Recently my cousin Marlena Krzemińska sent me a batch of baptism documents from Usch parish in Kreis Kolmar, Posen, Prussia. These records seem to flesh out a set of siblings and their children that are in my direct line. I’m going to post only the transcriptions here, but I do have the original documents for these.
Note: Of these families, I believe Erdmann Zierke and Anna Marianna Thum have the best chance of being my direct-line ancestors. I know my 3x-great grandfather Friedrich Zierke was born in Jablonowo (where this family later moved) and the dates of the children’s births are in the right time-frame.
Map of Kries Kolmar showing towns where the Zierke, Hadow, and Schulz families lived.
The families listed in the baptism records are as follows:
Christian (Christiani) Zierke and Anna Catharina (Christine) Zecho (Zechówna) lived in the village Nowen (a/k/a Nowe, which was west southwest of Usch) and later in Usch-Neudorf. Their children were:
Nowe. Baptism by Johannes Friedrich Klinger of Christian Friedrich (Christiani Fridericus) Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple Christian Zierke and Anna Catherina Zechowna, born 11 Mar 1792 and baptized 11 Mar 1792. Godparents: Christian Senger and Christina Neumann.
Nowen. Baptism of Martin Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple Christian Zierke and Anna Catherine Zechowna, born 31 Oct 1794 and baptized 9 Nov 1794. Godparents: Mathias Anklam and Dorothea Marianna Henkowa.
Nowen. Baptism by Stephan Szadkowiki of Susanna Zierke, daughter of the legitimately-married couple Christian Zierke and Anna Catherine Zechowna, born 8 Oct 1797 and baptized 22 Oct 1797. Godparents: Christoph Zeck and Anna Christina Bareowa.
Usch-Neudorf. Baptism by Johann Friedrich Klinger of Eva Rosina Zierke, daughter of the legitimately-married couple Christian Zierke and Christine Zechowna, born 25 Oct 1800, and baptized 2 Nov 1800. Godparents: George Zierke and Eva Teclawowna.
Nr. 1. Usch-Neudorf. Baptism of Johann (Joannem) Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple Christian Zierke and Anna Catherine Zechowna, born 21 Jun 1804 and baptized 23 Jun 1804. Godparents: Andreas Grützmacher and Anna Catherine Cyrkowa (Zierke, possibly Anna Catherine Ewert. See below.)
Edmund or Erdmann (Edmundi or Erdmani) Zierke and Anna Marianna Thum (Thummowna) lived in the village of Nadolnik (a/k/a Nadolny Młyn).
Mirosław. Marriage on 28 Dec 1783 of Erdmann Zierke and Miss Anna Marianna Tumowna (Thum), no impediment having been found to the marriage. Witnesses were George Müller from Mirosław and Daniele Mathwitz from Olendry Wystzny.
Their children were:
Nadolyn Młyn. Baptism of Martin Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple Erdmundi Zierke and Anna Marianna Thummowna, born 26 Oct 1784 and baptized 26 Oct 1784. Godparents: Jacob Garth and Dorothea Marianna Henkowa (Henke).
Nadolyn Młyn. Baptism of Anna Rosina Zierke, daughter of the legitimately-married couple Erdmann Zierke and Anne Marianne Tomowana (Thum), born 18 Feb 1797 and baptized 26 Feb 1797. Godparents: Joannes Michael Oleynik and Anna Catharina Tylman.
Nadolyn Młyn. Baptism by Jacob Kryger (Krüger) of Erdmann (Erdmundum) Zierke Jr., born to the legitimately-married couple Erdmundi Zierke and Anna Marianna Thummowna (Thum), born 14 Jun 1799 and baptized 16 Jun 1799. Godparents: Jacob Borke and Rosa Gabertowa (Gabert).
Nr. 1. Nadolyn Młyn. Baptism by Michael Jablonski of Gottlieb Theophile (Gottlibum Theophilum) Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple Edmundi Zierke and Anna Marie Tummowna (Thum), born 21 Mar 1802 and baptized 28 Mar 1802. Godparents: Jacob Borke and Christina Sengrowa.
Jablonowo. Baptism by Joannes Friedrich Klinger of Anna Marianna Zierke, daughter of the legitimately-married couple Edmundi Zierke and Anna Marianne Tummowna (Thum), born 5 Aug 1808 and baptized 7 Aug 1808. Godparents: Michael Gess and Anna Rosa Nüskowa (Nüske).
George (Georgi) Zierke lived in the village Usch-Hauland (a/k/a Holendry Ujskie and Ługi Ujskie). He seems to have had two wives, Anne Dorothea Spickermann and Dorothea Elizabeth Spikermann. Their children were:
Usch-Hauland. Baptism of Michael Johann (Michael Joannes) Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple George Zierke and Anne Dorothea Spickermann, born 16 Sept 1781 and baptized 16 Sept 1781. Godparents: George Schmidt and Miss Atlouisa Praczowna (?).
Usch-Hauland. Baptism of Jacob (Jacobus) Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple George Zierke and Dorothea Elisabeth Spikermanowna (Spikermann), born 8 Oct 1794 and baptized 9 Oct 1794. Godparents: Martin Feldmann and Anna Christine Spikermanowa.
Johann George Zierke and Dorothea Catherine Zierke (maiden name not given) lived in the village of Olendry (Usch-Hauland) This may be the same couple as above.
Olendry. Baptism of Rosina Anna Zierke, daughter of Johann George Zierke and Dorothea Catherine (no last name given). born 4 Oct 1789 and baptized 4 Oct 1789. Godparents: Michael Szwanke and Miss Dorothea Catherine Kols of Olendry.
Gottlieb Zierke and Anna Catharina Ewert lived in the village Usch-Neudorf, (a/k/a Nowa Wieś). Their children were:
Nr. 9. Usch-Neudorf. Baptism of Michael Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple Gottlieb Zierke and Anna Catherine Ewert, born 17 Sept 1806 and baptized 18 Sept 1806. Godparents: Gottfried Weber and Anna Catherine Rudowa.
Usch-Neudorf. Baptism of August Zierke, son of the legitimately married couple Gottlieb Zierke and Anna Catherine Ewertowna, born 22 Sept 1808 and baptized 25 Sept 1808. Godparents: Chrisitian Nüske and Anna Rosina Zierke.
Martin Zierke and Anna Rosina Gruhn lived first in Nadolnik, then in Mirosław. Note: This is likely the Martin Zierke listed above, born 1794, son of Erdmann Zierke Anna Marianna Thun). Their children were:
Nadolnik. Baptism of Friedrich Wilhelm (Fredericum Wilhelm) Zierke, son of the legitimately-married couple Martin Zierke and Anna Rosina Gruhn, born 12 Feb 1815 and baptized 12 Feb 1815. Godparents: Michael Fredraph and Anna Rosina Zierke.
Mirosław. Baptism of Anna Rosina Zierke, daughter of the legitimately-married couple Martin Zierke and Anna Rosina Gruhn, born 11 Aug 1816, and baptized 11 Aug 1816. Godparents: Petrus Foss and Miss Rosina Zierke.
Mirosław. Death on 7 Jan 1816 of (Friedrich) Wilhelm Zierke, son of Martin Zierke and Rosina Gruhn, aged nine months. Burial on 9 Jan 1816.
Mirosław. Death of (Anna) Rosina Zierke, only daughter of Martin Zierke and Rosina Gruhn on 6 Aug 1817 at 2:00pm. She was buried in the town cemetery.
Nr. 56. Usch. Baptism of Johannes Zierke, son of Martin Zierke and Rosina Grun, born at 4 Jan 1821 and baptized on 17 Jan 1821. Godparents: Peter Brieske and Elisabeth Stopierkywska.
Nowa Wieś (Usch-Neudorf). Baptism of Wilhelmine Zierke, daughter of Martin Zierke and Anna Catherina Grun on 5 Sept 1830. Godparents: ?? Berg and Miss Anna ??.
Miscellaneous Records in Chronological Order
Jablonowo. Baptism of Friedrich Müller, son of Johann Müller and Susanna Zierke, born 13 Apr 1823 and baptized 27 Apr 1823. Godparents: Johann Kemnik and Miss Dorothea Ganske from Usch-Neudorf.
Usch. Death of Michael Zierke, husband of Anna ?? Hanke, 42 years of age on 28 Feb 1832 (b 1790). Note: There is a Michael Zierke (potentially a father) listed on the baptism record for Johann Stephan Mund (see baptism of Joanna Zierke 1804).
Nr. 1 Jablonowo. Baptism of Johannes Christopherus Augustus Zierke, illegitimate son of the unmarried woman Wilhelmine Zierke born on 25 Dec 1845 at 4pm and baptized 1 Jan 1846. Godparents: John Nicolay and Catherine Schultz. Note: The mother, Wilhelmine Zierke (b 1825) is likely the daughter of Michael Johann Zierke (b 1781). She later married Ludwig Luzynski in Usch in 1855.
Nr. 35. Usch. Death of Franciscus Zierke, illegitimate son of Wilhelmine Zierke from Usch, one year of age on 15 May 1851.
Nr. 2. Jablonowo. Baptism of Pauline Grott, daughter of Joseph Grott (inquilini [guest]) and Rosalia Zierke, who were legally married in Jablonowo, born 23 Dec 1853 at 3pm, and baptized 2 Jan 1853. Godparents were August Schulz and Miss Anna Busse.
Additionally, there is an page from the death records in Usch. It’s only an index, so you just have names and years, but it’s better than nothing. The relevant entries are:
1843 Julius Zierke, p4
1849 Anna Justina Zierke, p 40
1851 Gottlieb Zierke, p56
1852 August Zierke, p69
1855 Joanna Zierke, p89
1855 August Zierke, p89
1860 Anna Katarina Zierke, p111
1860 August Zierke, p113
1860 Anna Christina Zierke, p115
1862 Augusta Lhaeghila(?) Zierke, p 127
1867 Enoaer(?) Julius Zierke, p 148
1868 Heinrich Wilhelm Zierke, p159
1868 Augusta Wilhelmine Ottilie Zierke, p160
1870 Augusta Zierke, p4
1870 Heinrich Wilhelm Zierke, p5
1872 Gottlieb Zierke, p3
1872 Wilhelm Friedrich Albert Zierke, p4