October 31 – Maria Dorothea Elisabeth Kruse

Blessed Samhain everyone!!

This is not only the day that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517.

October 31 also marks the day that the Lincoln Highway has been dedicated as the first automobile highway across the United States in 1913.

And if we go to the year 1846, we celebrate the birthday of Maria Dorothea Elisabeth KRUSE. She was born on October 31, 1846 as the fourth of eleven children into the marriage of the farmer Johann Heinrich KRUSE and his wife Maria Dorothea Elisabeth née FRAHM in Upahl, grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She married the cartwright Johann Joachim Friedrich Heinrich GRÖNING from Upahl on November 8 1872 in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish.

Maria and Johann had four children I know of:

  • Johann Joachim Heinrich born October 13, 1873
  • Joachim Johann Wilhelm born abt. December 1875
  • a stillborn daughter born June 11, 1878
  • Hermann Friedrich Heinrich born February 8, 1880

All children have been born in Upahl.

Maria died on October 1, 1920 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany and got laid to rest on October 6, 1920 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

death certificate Maria Kruse

death certificate Maria Kruse


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