A Remarkable Baptism Record

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]:

Baptism Record, Karolina, Posen, Prussia, 1872

Baptism Record, Karolina, Posen, Prussia, 1872


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.

About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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