April 6 – Catharina Maria Isernhagen

In the Battle of Thapsus Caesar defeats the followers of the Roman Senate lead by Cato on this day in 46 BC.

And today in 1994 was the first day of the Rwandan Genocide. It all started when the aircraft carrying the Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and the Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Genocide lasted for approximately 100 days to mid-July 1994. An estimated number or 500,000 – 1,000,000 Rwandans (mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutu) got killed. As much as 20% of the overall Rwandan population and up to 70% of the Tutsi living in Rwanda.

It is hard to come back to my family tree following an excursus like this, but that what this blog is about.

My fourth great grandmother Catharina Maria ISERNHAGEN died today in 1849 in Mustin, Duchy of Sachsen-Lauenburg, Germany.

She was born on March 13, 1771 in the same village. Three days later she received her christening in the partially wooden church of Mustin.

church Mustin

church Mustin

She married Johann Friedrich HAGEN sometimes before 1810. That is when their first son was born. I found the following children for the couple:

  • Jochen Friedrich Christian Gottlieb HAGEN (November 10, 1810 – January 6, 1811)
  • Catharina Elisabeth Dorothea HAGEN (March 13, 1812 – March 17, 1886
  • Catharina Maria Sophia HAGEN (May 7, 1815 – 1887) – my 3rd great grandmother

You can see that the surviving children grew to reach a very high age for that time.

Catharina got laid to rest on the cemetary of Mustin on April 10, 1849.

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