieglitz on 23 December 1885 The registrar, his signature
A “Leibgedinger” is a life annuitant, usually a father who transfers his property to a son for a promise of lifetime support. Basically this means “retired and living on the family property.”
Charlotte was born in Pehlitz, Kreis Friedeberg, which is to the northwest of Modderpfuhl, Weissfenn, and Bergdorf, other towns where the Winkelmann and Schmidt families lived in Kreis Friedeberg.