I was very excited to receive this document from my Polish contact, Marlena. It shows the birth of my great-great grand-aunt Antonie Schmidt in the town of Karolina, Posen, Prussia. [Click to enlarge or download]:
31 Aug 1872, birth of Antonie Wilhelmine, baptized on 8 Sept 1872, daughter of Friedrich Schmidt, kolonist, and Wilhelmine née Winkelmann. Sponsors: Miss Pauline Winkelmann, Mrs. Wilhelmine Winkelmann, Mr. Gustav Elftmann.
[The “Miss Pauline Winkelmann” mentioned as a sponsor was my 3x great-grandmother’s sister Marie Pauline Winklemann, b 6 Apr 1855. The Mrs. Wilhelmine Winkelmann is likely my 3x great-grandmother’s sister-in-law, Wilhelmine Dumke (1843-1929) who married her brother Christian Friedrich Julius “Julius” Winkelmann.]
What I didn’t notice at first was that two lines above that is an entry for a child born to Wilhelmine Winkelmann’s brother Franz Winkelmann:
17 Aug 1872, birth of Auguste Marie Louise, baptized on 8 Sept 1872, daughter of Franz Winkelmann, kolonist, and Bertha née Ohst. Sponsors: Miss Emilie Ohst, Miss Auguste Pompton, Miss Auguste Elftmann.
Auguste Marie Louise Winkelmann and Antonie Schmidt were first cousins and were baptized together. Mr. Elftmann was a sponsor of Antoine, Miss Elftmann was a sponsor of Auguste Marie [siblings?]. This indicates that the two families had friends in common, etc. I think this shows how close my family was with the family of my cousin Doris Winkelmann Sonntag, who is a descendant of Franz Winkelmann and Bertha Ohst. The “Miss Emilie Ohst” listed on the second record is very likely from her family also.