April 15 – Schmidt & Eulert wedding

Following a three years ongoing siege the starving people of Bari surrender to the Normans led by Robert Guiskard on April 15, 73. With that the Byzantine Empire looses its remaining territory in Southern Italy.

The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth on April 15, 1621 for its return to England.

245 years later, on the other side of the Atlantic, my 2nd great grand uncle Johann Joachim August SCHMIDT married his bride Sophia Maria Margaretha EULERT on April 15, 1866 in Groß Grönau, Duchy of Saxe-Lauenburg, Germany.

Johann was about to become a labourer on the Tüschenbek estate, where he was born on August 6, 1838. He received his christening in Groß Grönau on August 19, 1838.

He was the youngest of four children from my 3rd great grand father Johann Christian August SCHMIDT and his first wife Catharina Elisabeth née SCHNOOR.

Sophia was also born in Tüschenbek, but she was five years younger than her husband Johann. She was born on June 9, 1843 and received her christening in Groß Grönau on June 25, 1843.

She was the second born child of the labourer Johann Jürgen EULERT and his wife Catharina Margarethe Wilhelmine née RUNGE.

Johann and Sophia had four children I know of so far:

  • Maria Elise Wilhelmine * April 21, 1867
  • Johann Heinrich August * December 7, 1868
  • Hans August Heinrich * September 26, 1871
  • Johann Friedrich Wilhelm * September 17, 1877

But do you see the gap between child three and four? It’s six years. I am very sure that there are more children between those two.

That is the last trace I have for the two of them.


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