October 11 – Today in my family tree

October 11, 1889 was not only the day that the british physicist James Prescot Joule died in Sale.

It was also the day that Luise Dorothea Maria MEYER died in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

She was born January 15, 1847 in Roggenstorf, Mecklenburg-Schwerin as an illegitimate child to Dorothea Maria Elisabeth MEYER. The father remains unknown.

In 1868 she herself gives birth to an illegitimate son before she marries the tailor Johann Heinrich HAGEDORN October 27, 1871 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

With him she had seven children of which 3 were either stillborns or didn’t reach the age of 5 years. It must have been devastating!

The age of 42 years is much too young to die.

She was laid to rest in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin on October 14, 1889 – the day the singer, composer and piano player Spencer Williams was born in New Orleans


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