From October 16 til October 19, 1813 over 600,000 men fought in the Battle of Nations at Leipzig (Völkerschlacht) – the biggest battle in history til the beginning of the 20th century.
October 18, 1813 was the crucial day when the allied troops from Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden beat the army of Napoleon Bonaparte, ending his run of conquest in Europe.
October 18 was also the day in 1867 when the USA took official ownership of Alaska. One side-effect? The international date line had to be shifted west, so that the Aleutian Islands (belonging to Alaska) would be in the same timezone as the mainland.
But what happened in my family tree?
Elisabeth Maria SCHUMACHER was born October 18, 133 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as the third of four children to Johann Heinrich SCHUMACHER and Anna Maria KABEN. .
She married Johann Joachim SCHWARZ, a farmer’s son January 4, 1856 in Diedrichshagen and gave birth to 7 children in 10 years. Unfortunately, also this family was hit by the childhood mortality of that time. 3 of their chilren didn’t reach the age of 2 years.
Elisabeth died December 25, 1902 in Diedrichshagen and was laid to rest on the little church cemetary January 3, 1903.