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Marriage Record for Christian Karl and Amelie Schmidt – 28 Mar 1891

It has always been my suspicion that my 3x great-grandfather Carl Friedrich Schmidt died in Posen, Prussia about 1892.  His only son, Wilhelm (my great-great-grandfather), came to America in 1885, and then seven years later, the entire rest of the family (his mother, his five sisters, a brother-in-law, and two nephews) emigrated to Weston, Wisconsin to join him.  The most likely explanation for the sudden migration of the rest of the family was that the father had died and there was no longer anyone to run the family farm (Friedrich had been described as a “Kolonist” or land-owning farmer in all the documents we had for him). Given that the youngest child in the family, Augusta Bertha Schmidt, was born in 1880 in Gornitz, Posen, Prussia (according to her birth documents), and given that the family had listed the town of Gornitz as their “place of last residence” on the passenger list coming to America in 1892, I had every reason to believe that Friedrich Schmidt died between 1880 and 1892 in Gornitz.  I had had one of my collaborators in Poland look for his death record, but she was unable to locate it despite finding many other records for the family in the archives.

Bertha Schmidt & Wilhelmine Winkelmann, 1895

Bertha Schmidt & Wilhelmine Winkelmann, 1895

Then, about two months ago, I had a realization.   Friedrich Schmidt’s daughter Amelie Schmidt had married Christian Karl in Stieglitz, Posen, Prussia in 1891.  Her twin sons were born three months later in Stieglitz.  If I could obtain the marriage record, it would say whether Friedrich Schmidt was living or deceased at the time of the marriage.  If he were deceased, we’d know he died between 1880 and 1891. But if he were living, we’d know he died between March 1891 and April 1892 when the family started emigrating to America.

Amelia Schmidt

Amelia Schmidt

I asked another of my collaborators, Lukasz Bielecki, to look for the marriage record the next time he was in the national archives in Pila, Poland.  After some time, he was able to find the record, and it turned out to be more valuable than I had imagined. Here’s the document [click to enlarge or download].  A translation follows:

Karl / Schmidt Marriage, p1

Karl / Schmidt Marriage, p1

Karl / Schmidt Marriage, p2

Karl / Schmidt Marriage, p2

Stieglitz the 28th of March 1891 Before the registrar, for the purpose of marriage, appeared the laborer (Arbeiter) Christian Karl, of known identity, evangelical religion, born the 29th April, 1863 in Woltin, Kreis Greifenhagen (Pommern), resident of Klebow, Kreis Greifenhagen (Pommern), son of the laborer (Arbeiter) Daniel Karl and his wife Regine née Seeger, both residents of Klebow, and Emilie Franziska Schmidt, unmarried, of known identity, evangelical religion, born the 18th of January 1869 in Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau, resident of Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau, daughter of cottager (Häusler) Friedrich Schmidt and his wife Wilhelmine née Winkelmann, both residents of Stieglitz. The following witnesses were published: 3. The Häusler Ferdinand Schmidt, 46 years old, resident of Stieglitz, 4. and the laborer Gustav Wehrmann, 24 years old, resident of Stieglitz. Read over, approved and signed by:

Christian Karl
Emilie Franziska Karl née Schmidt
Ferdinand Schmidt
Gustav Wehrmann

Notarized in agreement with the main register in Steiglitz, the 28th of March 1891

There are many things to discuss here.  First of all, Christian Karl was from Pomerania (Pommern), the part of Prussia near the Baltic Sea where Germany meets Poland today.  In fact, he was still a resident of Pomerania at the time of his marriage.  The Krueger and Kamrath branches of my family were from this same area.  This map shows the towns the Karl family came from.  Klebow is near the top, and Woltin is in the center.

Kreis Griefenhagen showing Woltin and Klebow.

Kreis Griefenhagen showing Woltin and Klebow.

The next important bit of information was that Friedrich Schmidt was, indeed, still alive in March, 1891.  This all but confirms the theory that his death was the reason the family emigrated to America the next year.  More surprisingly, Friedrich and his wife Wilhelmine Winkelmann were both living in Steiglitz at the time of the marriage, not in Gornitz as previously thought.  When Wilhelm Schmidt finished his journeyman carpenter travels in Germany, he returned home to Gornitz, so the Schmidt family was living there at least until 1885.  This means the family moved from Gornitz to Stieglitz (about 3.3 miles West) between 1885 and 1891, then they moved back to Gornitz after Friedrich’s death (remember they listed Gornitz as their residence on their immigration documents).

Map showing Gornitz and Stieglitz

Map showing Karolina, Gornitz, and Stieglitz (near the bottom of the map)

Friedrich is listed as a “Häusler”, or cottager, on the document where in all other previous documents he had been listed as a “Kolonist”, or farmer who owned his own farm.  Basically it means he owned a home with a small bit of land for his own use, and implies he had given up farming.  Thirdly, you will note that one of the witnesses to the marriage was 47-year old Ferdinand Schmidt from Steiglitz.  I was able to subsequently confirm from Poznan Project marriage records that this Ferdinand Schmidt was Friedrich’s younger brother:

Schmidt / Dietert Marriage, 1874

Schmidt / Dietert Marriage, 1874

#7) Marriage of the journeyman carpenter [Zimmergesell] and bachelor Ferdinand Schmidt, age 30, from Stieglitz, son of the deceased property-owner [Eigenthümer] Ludwig Schmidt from Stieglitz, and Miss Wilhelmine Dietert, 22 years old, from Stieglitz, daughter of the deceased master blacksmith (Schmiedemeister) Gottleib Dietert from Stieglitz, Consent for groom: No need for parents’ or guardian’s (Vormund) consent, because groom is of legal or full age (majorenn) according to certificate of baptism. Consent for bride: Guardian’s consent. Neither bride nor groom has been married previously. Marriage Date: 24 Apr 1874.

With this new information a new narrative emerges.  Friedrich Schmidt and his wife Wilhelmine Winkelmann had been farming in Karolina, Posen, Prussia between 1865 and 1872 where their daughters Alvine, Amelie, and Antonie were born.  They then moved to the nearby town of Gornitz, and were living there between 1875 and 1880 when their daughters Pauline and Bertha were born.  They then seem to have given up farming and moved West to Stieglitz at some point between 1885 and 1891.  Friedrich’s brother Ferdinand had been living there since at least 1874, so perhaps Friedrich wanted to be closer to him.  It’s also possible that Friedrich had fallen ill and could no longer do the work required to stay on the farm. Sometime about 1882 or 1883 Wilhelm Schmidt leaves home to become a journeyman carpenter, quite possibly because his Uncle Ferdinand Schmidt had been one, then emigrates to America in 1885 where he soon marries and settles down in Weston, Wisconsin.  Sometime between March 1891 and March 1892 Friedrich Schmidt dies, most likely in Stieglitz.  His newly-widowed wife, Wilhelmine Winkelmann, moves the family back to Gornitz at that point, perhaps to have the support of family or friends in her former home town.  (The Winkelmann family lived in Stieglitz and Karolina, which were both very close to Gornitz.)  Upon learning the news that his father had passed away unexpectedly (Friedrich Schmidt was only 57), son Wilhelm sends the money back to allow his five sisters, his brother-in-law Christian Karl, his two nephews (Amelie and Christian had twin boys in 1891) and his mother, to come to America and join him in Weston, Wisconsin. I am having Lukasz look for Friedrich’s death record in Stieglitz, now that we have a place and a very specific date range.  I hope to have more to add to the story of the Schmidt family in Posen, Prussia very soon.

Wilhhelm Schmidt with his mother and five sisters in 1893.

Wilhelm Schmidt with his mother and five sisters in 1893.


Ancestry.com DNA Testing

For Christmas this year, I decided that I wanted to get my mother and father DNA-tested through Ancestry.com.  While it’s true that my family tree is extremely well-elucidated and researched, there are still pockets where certain things are unclear.  For example, I only know back to my 3x great-grandparents on my Krueger side (due to records from Pomerania being difficult to find and the common nature of the family name), so if we matched someone in the world who had Krueger ancestors it would indicate a link between those families despite the absence of documentation.  Similar situations are present for many of the Irish lines of my family due to the scarcity of records from Ireland.

So at Christmas this year my mother spit into a test-tube and sent off an envelope to be analyzed.   Yesterday we got the results back.

My mother’s DNA matched at least 20 people “closely” (5th cousins or better).  I’ll have to investigate each one!

It showed that she has 19% DNA from Scandanavia (that would be the Norwegian side, Hanson and Olson), 32% “Europe East”, which would be the Prussian stuff (Krueger, Hoge, Schmidt, Zierke, Schulz, Winkelmann).  Then 38% from “Great Britain”.  I assume this is the Irish from the Mullins, Hammond, and all the British stuff from the Curtis side of my family.  Then there’s 9% of the DNA marked “Other”.

I have no idea how much confidence to give these results.  I know from my research that my mother’s grandparents break down as follows:

Oscar Krueger: 100% Prussian
Edith Curtis: 50% Irish and 50% English
Olga Hanson: 100% Norwegian
Edwin Schmidt: 100% Prussian

So my maternal grandfather was 50% Prussian, 25% Irish, 25% English, and my maternal grandmother was 50% Norwegian and 50% Prussian.  That makes my mother 50% Prussian, 25% Irish/English, and 25% Norwegian.  The DNA results have much more “Great Britain” than predicted.  No idea what that means.

On the Schmidt side of my mother’s family there was a family rumor that someone in the family brought back and married a “Mongolian Princess”.  Interestingly, my mother’s DNA shows 2% of her genetics are from “Asia Central” which is the area around Turkmenistan and Northern Iran.  Very interesting!

Here’s the full breakdown of her results:

Great Britain 38%
Europe East 32%
Scandinavia 19%
Ireland 4%
Europe West 4%
Asia Central 2%
Finland/Northwest Russia 1%

As time goes on and other people are tested, we can see if more matches are found.


Parish Records from Kreis Griefenberg, Pommern, Prussia

Just a place to do spot-checks of parishes in Kreis Grifenberg. These records are available online here: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18355-6961-47?cc=1874205&wc=M94Y-7PY:510545547#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM94Y-74L%3An1027665417%3Fcc%3D1874205

Evangelische Kirche Batzwitz: Barkow, Batzwitz, Lebbin, Vahnerow: 1822-1874 (455 pages)
Spot-checked.  Krueger records noted.  Winkelmann records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Batzwitz: Barkow, Batzwitz, Vahnerow, Lebbin: 1817-1845 (130 pages)
Spot-checked.

Evangelische Kirche Batzwitz: Kaldemanz, Rensin, Batzwitz: 1841-1873 (71 pages)
Spot-checked.

Evangelische Kirche Batzwitz: Koldemanz, Rensin: 1817-1865 (202 pages)
Spot-checked. Strehlow records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Behlkow: 1786-1860 (487 pages), 1861-1874
Spot-checked. Hoge records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Behlkow: Wischow: 1841-1854
No spot-checking for years given.

Evangelische Kirche Görke: 1811-1850
Spot-checked.

Evangelische Kirche Görke: Ruhleben: 1830-1874 (611 pages)
Spot-checked. Hoge records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Greifenberg
Spot-checked. Krueger records noted. Hoge records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Gützlaffshagen
Spot-checked. Strehlow records noted. Hoge records noted. Krueger records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Hoff: 1806-1874 (713 pages)
Spot-checked. Hoge records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Karnitz
Spot-checked.

Evangelische Kirche Klötkow: 1810-1874 (534 pages)
Spot-checked. Krueger records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Langenhagen: 1810-1864 (639 pages); 1865-1874 (116 pages)
Spot-checked.

Evangelische Kirche Radduhn: 1811-1874 (335 pages)
Spot-checked.

Evangelische Kirche Rensekow 1812-1874 (505 pages)
Spot-checked. Hoge records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Ribbekardt: 1824-1874 (575 pages)
Spot-checked. Krüger records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Ribbekardt: Dorphagen: 1824-1860 (350 pages)
Spot-checked. Krüger records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Robe: 1810-1855; 1856-1874 (292 pages)
Spot-checked. Krüger records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Rottnow: 1838-1874 (369 pages)
Spot-checked. Krüger records noted. Not all years are in order.

Evangelische Kirche Sellin: nur Zicker, Neklatz, Dadow: 1824-1874 (309 pages)
Spot-checked. Hoge records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Triebs: 1810-1864 (257 pages); 1824-1874 (126 pages)
Spot checked. Minimal Kruger records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Zarben: 1835-1874 (710 pages)
Spot Checked. Hoge records noted. Kruger records noted. Strehlow records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Zarben: Hagenow
Wrong dates for spot-check (starts in June). Krüger records noted, Strehlow records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Zedlin: 1810-1874 (434 pages)
Hoge records noted. Krüger records noted.

Evangelische Kirche Zirkwitz: 1834-1838 (68 Pages); 1811-1874 (802 pages)
Spot-checked. Krueger records noted. Hoge records noted.


More Winkelmann Family Records from Prussia

Marlena has sent me several more batches of documents.  I’m going to summarize them here in chronological order:

Birth date: 10 Dec 1836, Gross Drensen, Baptism Date: 10 Dec 1836, Ferdinand Ludwig, son of Gottlieb Winkelmann and Charlotte Neuendorf.  Sponsors: Martin Baumgart, resident, & Wilhelmine Paegelow.

Death Date: 13 Dec 1836, Klein Drensen, Ferdinand Ludwig Winkelmann, son of Gottleib Winkelmann, resident, and Charlotte Nuendorf.  3 days old.  Buried on 15 Dec 1836.

Marriage Date: 9 Feb 1837, Gross Drensen, the bachelor Johann Gottlieb Winkelmann, resident of Mischke, and Miss Ernestine Wilhelmine Schoenek the eldest daughter of the resident journeyman carpenter Andreas Schoenek.  Wedding in the church.  Groom is 25 years old [b 1812], bride is 19 years old [b 1818], both of evangelical religion.  Consent of parents was given.

Birth Date: 27 Nov 1837, Klein Drensen, Emilie Albertine, daughter of Gottleib Winkelmann, renter [Einlieger], and his wife Wilhelmine Schoenek, both evangelical religion, born at 9am, baptized on 3 December.  Witnesses: Mr. Wilhelm Zuelke, Mr. August Bach, Gottlieb Steinhaus, sheperd.  [See marriage above.]

Birth Date: 24 Dec 1837, Klein Drensen, Christian Friedrich Wilhelm, son of Gottlieb Winkelmann and Charlotte Nuendorff, both evangelical religion, born on their property at 8:00am.  Witnesses: Mr. Friedr. Paeler, Miss Wilhelmine Baur, Mr. Friedrich Baumgart.
Birth Date: 10 Feb 1838, Klein Drensen, Johann Friedrich, son of Johann Winkelmann, eigenthümer, and Anna Dams. Baptized 24 Feb 1838.  Godparents: Gottlieb Arndt, Gottlieb Shlinder, Rosina Oestermann.

Birth Date: 4 Sept 1838, Mieschke [Mischke], Friedrich August, son of Michael Winkelmann and Anne Rosine Dams, both evangelical religion. Baptized on 7 Oct 1838.  Godparents: Friedrich Ahnerd, müflaubnfeitzner?, Sophie Dams.

Birth Date: 24 Nov 1839, Friedeberg, Stillborn Daughter, born at 6:00 am, daughter of Christian Friedrich Grünewaldt & Karoline Wilhelmine Winkelmann.

Birth Date: 4 Dec 1839, Schönefeldt, Christian Friedrich Winkelmann, born at 2:00 in the afternoon, son of Wilhelm Winkelmann and Anna?? Friedricke Bok?.

Birth Date: 18 Oct 1857, Schönlanke, Emil Rudolph, son of Ludwig Winkelmann & Johanne Spinde? Baptized 4 Nov 1857.  Godparents: Wilhelm Spletts, Emilie Wegner.

Birth Date: 31 Mar 1865, Carolina, Franz Wilhelm Hermann, son of Wilh. Prielipp and Hann. Aug. Friedke. Winkelmann.  Baptized on 12 Apr 1865.  Godparents: Gottlieb Winkelmann & Mrs. Wilh. Schmidt [This is my 3x great-grandmother!].

Birth Date: Nov. 10 1865, Carolina, Alvine Bertha daughter of Friedrich Schmidt, Kolonist, and Wilh. Winkelmann, Baptized on 26 Nov 1865.  Godparents: Wilh. Prielipp & Antonia Winkelmann.
Marriage Date: 6 Apr 1866.  Mischke.  Carl Julius Winkelmann, age 25 [b1841], from Schönlanke and Miss Marie Emilie Louise Buchholtz, age 20, daughter of Gottlieb Buchholtz, were married.

Birth Date: 11 Aug 1866, Carolina, Carl Friedrich Julius son of Wilh. Prielipp, kolonist, and Friedricke Winkelmann.  Baptized 19 Aug 1866.  Godparents: Friedrich Quast & Wilh. Hübstien.

Birth Date: Aug 31 1866, Ludwig Richard, son of Heinrich Winkelmann and Hilda Alvine Luther?   Baptized 1 Oct? 1866.  Witnesses: Richard Luther & Julianne Winkelmann.

Birth Date: Nov 4 1866, Johanna Bertha, daughter of Heinrich Winkelmann and Hilda Luther?  Baptized 25 Nov 1866.  Witnesses: Julius Winkelmann & Louise Wagner.

Birth Date: 21 Nov 1866, Albert Heinrich, son of Julius Winkelmann and Louise Bucholtz.  Baptized 21 Nov? 1866.  Witnesses: Ludwig Pantow & Henriette Borgmann.

Death Date: Nov 28, 1866, Schönlanke, Albert Heinrich Winkelmann, age 4 months, son of Julius Winkelmann and Louise Buchholtz.

#22 1867
Birth Date: Sept, 1867, Ehrberdorf [near Filhne], Ida Luisa, daughter of Ludwig Winkelmann and Auguste Matz.  Godparents: August Lieske, Henriette Matz.
Birth Date: 11 Oct 1867, Gross Drensen, Karl Emil, son of Julius Winkelmann and Louise Buchholz. Baptized 27 Oct 1867.  Godparents: Miss Auguste Meier, Michael Wilhelm Patz, Leopold Dethers.

Birth Date: 12 Jan 1868, Carolina, Friedrich Wilhelm Franz, son of Julius Winkelmann, carpenter, and Wilhelmine Dumke, both evangelical religion.  Baptized on 16 Feb 1868.  Sponsors: Friedrich Schmidt, Franz Winkelmann, Antonie Winkelmann.

Birth Date: 13 Mar 1868.  Klein Drensen, Auguste Pauline, daughter of Johann Gottlieb Winkelmann, einlinger, and Anna Rosina Auguste née Bahr, both evangelical religion.  Baptized on 2 Apr 1868.  Sponsors: Bertha Baumgart (jungefrau), Ferdinand Bahr, Johann Winkelmann (jungessell)

Birth Date: 12 Apr 1868, Gross Drensen, Friedrich Julius, son of Johann Gottfried Strauss and Rosina née Winkelmann, both evangelical religion.  Baptized on 6 May 1868.  Sponsors: Friederike Winkelmann, Louise Perneram, Gottlieb Messerschmidt.

Birth Date: 29 Aug 1868, [Town??], Heinrich Max, son of Heinrich Winkelmann, and Hulda Ludner.  Baptized on the 20th Sept.  Sponsers: August Weise & Auguste Winkelmann.

Death Date: 18 Oct 1868, Gross Drensen, Carl Emil Winkelmann, aged 1 year 7 days [b 11 Oct 1867] son of Julius Winkelmann and Louise née Buchholz.  Burial on 20 Oct.

Birth Date: 21 Dec 1868, Klein Drensen, Caroline Winkelmann gave birth to a stillborn male child, father unknown.

Death Date: 28 Mar 1869, Klein Drensen, Friedrich Gustav, son of Gottlieb Winkelmann and Auguste née Bahr, aged 8? years 4 mos 9 days.  Buried 31 Mar 1869.

Birth Date: 2 Jul 1869, Stieglitz, Anna Auguste, daughter of the kolonist Wilhelm Prielipp and Friedericke née Winkelmann, both evangelical religion.  Baptized on the 18th of July.  Sponsors: Franz Winkelmann, Louise Prielipp, Fried. Huldscher?.

Birth Date: 12 Sept 1869, Gross Drensen, Emma Emilie, daughter of Julius Winkelmann and Louise née Buchholz, both evangelical religion.  Baptized on 10 Dec 1869.  Sponsors: Miss Fridericke Patz, Miss Henriette Schrinelpfenig, Friedrich Matz.

Birth Date: 19 Sept 1869, Carolina, Hermann Julius Ernst, son of Julius Winkelmann and Wilhelmine née Dumke both evangelical religion.  Baptized on 17th Oct.  Sponsors: Franz Winkelmann, Bertha Dumke, August Heinst.

Marriage Date: 19 Nov 1869, Gross Drensen, the bachelor Ferdeinand Winkelmann of Klein Drensen son of Johann Winklmann and Miss Pauline Emilie Mielke, daughter of the retired Johann Christoph Mielke.  Groom’s age: 20 years 9 mos.  Bride’s age: 24 years 2 mos.  Both evangelical religion.  Bans published Oct 20, 21, 22.

Marriage Date: 10 Dec 1869, Gross Drensen, the bachelor Johann Winkelmann, son of the leibgedinger Johann Winkelmann of Klein Drensen and Miss Wilhelmine Henriette Steinke, daughter of Friedrich Steinke of Gross Drensen.  Groom’s age: 28 yrs 9 mos [b Mar 1841].  Bride’s age: 28 years 2 months [b Oct 1841].

Marriage date: 18 Jan 1870, Gross Drensen, Wilhelm Weikwerth son of Christian Weikwerth and Anna Friedericke Winkelmann of Klein Drensen daughter of Johann Winkelmann.   Groom’s age: 26 yrs 10 mos.   Bride’s age: 23 years.  Both evangelical religion.

Birth Date: 22 Mar 1870, Gross Drensen, Gustav Ferdinand, son of Johann Strauss and Ernestine née Winkelmann, both evangelical religion..  Baptized on 18 Apr 1870.  Sponsors: Mr. Friedrich Duhr, Mr. Wilhelm Zacharias, Mr. Gottlieb Stelter.

Birth Date: 12 Jun 1870, Klein Drensen, Albertine, daughter of Gottlieb Winkelmann, einsleigar, and Auguste née Bahr, both evangelical religion.  Baptized on 10 Jul 1870.  Sponsors: Emma Bahr, Wilhelm Wielewe, Ferdinand Bahr.

Birth Date: 20 Jul 1870, Klein Drensen, Wilhelmine Auguste, daughter of Wilhelm Weikwerth and Friedericke née Winkelmann, both evangelical religion.  Baptized 31 Jul 1870.  Sponsors: Wilhelmine Winkelmann, Friedrich Winkelmann, Auguste Winkelmann.  [See marriage record above.]

Marriage Date: 19 Mar 1871, Stieglitz, Marriage of the bachelor journeyman carpenter Franz Winkelmann with Miss Bertha Ohst.  Groom’s age: 23 years 6 mos.  Bride’s age: 21 years.  Bans published Mar 3, Mar 12, Mar 19.

Marriage Date: 19 Mar 1871, Stieglitz, Marriage of Ludwig Gustav Neumann with Antonie Winkelmann.  Age of groom: 22 years.  Age of bride: 20 years.  Bans published Jan 29, Feb 2, Feb 12.

Birth Date: 28 Jul 1871, Gross Drensen, Baptism of Gustav Richard on 27 Aug 1871, son of Julius Winkelmann and Louisa née Luiffolz.  Sponsors: Albert Luiffoltz, ?? Kuffa, Friedrika Gaufal.

Birth Date: 11 Oct 1871, Carolina, Baptism of Marie Pauline on 15 Oct 1871, daughter of Wilhelm Prielipp, kolonist, and Friedericke née Winkelmann.  Sponsors: Auguste Ruart & Ferdinand Prielipp.

Birth Date: 25 Oct 1871, Carolina, Baptism of Emil Gustav on 5 Nov 1871, son of Wilhelm Winkelmann, and Emilie née Marquardt.  Sponsors: Wilhelm Wehrmann & Pauline Standt.

Birth Date: 7 Nov 1871, Carolina, Baptism of Julius Ernst on 26 Nov 1871, son of Julius Winkelmann, kolonist, and Wilhelmine née Domke [Dumke].  Sponsors: Miss Bertha Domke [Dumke], Kolonist Eduard Buchholtz, Miss Pauline Winkelmann.

Death Date: 7 Feb 1872, Klein Drensen, Johann Winkelmann, retired [Leibgedinger], aged 83 years, 8 days [b 30 Jan 1789], son of Michael Winkelmann and Anna Marie Jinept?, buried on 21 February.  5th child of Michael and Anna Marie.

Birth Date: 1 Jun 1872, Gross Drensen, Friedrich Hermann, baptized on the 16th of June, son of Johann Winkelmann and Wilhelmine née Steinke, Sponsors: Johann ??, ??, Caroline Steinke.

Death Date: 6 Oct 1872, Klein Drensen, Gottlieb Winkelmann, aged 64 years [b 1808], buried on 8 Oct 1872.  Parents not listed.

Birth Date: 30 Nov 1872, Klein Drensen, Baptism of Wilhelm Friedrich, on 1st Jan 1873, son of Gottlieb Winkelmann and Auguste née Bahr, evangelical religion, Sponsors: Pauline Bahr, Mr. Gustav Bahr, Friedrich Bahr, kokonist.

Marriage Date: 14 Dec 1872, Gross Drensen, The bachelor Michael Friedrich Winkelmann of Klein Drensen, son of the Leibgedinger [retired farmer, usually] Johann Winkelmann of Klein Drensen and Ernestine Winkelmann Kunert née Lindemann from Klein Drensen widow of Wilhelm Hermann Kunert of Klein Drensen.  Groom’s age: 28 years, 8 mos.  Bride’s age: 37 years.  Married in Schönlanke.

Birth Date: 31 Aug 1874, Carolina, Baptism of Gustav Edouard on 7 Sept 1874, son of Julius Winkelmann, kolonist, and Wilhelmine née Dumke.  Sponsors: Miss Johanne Buscholz, Miss Pauline Winkelmann, Mr. Gustav Dumke.

No. 93.  Runau, 18 May 1876.  Appeared in person before the registrar: the “Altsitzer” [retired farmer living on the farm after a change of ownership, e.g. to his son] Johann Dumke, resident in Carolina and indicated that Wilhelmine Winkelmann, née Dumke, evangel. religion, spouse of the kolonist Julius Winkelmann, evang. religion, resident with her husband in Carolina has given birth to a female child at home in Carolina, on May 12th of the year 1876, 4 p.m. The child’s name is Wilhelmine Bertha. The above mentioned Dumke said he was present at birth.  At the bottom a hand-written entry says: Died on 2 Feb 1943, No 217/1943, Schönlanke, Schultz [registrar].

26 Jun 1891, Schönlanke.  The undersigned registrar stated that the known person Johanna Buchholz, née Priebisch, midwife, resident of Schoenlanke, appeared and stated that Alvine Winkelmann, née Krause, wife of Adolf Winkelmann, evangelical religion resident with her husband in Schoenlanke on the 24th June in the year one thousand eight hundred ninety-one gave birth to a son named Richard Max.  Signed and Attested Johanna Buchholz née Priebisth, signed by registrar.

25 Apr 1893, Schönlanke.  The undersigned registrar stated that the known person Johanna Buchholz, née Priebisch, midwife, resident of Schoenlanke, appeared and stated that Alvine Winkelmann, née Krause, wife of Adolf Winkelmann, evangelical religion resident with her husband in Schoenlanke on the 23rd April in the year one thousand eight hundred ninety-three gave birth to a son named Fritz Erich.  Signed and Attested Johanna Buchholz née Priebisth, signed by registrar.

6 Jan 1894, Stieglitz.  Emma Winkelmann née Warnke resident of Stieglitz reports the death of her husband the gastwirt Ludwig Winkelmann, 40 years 1 month old, evangelical religion, resident of Stieglitz, born in Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau, on 1 November 1853. Son of August Winkelman and Wilhelmine née Steinke, both of Stieglitz, on the 5th of January, 1894.  Attested and signed, Emma Winkelmann. Schultz, registrar.

30 Aug 1898, Schoenlanke.  The undersigned registrar stated that the known person Veronika Lemke, née Garek, midwife, resident of Schoenlanke, appeared and stated that Therese Winkelmann, née Zarbock, wife of the carpenter Gustav Winkelmann, evangelical religion, resident with her husband in Schoenlanke on the 27th August in the year one thousand eight hundred ninety-eight gave birth to a son named Ernst Julius.  Signed and Attested Veronika Lemke, signed by registrar.

14 Aug 1899, Schoenlanke.  The undersigned registrar stated that the known person Johanna Buchholz, née Priebisch, midwife, resident of Schoenlanke, appeared and stated that Therese Winkelmann, née Zarbock, wife of the carpenter Gustav Winkelmann, evangelical religion, resident with her husband in Schoenlanke on the 8th August in the year one thousand eight hundred ninety-nine gave birth to a daughter named Frieda Elizabeth.  Signed and Attested Johanna Buchholz née Priebisch, signed by registrar.

12 Mar 1900, Schoenlanke.  Before the undersigned registrar published today the known personage the district midwife [Bezirkshebamme] Anna Quast née Breitkreutz resident of the city of Schoenlanke [Stadt Schönlanke] ____ religion, appeared and indicated that the Bertha Warnke née Winkelmann wife of the lumberjack [Holzarbeiter] Carl Warnke, both of evangelical religion, resident of Schoenlanke, gave birth in her residence in on the 12th of March in the year one thousand nine hundred at 2:00 am to a female child who was given the name Emma Erna Frieda.  Signed and attested by Anna Quast and the registrar.  [Written in lower left] “H.  geheiratet  Nr. 1088 / 34  Berlin Neukölln 1”, perhaps indicating that Emma married in Berlin Neukölln in 1934?

20 Nov 1900, Schoenlanke.  The undersigned registrar stated that the known person Johanna Buchholz, née Priebisch, midwife, resident of Schoenlanke, appeared and stated that Therese Winkelmann, née Zarbock, wife of the carpenter Gustav Winkelmann, evangelical religion, resident with her husband in Schoenlanke on the 14th November in the year one thousand nine hundred gave birth to a daughter named Johanna Meta Emma.  Ms. Buchholz stated that she was with Mrs. Winkelmann for the birth.  Signed and Attested Johanna Buchholz née Priebisch, signed by registrar.  [At the bottom right is written: H:  Eine Tochter geb.  Nr. 1757  1920  Berlin 9  H:  Tochter geh.  Nr. 4753 / 39  Berlin,  Horst Wessel (?)]  “A daughter born #1757 in 1920 in Berlin.  Daughter married #4753/39 in Berlin, Horst Wessel”.


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.


Schmidt Immigrant Obituaries

I thought it would be a good idea to put a blog up with the obituaries that I have for the “Schmidt Immigrants”.

Wilhhelm Schmidt with his mother and five sisters in 1893.

Wilhhelm Schmidt with his mother and five sisters in 1893.

The matriarch, Wilhelmine Winkelmann (1836 – 1914), who married Carl Friedrich Schmidt:

Wilhelmine Winkelmann, 1914

Wilhelmine Winkelmann, 1914

Carl Ernst Wilhelm “William” Schmidt (1862 – 1925) who married Ottilie Zierke:

Wilhelm Schmidt Obit, 1925

Wilhelm Schmidt Obit, 1925

Alvine Schmidt (1865-1942), who married Wilhelm Mueller:

Alvine Schmidt Mueller Obit

Alvine Schmidt Mueller Obit, 1942

Amelia “Emilie” Schmidt (1869 – 1932), who married Christian Karl:

Amelie Schmidt Karl Obiit, 1932

Amelie Schmidt Karl Obiit, 1932

Antonie “Antonia” Schmidt (1872 – 1951), who married Theodore Beste:

Here is the text from the San Mateo Times December 10, 1951, page 19

ANTONIA BESTE

Mrs. Antonia Beste, 79, the mother of Mrs. Ruth Hicks of 421 Aargon boulevard, San Mateo, died this morning at her daughter’s home. A native of Posen, Germany, she had lived in San Mateo 8 years. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran church of San Mateo and the Royal Neighbors of Schofield, Wis.  The widow of Theodore Beste, she is survived, in addition to her daughter, by two grandchildren, Judy and Jim Hicks of San Mateo.  Funeral services will be held at the Grace Lutheran church tomorrow at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at St. John’s cemetery, San Mateo. Friends may call at the Crosby-N Gray mortuary in Burlingame until noon tomorrow.

Auguste Pauline “Lena” Schmidt (1875 – 1953) who married Peter Blanchard Little:

Wausau Daily Herald, 8 Sept 1958, p6.

Wausau Daily Herald, 8 Sept 1958, p6.

Here is the text from her obituary in the Rhinelander Daily News September 9, 1953, page 2:

Mrs. Lena Little Dies in Wausau

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday in a Wausau funeral home and at 1 p. m. Thursday in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Schofield for Mrs. Lena Little, 77, of Rothschild, former well-known resident of Minocqua, who died Labor Day [Sept 7] in Wausau. Burial will be in the Minocqua cemetery late Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Little, born Nov. 25. 1875, in Germany, came to this country in 1892 and was married in 1896 in Minocqua to Peter Little, who died 20 years ago. They lived in Minocqua for 30 years, during which time her husband operated a tavern and barber shop. Mrs. Little had resided in Rothschild and Schofield for the last 21 years. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ernest Little, with whom she made her home in Rothschild, several nieces and nephews, and a granddaughter, Karen Little, of Rothschild.

Auguste Bertha “Bertha” Schmidt (1880 – 1946), who married Joseph Schneider:

Bertha Schmidt Obit, 1946

Bertha Schmidt Obit, 1946


Winkelmann Records from Chodziez, Posen, Prussia

Just noting here some other records for the Winklemann family that were sent to me by Marlena Krzemińska from Chodziez Parish. I don’t know how they fit into the picture quite yet.


Record: 50
Date of birth: 19th February 1822
Time of birth: 4:00am
Location: Krumke [Kreis Kolmar, Posen, Prussia]
Name: Johann Andreas
Christening: 24 February 1822
Person performing ceremony: Krüger
Father: Michael Winkelmann
Mother: Dorothea née Mesturs ?
Religion: evang. / evang.
Father’s occupation: ??
Occupation of godfather: ??
Godfather: Andreas Schwantes
Godmother: Beate Louise Schwantes née Propp
Son born to married couple [box checked]


16 Feb 1827 Marriage of the bachelor Johann Winkelmann of Mischke [Mniszek, Poland today], age 25 [born 1802], son of the Kolonist [farmer] Michael Winkelmann from Mischke with the maiden Anne Christina Dams, age 23 [born 1805], daughter of Erdman Dams “got married here in the church” [Evangelical Klein Drensen, today called Dzierżązno Małe].


19 Nov 1830 at 6:00am, birth, baptized 20 Nov 1830, Gottlieb, son of Johann Winkelmann, farmer, evangelical religion, and Christine née Dams, evangelical religion. Witnesses Gottfried Winkelmann (farmer), Martin Böhm (farmer), Rosine Schlender.


12 Apr 1835 in Weilen, marriage of Michael Winkelmann, born about 1810 in Mischke near Wielen, with Christine Anne née Dams, born about 1815 years in Klein Drensen.

Children of this marriage:

Johann Ludwig born 27 Sept 1836 Mniszek
Friedrich August born 23 Sept 1838 Mniszek
Carl Henrich born 13 Apr 1841 Mniszek
Friedrich Wilhelm born 3 Dec 1848 Mniszek
Gustav Eduard born 7 Mar 1854 Schulzenbruch


Record number: 2
Date: 10 January 1841
Official: Schulz
Details: The einwohner (resident) Johann Michael Winkelmann of Rattay, son of the einwohner Michael Winkelmann with the maiden Anna Louise Lemspfeil of Rattay, daughter of the deceased resident Paul Lemspfeil.
Ages: his 20 years 9 mos [b Apr. 1820], 26 years 10 mos [b Mar 1815].
Religion: evang. / evang.


Record number: 267
Date of birth: 23 November 1841
Hour of birth: 5:00
Male child #114 [in the registry]
Location: Rattay [Rattai, Kolmar, Posen, Prussia]
Date of christening: 5 December [1841]
Name: August Ferdinand
Person performing religious ritual: Schultz
Father: August Ferdinand Winkelmann
Mother: Anna Louise Sennpfeil
Religion of mother & father: evang. / evang.
Trade of father: <??>
Godparents: Joh. Weidemann, bachelor, Joh. Rädel, bachelor, Au. Flörke, maiden


Record: 12
Date: 12th of January 1844
Person performing ceremony: Schultz
Details: The einwohner (resident) Johann Andres Winkelmann of Rattay [Rattai, Kolmar, Posen, Prussia] son of the resident Michael Winkelmann, bachelor, with the maiden Anna Elizabeth Hübner of Rattay, daughter of the deceased carpenter? Andreas Hübner.


Record number: 267
Date: 4th Oct 1844
Time: 11am
Index: 112th female
Place: Rattay
Baptism Date: 10 October
Name: Wilhelmine Winkelmann
Official: Grützmacher
Father: Johann Andreas Winkelmann
Mother: Anna Louise Hübner
Religion: evang./evang.
Trade of father: Einwohner (resident)
Sponsors: Ludw. Rädel, einwohner; Gottlieb Hübner, ??; ?? Papke ??


Record number: 21
Date of birth: 15 January 1845
Hour of birth: 5:00
Male child #8 [in the registry]
Location: Chodzieren [Chodziez, Kolmar, Posen, Prussia]
Date of christening: 20 January [1845]
Name: Adolph Otto Ferdinand
Official: Schultz
Father: Julius Winkelmann
Mother: Charlotte Mielne
Religion of mother & father: evang. / evang.
Trade of father: <??>
Godparents: Wilh. Müller, Aug. Ginsch, Ferd. Krüger


Record number: 40
Date of death: 14 February 1849
Location: Oblesnitz [Ober Lesnitz, Kolmar, Posen, Prussia]
Name of deceased: Eva Winkelmann
Age: 35 years [born 1814]
Trade or profession: Unmarried woman
Profession of father: Einwohner (resident)
Name of father: Michael Winkelmann
Name of mother: Anna Marie Kipek
Registry number: 22nd [female]
Disease or cause of death: <??>
Name of person performing religious rites: <??>


Record number: 178
Date of birth: 19 July 1849
Time of birth: 5:00 am
Index: 69th female
Place of birth: Chodzisen [Chodziez]
Date of christening: 24 July
Name: Louise Charlotte Winkelmann
Official: Schultz
Father: Julius Ferdinand Winkelmann
Mother: Charlotte Wilhelmeine Mielke
Religion: evang. / evang.
Father’s occupation: ??
Godparents: Ferd. Schwantes, ??; Carol Giefer, ??; Wilh. Müller ??


Record number: 221
Date of birth: 23 August 1849
Time of birth: 1:00 pm
Index: 127th male
Place of birth: Schloss Varwork ??
Date of christening: 9 September 1849
Name: Johann Gottlieb
Official: Schultz
Father: Johann Andreas Winkelmann
Mother: Anna Elizabeth Hübner
Religion: evang. / evang.
Father’s occupation: einwohner [resident]
Godparents: M? Hübner, resident; Wilhelm Radtke, resident


No. 22
Date: April 1850
Official: Schultz
The resident Johann Michale Winkelmann of Krumke with Anna Rosina Schmidt of Strehlitz, daugher of Johann Schmidt.
Age of groom: 30 yrs
Age of bride: 21 yrs 2 mos
Religion: evang. / evang.


Record 76
Date: 8 May 1851
Place: Rattay
Name: Michael Winkelmann
Age: 80
Trade: Einwohner (resident)
Trade of father: Einwohner (resident)
Name of father: Winkelmann
Name of mother: Unknown
Index: 40th male
Cause of death: ??
Reporting pastor: Wilhelm Nicolai


5 Dec 1883 in Steiglitz marriage of the kolonist Michael Friedrich Winkelmann , evangelical religion, born 7 April 1843 in Klein Drensen, resident of Straduhn, son of Johann Winkelmann, evangelical religion, born in Klein Drensen, and Anna Christine née Dams residing in Straduhn. With Pauline Auguste Breitkreutz, evangelical religion, born 7 December 1844 in Steiglitz, residing in Steiglitz, daughter of the colonist Martin Breitkreutz and Wilhelmine née Krüger in Steiglitz. Witnesses: The colonist Gustav Steinke, thirty years old residing at Steiglitz. The colonist August Loeffelbein, thirty-one years old, residing in Straduhn.