Family Stories, German Genealogy

The Von Emde Family

I have been researching my third great-grandmother, Sophie Jacob, and her sister Catherine Jacob. I knew from baptism and marriage records that their parents were Heinrich Jacob and Elizabeth Von Emde. I want to find more information about their life.

Catherine Jacob was born on 2 December 1833 in Leckringhausen, Germany, and her sister Sophie Jacob was born on 9 March 1836 in Leckringhausen, Germany. Leckringhausen was settled in 1699 by French Huguenots fleeing persecution. Before 1828 the records are all in French. (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leckringhausen)

When I saw the marriage record for a Heinrich Jacob and Anna Elisabeth, I felt I had found Catherine and Sophie’s parent’s marriage record. One thing that was bothering me was Anna Elizabeth’s maiden name: Wellway. According to her daughter’s baptism records, her surname was Von Emde. With the location and marriage date of 6 October 1832, the time fits perfectly with the baptism records. They would have married about a year before Catherine was born. My first thought was Anna Elisabeth had a previous marriage. So on the hunt I went. This record is why I love German records so much, it had several faded dates written in the margins. I decided to search for the first date, what I believed to be a death date for Heinrich Jacob, 22 July 1890.

According to Heinrich’s death record he first married Anna Elisabeth Wellwey and then had a second marriage. Very faintly written above Wellwey is V.D. Emde. This gave me hope that I was on the correct path. Also faintly written in the very last column are two dates, 28 October 1832 and 8 June 1855. The first date lines up with when Heinrich married Anna Elisabeth. The day they were married is different, but I could have possibly translated it wrong or the death date could have been incorrectly recorded.

Written above Elizabeth Wellwey’s name on Heinrich Jacob’s death record.

The next record I decided to search for was what I believed to be a birth date, 15 November 1804, of Anna Elisabeth. According to her baptism record, she died on 8 June 1855 and married Heinrich Jacob. The other thing listed is her parent’s names, Stephen Von der Emde and Catherina Elisabeth Thiele. I was sure I had found Catherine and Sophie’s parents’ information; but why was Anna Elisabeth’s surname listed as Wellway on her marriage record?

Written before the baptism record for Anna Elisabeth von Emde baptism record. This lists her death date and who she married.

Now that I had located Anna Elisabeth’s parents’ names, I wanted to do a little research to see what I could learn about them. First, I located Katherina Elizabeth Thiele’s death record. She died on 19 December 1845 and was 75 years old. This would put her born around 1770. This record lists her maiden name as Thiele and states that she was married to Friedrich Wellway. It also had some interesting information in the last column. It lists her second marriage as being with Friedrich Wellway and her first marriage as being with Stephen Von Emde, his death date listed as 16 February 1807. I had proof of why Wellway was on Anna Elisabeth’s marriage record. Her mother had married twice, and Friedrich Wellway was Anna’s stepfather.

The next two records I searched for were Stephen Von Emde’s death record and his marriage to Katharine Elisabeth Thiele. I located both of these records. Stephen and Catherine Elisabeth were married on 24 August 1793 in Philippenindorf. Stephen died on 18 February 1807 at 40 years old. The date reported on Katharine’s death record is the 16th instead of the 18th. I assume that this information was provided by someone else, and they recorded the incorrect day. I asked for help translating his death record, hoping there was a cause of death but, none was listed.

The next search I did was to learn how many children Katherine and Stephen had before his death. I located baptism records for six children born to them from 1795-1807. The last son being born three months after his father’s death. Children born to Stephen and Katherine: Catherina Von der Emde was born on 9 February 1795, Anna Magdelena Von der Emde was born on 2 August 1797, Johann Daniel Von der Emde was born on 10 November 1799, Maria Elizabeth Von der Emde was born on 12 June 1802, Katherine Elisabeth Von der Emde was born on 15 November 1804, and Johann Christoph Von der Emde was on born 6 May 1807.

Sometimes I wish I could find all the answers I have when researching my ancestors. I wish I knew what happened to Stephen and why he died so young. This question may not be answered but I am grateful for the answers I do have.

After more research, I learned that Katherine married Friedrich Wellway on 27 January 1810 and they had three children. Johann Heinrich was born on 12 October 1810, Martin Wellway was born on 29 July 1813 and died on 15 April 1814, and Marin Wellway was born on 16 March 1818. I am still researching to learn more about each child born to Katherine Elisabeth.

To do a thorough analysis of each of these documents to verify that I have the correct parents for Catherine and Sophie, I searched each document again, and found a clue in the baptism record for Catherine. On the left side next to Anna Elisabeth, I find the statement “Getraut 1832 Wolfhagen”. This statement leads me to Anna Elisabeth’s marriage record to Heinrich Jacob in 1832 in Wolfhagen.

Written on Catherine Jacob’s baptism record.

I do not know why their surname is different at times. I have seen records for this family recorded as Von Emde, Von der Emde, and sometimes Emde. While I know they are the same family, I cannot explain the difference in their last name other than maybe whoever was making the record left part off, or maybe the family changed it over time.

I do not know what drew me to the marriage record, but I had that feeling that I needed to look at it more. For a while, I thought I was on the wrong track and had wasted a lot of time research the incorrect family. But that feeling led me down a path to locate more ancestors and add two more generations to my family tree. It reminds me that I always need to listen to that feeling because it will lead me to what I am supposed to find.

Sources:

  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Leckringhausen Franz, KB 1699-1836, baptism Catherine Jacob, page 732, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Leckringhausen Franz, KB 1699-1836, baptism Sophie Jacob, page 734, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1760-1803, baptism Friedrich Wellway, page 848, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1760-1803, marriage Jost Phillip Von der Emde and Katherina Elizabeth Thiele, page 1020, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1760-1803, baptism Anna Magdelena Von der Emde , page 917, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1760-1803, baptism Johann Daniel Von der Emde, page 928, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1760-1803, baptism Marie Elisabeth Von der Emde, page 939, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1804-1830, baptism Anna Elisabeth Von der Emde, page 13, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1805-1824,death Johann Steven Von der Emde , page 757, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1805-1824, marriage Friedrich Wellway and Katherine Elisabeth Thiele, page 714, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1805-1824, baptism Johann Heinrich Wellway, page 74, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1804-1830, baptism Martin Wellway, page 101, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1804-1830, death Martin Wellway, page 391, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1804-1830, baptism Martin Wellway, page 121, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, KB 1830-1861, marriage Heinrich Jacob and Anna Elisabeth Wellway, page 481, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, Tote(death) 1830-1855, death Katherina Elisabeth Wellway, page 511, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen, Tote(death) 1830-1855, death Friedrich Wellway, page 550, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)
  • Kurhessen-Waldeck, Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel, Wolfhagen, Wolfhagen,Tote (death) 1880-1922, death Heinrich Jacob, page 164, (www.archion.de, accessed 26 February 2021)

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