First Burial

I wrote yesterday that I do not often use an early death as the starting point for a blog post.  Now I am about to write my second post in a row that starts that way.  What attracted me to an early death today is the likelihood that this death led to the first burial … More First Burial

The Fourth Marriage

Peter Johann Heinrich Jacob Hellwege was born in Lamstedt, Germany on what we now call Groundhog Day, February 2, 1812.  It is not often that I can share records from Germany, but in this case, I can show you a birth record for Heinrich. Before all was said and done, Heinrich was going to have … More The Fourth Marriage