Challenge for week 13 (I am way behind again ;)) was “DIFFERENT”.
I think we all have this name in our family tree which gets a different spelling on every document. In my family tree I have more than just one of those.
On of the names is OHRT. That is the first spelling I saw and it is also how I see the name being spelled today.
But I also have ORT, ORTH, OORT, OHRTH in my records.
One of the OHRTs in my family is my paternal great grandmother Emma Catharina OHRT. She was born in Schlutup a little fisherman’s village in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on June 6, 1877. Today, Schlutup belongs to Lübeck, the city my family still lives in.
This picture shows her at an unknown age. When I made contact to a cousin of my Dad’s I saw it hanging on the wall in the living room and immediately asked if I could take a photo of it. What really hit me from the first moment was the resemblance I see there to her daughter, my grandmother Margarethe Katharina Emma SCHMIDT. It was like looking into her face. I mean, I just knew my grandmother at “this” age.
The 1880 census of Lübeck shows her living with her parents, two older sisters and a younger brother in Schlutup. Emma’s entry is the second last.
I still have quite a few uncertainties about her. I don’t have the exact date when she married my great grandfather Carl August Joachim SCHMIDT and I am also missing birthdates for her two oldest children. What I know is that she and Carl had 6 children, of which my grandma was the youngest.
- Gertrud * unknown
- Luise * unknown
- Else * 1901
- Wilhelm Hermann Heinrich Karl (called Kalli) * 1904
- Albert Paul Wilhelm (called Willi) * 1911
- Margarethe Katharina Emma (called Grete) * 1912
There is a family rumour that there have been two more children who died at a very young age, but I couldn’t verify that rumour either yet.
Emma died on March 24, 1949 in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany