February 13 – Johann Wilhelm Christian Warnke

The “Goddefroy”, the first German ship with emigrants reaches Melbourne, Australia on February 13, 1848. Named after the year of the arrival the “Forty-Eighters” consist of many political refugees following the German revolution in 1848.

On February 13, 1945 the allied troops start their raids on Dresden, the capital of the Bundesland Saxony during World War II. The bombing and the resulting firestorms almost totally destroyed the inner city of Dresden and killed between 22,700 and 25,000 people.

On my family tree we go back to the 19th century. On February 13, 1864 my 2nd great granduncle is born in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

He received his christening on February 28, 1864 in the church of the parish in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

He was born as third of ten children into the marriage of the fee farmer Johann Friedrich Gottlieb WARNKE and his wife Maria Elisabeth Wilhelmine née OLDENBURG.

Unfortunately, just like three of his siblings he died at a very young age.

Johann died of pneumonia on May 14, 1875 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. He got laid to rest on May 19, 1875 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Within 30 months his parents lost four children. How devastating that must have been.




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