52 ancestors – what’s with this Valentine?

This week’s prompt for the 52 ancestors challenge is “Valentine”. How fitting for the week of February 14.

Let’s see what we have here. I don’t have any Valentine or Valentina in my family tree. Really! I double checked. So I went for the date. February 14 – what happened on my family tree?

And believe it or not, February 14 wasn’t a good day in my family. I only have sad events – only death entries.

One is for Helene Sophie Christine JENNING who is part of one of my in-law lines. You see, I don’t only record my direct line and family but if I receive the data, I also take not of the in-laws.

Helene was born on May 28, 1843 in Brodhagen, grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany into the marriage of Peter Christian JENNING and his wife Magdalena Maria Christiana HAUCK.

I am not really sure yet when Helene got married. But in the 1867 census of Mecklenburg-Schwerin I found her living with her husband Joachim Heinrich SEYER in Elmenhorst, grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

And you can see from the entry that the first name wasn’t always the calling name. Which doesn’t make research any easier.


1867 census Helene Sophie Christine Jung

The record already showed two sons for Sophie and Joachim: Heinrich, born 1864 and Johann, born 1866.

The couple should have two more sons in the near future:

  • Peter Heinrich Joachim SEYER, born November 22, 1873
  • Wilhelm Johann Joachim SEYER, born May 9, 1876

Unfortunately, Wilhelm already died February 26, 1877.

Sophie mourned the death of her husband on February 8, 1908 and lived as a widow for the following 11 years before she died herself on February 14, 1919 in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.


death entry Helene Sophie Christine Jenning

That was my Valentine – what or who is yours?

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