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

Translation:

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.

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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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