January 22 – Karolina Maria Wilhelmine Schmidt

Today is “Deutsch-Französischer Tag” which means “German-French Day”. It is the anniversary of the Elysée-Treaty, also known as “Treaty of Friendship” which was signed on January 22, 1963 by German chancellor Konrad Adenauer and the French president Charles de Gaulle. With this treaty Germany and France ended a century long rivalry between them.

With the death of Queen Victoria I. on this day in 1901 the Victorian Era ends in Great Britian. Her son Edward VII. follows her on the British Throne.

My last name SCHMIDT is the second most common last name in Germany. And I don’t only have 2 main branches on my tree with this last name – both my paternal grandparents carried that name – it also appears in several “minor” or in-law-branches.

For example the mother-in-law of my 2nd cousin 4x times removed. Karolina Maria Wilhelmine SCHMIDT was born on January 22, 1842 in Jeese, grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

I don’t know yet WHEN she married her husband, the bricklayer Hans Joachim Heinrich WARNKE from Upahl, parish of Diedrichshagen, (you can find a map overview here) but I found two children being born out of that marriage between 1868 and 1872.

The 1900 census shows her being married living in Boienhagen, in the parish of Diedrichshagen.

That’s where she died on November 29, 1925

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