Researching your family can be sad at times. Especially when you see what the death rate was. I have come across many families who have lost several children. One family in particular pulled at my heartstrings. Catherine Gossmann is my 3rd great-grand aunt. Her parents are Jost Heinrich Gossman and Gertrud Elisabeth Thielemann, my 4th great grand parents. Catherine was the fifth child of Jost Heinrich Gossman and Gertrud Elisabeth Thielemann, born 26 December 1839 in Wehlheiden, Germany.
On 30 January 1875 Catherine married Johann Ferdinand Nemits(born 7 June 1841). At the time of their marriage Catherine was 35 years old and Johann was 33 years old.
It seems to be that Catherine and Johann where a little bit older than most couples that married in Germany. Most of the marriages seem to happen around the age of 26, at least the ones I have found in my family.
The next even to happen to Johann and Catherine Nemits was their daughter was born 2 February 1875, just 3 days after the marriage. It was common for couples to have children before marriage in Germany due to having to ask the local town where they lived for permission to marry. If the couple was poor they may not get permission for several years.
I have not found any other children for Johann and Catherine but the next even to happen to the Nemits family is the death of Catherine, she died just 7 days after her daughter was born.
I can not imagine what Johann was feeling at this moment. He had married and had a child and then lost his wife. The sadness he must have felt and all that he had to deal with. The story does not end there. Just a week later his daughter Dorothea Caroline Auguste Nemits died on 15 February 1875.
I sat at my desk and cried when I found this information. I can not even imagine what Johann must have felt. I have tried to research Johann and see what ever happened to him but so far I have not found any further information. I hope that he was able to have a happy life after all the loss he had in 2 weeks.