52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #12 – Katrina Adam

Relationship: 3rd Great-grandmother
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I know very little about my 3rd great-grandmother Katrina Adam. Some of my information is courtesy of Elly Freeman who has corresponded with me about the Karthaeuser family. She is the mother-in-law of my 2nd cousin 1x removed, Paul Franklin Karthaeuser. Elly sent me family photos and information that she had about Katrina. Other information about her came from the Family History Library located in Salt Lake City.

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Katrina was born between 1837 and 1838 in Oggersheim, Germany.[1] Oggersheim is just a few miles west of Mannheim in west central Germany. I have not found any records yet that indicate she ever left Germany to travel or visit the United States.

She was probably married to Ludwig Karthaeuser shortly before 1857. This is an estimate based on the fact that her first son, my 2nd great-grandfather, John Adam Karthaeuser was born on 07 April 1857 in Sinsheim, Germany.[2] She was a reproductively busy woman after that! Daughter Catherina was born 11 January 1860 in Oggersheim;[3] son Karl was born 20 October 1861 in Oggersheim;[4] son Anton was born 27 August 1864 in Oggersheim;[5] daughter Elisabetha was born 25 July 1866 in Oggersheim.[6] There was another son named Lorenzo (Lawrence)[7] but his birth date and birth place has yet to be discovered. The birth records also indicate that her husband, Ludwig, was about 10 years older than Katrina.

Katrina Adam 088There is a picture of her carefully tending to some plants in a small window garden. The mix of plants is interesting. There are a couple of small trees and some plants that look to be succulents. I have to wonder if they produced anything that ended up on the dinner table.

Just like her marriage date, I don’t have her death date. Pictures would indicate though, that she lived a long life. Katrina Adam 086One shows her as an older, and more frail, woman moving around her home but hunched over just a bit. She is dressed in dark clothing and her hair is tucked neatly under a black cap. I will have to dig into some German records to see what else I can discover about Katrina (Adam) Karthaeuser. Records await!

 

 

 


[1] Eleanor G. Freeman, Mays Landing, New Jersey, correspondence to Jodi Lynn Strait, pedigree chart for Charles Karthaeuser, 09 March 2012, Karthaeuser documents and pictures.
[2] Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970), p. 81.
[3] Certificate #8 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132 titled “Births 1854-1869 Germany, Bayern, Oggersheim.”
[4] Certificate #121 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132 titled “Births 1854-1869 Germany, Bayern, Oggersheim.”
[5] Certificate #46 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132 titled “Births 1854-1869 Germany, Bayern, Oggersheim.”
[6] Certificate #89 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132 titled “Births 1854-1869 Germany, Bayern, Oggersheim.”
[7] Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”, p. 197.

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