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.

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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.

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death entry Helene Sophie Christine Jenning

That was my Valentine – what or who is yours?

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